California craft brewers Coronado and Bear Republic have partnered for the release of MerBear Rye IPA. The collaborative specialty offering (7.5% abv) is brewed with Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc, Centennial and Equinox hops. MerBear Rye IPA will be available in 16 states. Earlier this year, Coronado added to its year-round lineup with the launch of Stingray IPA, the first addition to the core range in four years. Bear Republic is best known for its Racer 5 IPA.
Lexington, Virginia’s Devils Backbone Brewery is rolling out Cran-Gose, the first release in its 2016 Daypack series. The German-style sour ale (4% abv) was brewed with hundreds of pounds of pureed cranberries. The brewery’s Daypack series includes session beers that are all under 5% abv and packaged in canned format. Cran-Gose will be available through April in cans and on draft throughout the company’s distribution footprint of Virginia, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Devils Backbone operates two breweries in central Virginia, with the original brewery recently receiving an expansion that brought its capacity to 250,000 barrels.
Narragansett Beer is launching I Am Providence Imperial Red Ale, the fourth offering in its Lovecraft Series. Made with Pilsen, CaraRed and Vienna malts and Warrier and Citrus hops, I Am Providence is 8% abv and will retail for $12-$13 a six-pack of 16-ounce cans. Narragansett’s Lovecraft Series pays tribute to legendary horror author and Providence native H.P. Lovecraft.
Comstock, Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery will introduce a new year-round beer in April, Oatsmobile Ale, the first addition to its core lineup since 2010. The session Pale Ale is brewed with malted oats and dry-hopped with a blend of Pacific Northwest hops such as Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo. Oatsmobile Ale (4.3% abv) will be available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles in April across Bell’s 23-state distribution footprint.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily