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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017

•Cooperstown, New York’s Brewery Ommegang will release Bend the Knee Golden Ale, the latest addition to its Game of Thrones series, around the Memorial Day holiday this year. The 9%-abv ale is brewed with pils malt and flaked oats and hopped with Saaz, Bravo and Styrian Golding hops, with wildflower honey added during fermentation. It will be available on draft and in a series of three collectible 750-ml. bottles ($10.99) featuring one of the three Great House sigils: Stark, Targaryen and Lannister. Brewery Ommegang, which is part of Duvel USA, has a footprint of 46 states.

•Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery has promoted second-generation co-owner Laura Bell to the role of CEO, effective immediately. She reports to her father, president Larry Bell, who will continue to oversee long-term planning and direction. Laura is tasked with managing brewery operations and planning for Bell’s and its sister brewery Upper Hand. She has previously served as vice president and in sales, production and marketing roles for the company. Bell’s is the seventh-largest craft brewer nationwide, according to the Brewers Association.

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