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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 6, 2014

November 6, 2014

•Cooperstown, New York-based Brewery Ommegang has revealed the fifth beer in its series inspired by the HBO series Game of Thrones. Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale is a 7.5%-abv brew made with malted rye, midnightwheat and dark candi sugar, as well as Hallertau Spalt Select, Tettnang and Bravo hops. It will be available on draft in sixth-barrel kegs and in corked 25.4-ounce bottles ($9.50) beginning next spring, concurrent with the start of Game of Thrones’ fifth season. Previous offerings in the line have included current release Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale, Fire and Blood Red Ale, Take the Black Stout and Iron Throne Blonde Ale. The first three beers all sold out, and Valar Morghulis is expected to do the same, despite a quadrupling of production compared with the first offering, Iron Throne.

•San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company is releasing this year’s edition of its Christmas Ale, marking its 40th annual holiday beer. Each year, the brewery releases a holiday offering brewed with a different recipe and packaged in different labels. The 2014 offering is a dark spiced ale with hints of citrus fruit, spices and piney hop notes, the company says. The packaging on this year’s release features a Giant Sequoia drawn by James Stitt and created to support the state’s parks foundation. Anchor Christmas Ale is available from early November through mid-January in six-packs and on draft, as well as gold-foiled magnum bottles.

•Phoenix, Arizona-based Grand Canyon Brewing Company is launching its latest seasonal offering, Winter Bourbon Barrel Brown, first released late last year. The English Ale (6%-abv) is brewed with Brown Bairds and Maris Otter malt with maple syrup added at fermentation. It is available in kegs and 22-ounce bomber bottles this month through January, and will be released to select craft beer bars across Arizona and Nevada. The family-run brewery produces a dozen specialty beers each year.

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