Colorado’s Boulder Beer Company has begun packaging two of its most popular craft offerings in 12-packs of bottles. Shake Chocolate Porter, currently the company’s top-selling beer, and Mojo IPA will be available year-round in the new format beginning with Colorado this month followed by a wider regional rollout. Boulder Beer was founded in 1979 and produces a line of craft beers that includes six year-round offerings, seven rotating seasonals and a number of limited releases.
Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Co. has added Hop Turn IPA to its roster of rotating seasonal brews. Billed as a more subtle, German-style IPA, Hop Turn is made with Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts and Magnum and Sterling hops, and features less hop bitterness than the typical West Coast IPA. The spring offering will be available across Alaskan Brewing’s 17-state footprint, and joins entries such as Pumpkin Ale, Summer Ale and Winter Ale in the brewer’s seasonal lineup.
Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing has debuted Citradelic Tangerine IPA, a new year-round entry. Brewed with Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, Azacca and Galaxy hops and real tangerines, the 6%-abv expression is currently available in six-packs ($8.99-$10.99), and joins Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Rampant IIPA and Snapshot Wheat, among others, in New Belgium’s core year-round lineup. Concurrently, New Belgium has unveiled a new seasonal, Side Trip Belgian Style Pale Ale ($8.99-$10.99 a six-pack), as well as two extensions under its gluten-reduced Glütiny range. Produced using an enzyme that breaks down gluten proteins, Glütiny Golden Ale and Glütiny Pale Ale will both be available starting this month, priced at $9.99 a six-pack.
Holland, Michigan craft brewer New Holland is set to begin shipping a new “reserve” batch of its Dragon’s Milk Bourbon barrel stout the end of this month. A spin on the original recipe, the reserve offering, Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai, is aged in Bourbon barrels for three months and infused with vanilla chai flavors. New Holland will follow with a Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Coffee and Chocolate in the second quarter. The original Dragon’s Milk, first introduced in 2001 as a special offering, has become New Holland’s largest-selling year-round beer.
Hood River, Oregon’s Full Sail Brewing Company is releasing its newest Session series beer, Session Wheat American-style Hefeweizen. The 5.4%-abv offering features aromas of malted wheat with a hop finish, the company says. Session Wheat Premium Hefeweizen is available year-round in the Session series’ 11-ounce bottles in six- and 12-packs and on draft. The newcomer joins a Full Sail Session Series that also includes Cream Summer Ale, Premium Lager, Fest, Export, Black and IPA offerings. Full Sail agreed last March to be acquired by Oregon Craft Brewers Co., a group composed of local Oregon investors and San Francisco private equity Encore Consumer Capital.
California’s Coronado Brewing Co. is set to unveil its latest Crown Series offering, Imperial Blue Bridge Coffee Stout. A winter seasonal, the 8% abv newcomer is made with two-row malt, Northern Brewer hops, roasted barley and Guatemalan coffee. Imperial Blue Bridge Coffee Stout is hitting shelves across 11 states this month in 22-ounce bottles and on draught.
Paso Robles, California-based Firestone Walker Brewing Company is introducing Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, a nitro version of its Velvet Merlin oatmeal stout. The launch represents the company’s first broad release of a nitro beer. It’s brewed in the same manner as the company’s winter seasonal Velvet Merlin but with the addition of non-fermentable lactose sugar, which converts it to a milk stout. Nitro Merlin will be available on draft year-round across Firestone Walker’s distribution footprint.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily