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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014

•Sierra Nevada has unveiled Harvest Wild Hop IPA, the final entry in its 2014 Harvest series. Made with Neomexicanus hops originally sourced from Taos, New Mexico, Harvest Wild Hop IPA marks the first time the wild hop variety has been used in a nationwide launch, according to the company. The 6.5%-abv brew, which is also made with two-row pale and caramel malts, will be available in 24-ounce bottles through January. Previous launches in Sierra Nevada’s 2014 Harvest series includes the Yakima 291, Equinox, Southern Hemisphere Harvest and Northern Hemisphere Harvest labels. The series, which is designed to showcase newly-developed hops and hopping methods, is set to return in 2015.

•San Diego, California’s Fat Cat Beer Company is expanding into the Washington, D.C. market through Republic National Distributing Co., following a successful rollout into northern Virginia. The brewery specializes in sessionable craft beers packaged in cans, such as Fat Cat Lager, Sultans of Wheat, Shawshank’s Injunction Pale Ale, Beale St Brown Ale, Confession IPA and recently released Bro-ceanography Pils, which is offered in kegs. In addition to Washington, D.C., Fat Cat is currently available in Georgia, Florida, Virginia and California.

•Chicago-based Moody Tongue Brewing Co., which opened this past summer, is introducing a Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner priced at $120 a 22-ounce bottle. The company won’t say exactly how much of the unusual brew it’s producing, but has scheduled an online lottery to select 500 people who will get the first chance to purchase the beer. Much of the remainder will be sold through local restaurants, according to CEO Jeremy Cohn. Brewmaster Jared Rouben, a graduate of both the Culinary Institute of America and the Siebel Institute of Technology who employed rare Australian black truffles in the new beer, says Moody Tongue’s goal is to engage in “culinary brewing.”

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