Craft Brewing And Distilling News for November 21, 2012November 21, 2012
•Delaware-based Dogfish Head is bringing back Olde School, a limited batch brew from its Occasional Rarieties series. First created by Dogfish founder Sam Calagione in 2002, Olde School is a 15%-abv, unfiltered barleywine traditionally released each year in the fall. The beer is intended to be aged, and consumers are encouraged to enjoy a few bottles now and allow others to mature into a slightly drier style. Olde School is available in limited quantities across 23 states and Washington, D.C., in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles.
•Woodchuck Hard Cider is reintroducing its limited batch Private Reserve Barrel Select in time for the holiday season. Shipping now nationwide, Barrel Select will retail for $10.99 a six-pack. The 6.9%-abv hard cider was aged for six months in oak Bourbon barrels from Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Distilleries. Barrel Select was first released in June 2011 to select markets, and was the second extension to the Private Reserve Label, following Private Reserve Pumpkin. Woodchuck is part of Vermont Hard Cider Co., which agreed to be acquired by Ireland’s C&C Group in a $305 million deal announced in October.