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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014

New Belgium Brewing has launched Tour de Fall, a new fall seasonal. Billed as an American-style pale ale, Tour de Fall is made with Cascade and Amarillo hops, as well as pale malt, chocolate rye and caramel. Tour de Fall (6% abv) will be available in 12-ounce bottles and on draft through October. Concurrently, New Belgium has re-released its Saison Harvest Ale seasonal, which will be available in the brewer’s new Fall Folly variety packs, as well as its limited edition Pumpkick Pumpkin Ale. New Belgium has also debuted a new canned version of its 1554 Black Lager, currently available in its Can Folly variety packs.

•Paulaner USA, the U.S. import unit of Germany’s Paulaner Brewery, has appointed Stephen Hauser president and CEO. He replaces outgoing chief executive Jeff Coleman. Prior to joining Paulaner, Hauser led brand management, marketing and sales planning responsibilities for a variety of beverage companies, including Heineken USA, Labatt/InBev and Guinness, among others. According to Paulaner USA chairman Stefan Schmale, Hauser’s extensive industry experience will help support Paulaner’s ongoing U.S. expansion. Headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, Paulaner USA imports the Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Fuller’s, O’Hara’s and Früli beers and markets New Orleans’ Dixie brand in the U.S.

•Oregon’s Portland Brewery has released Noble Scot, a Scottish-style fall seasonal. Made with Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding and Willamette hops, Noble Scot is brewed as a full-bodied, sweet and smoky ale, featuring flavor notes of toast and caramel. The 6.5%-abv offering will be available at retail in 22-ounce bottles, 12-ounce six-packs and on draft through October 15. Noble Scot joins Rose Hip Gold, Oregon Honey Beer and Blackwatch Cream Porter in Portland Brewery’s existing seasonal lineup.

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