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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015

•Boston Beer Co.’s Angry Orchard has announced the launch of spring and summer seasonal cider Angry Orchard Summer Honey. Made with a blend of American culinary apples and wildflower honey, the 5%-abv offering will be available through August in bottled six-packs ($7.99-$9.99), bottled 12-packs and variety 12-packs ($14.99-$17.99) and in 16-ounce cans ($1.79-$1.99) and 16-ounce can four-packs ($6.99-$7.99). An Impact “Hot Brand,” Angry Orchard was up 81.3% last year, to 14.5 million (2.25-gallon) cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Clifton Park, New York-based Shmaltz Brewing has released She’Brew Triple IPA. Created by local female brewers, the limited release She’Brew (11% abv) is made with almost 4 pounds per barrel of Calypso, Citra, Crystal and Amarillo hops for notes of pineapple, tangerine, white peach and orange, the company says. It is available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles in select markets throughout the U.S. Shmaltz will donate a portion of the proceeds of She’Brew to the global nonprofit Pink Boots Society scholarship fund to advance women in the beer industry in addition to Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region.

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Co. is introducing two different editions of its annual Stone Imperial Russian Stout release. Rolling out as part of Stone’s “Odd Beers for Odd Years” program, the pair include the brewer’s traditional Stone Imperial Stout and a tea- and spice-infused version, known as Stone Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian Stout. Both 2015 editions will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft across Stone Brewing’s 42-market U.S. footprint. Established in 2011, Stone Brewing’s Odd Beers for Odd Years program was designed to create new spins on the classic versions of the brewer’s annual Old Guardian Barley Wine and Imperial Russian Stout releases.

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