Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing is rolling out a new spring seasonal offering, Hoppy Blonde. The session blonde ale is brewed with Pale, Caramel 80 and Munich malts and dry-hopped with Mosaic, UK Admiral and Centennial varieties. The 5.75%-abv Hoppy Blonde is available through April. In addition to its seasonal lineup, New Belgium brews 14 year-round offerings such as Fat Tire Amber Ale, Citradelic Tangerine IPA and Ranger IPA, among others. Late last year Reuters reported that employee-owned New Belgium was exploring a potential sale, with the business valued at more than $1 billion.
Belgium’s Rodenbach Brewery is introducing its latest sour beer, Alexander, to the U.S. market as the first offering in its 2016 Sour Series. The traditional Flanders red style beer is a blend of aged Rodenbach and young ale that is then macerated with sour cherries. Beginning next month, Rodenbach Alexander (5.6% abv) will be available on draft and in 750-ml. bottles.
Bend, Oregon’s Crux Fermentation Project is launching two of its most popular beers in six-pack format for the first time. Since opening in 2012, Crux has distributed exclusively in 375-ml. and 500-ml. bottles. This month, however, noting demand in key markets like Bend, Corvallis, Portland, Tacoma and Seattle, the brewer is introducing its Crux Pilz in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and its Cast Out IPA in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles in retail outlets in Oregon and Washington.
Baltimore, Maryland’s Heavy Seas Beer is releasing a new spring seasonal, TropiCannon IPA, in addition to its latest year-round offering, Pounder Pils. Available from April through June, the TropiCannon IPA (7.25% abv) is a variation on Heavy Seas’ flagship Loose Cannon IPA that features a modified hop profile and the addition of orange, grapefruit and lemon peel in the brewing process. Meanwhile, Pounder Pils (5% abv) is a German-style Pilsner lager made with Czech malts and European hops.
Lexington, Virginia’s Devils Backbone Brewing Company is rolling out its flagship Vienna Lager (5.2% abv) and popular Eight Point IPA (6.2% abv) in canned format. Both beers will be available in 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and 16-ounce single-serve cans. Devils Backbone operates its original Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as the Outpost Brewery & Taproom in Lexington.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily