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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 28, 2022

March 28, 2022

•California’s Stone Brewing has been awarded $56 million in a lawsuit against Molson Coors, which Stone accused of infringing on its trademark rights with a rebrand of the Keystone Light beer label. The eight-person jury found unanimously for Stone, which had sought $256 million for past and future damages in the case, which dated to 2018. “They will put the ‘Key’ back in ‘Keystone’ ending their hostile 4-year co-op of the Stone name,” said Stone co-founder Greg Koch. Stone is the 9th-largest craft brewer in the U.S. with 2020 volume of 347,000 barrels.

•New York’s Southern Tier Distilling Company has released Vodka Transfusion, a new canned RTD. The 8% abv cocktail is made with vodka, lime, ginger ale, and grape, and is based on a cocktail popularized by former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Vodka Transfusion is now available in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans at Southern Tier’s Lakewood, New York distillery as well as in retailers in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine.

•Vermont-based Lawson’s Finest Liquids has launched Double Sunshine Double IPA to its nine-state distribution footprint. The 8% abv ale, the brewery’s spring seasonal release, is made with grapefruit must, purée, and grapefruit peel through the kettling and brewing of the beer, and is seeing wider distribution for the first time this year. Double Sunshine is now available for a limited time in Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

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