Paso Robles, California-based Firestone Walker Brewing Company is launching Luponic Distortion, a new rotating series of beers featuring experimental hops. Rotating about every 90 days, the releases will showcase particular hop varieties by maintaining the same base beer but with changing hop blends. The first Luponic Distortion brew, Revolution No. 001 (5.9% abv), will roll out in March in cans, bottles and on draft, followed by Revolution No. 002, with more to follow.
Diageo is introducing two archival Guinness recipes in the U.S. market as part of its Brewers Project, which showcases new and reinterpreted beers from the iconic Irish brewery. Guinness’s newcomers include a Dublin Porter (3.8% abv) and a West Indies Porter (6% abv), the latter being a precursor to core Guinness brew Foreign Extra Stout. The Dublin and West Indies Porters are rolling out nationally at retailers Costco, Sam’s, BJ’s and Total Wine & More in 11.2-ounce bottles, marketed alongside Guinness Extra Stout in the brand’s Brewers Project Pack, which retails at about $22.
Durango, Colorado’s Ska Brewing is moving away from 12-ounce bottles and will be moving most of its flagship lineup to 12-ounce cans only. The company’s Decadent, Buster Nut Brown and Steel Toe Milk Stout offerings will be launching in canned format on March 1. Ska’s Robust Reincarnations series—including Decadent, Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter and True Blonde Dubbel—will still be available in 22-ounce bottles, as will the brewer’s limited editions. Ska beers are currently distributed to Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily