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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 30, 2013

August 30, 2013

•Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery has debuted the 2013 edition of its Jubelale winter seasonal. Rolling out across Deschutes’ 21-state footprint next month, Jubelale is a billed as a “dark, malty celebration ale” available in both 12-ounce bottles and on draft. The 6.7%-abv brew features label artwork from a different local artist each year, with this year’s edition featuring an original piece by Oregon’s Avlis Leumas. The 2013 Jubelale entry marks the label’s 26th bottling. Jubelale is joined in Deschutes’ seasonal portfolio by Twilight Summer Ale (available from May through September) and Red Chair NWPA (available from January through May).

•San Antonio-based Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling has released Small Batch Series No. 6 sour beer. Described as a Flanders Red Ale, No. 6 (8% abv) is a blend of beers that have been aged in barrels for 18 months and 24 months and was re-fermented with strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. Ranger Creek produced some 450 cases of the beer, which sold out in a little over a week and are all available on store shelves now. The Small Batch Series has also included a pecan smoked Doppelbock, an English-style Barleywine, a Texas Farmhouse Ale and an Oak-aged Rye OPA, among others. As well as its line of year-round, seasonal and limited release beers, Ranger Creek also produces a number of Texas whiskies.

•Alaskan Brewing will enter the state of New Mexico for the first time next month. The brewer will partner with Albuquerque-based Premier Distributing to take its lineup of beers statewide. Founded by Geoff and Marcy Larson in 1986, Alaskan produces five year-round core brews—Amber, Freeride APA, IPA, White and Stout—as well as three seasonal releases and its Pilot Series, among others. With the addition of New Mexico, Alaskan’s brews will be available in 15 states.

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