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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 30, 2014

December 30, 2014

•San Diego’s Fat Cat Beer Company is adding to its range with the introduction of Dark Side Lunar Stout. The limited-release offering is 5.5% abv and includes 2 Row malt, black barley, two types of hops and an infusion of 100% cacao. Dark Side Lunar Stout will be available on draft through March. Fat Cat’s distribution territory includes Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Washington D.C. and California. The craft brewer’s other beers include Fat Cat Lager, Sultans of Wheat, Shawshank’s Injunction Pale Ale, Beale St. Brown Ale, Confession IPA and Bro-ceanography Pils.

•Fort Collins, Colorado-based Odell Brewing is releasing the second edition of its Fernet Aged Porter, which is aged in used Leopold Bros. Fernet barrels. The imperial porter features notes of herbs and spices along with chocolate, mint and anise, according to the company. Fernet Aged Porter is available in 750-ml. cage-and-cork bottles throughout the brewery’s 11-state distribution footprint. Earlier this month, the company released its winter/spring seasonal Runoff Red IPA, a dry-hopped India Pale Ale brewed with American hops.

•Portland, Oregon’s Hopworks Urban Brewery is launching the latest offering in its IPX Single Hop Ale series, Mt. Hood. The single hop series highlights the aromas and flavors of individual hop varieties with the same base recipe for all its beers. The Mt. Hood version is brewed with Salmon Safe Certified Mt. Hood hops from Crosby Farms in Woodburn, Oregon. The hop is a descendant of Germany’s Hallertauer, Mittelfruh and Liberty hop varieties. The latest single-hop offering (6% abv) is available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest. Hopworks Urban Brewery says it produces 12,500 barrels of beer annually with its 20-barrel brewery.

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