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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 3, 2014

January 3, 2014

•Juneau, Alaska-based Alaskan Brewing Co. is re-releasing its Alaskan ESB as a rotating spring seasonal offering. Billed as a darker and hoppier version of Alaskan Brewing’s flagship Alaskan Amber label, Alaskan ESB was first launched as a limited release in 1989 and later offered as a year-round entry in 1995, under the name Alaskan Frontier Ale. After being renamed Alaskan ESB in 1998, bottled versions of the 5.3%-abv brew were discontinued in 2008. The latest Alaskan ESB edition will be available from January through March of this year, and joins the Alaskan Summer Ale and Alaskan Winter Ale labels in Alaskan Brewing’s seasonal stable.

•Portland, Oregon’s Harvester Brewing is releasing its latest winter seasonal, Coffee Pale Ale. The 5.8%-abv Pale Ale uses cold-brewed Medium Peruvian roast coffee from Equal Exchange instead of dry-hops. Initially conceived as a Dark Ale coffee brew, the brewers later decided to go with a Pale Ale after receiving a positive response from fans. The brewery, founded in 2011, has also expanded distribution within Oregon by partnering with Fort George Distribution and Summit Beverage Distribution. The new relationship will make Harvester beers available to a larger degree in southern Oregon and the northern coast. The gluten-free craft beers are currently distributed in Oregon, Vermont, Washington and northern Idaho.

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