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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 19, 2014

June 19, 2014

•Downingtown, Pennsylvania-based Victory Brewing has released the first IPA in its new Moving Parts series. Rolling out this month, Moving Parts 01 is made with five different American, English and Czech hop varieties, as well as two-row German malts. The 7.1%-abv entry will be available across 34 states, both in 22-ounce bottles ($4.99) and on draft at craft beer bars, bottle shops, beer distributors and grocery stores, including Whole Foods and Wegmans. Featuring a new release every four months, the Moving Parts series was created to showcase experimental IPAs made with new techniques and/or ingredients.

•Belgium’s family-owned Du Bocq Brewery will release its Saison 1858 to the U.S. market through Merchant du Vin this summer, joining Du Bocq’s Blanche de Namur in the importer’s portfolio. Saison 1858 is a classic Belgian saison ale (6.4%-abv) that is medium bodied with a balanced hop profile, the company says. It will be sold in 25.4-ounce bottles and 30-liter kegs beginning July 21. Merchant du Vin’s portfolio of imports also includes England’s Samuel Smith’s, Scotland’s Traquair House, Germany’s Ayinger and Pinkus beer and Belgium’s Rochefort.

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing has released a new black rye Kölsch-style ale, Spröcketbier. The limited offering is the first beer in Stone’s Spotlight Series, featuring beers created by teams of Stone employees who compete to see their brews distributed nationally. Spröcketbier, at 5.4% abv, is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft across Stone’s 40-state footprint.

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