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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 16, 2013

August 16, 2013

•A new brewery called Moody Tongue Brewing Co. is expected to launch this fall in Chicago. The owner is Jared Rouben, a former brewmaster at Goose Island Beer Co., who’s opening the facility in a former glass factory on Chicago’s South Side. His first three beers will be a Bubblegum Plum Belgian Blonde, a Brandied Blackberry Belgian Dubbel and a Gingerbread Chocolate Milk Stout aged in Bourbon barrels. Rouben, a Culinary Institute of America alumnus who has worked at Napa’s Martini House and New York’s Per Se restaurants, has enlisted the help of several local chefs, including Rick Bayless and Stephanie Izzard, in creating what the brewmaster describes as culinary-inspired beers. The name Moody Tongue, he says, reflects his target customer—people with discerning palates. He expects also to open a tasting room adjacent to the brewery open to the public.

•Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing is launching Oktoberfest to its Prismatic Lager Series in time for the fall. The brew will be available on draft and in 12-ounce bottles throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California and Vancouver from September through October. Billed as a Dortmund-style lager, Oktoberfest (5.1% abv) is brewed with Pilsner, Vienna, Carahell and Acidulated malts, as well as German Magnum and German Hersbrucker hops. Oktoberfest is the second beer to be added to the Prismatic Series this year, following the release of Sterling Pils in April. The series was established in 2011—beginning with the release of Helles Belles—to highlight beers in Ninkasi’s portfolio that are Northwest versions of traditional lager styles.

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