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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018

•San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company has unveiled Brewers’ Pale Ale, a new American pale ale that will feature different hop varieties throughout the year. Brewed with 2-Row Pale, Red Wheat, Pilsner, and Acidulated malts, the first iteration of Brewers’ Pale Ale showcases the Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand—which produces a fruity character—as well as a variety of other hops from North America. The label’s hop blend is set to change, though the brew’s general flavor and presentation will remain relatively constant. Brewers’ Pale Ale (5.3% abv) is currently available in bottled 6-packs and on draft. Japan’s Sapporo acquired Anchor Brewing last year in a deal worth $85 million.

•Germany’s Weihenstephan Brewery and California-based Sierra Nevada have teamed up to create Braupakt, a collaborative Hefeweissbier. The 6%-abv beer is brewed with Hallertauer Tradition, Amarillo, and Chinook hops to create an offering that blends German tradition and American experimentation, while still meeting the criteria of Germany’s Beer Purity Law. Braupakt, which translates to Brewery Pact, will launch nationwide in April in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles, 16.9-ounce bottles, and on draft.

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