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distilleries-greenbar-craft-distillery-greenbar-slow-hand-whiskey.600x800Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery has launched its Slow Hand Six Woods whiskey nationwide. Matured in French white oak, hickory, maple, mulberry, red oak and grape woods, Slow Hand comes in two variants: Six Woods Malt, which is 84 proof and retails at $45 a 750-ml.; and Six Woods Cask, which is 115 proof and retails at $38 a 375-ml.

Loch_Lomond_A. Hardy USA has formed an alliance with Scotland’s Loch Lomond distillery for U.S. distribution of its Scotch whisky lineup. Distribution of Loch Lomond’s whiskies to select U.S. markets is set to begin in March. The independent Scottish distiller and blender owns one of six grain distilleries in Scotland, in addition to the Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown and Loch Lomond distillery located near the Scottish Highlands.

SH_Liquor.com_2.5.16Los Angeles-based Stillhouse Spirits is relaunching its American corn whiskey brand exclusively in 750-ml. proprietary stainless steel cans. The range—which includes Original, Apple Crisp, Peach Tea, Coconut, Mint Chip and Red Hot—is produced with estate-grown corn at Virginia and Kentucky distilleries. Stillhouse Original is 40% abv, while the flavors are at 34.5% abv and all retail for $27.99.

4-Bottles-Shot1Diageo is debuting a special edition of Johnnie Walker Blue Label to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Launching nationwide in limited release, Johnnie Walker Blue Label 2016 Year of the Monkey marks the third annual Lunar New Year edition for the brand. Packaged in a commemorative bottle, the special offering is 43% abv and retails at $258 a 750-ml.

392168In March, Louisville’s Michter’s Distillery will launch a new bottling of its 10-year Single Barrel Rye, the product’s first release since 2014. Master distiller Willie Pratt opted not to bottle any of his older rye stocks in 2015, despite the fact that they were already more than 10 years old, as he felt they required another year of maturation. Michter’s 10-year Single Barrel Rye is rolling out at a suggested retail price of $150 a 750-ml.

rye_1xBrown-Forman is introducing a new Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye whiskey into national distribution this month. The third offering in the brand’s Single Barrel series—joining Single Barrel Select and Barrel Proof—the rye has a grain bill of 70% rye, 18% corn and 12% malted barley. Single Barrel Rye is 94 proof and will retail at around $50 a 750-ml. bottle.

lejay-logoLejay, the small artisanal crème de cassis brand that has been available in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts since 2013, will see its distribution extended to California in March. The liqueur, made in Dijon, France, and bottled at 18% abv, will be distributed by Southern Wine & Spirits, which already distributes Lejay in New York. The brand retails at $30 a 750-ml. Arnaud Brachet, who heads up Lejay’s U.S. importing, said he hopes to expand its presence further to Illinois and other states in the near future. With a history dating back to 1841, Lejay is widely considered the original French cassis liqueur, though it was little known outside western Europe as recently as five years ago.

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downloadSan Francisco, California’s Anchor Brewing Company is returning its popular spring seasonal, Anchor Saison Spring Ale. The Belgian-style ale (7.2% abv) was first introduced in March 2014, followed by a nationwide launch in March 2015. It’s brewed with roasted Belgian wheat malt, two-row barley, red wheat, Chinook and Nelson Sauvin hops, as well as locally cultured saison-style yeast, lemongrass, lemon peel and ginger. Anchor Saison Spring Ale is available nationwide in six-packs and on draft.

download (1)Goose Island Beer Co. will take its Green Line pale ale brand into national distribution at the end of February. Green Line previously has been available only in its home base of Chicago. Green Line, named for the El train circuit that runs a few blocks from the Fulton Street brewery, will be marketed in both 12-ounce cans and bottles in six and 12 packs starting February 29.

FullSailBourbonWheatWineLogo-225x225Hood River, Oregon-based Full Sail Brewing adding Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale as the latest entry in its limited edition Brewmaster Reserve series. Though billed as a barleywine-style brew, Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale is made without barley malt, brewed instead with wheat and caramelized wheat malts, as well as English and Northwest hops. The 12%-abv expression is then aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels for 12 months. Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale is currently available in limited release, both in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.

