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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016

•Seattle-based Elysian Brewing Co. is releasing Saison Elysee as the latest entry in its specialty saison series. Originally brewed as a limited edition, draft-only offering in 2003, Saison Elysee is made with German Northern Brewer and Czech Saaz hops and Munich, Caravienne, Wheat, Caramunich and Premium 2-Row malts. The 6.4%-abv expression will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in select U.S. markets for a limited time. Saison Elysee marks the second specialty saison launched by Elysian this year, following the rollout of Saison Poivre in May.

•A new brewery called On Tour Brewing is slated to open in mid-November on Chicago’s north side. The owner is Mark Legenza, a homebrewer who made it to the finals of the 2013 and 2015 National Homebrew Competition. The head brewer is Mark Poffenberger, who’s worked at Fat Head’s Brewery in Portland, Oregon, and Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis. On Tour’s 4,600-square-foot facility will include a 75-seat tasting room with a dozen rotating taps and space for a barrel-aging program. Poffenberger’s goal is to age stouts in heavily-charred Bourbon barrels and his IPAs and saisons in gin and tequila barrels. Belgian-style dark ales, in turn, will be treated to red wine barrels.

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