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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020

•Fallon, Nevada-based Frey Ranch Distillery is releasing the inaugural edition of its Straight Rye Whiskey. The expression has a mash bill of 100% winter cereal rye and is bottled-in-bond, meaning that, among other specifics, it has aged a minimum of four years and was bottled at 50% abv. Two batches are being released, with the first comprising 3,000 750-ml. bottles and the second only 2,400. Available now in Nevada, Frey Ranch Straight Rye Whiskey retails at $60 a 750-ml. Frey Ranch Distillery was founded in 2006 and debuted its Straight Bourbon Whiskey late last year.

•Washington, D.C.-based Brau Brewing and Rio Grande, New Jersey-based Cape May Brewing Co. are reuniting to collaborate again on Rosé du Gosé. Produced using more than 700 pounds of strawberry and peach puree, the release is a 4% abv play on a kettle sour that combines gose-style brews with rosé flavor. Available now at Cape May’s tasting room, DC Brau will distribute it to select accounts in the District and surrounding area, as well as in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans through its website, selling for $10. Both breweries were founded in 2011.

•Dallas, Texas’ Scout & Cellar has launched Mixable, a new wine-based spirit alternative aimed at consumers looking for a lower alcohol alternative to traditional liquors. Mixable is made from a blend of fermented grape wine—based on white- and rosé-friendly varietals—with distilled neutral grape wine and comes in at roughly 20% abv. At its launch, the company recommends substituting Mixable in a Moscow Mule or a Paloma.

•San Diego, California-based Thorn Brewing Co. is releasing Thorn Michelada. The canned drink is made with the brewer’s Barrio Lager mixed with tomato juice, hot sauce, clam juice, ponzu, lime juice, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper, clocking in at 4% abv. It was made with a focus on all-natural ingredients, eschewing MSG, corn syrup, and other additives. It’s available in stores throughout southern California, at Thorn’s tasting rooms, and for home delivery. Thorn Brewing was founded in 2012 and now operates three locations.

•Middleburg, Virginia-based Colony Cocktails has launched with three signature cocktails: The Biarritz, The Tangier, and The Charleston. Inspired by a French 75, the Biarritz features lemon flavors and botanical notes similar to those found in gin. The Tangier, meanwhile, has elements of rosemary, cardamom, and grapefruit in its mix. Lastly, The Charleston includes lemongrass flavors with lemon undertones. All three cocktails are canned at 10%-11.5% abv, and are made with all-natural ingredients. Colony Cocktails are currently sold in five markets within Virginia, retailing at $17 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cocktails. The company plans to expand nationwide by year’s end.

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