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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 6, 2015

January 6, 2015

•Chico, California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has unveiled a trio of new beers, including a pair of year-round entries and a spring seasonal. Rolling out early this year, the year-round newcomers include Hop Hunter IPA, which is made with oil from steam-distilled wet hops, and Nooner Pilsner, a German-style entry made with whole-cone European hop varietals. Hop Hunter will be available in 12-ounce bottles and on draft, while Nooner Pilsner will be sold in bottled six-packs, canned 12-packs and on draft. Concurrently, Beer Camp Hoppy Lager—a new iteration of a recent Beer Camp Across America brew, originally crafted in partnership with San Diego’s Ballast Point—makes its debut as Sierra Nevada’s latest seasonal. Along with its Chico headquarters, Sierra Nevada—whose core year-round portfolio also includes Pale Ale, Torpedo Extra IPA, Kellerweis, Stout and Porter—operates a second brewery in Mills River, North Carolina.

•A new craft-focused retailer, Craft Beer Cartel, has opened in the Riverside Park area of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lisa and Julian Siegel, founders of local restaurant Riverside Market (which pours over 550 craft beers) partnered with Native Brewing Company owners Adam and Jill Fine on the concept, which offers 1,000 craft beers, as well as a “nanobrewery” where Native Brewing tests recipes and supplies for home brewers such as kettles, paddles, hops and barley. The store also features an eight-line growler fill station, glassware and other items. More than 300,000 bottle caps were used in the design of the floor, with a reclaimed wood bar and reused materials completing the décor.

•Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Company will launch a new variety pack this spring as well as a refreshed logo and packaging design in May. In April, the new Spring Variety Pack hits the shelves with three each of the following styles: Session IPA, Kolsch, Belgian Single and Belgian Wit. The new packaging artwork will initially debut across the company’s five year-round offerings: Dortmunder Gold Lager, Eliot Ness Amber Lager, Burning River Pale Ale, Commodore Perry IPA and Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Meanwhile, Great Lakes is planning two new seasonal launches for this year: Alberta Clipper Porter (a 7.8%-abv ale with chocolate and raspberries) in May, and a yet-to-be-named American Wheat in June.

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