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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 27, 2015

August 27, 2015

•San Francisco craft brewer 21st Amendment is launching Toaster Pastry, an India-style red ale. The release follows the opening of the company’s new 95,000-square-foot brewery in San Leandro. The taste profile of Toaster Pastry (7.6% abv), the first of several planned experimental brews from 21st Amendment, pays homage to Frosted Flakes cereal and Pop Tarts, which were made at the site of the new brewery decades ago. The new product is brewed with biscuit malts and Calypso and experimental hops. Toaster Pastry will be available in 19.2-ounce cans beginning in early September throughout the company’s 24-state distribution footprint.

•Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Co. is debuting two new beers next month, including Noir, a coffee milk stout, and Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r, billed as a dark double alt ale with pumpkin and brown sugar. Noir, made with roasted malts and cold brewed coffee, is launching in 22-ounce bottles, in Ninkasi’s 12-ounce variety 12-pack and on draft from September through December. Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r, meanwhile, is hitting the market in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Both brews will be distributed in nine U.S. states as well as select Canadian provinces.

•Asheville, North Carolina-based Hi-Wire Brewing is introducing a new Farmhouse Series with a fresh offering titled Farmhouse Volume 1. The traditional farmhouse ale (4.9% abv) is brewed with flaked oats and wheat and is available in 22-ounce bottles and limited draft across North Carolina. The series launch comes after Hi-Wire opened a second 27,000-square-foot location last month that will increase production to 10,000 barrels from 6,000 barrels. The company’s South Slope Taproom now serves as Hi-Wire’s experimental brewery.

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