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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 7, 2016

January 7, 2016

•Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing has debuted Citradelic Tangerine IPA, a new year-round entry. Brewed with Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, Azacca and Galaxy hops and real tangerines, the 6%-abv expression is currently available in six-packs ($8.99-$10.99), and joins Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Rampant IIPA and Snapshot Wheat, among others, in New Belgium’s core year-round lineup. Concurrently, New Belgium has unveiled a new seasonal, Side Trip Belgian Style Pale Ale ($8.99-$10.99 a six-pack), as well as two extensions under its gluten-reduced Glütiny range. Produced using an enzyme that breaks down gluten proteins, Glütiny Golden Ale and Glütiny Pale Ale will both be available starting this month, priced at $9.99 a six-pack.

•Holland, Michigan craft brewer New Holland is set to begin shipping a new “reserve” batch of its Dragon’s Milk Bourbon barrel stout the end of this month. A spin on the original recipe, the reserve offering, Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai, is aged in Bourbon barrels for three months and infused with vanilla chai flavors. New Holland will follow with a Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Coffee and Chocolate in the second quarter. The original Dragon’s Milk, first introduced in 2001 as a special offering, has become New Holland’s largest-selling year-round beer.

•Colorado’s C2 Imports has struck a deal to become the U.S. importer for Vietnam’s Huda Beer, owned by Carlsberg. Huda, which has seen only limited U.S. distribution in the past, will now enjoy a wider rollout through C2’s coast-to-coast distributor network. The leading local brand for Carlsberg Vietnam, Huda effectively replaces Saigon beer in the C2 Imports stable. C2 president Charles Cindric said Saigon “had become increasingly unable to meet production schedules.”

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