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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017

•This weekend, Cooperstown, New York’s Brewery Ommegang will release its newest year-round beer: Ommegang Pale Sour. The 6.9%-abv sour ale was developed in partnership with Belgian-based Liefmans, Ommegang’s sister brewery. Initially available at Brewery Ommegang in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft, Pale Sour will also roll out to select retailers in Ommegang’s distribution area. Ommegang is part of Duvel Moortgat USA.

•Asheville, North Carolina-based Hi-Wire Brewing will debut two new limited beers in the first week of May. Hi-Wire’s Tropical Sour Weisse with Passion Fruit & Guava is a 4.2%-abv wheat beer soured with lactobacillus and barrel-aged with passion fruit and guava. Following souring and aging, the beer is bottle-fermented and will be available in 750-ml. bottles in limited quantities throughout Hi-Wire’s distribution area. The brewery will also release Citra Gose, a 4.2%-abv sour brewed with Citra hops and available in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans beginning on May 12. Hi-Wire Brewing’s beers are available in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Ohio.

•Utah’s oldest craft brewery is transitioning from bottles to cans across its portfolio. As of this month, Wasatch Brewery is depleting its reserve of bottles and has begun canning all of its beers. Switching to cans allows the brewery to reduce its environmental footprint and also protect the beer from damaging light. Wasatch’s new cans are now rolling out across the brewery’s distribution area.

•St. Louis, Missouri-based Schlafly Beer has launched its newest sampler pack, the Frugi-Four. The variety pack offers four distinct fruit brews: Apricot IPA (5% abv), Watermelon Lager (4.5% abv), Raspberry Hefeweizen (4.1% abv) and Peach Saison (6% abv). Each beer is brewed with its namesake fruit, which is incorporated into several stages of the brewing process. No artificial flavors are added. The Frugi-Four pack retails at $13.99 and is available across Schlafly’s distribution region until July.

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