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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 28, 2015

December 28, 2015

•Delaware’s Dogfish Head has detailed plans to release six new entries and bring back six returning favorites in the coming year. Among the newcomers are Flesh & Blood and Romantic Chemistry (a spring seasonal), both billed as fruit-forward IPAs; Belgian-style Tripel Beer To Drink Music To; herb-infused saison Bière de Provence; Seaquenchale, a hybrid of the Kolsch, Berliner Weisse and Gose styles; and Beer for Breakfast, a winter seasonal brewed with Delaware scrapple. Returning Dogfish entries for 2016 will include Squall IPA, beer-wine hybrid Red & White, 120 Minute IPA, Punkin Ale, Pennsylvania Tuxedo and World Wide Stout. Concurrently, Dogfish Head will also be removing its Sixty-One and Tweason’ale labels from its 2016 year-round lineup.

•Downingtown, Pennsylvania-based Victory Brewing Company will be introducing a new Blackboard Series of culinary-inspired beers beginning January 1. The annual series will feature a new beer every three months, alternating between bottle and draft-only releases. The upcoming year’s first release will be Agave IPA with Grapefruit, which is brewed with four varieties of American hops, launching in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles retailing at $9.99. In April, a Dry-Hopped Brett Pils will follow, rolling out on draft until June. A Berliner Weisse with Elderflower packaged in 12-ounce bottles will the Blackboard Series’ third brew, and a draft-only Oatmeal Porter with Hazelnut will round out the lineup. The Blackboard Series will be available throughout Victory’s 37-state distribution footprint.

•Corvallis, Oregon’s 2 Towns Ciderhouse has released The Dark Currant, the latest offering in its limited release cider series. The 6%-abv cider, which was lightly aged on Oregon white oak, includes fresh-pressed Northwestern apples and black currants from Oregon’s Queener Farm in Scio and Haven Farm in Brownsville. Dark Currant will be available throughout Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Idaho, Nevada, Minnesota and Chicago in 500-ml. bottles and kegs for a limited time.

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