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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014

•Madison, Wisconsin’s Ale Asylum is releasing two beers this month, Big Slick Stout and Demento Session Pale Ale, neither of which have been bottled before. Both will be available in 12-ounce bottles and on draft throughout Wisconsin and Illinois later this month. Big Slick (7%-abv) features 2-row, Munich, Crystal, Black and Chocolate malts, while Demento (4.7%-abv), originally part of the Limited Asylum series of experimental offerings, is brewed with Cascade and Centennial hops.

•Craft brewery and restaurant operator CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. is revamping the menu options across its restaurant concepts—including Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries and ChopHouse—naming hospitality veteran Stan Frankenthaler to lead the initiative as chief officer of food, beverage and strategic supply. Frankenthaler comes to CraftWorks from Dunkin’ Brands, where he was vice president, of global innovation and executive corporate chef. The overhaul across CraftWorks’ restaurant brands will include new menu items as well as expanded drinks offerings throughout the beer, wine and cocktail segments. CraftWorks operates nearly 200 company-owned and franchised locations nationwide.

•New Hampshire’s Henniker Brewing Company is expanding into the neighboring states of Vermont and Massachusetts this month with distribution of its full line of craft beers. Horizon Beverage will distribute Henniker brands in Massachusetts while G.Housen Co. has partnered with the brewery in Vermont. Henniker’s four year-round beers—Hop Slinger IPA, Amber Apparition, Whipple’s Wheat and Working Man’s Porter—as well as a seasonal lineup will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in both states.

 

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