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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for May 9, 2013

May 9, 2013

•Longmont, Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery has introduced a new variety 12-pack called Canundrum. Featuring four (12-ounce) cans each of Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Old Chub Scotch Ale, the pack will be available beginning this month, priced around $16.99-$18.99 depending on the market. Oskar Blues’ range of beers is currently available in 32 states across the country. The craft brewer had an annual production of nearly 86,000 barrels last year. The addition of volume from its new 30,000-square-foot Brevard, North Carolina brewery—which just opened in December—will see total production grow to approximately 130,000 barrels this year, and enable entry into more eastern markets, according to the company.

•Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn is unveiling its second seasonal beer for the U.S. market—Canadian Cherrywood Aged. The limited-edition ale will available on draft ($6 for a 12-ounce pour) and in boxed bottles ($7.99 for a 330-ml.) beginning in July. Billed as a Scotch ale aged over Canadian black cherrywood and finished with maple syrup, the beer marks the first time that the brewer is moving away from oak aging. It is brewed using three malt varieties, roasted barley, wheat and Super Styrian and Goldings hops, and then aged for 49 days over lightly-toasted black cherrywood chips, with the maple syrup added after maturation. The new brew joins Innis & Gunn’s Irish Whiskey Cask Stout, which was released in the U.S. last year.

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