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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 25, 2015

November 25, 2015

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Company has released Grainiac, the latest entry in its experimental Stochasticity Project series. Featuring a malt bill composed of seven grain varieties, Grainiac also includes Columbus, Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. Stochasticity Project Grainiac (8.5% abv) is available in 22-ounce bombers and on draft at select retailers in Stone’s 42-state footprint. It joins previous Stochasticity Project releases including Master of Disguise, Hibiscuscity, Quadrotriticale, Varna Necropolis and Grapefruit Slam IPA.

•Seattle-based specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin will introduce two new lambics under the Lindemans brand early next year. The first, Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René (7% abv), is billed as an old-style lambic sour beer fermented with cherries. The second newcomer is Lindemans/Mikkeller SpontanBasil, a collaboration between Lindemans and Danish brewer Mikkeller which is 6% abv and claims to be the first lambic brewed with fresh basil. Both new offerings will launch in the U.S. next February.

•San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company has unveiled Segal Ranch Session IPA, the final entry in its 2015 Hop Odyssey series. The 4.5%-abv IPA, which is brewed with single-estate Tomahawk, Centennial and Cascade hops sourced from Yakima, Washington’s Segal Ranch, will be available nationwide in six-packs, 22-ounce bottles and on draft through the end of the year. Concurrently, Green Flash has announced plans to launch three pale ales as part of its 2016 Hop Odyssey lineup, each focusing on a single hop variety from a specific country. They will include a Pacific Gem Pale Ale with New Zealand hops (available January-April); a Styrian Golding Pale Ale with Slovenian hops (May-August); and a Nugget Pale Ale with American hops (September-December).

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