Craft Brewing And Distilling News for October 26, 2012October 26, 2012
•Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Smuttynose Brewing Co. is bringing back its Big A IPA, as well as introducing the latest entry in its Big Beers series, Zinneke. A 2010 winner of the Great British Beer Festival award for best American cask ale, Big A IPA is a 9.7%-abv double IPA made with Magnum, Cascade and CTZ hops, among others. It will be available from October through January, limited to 100 barrels per month. Zinneke, meanwhile, is an 8.4%-abv Belgian stout that has been partially aged in Bourbon barrels and then re-blended with the remaining non-barrel-aged liquid. Around 200 barrels of the limited edition brew will be available as part of the Big Beers lineup, packaged in 22-ounce bottles and kegs. Gravitation Belgian Quad, which rolls out in January, is slated to follow Zinneke in the series.
•Boston Beer Co.’s Samuel Adams beer brand is releasing its Latitude 48 IPA label in 12-packs for the first time. Priced at $13.99, the new format will be available nationwide beginning in February. Concurrently, Samuel Adams has retooled the recipe for Latitude’s 2013 batch, adding a new hop variety—Mosaic hops from the Yakima, Washington growing region—to the beer’s existing blend of German, English and American hops. The 2013 batch will also rollout in February, in both 6-pack ($8.99) and the new 12-pack formats. Latitude 48 IPA is part of Samuel Adams’ Brewmasters Collection, an experimental range offering reinterpretations of classic beer styles.