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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for December 5, 2012

December 5, 2012

•Boston’s Harpoon Brewery has introduced the latest release in its limited batch 100 Barrel Series, El Triunfo. The beer is an English-style coffee porter, using locally roasted coffee by Equal Exchange and harvested in Mexico’s El Triunfo biosphere. It’s available in 22-ounce bottles with limited draft availability. The 100 Barrel Series was introduced in 2003, allowing a different brewer to choose a style of beer, formulate the recipe and brew the beer every few months. Created by brewer Jesse Brenneman, El Triunfo is the 44th installment to the series. Harpoon co-founder Rich Doyle recently told Shanken News Daily that it’s expanding production capacity and now projects double-digit growth for 2012 to nearly 200,000 barrels.

•Portland, Oregon’s Cascade Brewing has announced a flurry of new offerings. Earlier this week, the craft brewer launched Bourbon Bing Quad, a sour blonde quadrupel ale aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 13 months before maturing an additional four months on 150 pounds of Bing cherries. Priced at $8 a glass and $3 a taster, the 10%-abv brew is joined at Cascade’s Barrel House by newcomers Pay Czech Pils IPA (7% abv) and Rain Walker Red (5.9% abv), both of which sell for $4.50 a pint. Next week, Cascade will intro Cascade Blueberry, a wheat and blonde ale blend aged in oak for up to 12 months, and subsequently aged on blueberries for an additional three. Additional rollouts, meanwhile, include Darkest Day IPA—brewed for the winter solstice on December 21—and Vlad the Imp Aler, which is slated to launch in late January.

•Ballast Point Brewing Co. is preparing to introduce its first-ever canned beers. The San Diego-based brewer, which recently added a canning line to its packaging facility, plans to launch canned versions of its Sculpin IPA, Pale Ale and Longfin labels in the next three months. The Ballast Point cans will initially be available only in Southern California, with future expansion in the offing. Established in 1996, Ballast Point Brewing produces six core beers, as well as a range of artisanal spirits. The company’s offerings are currently distributed throughout Arizona, California, South Carolina, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.


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