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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013

•Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing Co. has released RuinTen IPA, a reproduction of last year’s Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA. It will be available throughout 37 states and Washington, D.C. The beer uses the same ingredients as the Ruination IPA, but with twice as many hops—including double the dry-hop amount, featuring a 50/50 blend of Centennial and Citra—and has increased the abv from 7.7% to 10.8%. The name change is due to a consumer trend of referring to Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA as “Ruin Ten.” Stone also produces a number of year-round, special releases and collaboration brews, including recently announcing a partnership with Smuttynose to release Cluster’s Last Stand.

Shmaltz Brewing will officially open its new brewery in Clifton Park, New York, on July 7. After 16 years of contract brewing, the company is ready to unveil its own production facility, which includes a 50-barrel brewhouse and an annual capacity of nearly 20,000 barrels. The new space will package 12- and 22-ounce bottles and kegs of Shmaltz’s core and seasonal lineup. Coinciding with the opening festivities, the brewer is releasing for one day only the first-ever Shmaltz Black IPA—Death Of A Contract Brewer. They also announced that several new releases and collaborations are in the works for this year, as well as the continuation of the barrel-aging projects, which utilizes Bourbon, rye whiskey and Tequila barrels. Shmaltz currently distributes to more than 30 states.

•Gorham, Maine’s Sebago Brewing Co. will release the 2013 version of its Hop Swap brew in the Single Batch Series this Friday. The draft-only, single batch offering will be available at Sebago’s four brewpubs in Portland, Kennebunk, Gorham and Scarborough, as well as at select bars and restaurants throughout New England. Hop Swap, introduced last summer as part of the Single Batch series, is brewed every year with a different blend of hops. This year’s version (6.1% abv) features Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo and Falconer’s Flight hops. Sebago’s portfolio includes a line of year round craft beers, seasonal beers and the Single Batch series, which also includes Trekker Pale Ale and Patersbier.

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