AmericanoSixPack_3-4view_withbottle_webEscondido, California’s Stone Brewing is releasing its newest limited seasonal, Stone Americano Stout. Brewed with 250 lbs. of whole espresso-roast coffee beans for every 120-barrel batch, the brew features Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook and Columbus hops. Stone Americano Stout (8.7% abv) will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft through May.

download (2)Boston Beer Company’s Samuel Adams brand is launching Rebel Grapefruit IPA in bottles and cans nationwide. Brewed with California-grown Star Ruby and Star Rio grapefruits and Mosaic, Centennial, Cascade and Citra hops, the year-round offering was first introduced last November in draft-only format. Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA is now available in six-packs of bottles for about $7.99-$9.99, in 16-ounce cans for $1.99-$2.49 and on draft. It will also be available in the upcoming Pack of Rebels Variety Pack for $15.99-$18.99.

Ninkasi-Blackberry-and-Imperial-IPAEugene, Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing Company will roll out its Rare & Delicious Series in 22-ounce bottles for the first time, with various releases planned throughout the year. The small-batch series was previously sold on draft only. Velocihoptor Double IPA (8.4% abv) will launch in mid-February, followed by Tart & Soul blackberry sour (5.0% abv) in late March. Both will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, California, Washington D.C., Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Vancouver.

145520513073709-1-300x282Portland, Oregon’s Ecliptic Brewing is launching spring seasonal Zenith Grapefruit Gose and Special Release Series offering Deimos Imperial Red Ale next month. Zenith (4.5% abv) is a traditional German-style sour ale that includes grapefruit, coriander and salt, while Deimos (7.5% abv) is brewed with pale malt, four types of crystal malts and Simcoe, Nugget and Columbus hops. Both brews will be available in March on draft and in 22-ounce bottles throughout Ecliptic’s Pacific Northwest-focused network.

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image_thumbMillerCoors is launching a new 2016 “Limited Pick” series under its Redd’s flavored beer franchise. Three specialty Redd’s ales (all 5% abv) will be released over the course of 2016—Cranberry Ale in February, Blueberry Ale in April and Redd’s Ginger Apple Ale in September. A new lineup of ales will be released in 2017. Redd’s Limited Pick offerings will be available while supplies last nationwide in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce cans and in the brand’s variety pack.

Irish-Whiskey-188x520Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn is launching its popular winter seasonal, Irish Whiskey Aged Stout. The 7.4%-abv entry, which debuted in 2012, was aged in the company’s Oakerator aging device on American oak infused with Irish whiskey. It’s brewed with A&G ale malt, crystal malt, roasted barley, chocolate malt, raw wheat and Super Styrian hops. Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout is available in four-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles for about $9.99 and 5.5-gallon kegs in 22 states.

downloadEscondido, California’s Stone Brewing Co. has introduced Stone Pataskala Red X IPA, a new limited edition seasonal release. Brewed with Mosaic, Amarillo and Cascade hops, Pataskala is also made with a newly-available malt known as Red X, sourced from German malting company Bestmalz. The 7.3%-abv brew is available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft through May across Stone Brewing’s 42-market U.S. footprint.

image_thumb[6]Boston’s Harpoon Brewery has launched Thunder Foam, the latest expression in its limited edition 100 Barrel Series. The winning recipe from Harpoon’s 2015 Kettle Cup employee brewing competition, Thunder Foam is a 6.8%-abv porter brewed with chili peppers and cocoa nibs. The new entry is currently available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft and marks the 56th installment in Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series, which showcases a different employee recipe every few months.

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fiorente-elderflower-liqueurA. Hardy USA has linked with Italy’s Francoli Distillery to launch Fiorente elderflower liqueur in the U.S. Produced in Piemonte, Fiorente features a relatively low sugar content and is intended to be mixed with sweet wines or in cocktails, the company says. The 20%-abv entry, which is being targeted both on- and off-premise, is currently available nationwide, priced at $24.99 a 750-ml.

malibuPernod Ricard is introducing a new flavor in its Malibu Sensations lineup, Malibu Pineapple Upside Down Cake. The 21%-abv flavored rum entry is available nationwide in 750-ml. and 1-liter bottles for about $15 a 750-ml. The latest offering adds to the brand’s flavored portfolio, which also includes Orange Float, Sunshine, Sundae, Swirl, Mango, Tropical Banana and Pineapple, among others.

sobieski-estate-vodka-in-a-tube_tempImperial Brands is extending its Sobieski vodka brand with the launch of Sobieski Estate Single Rye vodka. The super-premium offering is made with 100% Dankowski rye and distilled in limited production at Lancut Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in Poland. Priced at $28 a 750-ml., Sobieski Estate Single Rye will be available nationwide, both on- and off-premise, joining Sobieski’s core unflavored expression (around $11) and its 11-flavor lineup.

Gifted_Horse_American_Whiskey_Orphan_BarrelDiageo has unveiled the latest release in its Orphan Barrel project, The Gifted Horse American Whiskey. The newcomer is composed of 38.5% 17-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, distilled at the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville while it was operated by United Distillers. It also contains 51% four-year-old Bourbon and 10.5% four-year-old corn whiskey sourced from Indiana. The Gifted Horse American Whiskey—which is 115 proof and retails at $50 a 750-ml.—is the seventh product launch in Diageo’s limited-release Orphan Barrel series, whose previous offerings have included Kentucky Bourbons Barterhouse, Old Blowhard, Rhetoric, Lost Prophet and Forged Oak. Gifted Horse will be “highly allocated, with no future releases planned,” Diageo noted.

Burnetts-Cucumber-Lime-VodkaHeaven Hill Brands’ Burnett’s vodka has introduced a new Cucumber Lime expression to its 36-flavor lineup. Rolling out in April, the new 35%-abv entry will be available in 50-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter formats, retailing at $10.99 a 750-ml.

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download (4)Ballast Point Brewing is set to launch a pineapple-infused version of its popular Sculpin IPA. Ballast Point’s Pineapple Sculpin is debuting nationally in 12-ounce bottles. The new entry is 7% abv, and will be available year-round.

download (5)Cold Spring, Minnesota’s Third Street Brewhouse will roll out newcomers Hop Lift IPA (6.2% abv) and Minnesota Gold Light Lager (3.9% abv). Hop Lift—as well as fellow year-round offerings Lost Trout Brown Ale and Three Way Pale Ale—are launching in four-packs of 16-ounce cans, while Minnesota Gold Light (and the existing Minnesota Gold Lager) will be marketed in 12-packs.

download (6)Boston Beer is rolling out a new line of nitro beers under its Samuel Adams brand nationwide. Nitro White Ale (5.5% abv), Nitro IPA (7.5% abv) and Nitro Coffee Stout (5.8% abv) are the first three launches in the Samuel Adams Nitro Project, with more beers expected to follow. The company began experimenting with brewing nitro beers in the 1990s with a Boston Cream Ale and has continued testing different styles and recipes. Nitro Coffee Stout, Nitro IPA and Nitro White Ale are available in four-packs of 15-ounce cans beginning next month for about $8.99-$10.99, with the White Ale also debuting on draft.

download (7)Longmont, Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company is rolling out Hard Wired Nitro Coffee Porter, the first seasonal in its Left Hand Nitro Series. Each batch of the 6% abv offering was brewed with 650 pounds of custom Hard Wired coffee. The fourth addition to Left Hand’s nitro bottled series, Hard Wired Nitro Coffee Porter will be available in six-packs and on draft beginning in February across the company’s 35-state distribution footprint.

download (8)Chandler, Arizona-based SanTan Brewing Company is releasing a new spring seasonal, Grapefruit Shandy. The American ale is blended with locally sourced Arizona grapefruit juice, 2-row, wheat and Munich malt and Columbus/CTZ hops. The 4.7%-abv Grapefruit Shandy will be available from February through March on draft and in 12-ounce cans in Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico. Last October, SanTan introduced a new look intended to create a more unified appearance across its line of Southwestern-style ales.

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downloadSvedka is looking to build off the success of its recent innovation efforts with next month’s launch of a new flavor, Cucumber Lime. Cucumber Lime ($12.99 a 750-ml.) marks the 13th flavor for Svedka. The new offering is intended to tap the recent popularity of cool, crisp cocktails such as the Moscow Mule and Gin and Tonic, as well as capitalize on flavor trends found within Asian and Mexican cuisine.

download (1)Brown-Forman has introduced a new Woodford Reserve special edition under the brand’s Distillery Series. The new offering, Frosty Four Wood, is a mature Woodford Reserve Bourbon aged in American oak and finished in Maple, Sherry and Port barrels. Woodford’s original Four Wood whiskey, a 2012 Master’s Collection release, was exposed to record-low temperatures during the 2013 Polar Vortex, resulting in flocking, or mineral precipitation, Brown-Forman said. Subsequent filtration from those stocks produced Frosty Four Wood (90.4 proof), a more fruit-forward whiskey with maple hints. Retailing at $50 a 375-ml., Frosty Four Wood is debuting only at the Woodford distillery and with Kentucky retailers.

imagesChicago-based Rhine Hall Distillery, known for its fruit brandies since it opened in 2013, is releasing its first cherry brandy this month, priced at $32 a 375-ml. bottle and $56 a 750-ml. It’s made from a fermented sour mash derived from de-pitted Michigan cherries, and bottled at 40% ABV with no added sugars or flavors. The new release joins a product line-up that includes brandies made from apples, pears, peaches, plums and mangoes. The distillery also offers both an oaked and unoaked grappa.

download (2)Cape Coral, Florida’s Wicked Dolphin Distillery has partnered with Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing to create the inaugural rum release in its Wicked Dolphin Brewer’s Series. To create the collaborative offering, Cigar City filled Wicked Dolphin rum barrels with its tropical-style stout for 10 months, then made the resulting beer available to its El Catador fan club. Afterward, Wicked Dolphin filled the same barrels with rum, resulting in the first Wicked Dolphin Brewer’s Series rum, a 46% abv offering that is retailing at select Florida outlets at $48 a bottle.

download (3)Booker’s Bourbon, part of Beam Suntory’s small-batch collection, is introducing Booker’s Bluegrass, its first release of 2016. Aged six years and 11 months, Booker’s Bluegrass is 127.9 proof and retails at around $60 a bottle. The first of six releases expected in Booker’s Batch Collection this year, Bluegrass is debuting nationally in limited quantities.

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brandy-alexander-290x290Sure, we’ve all had at least one Brandy Alexander in our lifetimes.  But rarely does anyone wonder who the eponymous Alexander was.  My good friend Gary ‘gaz” Regan wrote about the origins of this dessert-like concotion a few years ago.  Here’s what he discovered.

“One of the earliest known printed recipes for the Alexander can be found in Hugo Ensslin’s 1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks. The cocktail, according to historian Barry Popik, was likely born at Rector’s, New York’s premier pre-Prohibition lobster palace. The bartender there, a certain Troy Alexander, created his eponymous concoction in order to serve a white drink at a dinner celebrating Phoebe Snow.

Phoebe Snow, I should explain, was a fictitious character used in an advertising campaign for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The company wanted to get the message across that it powered its locomotives with anthracite, a clean-burning variety of coal. The ads emphasized this by showing Ms. Snow traveling while wearing a snow-white dress.

Getting back to the Brandy Alexander, I should note that it was first known as the Alexander #2. Want to know the secret to making the drink? Go heavy on the brandy and light on the sweet stuff. My recipe is a decent jumping-off point; you can play with it to make it your own. Try the original gin-based Alexander, too.  It’s a mighty fine drink.”

Here’s gaz’s recipe:

Brandy Alexander
2 oz Cognac or other fine aged brandy
1 oz Dark crème de cacao
1 oz Cream
Garnish: Freshly grated nutmeg
Glass: Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

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