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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 11, 2015

November 11, 2015

•Boston Beer has debuted the 2015 edition of its Samuel Adams Utopias barrel-aged beer. Brewed in small batches, this year’s Utopias vintage was blended with previous vintages going back to 1992, then finished in a mix of barrels—including Cognac, Armagnac, Port, Madeira and others—at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. At 28% abv, it’s suggested to be served as a two-ounce pour in a snifter glass at room temperature. 10,000 bottles were produced, retailing at $199 apiece at select specialty beer and liquor stores.

•Fort Collins, Colorado’s Odell Brewing is launching its beer in cans for the first time. Odell will initially debut its flagship 90 Shilling and IPA labels in 12-packs of 12-ounce cans this month, with additional entries—including Loose Leaf Session Ale and the St. Lupulin summer seasonal—set to follow early next year. The move follows Odell’s recent installation of a new canning line, which is able to package around 310 cans per minute.

•Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing Co. has partnered with Missouri’s 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Washington’s Bale Breaker Brewing Co. to create Sorry Not Sorry IPA. A 9.3%-abv imperial IPA, the collaborative entry is brewed with Warrior, Simcoe and Mosaic hops, as well as a pair of experimental hop varieties—HBC 342 and HBC 344—and pureed peaches. Sorry Not Sorry IPA will be available for a limited time in 22-ounce bottles and on draft across 42 U.S. markets.

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