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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015

•San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery has launched the 2015 vintage of its Lower De Boom barleywine into 26 U.S. markets. Part of 21st Amendment’s Insurrection Series, Lower De Boom 2015 is an American-style barleywine that can be consumed on release or laid down to age. The 11.5% abv barleywine is the first American craft beer ever to be packaged in an 8.4-ounce can, according to 21st Amendment founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan.

•Waunakee, Wisconsin-based Octopi Brewing is adding a new craft beer brand, 3rd Sign Brewery, with six beers launching in three sets of twins that showcase the English dark mild, American IPA and American wheat beer styles. The first set includes English dark mild brews Sumatra (4.5% abv)—featuring cold pressed coffee—and Madagascar (4.5% abv), brewed with Lactose sugar and vanilla. The American IPA set includes Forest (7% abv), featuring piney, resinous hops, and Jungle (6.5% abv), which has citrus and tropical aromatics. The American wheat beer set of Castor and Pollux (both 4.5% abv) will follow, with the former a hoppy wheat beer and the latter a Belgian-style witbier spiced with lime peel and Vietnamese coriander. The 3rd Sign brews will initially roll out in the Madison area in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft.

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