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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013

Samuel Adams is set to launch its new Rebel IPA nationwide. The 6.5%-abv offering, which is made with Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook and Amarillo hops, is billed as a West Coast-style IPA. Currently available on draft in key U.S. markets, Rebel IPA will roll out nationwide on draft in January, with six-pack ($7.99-$9.99) and 12-pack ($14.99-$17.99) formats to follow in February. The launch follows the recent introduction of Samuel Adams’ new limited edition seasonal Juniper IPA, which debuted in November, as well as Samuel Adams Merry Maker, a returning limited edition entry. Merry Maker is currently available in 22-ounce bottles ($5.99-$6.99) and on draft in select markets, while Juniper IPA is available as part of the Samuel Adams Winter Favorites Variety 12-pack ($14.99-$17.99).

•Juneau’s Alaskan Brewing Co. has released the 2013 edition of its Barley Wine Ale. Made with hops sourced from Oregon, this year’s 10.7%-abv entry can be enjoyed fresh or cellared for up to around three years. The 2013 Barley Wine Ale will be available starting this week across Alaskan Brewing’s 15-state footprint. First launched in 2003, Alaskan Brewing’s Barley Wine Ale is part of the brewer’s limited edition Alaskan Pilot Series. In addition to its Barley Wine Ale, Alaskan Brewing recently announced the return of its limited edition Alaskan Smoked Porter, which debuted a 2013 vintage last month.

•San Diego-based Mission Brewery has released its 32-ounce “cannons” of Shipwrecked Double IPA and El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale to an additional seven states. Said to be the first quart-sized cans packaged by a U.S. microbrewery, the cannons were made available in California and Colorado in early October and have since joined Mission’s bottled and draft beers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. Mission has seen sales grow 300% in the past three months when compared to the previous year and recently increased its production staff by 40%. Mission Brewery expects to make about 10,000 barrels of beer in 2013, up from less than 5,000 in 2012.

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