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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014

•South Burlington, Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewing Company is releasing a limited edition holiday raspberry stout, Feast of Fools. Previously only available at the brewery, this year 6,000 22-ounce bottles of the brew will be sold at select retailers nationwide. The 6%-abv stout features a sweet nose supported by cocoa and dark chocolate from the malts, the company says. Magic Hat will donate $5,000 from Feast of Fools’ sales to the Vermont Food Bank. Magic Hat is part of the portfolio of Cerveceria Costa Rica’s North American Breweries, along with brands such as Labatt, Genesee, Pyramid and Honey Brown Lager.

•Fort Collins, Colorado-based Odell Brewing has re-introduced Friek, a part Framboise, part Kriek Lambic-style ale. Brewed with Colorado-grown cherries and aged in oak barrels for several months, Friek is blended with fresh raspberries just prior to being packaged in 750-ml. cork and cage-finished bottles. The limited edition offering will be available across Odell’s 11-state distribution footprint starting this month.

•Vermont-based craft whiskey distiller WhistlePig has debuted The Boss Hog: Spirit of Mortimer, a new limited edition expression. Created to honor the memory of WhistlePig’s deceased mascot, a pig named Mortimer, The Boss Hog: Spirit of Mortimer is a 100% rye whiskey aged for nearly 14 years and bottled at full barrel strength. The 117- to 124-proof entry is currently available nationwide, priced at $189 a 750-ml. The Boss Hog: Spirit of Mortimer follows last year’s launch of WhistlePig’s original The Boss Hog label, a 100% rye whiskey aged 12.5 years.

•California’s Coronado Brewing is relaunching its seasonal Stupid Stout Imperial label this month. First created in 2008, Stupid Stout was originally brewed as an English Stout before being reinvented as a West Coast-style American Imperial Stout in 2011. The 9%-abv offering will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft across 13 states though January. Stupid Stout is part of Coronado Brewing’s specialty Crown Series, alongside the brewer’s Idiot IPA, Hoppy Daze, Frog’s Breath IPA, Anniversary Ale and Coronado Collection entries.

•Lake Effect Brewing Co. in Chicago has released a Kolsch-style beer called Superbier made to pair with the hot dogs topped by dill pickle, Spanish onions and hot pepper at Chicago’s Superdawg restaurants. The micro-brewer expects to release a second, maltier product soon called Whoopski beer, designed to be paired with the Polish sausage and barbecue sauce at Superdawg. Clint Bautz, Lake Effect’s president and founder, expects to produce just 300 (31-gallon) barrels of beer overall this year. Bautz is cooperating with several other Chicago restaurants to produce signature beers, including a Doppelbock designed to be paired with German sausage and sauerkraut at the Bavarian-themed Radler. Most of the beers are priced between $6 and $10 a 22-ounce bottle.

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