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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014

•A start-up Wisconsin brewer called MobCraft Brewery is hoping to raise money for a production facility by using a rising crowdfunding site called craftfund. The Milwaukee-based craftfund is also attracting interest from other Wisconsin brewers who seek capital, including Common Man Brewing, Parched Eagle Brewpub and Badger State Brewing Co. Out-of-state brewers who’ve signed on include Blackrock Brewers from Arizona, Mine Shaft Brewing in Utah and Twin Beaches Brewing in Maryland. Mobcraft Brewery, meanwhile, shares production in Madison, Wisconsin with a brewer called House of Brews, but hopes to finance a brewery with annual capacity of nearly 30,000 barrels by 2016. The brewer’s unusual styles include Beelzebub’s Run, which incorporates raspberries and cacao nubs in the fermenter; Uncle T’s English Caramel Ale; and Old-Fashioned Berliner Weiss, a moderately sour wheat beer aged in a combination of whiskey and brandy barrels and infused with cherries, oranges and star anise along with other spices. Brewmaster Andrew Gierczak also invites Mobcraft followers to submit ideas and recipes, and then holds an online vote to pick a monthly winner for production.

•California-based Angel City Brewery is releasing Winter Porter as its latest seasonal offering. The full-bodied, 6.5%-abv release is brewed with 2-Row Brewer’s Malt, Munich, Caramel and Chocolate Malt and has vanilla aroma balanced by roasted dark chocolate, the company says. Six-packs of Winter Porter are available at Los Angeles retailers and it is also offered on draft at local venues. Established in 1997, Angel City Brewing was acquired by Alchemy & Science, an independent subsidiary of Boston Beer Co. led by Magic Hat co-founder Alan Newman, in 2012.

•Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Co. has relaunched its Alaskan Winter Ale seasonal. An English Old Ale-style brew, Alaskan Winter Ale is made with European and Pacific Northwest hops, as well as Sitka spruce tips. The returning label will be available through December in bottles and on draft across Alaskan Brewing’s 17-state footprint. Alaskan Winter Ale has been part of the brewer’s rotating seasonal series since its initial launch in 2000. This year, Alaskan Brewing’s seasonal lineup also included its Summer Ale, Pumpkin Porter and ESB labels.


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