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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

•Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. will launch a new extra special bitter (ESB) to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Goose Island’s ESB Anniversary Ale (6.4% abv) is launching on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles in major cities across 18 states and Washington, D.C. A collaboration between Goose Island brewmaster Brett Porter, former Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall and Goose Island Brewpub brewmaster Nick Barron, the ale is brewed with Maris Otter malt and dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings, resulting in flavors similar to the English ales that originally inspired Goose Island founder John Hall. Founded in 1988, Goose Island was acquired by A-B in 2011 for $39 million. This spring, the brewer launched its 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Honker’s Ale, India Pale Ale and rotating seasonals in bottles nationwide.

•Illinois-based Excel Brewery is introducing two new beers to the Illinois and Missouri markets in time for Memorial Day. The new offerings include Excel Citra, billed as a blonde ale with a slightly malty character and citrus notes, and Carlyle Lake Lager, described as a lightly hoppy classic American pilsner. Excel adds that two more brews will be launched later in the year, Eastside IPA—a West Coast IPA style—and Rye Day the 13th, an 11%-abv rye wine slated to roll out Friday, September 13.

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