Maplewood Brewery & Distillery of Chicago announces the launch of its first canned cocktails the week of July 26. While primarily known for its beer, Maplewood Brewery & Distillery has been producing award winning craft spirits using a 250-L Kothe Still since 2014. The ready-to-drink cocktails will join Maplewood’s Spruce Gin on retail shelves throughout Illinois, with further market distribution in the near future.
The initial lineup will consist of three sparkling offerings that each showcase the distinctive notes brought out by Maplewood’s spirits present in the cocktails:
Palmer Square: Maplewood’s Spruce Gin in a time-honored combination of iced tea and lemonade. “We developed our Spruce Gin after experimenting with spruce and rooibos tea infused cocktails and the gin quickly became a house favorite,” said Ari Megalis, Maplewood’s head distiller and co-founder, in a press release. “The flavors of our Spruce Gin naturally compliment tea and citrus so well, that we knew an Arnold Palmer-inspired cocktail would be the best way to showcase its American contemporary style.”
Whiskey Sour: A complex blend of Wheated Whiskey with ginger, lemon, grapefruit, and locally produced orange bitters. Whiskey Sour finishes with vivid tart citrus that dances off the notes of fruit and barrel brought out by the whiskey.
Rum Punch: Maplewood’s unique reimagination of a classic rum punch. Orange and pineapple accompany an infusion of hibiscus and hint of cinnamon to make this a quaffable, fruity delight.
“Our spirit program has always been small, but we’ve been eager to share our products with our local customers. We’re excited for the opportunity to combine our production team’s knowledge of blending flavors to expand our spirits presence in the market, while continuing to grow our award winning spirits program,” says Patrick Terwedo, Maplewood’s distiller. All three canned cocktails will be available in four packs of 12-ounce cans, varying between 10-15% ABV depending on the variety. Among the first locations to offer these is Maplewood’s own Lounge, located in Logan Square at the brewery & distillery. Market distribution begins the week of July 26th with a suggested retail price of $16.99 per 12-ounce four pack.