Craft Brewing And Distilling News for November 28, 2012November 28, 2012
•Dogfish Head has debuted a new beer in its Ancient Ales series, Birra Etrusca Bronze. Birra Etrusca is created with two-row malted barley and an heirloom Italian wheat, as well as hazelnut flour, pomegranates, Italian chestnut honey, Delaware wildflower honey and clover honey, among other ingredients. Italian brewers Birra del Borgo and Baladin, who worked with Dogfish Head on the project, are also creating their own version of the beer, but each of the three breweries will ferment its batches in different materials—Dogfish Head is using bronze, Baladin will use wood and Birra del Borgo will use terra cotta.
•Goose Island brewer John Laffler is leaving the company to start a new craft operation, Off Color Brewing, with former Two Brothers brewer Dave Bleitner. Off Color Brewing will be based in a 7,500-square-foot warehouse at 3925 W. Dickens St. in Chicago. Off Color hopes to start releasing its beers by next March. They have created two German-style year-round brews that will sell on draft and in six-packs, and also plan to release two draft-only seasonals four times a year. The news comes on the heels of the announcement that Goose Island founder and CEO John Hall and COO Tony Bowker are stepping down from their duties with the company.