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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016

•Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing is rolling out a new spring seasonal offering, Hoppy Blonde.The session blonde ale is brewed with Pale, Caramel 80 and Munich malts and dry-hopped with Mosaic, UK Admiral and Centennial varieties. The 5.75%-abv Hoppy Blonde is available through April. In addition to its seasonal lineup, New Belgium brews 14 year-round offerings such as Fat Tire Amber Ale, Citradelic Tangerine IPA and Ranger IPA, among others. Late last year Reuters reported that employee-owned New Belgium was exploring a potential sale, with the business valued at more than $1 billion.

•Belgium’s Rodenbach Brewery is introducing its latest sour beer, Alexander, to the U.S. market as the first offering in its 2016 Sour Series. The traditional Flanders red style beer is a blend of aged Rodenbach and young ale that is then macerated with sour cherries. Beginning next month, Rodenbach Alexander (5.6% abv) will be available on draft and in 750-ml. bottles. Rodenbach’s beers are imported to the U.S. by Connecticut-based Latis Imports, which also handles Belgian beers Palm Ale, Boon Lambics and Steenbrugge.

•Fairfield, California-based Heretic Brewing Company has expanded its East Coast presence with entry into Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Atlantic Importing of Framingham, Massachusetts will distribute the company’s lineup of craft beers in those markets. Heretic can also be found in California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Its year-round portfolio includes Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, Evil Twin, Evil Cousin, Gramarye, Petit Rouge, Shallow Grave and Torment.

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