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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for January 9, 2013

January 9, 2013

•Seattle’s Two Beers Brewing is gearing up to launch the first entry in its new Alta Series. Rolling out on February 2, Switchback Russian Ale (12% abv) is aged in brandy barrels for six months, then aged for four more months with organic cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and Bing cherries. A limited quantity of 1,000 22-ounce bottles ($13 each) of the special edition brew will be released, available at the Two Beers tasting room and select Seattle area retail outlets. In addition to Switchback, Two Beers is scheduled to release three additional Alta ales in May, August and November, respectively, all above 9% abv. Two Beers’ portfolio—which includes five year-round brews and seven seasonals—is available throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern Ohio. Last year, the brewer reported production of roughly 7,000 barrels.

•Hood River, Oregon-based Full Sail Brewing is kicking off its new rotating Pub Series with this month’s launch of Full Sail Nut Brown Ale. Made with Fuggle and Mt. Hood hops and two-row pale, crystal and chocolate malts, the 6%-abv brew will be offered in six-packs and on draft through March. It will be followed in the series by three additional classic ales—Full Sail ESB, English Pale and Wassail Winter Ale—each of which will also be available for a 90-day period. Established in 1987, Full Sail’s offerings—which are led by its flagship Amber Ale and IPA—are distributed across 29 states.

 

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