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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

•Boston Beer’s Samuel Adams has reformulated its Rebel IPA, adding several hops to the year-round brew’s recipe. In addition to the blend of Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Chinook hops found in the original Rebel IPA, the revamped version features Mosaic hops, experimental bittering hop HBC 682 and HBC 566, a new hop variety proprietary to Sam Adams. Additionally, the updated recipe is brewed solely with Samuel Adams’ two-row malt blend, and caramel malt has been removed from the grain bill. According to the company, Rebel IPA’s new flavor profile is “less malty,” and features more tropical, citrus and pine-like notes.

•Narragansett Beer has unveiled the latest brew in its Lovecraft series, The Unnamable Black Lager. Made with Chocolate Rye, Cara Red, Carafa Special 1 and Pilsner malts and Citra hops, The Unnamable is at 7.5% abv and retails at around $12 a six-pack of 16-ounce cans. The new entry is rolling out now across Narragansett’s distribution footprint, which includes New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Oregon and Tennessee.

•Hood River, Oregon’s Full Sail Brewing has extended its Session Series lineup with the launch of Session Black Cherry Black. A play on the brewer’s Session Black lager, Session Black Cherry Black is brewed with Pale, Caramel, Munich and Chocolate malts and features notes of dark cherry. The 5.4%-abv brew will be available from January through April as part of Full Sail’s Session Series 12-pack and Session Mashup variety 12-pack.

•Louisville-based Goodwood Brewing Co. has teamed up with Major Brands Distributing to launch in Missouri. Major Brands initially will introduce the Goodwood lineup—which includes Louisville Lager, Walnut Brown Ale and Goodwood Pale Ale, among others—throughout the St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield areas, with wider expansion across the state slated to follow. Concurrently, Goodwood has added two new brews to its core lineup, unveiling Spruce Tip IPA and Hemp Gose. Both entries will be available in 12-ounce canned six-packs and on draft across the brewer’s 11-state footprint.

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