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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 7, 2015

January 7, 2015

•Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing Co. has introduced Stone Delicious IPA, a new IPA designed to have less gluten. Brewed using Calypso, Lemondrop, Nugget and dry-hopped El Dorado hops, Stone Delicious IPA also features an enzyme from San Diego’s White Labs, which works to break down, separate and denature gluten protein chains, bringing the beer’s gluten level below 20 parts per million. According to Stone Brewing, the 7.7%-abv offering is intended to be consumed fresh, with an “enjoy by” date displayed on the bottle. Stone Delicious IPA will be available across 42 U.S. markets in 12-ounce bottle six-packs and on draft starting this month.

•Philadelphia’s Dock Street Spirits has launched Vicio Mezcal, a new artisanal mezcal made with 100% agave. Priced at around $45 a 750-ml., Vicio is currently distributed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Vicio Mezcal marks the first entry in Dock Street’s craft spirits lineup. Founded in 2013 by Rosemarie Certo, Dock Street Spirits is an offshoot of Philadelphia’s Dock Street Brewery, which Certo established in 1985.

•Sonoma County’s Bear Republic Brewing Co. has unveiled a new edition of its Apex seasonal beer. Launching this month, Apex’s 2015 recipe features two new hop varieties—Azacca and Lemondrop—as well as Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe, Citra and El Dorado hops. The 8.25%-abv brew will be available in limited quantities, in both 22-ounce bottles and on draft. This year’s iteration marks the brewer’s second annual release of Apex, which is brewed using a different hop profile each year. Along with Apex, Bear Republic’s seasonal portfolio includes its Black Racer, Cafe Racer 15 and Racer X labels.

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