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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 29, 2016

December 29, 2016

•Downingtown, Pennsylvania-based Victory Brewing is launching its popular Sour Monkey label in 12-ounce bottled six-packs for the first time this January. Originally launched in 2015, Sour Monkey is a Brettanomyces-fermented play on Victory’s core Golden Monkey Belgian-style tripel. The 9.5%-abv entry, which was previously only available in 750-ml. bottles, will now be offered in six-packs throughout the brewer’s 35-state footprint, retailing at around $12 each. Concurrently, Victory is debuting Sour Monkey Remix, an oak-barrel-aged version of Sour Monkey, next month. Sour Monkey Remix will be available for a limited time at Victory’s Downingtown, Kennett Square and Parkesburg brewpubs, retailing at $22 a 750-ml.

•Williamsburg, Virginia-based Alewerks Brewing Company is updating its core year-round portfolio. Drake Tail IPA, Red Marker Amber Ale and Pale Wheat Ale are being retired, with Chesapeake Pale Ale and Tavern Brown Ale remaining in the lineup. Alewerks is introducing a limited release Superb IPA in place of Drake Tail, and the existing range’s Washington’s Porter has been renamed Paycheck Porter. The company is also debuting its first lager offering, Weekend Lager. Alewerk’s seasonal beers Pumpkin Ale (August-October), Coffeehouse Milk Stout (November-January) and White Ale (February-April) will remain, while new summer seasonal Berlinerweisse will launch in May-July. The new Alewerks lineup will be available across Virginia, Washington D.C. and North Carolina by early 2017.

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