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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016

•Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer is releasing Summertime Citra Ale, a new version of its traditional Summer Ale that debuted in 2011. This year’s summer offering is a blonde ale brewed with an increased amount of Citra hops and pale malt, which the company says impart more citrus and passion fruit notes. Summertime Citra Ale (4.2% abv) is available in six-packs of 16-ounce cans ($8.99-$9.99) and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans ($13.99-$15.99). The summer release will also be available in Narragansett’s latest Clam Shack Summer Variety 12-pack of 12-ounce cans ($13.99-$15.99), which also includes Del’s Shandy and Narragansett Lager. The company recently announced plans to return brewing operations to its home state for the first time since 1983.

•Wisconsin’s New Glarus Brewing Co. has announced plans to launch its first canned beers. The brewery, which began installing its new canning line this month, will initially debut its Moon Man label in cans, followed by its Spotted Cow entry. New Glarus Brewing currently distributes its portfolio solely in the state of Wisconsin.

•Craft brewery and restaurant operator CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries has named Mark Belanger vice president of global franchise operations and development. Belanger most recently served as chief executive officer of ProFab Holdings and president/managing principal of MAB Consulting Group. CraftWorks’ restaurant brands include the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries and Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom concepts.

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