Ballast Point, the California craft brewer acquired by Constellation recently for $1 billion, is rolling out its Watermelon Dorado Double IPA in 12-ounce cans across the country. The 10%-abv, year-round Watermelon Dorado was previously available in bottles and on draft. Ballast Point’s other year-round fruit-infused beers include Pineapple and Grapefruit Sculpin IPAs and Mango Even Keel Session IPA.
Lexington, Virginia-based Devils Backbone Brewing Company is rolling out two new spring seasonals—Cattywompus and Trail Angel Weiss. Cattywompus, a 7.5% abv Belgian Pale Ale, is joining the brewer’s Trail Blazer Series, launching in bottles and on draft throughout Devils Backbone’s distribution footprint of Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Trail Angel Weiss is a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen (4.7% abv) and the newest addition to the company’s canned Daypack Series of session beers. Trail Angel will be available through July in cans and on draft.
San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company is releasing three beers in canned format nationwide this month. Rolling out in 12-ounce cans are Jibe Session IPA (4% abv), Passion Fruit Kicker American wheat ale (5.5% abv) and Sea to Sea Zwickel Lager (4% abv). Jibe Session was first introduced in limited distribution in cans last September and will now sell exclusively in canned format. Passion Fruit Kicker will be available in cans and bottles, while Sea to Sea will be available nationally in cans only.
Spanish brewer S.A. Damm is introducing its latest gluten-free brew—Daura Shandy—in the U.S. Inspired by traditional shandy recipes, Daura Shandy is comprised of 60% original Daura lager and 40% lemonade, and has been specially crafted to remove gluten. Daura Shandy is currently available both on- and off-premise, retailing at $9.99 a bottled six-pack, and joins Damm’s existing gluten-free lineup, which also includes Daura Lager and Daura Märzen.
Brooklyn Brewery is introducing a limited-edition Billion Oyster Saison, billed as a briny saison made with whole oysters. A partnership with the Billion Oyster Project—devoted to 1 billion oysters to New York Harbor as part of its ecosystem restoration and education initiative—the new brew will launch at the Billion Oyster Party fundraiser onMay 19. Subsequently, it will be available on draft at select New York on-premise accounts.
San Diego’s Mission Brewery is adding Plunder IPA to its core year-round lineup. The 7%-abv IPA is brewed with nine different hops including Simcoe and Falconer’s Flight. Plunder will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles initially, followed by 12-ounce bottles later this summer.
Atlanta’s Second Self Beer Company is releasing a new summer seasonal, Maverick & Gose. The 4.4%-abv offering is dry-hopped with Wakatu hops and features fresh coriander. Maverick & Gose is available on draft throughout Georgia this summer.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily