GSN Spirited News: April 20th 2021 Edition

St. Paul, Minnesota-based Prestige Beverage Group has added two new whiskies—Tullibardine and Highland Queen—to its portfolio. Tullibardine adds a new single malt to Prestige’s range, including a variety of cask-finished whiskies as well as luxury-priced vintage offerings which can date back decades. Highland Queen is a new contender in blended Scotch for Prestige, which will market the brand’s lineup from its entry level to its luxury-priced blends.

Longmont, Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company is releasing Sinister Malt Whiskey in partnership with Foundry Distilling Co. The first release of the collaboration, Sinister Whiskey was inspired by Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout Nitro and was distilled from a similar mashbill. The liquid dates from 2019, when Left Hand stopped short of adding lactose or beginning fermentation and instead shipped the liquid to West Des Moines, Iowa, where Foundry Distilling is located. Aged two years in charred oak barrels, the whiskey is at 47.5% abv. Sinister will be available starting in May in Colorado, Iowa, and other select markets, priced at $60 a 750-ml. The two partners are planning three additional whiskey collaborations.

Denver, Colorado-based Stranahan’s has updated its flagship original release with new packaging and older liquid. The 47% abv single malt whiskey is now a blend of 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-year-old spirits aged in charred American oak barrels. The whiskey’s updated packaging features a new label on the lower half of the bottle as well as a reimagining of Stranahan’s offset yellow label on the top half.

Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky is introducing Scorch, a new limited edition. Matured in heavily charred American ex-Bourbon casks, Ardbeg Scorch is aimed firmly at devotees of smoky Islay malts. It’s bottled at 46% abv and will roll out June 1, retailing at $120 a bottle. 

Casa Noble Tequila has revamped its ultra-premium range, unveiling refined liquid and overhauled packaging for its Single Estate Organic Blanco ($44), Reposado ($50), and Añejo ($55) expressions. The brand’s new packaging features taller, sleeker bottles with a crest featuring Tequila cues like agave, coa harvesting blades, and a barrel. The redesigned brand, part of the Constellation portfolio, is launching nationwide. 

Our/New York, Manhattan’s first legal distillery since Prohibition, backed by Pernod Ricard, has partnered with Rethink Food to create a limited-edition basil-flavored vodka. The 35% abv spirit is distilled from corn and blended with a basil extract made using locally sourced basil by Brooklyn-based urban farm Square Roots. The new vodka is limited to 1,800 bottles that will be available to bars, restaurants, and retailers across New York City by April 22, just in time for Earth Day.

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GSN Presents: “What’s Brewing?” – June 20-24, 2016

C-_Users_kate_Downloads_doubleaught6pkbottleside_smaller-700x576Sonoma-based Bear Republic Brewing is adding Double Aught Pilsner to its year-round lineup. Formerly a draft-only summer seasonal, Double Aught will now be distributed year-round in 12-ounce six-packs and on draft across Bear Republic’s distribution territory. Inspired by the balanced light lagers of Central Europe, Double Aught is a 5% abv pilsner brewed with 100% barley malt and Hallertauer hops. Bear Republic is the 44th-largest craft brewer nationwide, according to the Brewers Association.

beerLongmont, Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery is releasing Passion Fruit Pinner Throwback IPA nationwide this month. The 4.9%-abv limited beer is a spinoff of the brewer’s Pinner Throwback IPA and features pureed passion fruit and blood orange. Oskar Blues, which is backed by Boston’s Fireman Capital Partners, produced 192,000 barrels of beer last year.

TartTen_750mlBottle-NoReflection_WebTransPennsylvania’s Victory Brewing has unveiled Tart Ten, a new seasonal entry. A Belgian Dubbel ale at 10% abv, Tart Ten is made from pilsner and caramel malts and Czech Saaz hops and fermented with Brettanomyces yeast. Rolling out across Victory’s 37-state footprint, Tart Ten is retailing at $9.99 a 750-ml. bottle and is also available on draft.

icon_blue_coffee_porter_front_neckHouston-based Saint Arnold Brewing Company is introducing a Honey Saison as part of its Icon Gold series of collaborative beers. Made with Texas Wildflower Honey from Burleson’s Honey, the new offering is brewed with French Saison yeast; pilsner, wheat and Carapils malt; and Perle, Lemon Drop and Motueka hops. Saint Arnold Icon Gold Honey Saison (6.4% abv) is available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles. Saint Arnold produces 10 year-round offerings, seven seasonals and three specialty series of beers.

375435Belgium’s Brasserie Dupont has partnered with San Marcos, California craft brewer Lost Abbey for the release of a new collaborative saison-style beer, Deux Amis. Rolling out this summer through Brasserie Dupont importer Total Beverage Solution, Deux Amis was brewed in Belgium as a marriage of Dupont’s and Lost Abbey’s respective saison styles, and includes American Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Deux Amis, French for “two friends,” is debuting in 750-ml. bottles and on draft.

unnamed-1Chicago’s Burnt City Brewing has launched summer seasonal Retrofit lime radler. Retrofit (3.7% abv) features Key lime juice and is available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans for about $9.99, as well as kegs. The release follows last month’s launch of Burnt City’s three flagship offerings—Dick the Butcher pale ale, Face Melter hibiscus IPA and Balloon Boy farmhouse wheat ale—in canned format. Burnt City distributes its craft beers throughout Chicago, northern Illinois, northern Indiana and Alabama.

DFH_BottleSketches_033016_V3_HLDelaware-based Dogfish Head has unveiled Flesh & Blood IPA, a new citrus-infused beer. Hitting shelves the weekend of July 4, Flesh & Blood is a 7.5% abv IPA brewed with lemon flesh and blood orange juice.

Devils-Backbone-Adventure-PackLexington, Virginia-based Devils Backbone Brewing Company is introducing a new variety “Adventure Pack,” comprised of five new beers—Ale of Two Cities Amero Kolsch-style ale (4.7% abv), Apple-achian Pie Stout (8% abv), Hot Shot IPA brewed with jalapeno peppers (6.2% abv), Space Fruit Pale Ale (4.6% abv), Tropical Thunder brewed with pineapple juice (5.3% abv)—as well as the brewer’s flagship Vienna Lager (5.2% abv). The Devils Backbone Adventure Pack is available July through September throughout Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.

LeftHandBrewingfeatLongmont, Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company is rolling out its craft beer lineup in canned format for the first time. By this winter, the company’s Fade to Black, American IPA and Milk Stout will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans, with additional beers to be canned next year. Left Hand’s cans will be available throughout the company’s 36-state distribution footprint.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily