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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015

•Delaware-based Dogfish Head is rolling out its Choc Lobster porter at retail for the first time exclusively through the World of Beer chain. Brewed every summer, the 5.6% abv porter—made with dark cocoa and Maine lobsters—has previously been available only at Dogfish Head’s pub in Rehoboth Beach. World of Beer CEO Paul Avery told SND recently that such exclusive offerings are a key piece of the company’s strategy as it looks to expand at a rate of about 40 new locations annually in the coming years.

•Nashville, Tennessee’s Wild Ginger Brewing Company is launching its inaugural Wild Ginger Alcoholic Ginger Beer to a handful of U.S. states. The 4%-abv offering can be served straight or in classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule, the company says. It’s available in 12-ounce cans in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and North Florida at $8.99-$9.99 a six-pack. The company expects Wild Ginger to be available nationwide by year-end and is planning the debut of more products later this fall.

•San Marcos, California’s The Hop Concept is introducing Lemon and Grassy IPA, the third beer in its quarterly Hop Freshener Series. Brewed with Comet, Nelson Sauvin, Sorachi Ace and Lemon Drop hops, Lemon and Grassy IPA (8.5% abv) continues the company’s experimentation with lesser-known hop varieties. The Hop Concept was launched in February by San Diego brewer Tomme Arthur, joining Arthur’s Port Brewing and Lost Abbey product lines. Lemon and Grassy IPA is available in 22-ounce bottles and limited draft throughout The Hop Concept/Port Brewing/Lost Abbey’s distribution network.

•Denver, Colorado-based Great Divide Brewing Company has unveiled 21st Anniversary Sour, its first bottled sour beer to date. 21st Anniversary Sour (6.2% abv) is aged in red wine barrels for nine months and is available in 750-ml. bottles. The new sour brew comes on the heels of the launch of Great Divide summer seasonal Whitewater Hoppy Wheat Ale (6.1% abv), which is available through September in six-packs of cans and bottles.

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