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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015

•San Jose, California’s Gordon Biersch Brewing Company has added to its limited release Uberbier series with the launch of Zwickel Pils. The bottom-fermented pilsner is brewed in adherence to Germany’s Reinheitsgebot purity law of 1516 with Hallertau and Tettnang hops and Pilsner malt used in the company’s other classic Czech-style pilsner. Zwickel Pils is largely unfiltered and will continue to age in the bottle. It is available this April for $5.99 a 750-ml. bottle throughout Gordon Biersch’s distribution footprint. Gordon Biersch Brewing has an annual production capacity of 4 million gallons (1.8 million 2.25-gallon cases).

•Portland, Maine’s Shipyard Brewing Company is rolling out its first lager, Imperial Pilsner, as the newest addition to the Signature Series. A blend of German pilsner and imperial IPA, the 9%-abv offering is brewed with pilsner and Munich malt and Saphir, Bravo and Saaz hops for a full-bodied brew with a hint of sweetness and dry finish, the company says. Only 1,200 cases were produced. Imperial Pilsner is available while supplies last in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. The family-owned Shipyard Brewing Company produces 20 varieties of craft beer.

•San Francisco-based 21st Amendment Brewery will  hit the market by early April. It’s believed that Windy City Distributing LLC in Illinois is acting as the wholesaler. In the wake of a $21 million brewery upgrade, 21st Amendment will be offering draft and six-packs of cans of its Back in Black IPA, Brew Free or Die IPA and Down to Earth IPA, followed in the fall by Fireside Chat, a spiced winter ale.

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