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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016

•Boston Beer’s Angry Orchard brand has collaborated with Vermont’s Eden Specialty Cider for the release of a new offering, Understood in Motion 01. The new release was pressed from Vermont apples and fermented at Eden’s cidery. It’s a still, semi-sweet cider aged in Calvados barrels for about six months. Understood in Motion 01 (8% abv) is the first entry in a series of collaborative ciders from Angry Orchard, and is available in limited release for about $25 a 750-ml. bottle. The leading cider brand in the U.S., Angry Orchard was up 3% to 15 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank, but has been declining in the first nine months of 2016.

•Chicago’s Forbidden Root Brewery has linked with Cavalier Distributing to enter Ohio and Florida. Starting this week, Forbidden Root’s core lineup—which includes Money On My Rind witbier, Sublime Ginger wheat and Wildflower Pale Ale—will launch across Ohio bars, restaurants and retail shops. Cavalier will extend the range into Florida by early 2017. Ohio and Florida are joining Illinois, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the Forbidden Root footprint. Established earlier this year, Forbidden Root specializes in “botanic beer,” inspired by historical recipes and featuring ingredients such as ginger, juniper and elderflower.

•Saint Paul, Minnesota-based Summit Brewing is rolling out an English-style Barleywine Ale as the fourth and final entry in its 30th Anniversary Series. The new beer is brewed with pale malt from Shakopee, Minnesota’s Rahr Malting Co., caramel malt from Chilton, Wisconsin’s Briess Malting and crystal malt from Scotland’s Simpsons Malting Co. Horizon, Equinox, Fuggle and Cascade hops round out the brew, which is fermented and conditioned with a blend of English and Scottish yeast strains. The limited-release Barleywine Ale (11.5% abv) is available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft. Summit Brewing’s lineup is currently available in 14 states.

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