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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for November 15, 2012

November 15, 2012

•Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Smuttynose Brewing Co. has revealed details on three upcoming launches. The trio includes Bloom—a Belgian-inspired ale brewed with seven varieties of edible plants—and Durty, a high-alcohol hoppy brown ale made from the new German hop variety, Poalris. Both Bloom and Durty will be part of Smuttynose’s experimental Short Batch series, offered in a limited quantity of between 20-30 barrels each. The third offering is the 2012 edition of Gravitation Belgian Quad, which has returned annually as part of the brewer’s Big Beer series (featuring 22-ounce bottles) since 2009. Release dates on all three brews have yet to be announced.

•Colorado craft brewers Oskar Blues Brewery and Ska Brewing have teamed up to create a new smoked IPA called oSKAr the G’Rauch. The brew will launch at an event at the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, Colorado this Saturday. Limited quantities will be available in 19.2-ounce cans or four packs of 16-ounce cans at the Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom and across Oskar Blues’ markets. The 8.5%-abv beer features aromas of orange and apricots and a citrus finish with notes of smoke. The partnership and creation of oSKAr the G’Rauch coincides with the 10th anniversary of the release of Oskar Blues’ flagship Dale’s Pale Ale brand in can format in November 2002. Ska Brewing moved its ESB Special Ale to can format just months later.


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