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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 6, 2013

June 6, 2013

•Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. has introduced Mango Magnifico con Calor, the seventh installment in their Backstage Series. Mango Magnifico will be released in limited quantities beginning August 5 across Founders’ distribution network. Billed as a fruit beer brewed with mango and Michigan-grown habaneros, it is priced at $12.99 a 750-ml. bottle. The Backstage Series line of limited batch, experimental beers has also included Doom, Bolt Cutter, Frangelic Mountain Brown and Curmudgeon’s Better Half, among others. Founders plans on releasing one more brew to the series this year.

•San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing is expanding distribution of its California Lager to select markets. Beginning this month, Anchor will roll California Lager out in 15 states across the country. California Lager (4.9% abv) will now be a year-round offering in Anchor’s stable, available in 6-packs, 12-packs and 22-ounce bottles as well as on draft. Made with two-row California barley, Cluster hops and Anchor’s own lager yeast, the brew is designed to be a re-creation of the state of California’s first genuine lager in 1876. California Lager was the first beer in the company’s Zymaster series, originally released in early 2012 as a limited draft beer and again in February for distribution in California only.

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