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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for September 29, 2015

September 29, 2015

•Boston Beer Company will introduce a new lineup of Nitro beers under its Samuel Adams brand early next year. The new range will debut with Samuel Adams Nitro White Ale (5.5% abv), which features a two-row pale malt blend along with German pils malt, white wheat, Citra hops, coriander, orange peel and Grains of Paradise. A Nitro IPA (7.5% abv)—brewed with Zeus, Polaris, Galaxy, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops—and a Nitro Coffee Stout (5.8% abv), featuring East Kent Goldings hops and coffee, will round out the line. Samuel Adams Nitro White Ale will be available on draft in January, with the IPA and Coffee Stout following in February in four-packs of 16-ounce cans retailing at about $8.99-$10.99. Samuel Adams’ core Boston Lager was flat in 2014 at 10.3 million (2.25-gallon) cases, according to Impact Databank.

•Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has formed a new strategic partnership with Nantucket, Massachusetts-based Cisco Brewers, under which Cisco will have access to CBA’s brewing operations and distribution network. Additionally, both companies will now share a master brewer, with CBA lead innovation brewer Mark Valeriani overseeing production of Cisco beers at Cisco’s Nantucket brewery and CBA’s Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based facility. Cisco Brewers, which produces the Whale’s Tale Pale Ale, Grey Lady Ale and Shark Tracker Light Lager labels, joins Redhook Ale Brewery, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Kona Brewing Company, Omission Beer and Square Mile Cider in the CBA family of brands.

•Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer has unveiled Allie’s Double Chocolate Porter, the latest entry in the brewer’s Hi Neighbor Mash Up local collaboration series. Created in partnership with North Kingstown, Rhode Island-based shop Allie’s Donuts, the Double Chocolate Porter is brewed with chocolate malt, dark crystal malt and cocoa nibs. The 5.5%-abv limited edition seasonal will be available through the winter, sold in six-packs of 16-ounce cans ($8.49-$9.49 a six-pack). Narragansett’s distribution footprint currently spans New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, Florida and Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

•New Belgium Brewing is adding a new brew, Hop Stout, to its Hop Kitchen Series. Made with eight different grains and six hop varieties—including Equinox, Chinook and Willamette—Hop Stout is billed as “an imperial stout grappling with an IPA.” The 8% abv beer is rolling out now on draft. New Belgium releases a new limited edition brew under the Hop Kitchen banner quarterly.

•Asheville, North Carolina-based Green Man Brewery has partnered with distributor S.R. Perrott Inc. to enter the Florida market. Initially debuting across Florida’s Lake, Flagler, Volusia and Putnam Counties, Green Man has launched its three year-round flagship labels—Green Man IPA, Green Man ESB and Green Man Porter—in the state, as well as its rotating seasonal lineup. The brews are available in 12-ounce bottles both on- and off-premise. Florida brings Green Man’s reach to four states, joining North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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