Craft Brewing And Distilling News for January 22, 2013January 22, 2013
•Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin-based Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., part of MillerCoors’ Tenth & Blake unit, has unveiled its latest spring/summer seasonal, Canoe Paddler. A German Kölsch-style beer, Canoe Paddler is billed as a crisp, light-bodied brew with hints of lemon grass, white pepper and a touch of rye. The new seasonal is slated to roll out both on- and off-premise this spring. Leinenkugel currently produces seven year-round labels, two shandy offerings, its Big Eddy specialty series and a pair of existing seasonals—including Oktoberfest and Snowdrift Vanilla Porter. According to Impact Databank, Leinenkugel’s depletions grew 27% to 740,000 barrels in the U.S. last year.
•Boston’s Harpoon Brewery has launched the 46th entry in its 100 Barrel Series. Created by Harpoon board of directors members Jim Perry and Mark Edwards, the 100 Barrel Series Directors’ Cut is a blend of pale ale and stout. The 6.3%-abv offering will be sold in 22-ounce bottles and have limited draft availability. Founded in 2003, the limited edition 100 Barrel Series was designed to showcase the talents of Harpoon’s brewers, with a new brewer asked to formulate a unique beer every few months. Harpoon, which is ranked as the nation’s eighth-largest craft brewer by the Brewers Association, produced roughly 200,000 barrels last year.