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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

•Warren, Vermont’s Mad River Distillers has teamed up with Napa, California’s Silver Oak Cellars on a new barrel finished rye whiskey. The 48% abv whiskey is distilled from 100% chocolate rye and following its initial maturation undergoes a second aging period in toasted oak barrels previously used to mature Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. Only five barrels of the Cabernet-finished rye were produced. The bottling is available at Post Road Liquors in Wayland, Massachusetts and Upper Falls Beverage in Needham, Massachusetts. In addition, the rye will be available from the distillery at its Burlington and Waitsfield, Vermont-based tasting rooms.

•Backbone Bourbon Company has added two new whiskies to its portfolio. The first, Backbone Uncut Decade Down, is a new 10th anniversary edition of the company’s barrel strength whisky that comes in at roughly 57% abv (depending on the batch). The company is also launching a 15-year-old extension of its Old Bones Bourbon. The new Old Bones release is five years older than the original and was distilled in Frankfort, Kentucky before bottling at 54% abv. The new Old Bones is available now in limited quantities (214 6-packs), retailing at $130. Roughly 250 cases of Backbone Uncut Decade Down will be available in the company’s 20-state distribution footprint beginning in December.

•Comstock Park, Michigan’s Perrin Brewing Company has launched Call Me Hazy Citrus IPA, the final release in the brewery’s 2020 rotating IPA series. The 7.5% abv ale is brewed with Lemondrop, Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops, and is now available in crowlers and 6-packs of 12-ounce cans to-go at the Perrin Pub. Statewide distribution for the new beer will follow shortly. The third release in the Call Me Hazy series, Citrus IPA follows Juicy IPA and Tropical IPA.

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