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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 5, 2014

September 5, 2014

•Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery will be launching additional limited release craft offerings throughout the fall season. In October, the brewery will release The Dissident as part of its Reserve Series available in 22-ounce bottles until supplies run out. The 10.5%-abv sour brown ale is brewed with Brettanomyces wild yeasts and lactobacillus and is balanced with Oregon cherries. Also in October, Zarabanda will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft as a 6.1%-abv spiced Saison with Vienna and Spelt malts. November will see the release of The Abyss (11% abv), also part of the Reserve Series available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. The Abyss returns for its ninth year as an Imperial Stout with hints of molasses and licorice, the company says.

•Ukiah, California-based Mendocino Brewing Co. has unveiled a full packaging revamp. Featuring an updated version of the brewery’s classic hawk logo, the new look makes its debut with Mendocino Brewing’s flagship Red Tail Amber Ale and Eye of the Hawk Imperial Ale. The design will later extend to additional labels, including the brewer’s Blue Heron Pale Ale, Peregrine Pilsner, White Hawk IPA and Black Hawk Stout. Along with its Ukiah-based headquarters, Mendocino Brewing operates a second East Coast brewery in Saratoga Springs, New York and currently ships to nearly all 50 states.

•Portland, Oregon-based Widmer Brothers Brewing has continued its 30 Beers for 30 Years anniversary series with the release of Winternacht and Pilsner. Longtime winter seasonal Winternacht (7.0% abv) was first introduced in 1997 and is brewed as a stronger, darker version of the traditional Altbier. Pilsner (5.0% abv) was originally released in 1998 and is a traditional Czech-style Pilsner. Both offerings are available in limited quantities in 22-ounce bottles and on draft throughout the Portland area. The 30 Beers for 30 Years Series commemorates a specific year and beer in Widmer’s history and runs throughout 2014.

•Downingtown, Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company has released the fall seasonal Moonglow Weizenbock, a German-style ale brewed with German hops and a strain of wheat beer yeast. Exploring German brewing traditions, Moonglow Weizenbock features malt tones and fruit aromas with flavors of clove, vanilla and honey, the company says. The 8.7%-abv seasonal is available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles for about $9.99 within the brewery’s 35-state distribution footprint.

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