Craft Brewing And Distilling News for January 29, 2013January 29, 2013
•Delaware-based Dogfish Head is adding a new brew to its core portfolio in March. A beer-wine hybrid, Sixty-One (6.5% abv) is named to reflect that the beer is the company’s well-known 60 Minute IPA plus one ingredient—Syrah grape must from California. It will be available four times a year in four-packs ($8.99-$9.99) throughout Dogfish Head’s 27-state distribution footprint. Sixty-One is the company’s first addition to the core lineup in over five years. Dogfish Head has been producing beer-wine hybrids for a number of years—including the Red & White and Noble Rot offerings, among others. Company founder Sam Calagione says the brewery had estimated sales of more than 8,000 barrels of beer-wine hybrids in 2012.
•Fort Collins, Colorado-based Odell Brewing is set to release its first Cellar Series entry of the year, Amuste. Launching February 9, Amuste is an imperial porter brewed with Tempranillo grape must sourced from Colorado’s Western Slope. The beer-wine hybrid is then aged in red wine barrels and blended, resulting in a subtle grape character infused with notes of chocolate and toasted almond. Amuste (9.3% abv) will be available in 750-ml. cork- and cage-finished bottles throughout the brewer’s 10-state network. The Cellar Series is Odell’s experimental range, featuring limited edition offerings created by Odell brewers.
•Redhook Brewery has collaborated with sports broadcaster Dan Patrick to create Audible Ale, a new sports-inspired offering. Slated to launch this week at a pre-Super Bowl event in New Orleans, Audible Ale is 4.7% abv and billed as a mild amber ale made with Cascade hops. Redhook, which is part of Craft Brew Alliance, currently has breweries in Woodinville, Washington and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.