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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016

•New Belgium Brewing is launching two new beers for the summer season, Heavy Melon and Juicy Mandarina IPA. Heavy Melon (5% abv), a seasonal beer debuting in 12-ounce bottles, cans and on draft, is brewed with watermelon and lime peel. Juicy Mandarina IPA, part of New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series, is a 6.5%-abv offering that features wheat malt and hop varieties Mandarina Bavaria, Calypso, Galaxy and experimental hop #522. Juicy Mandarina IPA will be distributed on draft only.

•Golden State Cider Company is expanding distribution throughout California through distributor Wine Warehouse. Golden State’s offerings are available on draft and in four-packs of cans in Northern California, with the southern part of the state to be filled out later this year. The company has also introduced a new dry-hopped hard cider, Mighty Hops, available in four-packs ($11.99) exclusively at Whole Foods this month with a wider release to follow in May.

•Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Goose Island Beer Company has partnered with Chicago chef and restaurateur Paul Kahan for a new specialty beer, Petite Matilda Belgian Style Session Ale. Inspired by Belgium’s Petite Orval and intended to be paired with food, the new beer is fermented with Brettanomyces yeast and is dry-hopped with new German Hull Melon hops. Petite Matilda (4.5% abv) will be available in limited quantities in Chicago restaurants.

•Indiana’s Backbone Bourbon Company is launching a limited-edition 10-year-old Reserve Straight Bourbon whiskey called “Old Bones” ($130). Old Bones is a barrel-strength (110 proof), high-rye Bourbon composed of 55% corn, 40% rye and 5% barley and distilled at MGP in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. 405 six-pack cases were produced. Backbone, which is present in 20 states, also markets Backbone Bourbon Uncut, Backbone Prime, Bone Snapper Rye and Bone Dry Gin.

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