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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017

•Less than a month since its launch, the Brewers Association’s Independent Craft seal has been adopted by over 1,250 brewing companies. The seal, an upturned beer bottle with “Independent Craft” in bold type, signifies that the product is made by a Brewers Association-certified, independently owned craft brewer. The seal is intended to allow consumers to differentiate between independent brewers and companies that have recently been acquired by macrobrewers. According to the BA, the brewers who have signed on to use the seal represent roughly 50% of the craft beer market by volume.

•Massachusetts-based Ipswich Ale Brewery has debuted Bramble On, a blackberry-infused sour beer. The 5%-abv brew was made with fresh blackberry puree and kettle soured with a lactobacillus yeast blend. The new offering will be available in kegs and four-packs of 16-ounce cans across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and North Carolina. Bramble On is the latest release in Ipswich’s Brewer’s Collection Series, a line that highlights small batch products.

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