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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015

•Marietta, Georgia-based Red Hare Brewing has partnered with Jose Cuervo to create Barrel Aged Gangway IPA, the craft brewer’s first bottled offering. Part of Jose Cuervo’s “Cask Ale” barrel swap program with select craft producers, the limited edition is matured in Jose Cuervo Tradicional barrels. Red Hare’s Barrel Aged Gangway IPA will be available in 22-ounce bombers throughout the metro Atlanta and Savannah markets starting June 15. After using the Tequila barrels to age Gangway IPA, Red Hare sent them back to Cuervo, which then used them for another batch of Tequila. That bottling will launch as Jose Cuervo Barrel Aged Tradicional Tequila later this summer.

•Baltimore, Maryland’s Heavy Seas Beer is releasing a third beer on its Unchartered Waters series. Red Sky at Morning (9% abv) is a limited release available July through August and is a version of past seasonal Red Sky at Night. The Belgian-style Saison is brewed with Pale, Wheat and Acidulated malts and Belgian candi sugar and is finished in Chardonnay barrels. Meanwhile, Heavy Seas is returning its popular seasonal offering, Riptide White IPA. The seasonal (7.25% abv) will be available July through September throughout Heavy Seas’ 18-state distribution network.

•Boston, Massachusetts-based Harpoon Brewery is rolling out its newest year-round offering Take 5 Session IPA in bottles and cans. Last month, the company introduced the brew on draft only to select accounts. Made with Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra hops with Pale, Vienna, Carapils and English Amber malts, Take 5 (4.3% abv) will now be sold throughout Harpoon’s 25-state distribution footprint.

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