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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 5, 2017

January 5, 2017

•Boston Beer is introducing two new seasonal beers to its Samuel Adams lineup: Hopscape and Fresh as Helles. Hopscape, available nationwide in January and February, is brewed with Chinook, Citra, Centennial and Zeus hops, white wheat and two-row pale malt. Fresh as Helles is a medium-bodied helles beer made with Mandarina hops and orange blossom petals that will be available in March and April. Hopscape and Fresh as Helles retail at about $8-$9 a six-pack, $15-$18 a 12-pack of bottles and cans, and $2-$2.50 for single-serve 16-ounce cans. Both new seasonals will also be available in the Samuel Adams Spring Variety 12-Pack.

•Hood River, Oregon’s Full Sail Brewing has released IPApaya Papaya India Pale Ale as the latest entry in its seasonal Pub Series. Featuring Equinox hops, pale and wheat malts and notes of papaya, the 6.2%-abv IPA will be available from January through April in six-packs, on draft and as part of the Full Sail Trophy Case variety pack. IPApaya marks the third expression in Full Sail’s Pub Series, joining Wassail Winter Ale (October to December) and Blood Orange Wheat (April to August).

•Specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin is rolling out a new Organic Perry pear cider from England’s Samuel Smith’s Brewery. The gluten-free sparkling pear cider is USDA Certified Organic and comes in at 5% abv. Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry joins the company’s Organic Apple Cider, which has been sold in the U.S. since 2008. The pear cider is available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and 18.7-ounce bottles. In addition to Samuel Smith’s, Seattle-based Merchant du Vin imports the Lindemans, Ayinger, Orval and Du Bocq brands, among others.

•Armada, Michigan-based Blake’s Hard Cider experienced triple-digit growth in 2016, with volume rising to 23,000 barrels. With the addition of a new 12,000-square-foot tank farm, Blake’s is expecting continued rapid growth this year. The company, which launched in 2013, produces 19 varieties of hard cider and has a distribution footprint spanning Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas, with at least three more states slated to be added over the course of 2017.

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