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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for December 20, 2012

December 20, 2012

•San Marcos, California-based Port Brewing Co. will launch a new year-round beer—its first since 2010—in February. Board Meeting Brown Ale (8.5% abv) is an imperial brown ale brewed with coffee from local San Diego roasters and cocoa nibs from San Francisco chocolate maker TCHO. It will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft across Port’s markets. Board Meeting joins Wipeout IPA, Shark Attack Imperial Red, Old Viscosity and Mongo Double IPA in the Port Brewing label lineup of year-round brews. The company also offers eight seasonal releases and a series of barrel-aged specialties, available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Washington, Chicago, Boston and the Philadelphia metro area.

•Baltimore’s Clipper City Brewing—producer of the Heavy Seas craft beer brand—has unveiled the first entry in its new Uncharted Waters specialty series, Heavy Seas Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels. A variation of the brewer’s existing Siren Noire, the 9.5%-abv offering is brewed with grains that add notes of mocha, fig, raisin and roasted coffee, as well as Belgian cacao nibs, which provide a chocolate flavor profile. After fermentation the new version is aged in Bourbon barrels along with Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla beans. Concurrently, Heavy Seas has announced the return of its Black Cannon Black IPA, a 7.25%-abv seasonal offering. Available from January through March, Black Cannon is a variation of the brand’s flagship Loose Cannon, featuring a more roasted character. Founded in 1994, Clipper City’s Heavy Seas range—which includes a variety of year-round, seasonal, classic and specialty beer offerings—is available in 18 states and Washington, D.C.


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