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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for June 20, 2014

June 20, 2014

•Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing has partnered with Munster, Indiana’s 3 Floyds brewery to create Grätzer, a traditional Polish-style ale. The 4.5%-abv beer uses oak-smoked wheat, as well as MidnightWheat malt and Lublin hops for a light body and black appearance, the companies say. Grätzer is currently available through September in 22-ounce bombers and on draft. New Belgium brews 10 year-round beers such as 2013 Impact “Hot Brand” Ranger IPA, Fat Tire, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager and Snapshot Wheat.

•Charlottesville, Virginia-based Starr Hill Brewery has unveiled King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale, the latest entry in its limited edition All Access series. Made with a variety of Pacific Northwest hops, including Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo and Falconer’s Flight varieties, King of Hop is billed as a citrusy, dry-hopped IPA, featuring flavor notes of orange peel, passion fruit, grapefruit and gooseberry. The 7.5%-abv brew will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft starting July 1. King of Hop, which marks the fourth entry in the 2014 All Access lineup, will be followed in the series by Black IPA in September and Dark Chocolate Cherry Stout in November. Starr Hill Brewery currently has a 10-state footprint.

•Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer is re-releasing Narragansett 1975 “Jaws” retro packaging for the summer months in 12-, 18- and 30-packs of 12-ounce cans. The re-release marks the 29th anniversary of the release of the popular film, in which actor Robert Shaw crushed a can of Narragansett. The brewery has partnered with the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to support shark conservation efforts in the Atlantic Ocean through sales of the beer. The limited edition cans will be available throughout New England and markets such as New York, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and Florida.

•California craft brewer Firestone Walker has released its Wookey Jack black rye IPA in a new 12-ounce four-pack format. Previously, Wookey Jack was packaged only in 22-ounce bombers. An 8.3% abv black rye IPA, Wookey Jack is made with six different malts and three hop varieties.

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