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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for August 1, 2013

August 1, 2013

Sierra Nevada Brewing has added a new seasonal, Flipside Red IPA, to its lineup in time for fall. Flipside, which features a “deep ruby-red hue,” will be available beginning in September in 12-ounce bottles and on draft. The new beer (6.2% abv) features whole-cone Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hops, used as both finishing additions as well as in Sierra Nevada’s signature “Torpedo” system. The brewer also added two-row pale, wheat, caramel and chocolate malts. Sierra Nevada’s lineup of seasonal brews also includes Celebration Ale, Ruthless Rye IPA, Summerfest and Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale.

•Stone Brewing Co. has released Coconut IPA in collaboration with San Diego homebrewers Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan, and San Marcos, California-based Rip Current Brewing. The brew is available now on draft and in 22-ounce bottles across 38 states and Washington, D.C. The recipe stems from the winning Coconut IPA that Masterson and Reschan entered into Stone’s 2013 Homebrew Competition earlier this year. For the final version, Stone added three pounds of lightly toasted coconut per barrel to the beer, and collaborated with Rip Current Brewing, who offered hopping suggestions and their pilot system to experiment on, allowing the team to brew test batches to reach the right combination. Six hops were eventually chosen—Centennial, Amarillo, Calypso, Simcoe, Belma and Australian Helga.

•Lakewood, New York’s Southern Tier Brewing Co. is entering the Texas market via a new partnership with Andrews Distributing. Starting this October, Southern Tier’s portfolio—which includes the brand’s core IPA, Phin & Matt’s, Porter, 422, 2XIPA, 2XStout and Live labels—will be available in the North and South Texas markets. With the addition of Texas, Southern Tier’s offerings will be distributed in 32 states. The craft brewer, which began operating in late 2002, now produces around 50,000 barrels annually.

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