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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

•Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $220 million deal to take control of Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) cleared a hurdle late last week, with the U.S. Justice Department approving the transaction. The agreement with the Justice Department is contingent on A-B InBev selling CBA’s Kona Brewing operations in Hawaii to PV Brewing Partners, led by former A-B executive Dave Peacock, in a bid to preserve industry competition in that state. The closure of A-B’s acquisition of CBA—in which it already owned a 31% share—is now expected in the coming weeks.

•Pacific City, Oregon-based Pelican Brewing Co. is launching a new year-round addition to its lineup. Cape Crasher IPA is a Pacific Northwest-style IPA at 6.8% abv inspired by Oregon’s rugged coastline and Shore Pine forests. It’s available now in 12-ounce bottles, 6-packs of 12-ounce cans, and on draft at Pelican’s brewpubs and other locations in Oregon. Founded in 1996, Pelican brews 40,000 barrels of beer annually and distributes to six states.

•Frankfort, Kentucky-based Castle & Key Distillery has released its latest seasonal gin, Autumn 2020 London Dry gin. The new, 49% abv expression was made from a combination of 12 botanicals, among them cedar leaf, spicebush, caraway, and orris root. Autumn 2020 London Dry gin is retail priced at $36 a 750-ml.; only 11,400 bottles were produced. Castle & Key opened in 2018, following the four-year restoration of the Old Taylor Distillery.

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