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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 4, 2014

March 4, 2014

Boston Beer Co.’s Angry Orchard has launched its Green Apple hard cider nationwide. Made with culinary apples from the Pacific Northwest, Angry Orchard Green Apple is currently available in six-packs, priced at around $7.99 to $9.99. The 5%-abv entry marks the brand’s first year-round cider made with American apples, following the launch of Angry Orchard’s Elderflower (April-August) and Cinnful Apple (September-March) seasonals, both of which are also crafted with American fruit. Green Apple joins Crisp Apple, Traditional Dry and Apple Ginger in the core, year-round Angry Orchard stable.

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Co. has released Stone Go To IPA, a new year-round entry made with nine different hop varietals. Billed as a 4.5%-abv session beer, Stone Go To IPA combines complex, hop-heavy flavor with relatively lower alcohol and easier drinkability. The new offering, which is intended to be consumed fresh or within 90 days, is currently available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles. Stone Go To IPA is Stone Brewing’s tenth year-round brew.

•Portland, Maine’s Peak Organic Brewing Co. will release its second limited edition beer, Espresso Amber Ale, the first Fair Trade Certified beer in the U.S., according to the company. Peak partnered with Irving Farm Coffee Roasters from Millerton, New York, for sourcing of the organic, fair trade coffee from the Capucas Coop in Honduras. With its latest release, Peak continues to focus on local, artisan and organic ingredients. It produces 16 varieties of its craft beer, including Simcoe Spring, Hop Noir, Aged Mocha Stout and the King Crimson Imperial Red, among others.

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