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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 7, 2013

November 7, 2013

Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has reported a 14% increase in depletion volume for its third quarter ended September 30. Additionally, net sales were up 10.7% on the same period last year, and branded beer shipments rose 12.5%, bolstered by CBA’s Redhook Audible Ale and Game Changer, Kona Big Wave Golden Ale and Omission Ale in particular. For the full year, CBA predicts depletion growth of around 7%-11%.

Boston Beer Co. is debuting the 2013 batch of its “extreme beer” Samuel Adams Utopias series. Boston Beer says the 2013 installment retains the tobacco and dark fruit notes Utopias is known for, but adds new layers of complexity through a blending with Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk, a Belgian-style ale barrel-aged for at least nine months (and up to two years) in Hungarian oak tuns. Utopias 2013 spent time in Port casks as well as hand-selected, single-use casks from Buffalo Trace Bourbon. The 28%-abv beer, of which 15,000 bottles are being released starting this month, retails at $199 a 750-ml. The launch is being accompanied by the release of a limited-edition Utopias-seasoned cigar, produced by Louisville-based Ted’s Cigars and hand-rolled in the Dominican Republic.

•Vermont-based Long Trail Brewing is introducing two new brews—a year-round entry, Limbo IPA, and draft-only Belgian Brunette. A 7.6%-abv India pale ale, Limbo is the first year-round Long Trail offering that was developed in its new Farmhouse Pilot Brewery. It will be available both on draft and in bottles across Long Trail’s distribution footprint. Belgian Brunette, a combination of the English brown and classic Belgian styles that was aged in American oak, is the seventh entry in Long Trail’s regionally distributed, draft-only Brown Bag series.

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