Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewing has re-launched its limited edition holiday brew Feast of Fools. A raspberry stout featuring notes of cocoa and dark chocolate, Feast of Fools will be available in 22-ounce bottles, as well as on draft at select accounts across the U.S. for the first time this year. The holiday entry will be joined by Magic Hat’s returning Vinyl entry, which is billed as an amber-hued lager, and Winter Mingle, a new seasonal stout featuring notes of vanilla. Both Vinyl and Winter Mingle will be available in 12-pack and 24-pack formats of Magic Hat’s Winterland variety pack, available at select grocery stores nationwide.
Irvine, California-based importer G.K. Skaggs is launching San Miguel Pale Pilsen on draft in the U.S. market. The 5%-abv pale, golden lager will see an initial U.S. draft release in California, Nevada and Hawaii in late 2015 into 2016. Last November, G.K. Skaggs extended San Miguel Pale Pilsen’s availability in the U.S. with a new 22-ounce bottle format to the on-premise, convenience and retail channels.
New Belgium Brewing has introduced two new year-round “gluten-reduced” ales, Glütiny Golden Ale and Glütiny Pale Ale, both of which retail at around $10 a six-pack.The Golden Ale is 5.2% abv and brewed with Nugget, Goldings and Cascade hops (and dry-hopped with Cascade), while the Pale Ale (6% abv) includes Equinox, Chinook, Cascade and Crystal hops. For both beers, New Belgium’s brewers used an enzyme to break down the proteins that trigger a reaction from gluten-sensitive consumers.
Missouri’s Schlafly Beer has added a new brew to its Ibex Series of experimental and limited release offerings. An apricot Berliner Weisse, the newcomer is called Eleventh Labor and was made with 62 pounds of apricots per barrel and brewed with Schlafly’s sour house yeast culture. The 4.2% abv brew is rolling out across Schlafly’s distribution territory in the Midwest and East Coast regions in 750-ml. bottles and a small amount of draft.
Pabst Brewing Co. is re-launching classic beer label Ballantine Burton Ale as a limited edition seasonal. First brewed by New Jersey-based P. Ballantine & Sons Brewing Co. in the 1930s, Ballantine Burton Ale was typically aged in American oak for up to 20 years, with P. Ballantine & Sons gifting the beer—which was never made publicly available—to select individuals. Pabst is rolling out a recreated version of the 11.3%-abv brew this month through December in select Northeastern markets, available in six-packs and on draft. The launch follows Pabst’s revival of Ballantine IPA, which originated in 1878, late last year.
Illinois-based Small Town Brewery is following up on its fast-growing Not Your Father’s Root Beer brand with a national launch of Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, a 5.9% abv ginger ale. The new entry is a “gruit-inspired botanical beer brewed with ginger,” according to Small Town, which is rolling the product out to about 40 states next week through distributor Pabst Brewing, with nationwide coverage expected by February. Gruit (German for “herbs”) beers are bittered and flavored with roots, spices, flowers and berries rather than hops. The company recommends that Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale—packaged in six-packs of bottles and cans ($10.99)—be served chilled over ice or in ginger cocktails like the Moscow Mule and Dark & Stormy.
Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is adding to its year-round lineup with the launch of gose-style ale Otra Vez early next year. The new beer is brewed with local produce like prickly pear cactus and grapefruits and comes in at 4.5% abv. Beginning January 2016, Otra Vez will be available throughout the company’s nationwide distribution footprint in 12-ounce cans and bottles and on draft. Sierra Nevada’s core beers include Pale Ale, Torpedo, Hop Hunter IPA, Nooner Pilsner, Kellerweis, Porter and Stout, as well as seasonal, specialty and limited releases. In addition to its Chico operation, Sierra Nevada operates a second brewery in Mills River, North Carolina.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily