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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016

•Boston Beer Co.’s Angry Orchard has launched Walden Hollow, a new year-round specialty cider, nationwide. The 8%-abv entry, which was created at Angry Orchard’s research and development center in Walden, New York, marks the brand’s first cider made exclusively from apple types sourced from New York State, including Golden Russet, Newtown Pippin and Northern Spy varieties. Walden Hollow ($15-$18 a 750-ml.) is rolling out as part of Angry Orchard’s small-batch Cider House Collection, with a new blend to be released annually each spring. Boston Beer Co. shipments dropped 6% in the first quarter of 2016, due in part to a decline in Angry Orchard depletions amid a recent cider category slowdown.

•Victory Brewing Company is launching the latest entry in its culinary-inspired Blackboard Series. Available from July through December, the Pennsylvania-based brewer’s Berliner Weisse with Elderflower is billed as a wheat ale, brewed with Hallertauer Hallertau hops. The limited edition will be sold across Victory’s 37-state footprint, packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles ($10). Berliner Weisse with Elderflower marks the third edition in the Blackboard Series, following the debut of Agave IPA with Grapefruit and Dry-Hopped Brett Pils earlier this year. A fourth and final expression—Oatmeal Porter with Hazelnut—will round out 2016’s Blackboard lineup in October.

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