Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 29, 2014October 29, 2014
•New York’s Cider Creek Hard Cider will now be available in the metro New York area through Manhattan Beer. The craft cider, which had been self-distributing, bases its production in Canisteo, New York and will be sold throughout the distributor’s metro New York footprint. The cidery produces Original Farmhouse Cider and Saison Reserve from apples sourced from New York state farmers. It currently has the capacity to produce up to 300 barrels a month, and also distributes to Massachusetts.
•Paso Robles, California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Company is releasing this year’s version of its annual Anniversary Ale, which was created with input from local winemakers. XVIII Anniversary Ale is a barrel-aged blend from nine component beers. 14 winemakers participated in a competitive blending session to create the new offering, with a 13%-abv, stout-dominated version made by Russell From and Philip Muzzy of Herman Story Wines winning out in a blind taste test. The ninth edition of Firestone Walker’s anniversary series will be available in select markets nationwide beginning next month for a suggested retail price of $23.99 a 22-ounce bottle.
•Oregon’s Portland Brewing has reintroduced its BlackWatch Cream Porter winter seasonal. Featuring notes of chocolate and coffee, BlackWatch is a dark Porter made with oats and caramel, black roast and wheat malts, as well as Willamette and Northern Brewer hops. The 5.3%-abv offering will be available in 22-ounce bottles, 12-ounce six-packs and on draft through February 1. Along with BlackWatch, Portland Brewing also produces year-round MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale, IPA and ZigZag River Lager labels as well as Rose Hip Gold, Oregon Honey Beer and Noble Scot seasonals.
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