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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018

•Craft brewing powerhouse New Belgium Brewing has released the first in its new Up Next series, Brut IPA (6.7%-abv), now available nationwide. Inspired by sparkling wines, the expression is intended to offer a bright, dry counterpoint to the hazier, fruitier IPAs that have become typical for the category. The series will continue next year with quarterly rotating offerings. Founded in 1988, New Belgium is best known for its ubiquitous Fat Tire Amber Ale. According to the Brewers Association, it’s the fourth-largest craft brewery in the U.S.

•New York’s Coney Island Brewing Company will expand distribution of its Mermaid Pilsner (5.2%-abv) down the eastern seaboard to include Washington, DC; Arlington, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; and northern New Jersey, as well as Albany, New York. First released in 2014, Mermaid Pilsner has grown in popularity over the past two years, with a 10% depletions increase from 2016 to 2017 followed by an 18% rise from 2017 to 2018 year to date, according to IRI Worldwide. Coney Island Brewing Company was founded in 2007 and is operated by Alchemy & Science (A&S), a wholly owned subsidiary of Boston Beer Co.

•Asheville, North Carolina’s Hi-Wire Brewing is expanding their line-up with a rotating Gose series of sour beers plus other new releases. Following the popularity of their year-round Hi-Wire Gose, the brewery has launched Citra Gose (4.2%-abv), available throughout their distribution area of the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio. Also available this month: Twice as Nice Doppelbock (10%-abv), a New England IPA (7.5%-abv), a Blonde Wheat Bock (7.2%-abv), and an Irish Stout (4.5%-abv). Hi-Wire opened their third taproom this fall in Durham.

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