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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014

•Boulder, Colorado’s Avery Brewing Co. has leased space at New Belgium Brewing’s Fort Collins facility to ease capacity constraints while its new brewery is under construction. Under the limited one-year agreement, Avery will brew its White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale for draft package at the New Belgium brewery until its new Boulder facility opens in January 2015. Shifting production of White Rascal draft to Fort Collins will allow Avery to brew more seasonal and specialty beers at its existing Boulder brewery, as well as give Avery’s team the chance to train with a larger, more advanced brewhouse. Along with White Rascal, Avery Brewing’s core portfolio includes its India Pale Ale, Ellie’s Brown Ale, Out of Bounds Stout and Joe’s labels.

•Cooperstown, New York’s Brewery Ommegang has released Fire and Blood, the third entry in its specialty Game of Thrones-inspired series. Rolling out ahead of Game of Thrones’ season four premiere, Fire and Blood is a dark red-colored brew made with CTZ, Styrian Golding and German Tettnang hops, as well as licorice root and star anise. The 6.8%-abv entry is packaged using three different labels, each featuring a unique dragon design, and is currently available on draft and in 750-ml. bottles. Fire and Blood joins Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take The Black Stout in the existing Game of Thrones collection. The fourth expression in the series is slated to launch this fall, with Ommegang allowing fans to choose the next release via Facebook votes.

•Kentucky-based Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company is releasing its second barrel-aged seasonal offering, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, which follows the rollout of last fall’s Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale. The 10%-abv brew is a traditional American-style barley wine aged for six weeks in freshly decanted Bourbon barrels. Alltech’s barrel-aged seasonal offerings are finished in the same manner as two of the company’s year-round beers, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout. The barley wine will be available in limited quantities throughout Alltech’s 20-territory distribution on draft and in four-packs of bottles for about $14.99. The company also plans to release a barrel-aged summer seasonal.

•Oregon’s Portland Brewing has added ZigZag River Lager to its year-round portfolio, joining its MacTarnahan’s Amber. Named after the state’s Zigzag River, the German-style lager is brewed with 2-Row Pale, Munich and Wheat malts along with Nugget and Tettnang hops and is 5.1%-abv. ZigZag River Lager is available in 22-ounce bottles, 12-ounce bottle six-packs and on draft.

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