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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013

•Wirtz Beverage Nevada (WBN) has expanded distribution of several of its craft offerings, including the Original Sin cider, Green Flash Brewing and Vanberg & DeWulf beer brands. Previously available only in select Nevada markets, the three craft labels will now be offered statewide. Concurrently, WBN has added Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing to its craft stable. Uinta, which produces nearly a dozen core brews, as well as a range of organic and specialty labels, will be available in Northern Nevada. WBN’s craft beer portfolio also includes the Ballast Point, Knee Deep, Rogue, Tenaya Creek and Santa Fe brands, among others.

•Downingtown, Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company has released its newest seasonal brew, Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale, the third recent release for the brewery. Described as a pungent and floral ale, Hop Ranch is brewed with Mosaic and Azacca hops and will be available in stores and on-premise in 34 states through February on draft and in four-packs retailing for approximately $9.99, depending on location.

•Ninkasi Brewing Company will kick off the New Year with the latest in its Seasonal Release Series, ReNEWale 2014. The Oregon brewery’s latest “Alt Pale Ale” will be available on shelves in January and February 2014 and will be a lighter offering for those wanting something other than a typical winter seasonal after the New Year. Ninkasi wanted to create a beer with an existing pale ale recipe brewed with a house alt yeast strain and inspired by traditional Northern German Altbiers with a Northwest spin. The 5.4%-abv ale will be distributed in 12- and 22-ounce bottles and on draft in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Alaska, Vancouver and British Columbia.

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