Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 5, 2015October 5, 2015
•Alaskan Brewing Co. is launching Heritage Coffee Brown Ale, a new edition within its Pilot Series of beers. Distributed across Alaskan’s 17-state footprint in 22-ounce bombers and on draft as of this month, Heritage Coffee Brown Ale was made in collaboration with Juneau’s Heritage Coffee Roasting Co., and features a cold-brewed version of its signature Brazilian coffee blend, Paixao. The new brown ale is billed as a more subtle, less bitter expression of coffee beer than most currently on the market.
•California’s Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits has introduced The Commodore, a new American stout that will be in its year-round portfolio. A medium-bodied 6.5% abv stout, the newcomer is rolling out in 12-ounce bottles and on draft. The Commodore joins Sculpin IPA, Even Keel Session IPA, Longfin Lager, Wahoo White, Pale Ale and others in Ballast Point’s year-round stable.
•Northern California’s Timberlane LLC, producer of Arkansas Black Straight Applejack (98 Proof, $54.99 retail), is releasing a very limited Twenty-One Year Straight Applejack this fall. The long-aged 92 proof California applejack will retail for about $125 a 750-ml. bottle, and will be distributed through Southern Wine and Spirits’ Artisanal Group in Northern and Southern California. Only 600 cases will be released. Both Arkansas Black Straight Applejack expressions contain 100% apples, and do not contain grain spirits.
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