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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 27, 2019

February 27, 2019

•The Boston Beer Company has launched Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale, the latest line extension for its flagship brand. The 5.5% abv release is made with hops from Germany’s Hallertaü region including Mandarina, Mellon, and Blanc to create a sessionable take on the New England-style IPA, according to the company. The beer is now available in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans in New England and in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans in the rest of the U.S. Both formats will retail for around $10 a pack.

•Stratford, Connecticut-based Two Roads Brewing Company will unveil its new $15 million, 25,000-square-foot facility expansion next month. Dubbed “Area Two,” the new structure abuts wetlands on Two Roads’ property, and the wetlands’ microflora will be captured to galvanize “spontaneous fermentation” in Area Two’s new 50 barrel-capacity open-air coolship, a large open pan of wort that will ferment into wild sour beers. In that vein, Area Two will focus on experimental and barrel-aged brews, including several Lambic ales, a Tequila barrel-aged gose, a Bourbon barrel cherry quad, and others. Two Roads, opened in 2012, is named for the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken.”

•Fort-Collins, Colorado-based Odell Brewing has added Mountain Standard IPA to its year-round portfolio. Making the new beer with Cashmere, Sabro, and Strata hops, Odell is seeking to bridge the divide between West Coast and New England IPAs. At 6.5% abv, Mountain Standard aims to balance the aromatics and sweetness of New England IPAs with the robust base of a West Coast style. Odell previously had a seasonal black IPA called Mountain Standard, but retired it to free up the name for this release. Available now across Odell’s 19 state distribution area, Mountain Standard retails at around $10 a 6-pack.

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