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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012

•Athens, Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Co. (minority owned by MillerCoors) and San Francisco’s Shmaltz Brewing Co. have partnered to create Reunion Ale 2012. Each brewery has created its own version of the collaborative offering, which is a dark ale brewed with Willamette hops, as well as cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa. Rolling out in all Terrapin markets (which include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia), both versions of Reunion Ale 2012 will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. The collaboration is part of the Reunion: A Beer For Hope project—now in its sixth year—which raises funds to support the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.

•Fort Collins, Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Co. has unveiled its newest fall seasonal, a dark garnet ale called Red Hoptober. Brewed with El Dorado, Centennial and Cascade hops, the 6%-abv beer is described as having a piney flavor with citrus notes. Red Hoptober will be available in most New Belgium markets this month through the end of October. Red Hoptober joins New Belgium’s spring seasonal, Dig Pale Ale, and summer offering, Somersault Ale, in the craft brewer’s seasonal collection.

•Lake Barrington, Illinois-based Wild Onion Brewing Co. is set to launch a Bomber Series. A collection of four Belgian ales packaged in 22-ounce bombers, the limited release series is kicking off this month with the rollout of Golden Ale, a 7%-abv bottle-conditioned beer, followed by the release of Dubbel and Trippel, both of which have a higher abv. The last expression in the series will be Drago, a Russian imperial stout. Drago is Wild Onion’s winter seasonal and had previously only been available on tap. Each offering in the series is priced at around $10 a bomber. Established in 1996, Wild Onion Brewing distributes its offerings—including the Hop Slayer, Jack Stout, Hefty Weiss and Nut Brown Ale labels, among others—throughout the Chicago metro area.


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