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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014

•San Jose, California-based Gordon Biersch Brewing Company is releasing a new beer, Golden Export, in celebration of its 25th anniversary. The German blonde helles-style lager follows May’s release of Gordon Biersch 25th Anniversary Dunkles and features an updated bottle and box packaging that will run across the entire portfolio of German-style craft beers. Golden Export Lager (4.9%-abv) will be available year-round in six packs in Northern California, Hawaii and Nevada for about $8.99-$9.99. Gordon Biersch’s new bottles will display a circular “GB” logo and a different color for each brew, which include year-round Märzen, Hefeweizen, Pilsner and Blonde Bock, and seasonals Maibock, SommerBrau, FestBier and Winterbock.

•Wisconsin’s Stevens Point Brewery has introduced Point Oktoberfest, a Märzen-style fall seasonal. The full-bodied, reddish-copper colored beer is available in six- and 12-packs of bottles, 12-packs of cans and on draft through November. Point Oktoberfest is brewed with Vienna, 2-row Munich and Crystal malts and Hallertauer, Tettnanger and Spalter hops imported from Bavaria in southern Germany. Other seasonal beers from Stevens Point include Point Coaster Radler, Three Kings Ale and St. Benedict’s Winter Ale, in addition to year-round offerings Point Special Lager, Onyx Black Ale, Belgian White, Cascade Pale Ale, Drop Dead Blonde Ale, Amber Classic and Beyond the Pale IPA.

•California-based 2X4 Brewing & Imports LLC is launching its Canada’s Select Brews (CSB) portfolio in New York via a new partnership with Sarene Craft Beer Distributors. The CSB collection, which features a variety of Canadian craft beers from British Columbia, includes labels such as Parallel 49 Brewing’s Salty Scot, Steamworks Brewing’s Steamworks Pilsner and Howe Sound Brewing’s Megadestroyer, among others. The portfolio will be available to retailers and restaurants across New York City and the surrounding area. 2X4 Brewing’s CSB lineup has a current footprint of 15 states and more than 1,000 retail outlets.

•Maui’s Hawaii Sea Spirits will add a new rum to its portfolio next month, Deep Island Hawaiian Rum “Wave,” produced at its organic farm and distillery in Kula. The ultra-premium clear organic rum will be available for distribution throughout Hawaii beginning in October, with full release in U.S. mainland markets planned for next year. Made from organic sugar cane and ocean mineral water, Deep Island is sweet with hints of florals and molasses, the company says. Sea Spirits’ core offering is organic Ocean vodka ($32). Last year the company announced plans to expand its craft spirits portfolio with rums, a line of American whiskies and Hawaii-inspired liqueurs.

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