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downloadDowningtown, Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company is bringing back three of its early popular beers to celebrate its nearly 20 years of brewing. The former releases will be available on draft, beginning this month with Hop Wallop, followed by Yakima Glory in December and Ten Years Alt in January. Hop Wallop Imperial IPA (8.5% abv) first debuted in 2003 and features whole flower English and American hops, while Yakima Glory (8.7% abv) first launched in 2008 and is brewed with four American hop varieties from the Yakima Valley. Ten Years Alt (8.5% abv) marked Victory’s 10th anniversary in 2006. All three brews will be distributed nationwide.

download (1)St. Louis-based Schlafly Beer is launching a White Lager, available now through March. The unfiltered German-style beer is 5.5% abv and intended to serve as an alternative to high-alcohol winter seasonals such as stouts and porters. White Lager was developed as part of Schlafly’s experimental Small Brews program created on its 12-gallon brewing system. White Lager is launching in six-packs for about $8.99 and at select on-premise locations throughout Schlafly’s distribution footprint. The company says it brewed 60,000 barrels of beer last year between its two brewery restaurants, located in downtown St. Louis and nearby Maplewood respectively.

download (2)Irvine, California’s Evans Brewing Company is debuting four new bottled beers that will make up its core year-round lineup. The company’s first four packaged beers are Pollen Nation Honey Blonde Ale (5.2% abv), The KrHOPen India Pale Ale (6% abv), Oaklore Brown Ale (6.5% abv) and ChocoLatté Chocolate Porter (6.8% abv). Evans says it expects to release further year-round packaged beers and a rotating portfolio of seasonal releases in the future.

DxXFKAcVPd2p7rNkK-hv7VBq3PPLwYWPRznc_UxBlHwThe Bronx Brewery has unveiled On The Black Pale Ale, the latest entry in its limited edition B-Side Series range. Brewed with a trio of malts and West Coast El Dorado and Citra hops, On The Black (5.7% abv) is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and will be available on draft at select accounts throughout New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York’s Westchester County. A portion of the brew has been reserved for aging in Mezcal barrels, with the aged version set to launch in early 2016. On The Black is The Bronx Brewery’s second B-Side expression, following its El Serrano Red IPA in September.

download (4)Half Moon Bay, California-based Mavericks Brewing is adding two new craft beers to its lineup this month—Big Break Belgian Golden Strong Ale and Coastside Pilsner. The new offerings join Tunnel Vision IPA, Belgian Style Wit and Rye Pale Ale in the brewer’s portfolio. Big Break (8.3% abv) is brewed with Pilsner malt and a small amount of wheat with European hops added, while Coastside (5.5% abv) is brewed with American 2-Row and German Pilsner malt with German and American hops and California lager yeast. Both new beers are available on draft and in four-packs of 16-ounce cans throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

download (5)Portland, Maine’s Peak Organic Brewing Company is rolling out its Winter Session IPA, a dry-hopped dark wheat ale blended with Citra hops. The company sourced its wheat from local farms and used organic hops in the brewing process. Winter Session Ale will be available nationwide on draft and in package format through January 15. Peak Organic brews 24 varieties of beer, including an IPA, Fresh Cut, Summer Session, Simcoe Spring and Hop Harvest Oktoberfest, among others.

imagesEscondido, California’s Stone Brewing Company has released Grainiac, the latest entry in its experimental Stochasticity Project series. Featuring a malt bill composed of seven grain varieties, Grainiac also includes Columbus, Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. Stochasticity Project Grainiac (8.5% abv) is available in 22-ounce bombers and on draft at select retailers in Stone’s 42-state footprint. It joins previous Stochasticity Project releases including Master of Disguise, Hibiscuscity, Quadrotriticale, Varna Necropolis and Grapefruit Slam IPA.

download (7)Seattle-based specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin will introduce two new lambics under the Lindemans brand early next year. The first, Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René (7% abv), is billed as an old-style lambic sour beer fermented with cherries. The second newcomer is Lindemans/Mikkeller SpontanBasil, a collaboration between Lindemans and Danish brewer Mikkeller which is 6% abv and claims to be the first lambic brewed with fresh basil. Both new offerings will launch in the U.S. next February.

download (6)San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company has unveiled Segal Ranch Session IPA, the final entry in its 2015 Hop Odyssey series. The 4.5%-abv IPA, which is brewed with single-estate Tomahawk, Centennial and Cascade hops sourced from Yakima, Washington’s Segal Ranch, will be available nationwide in six-packs, 22-ounce bottles and on draft through the end of the year. Concurrently, Green Flash has announced plans to launch three pale ales as part of its 2016 Hop Odyssey lineup, each focusing on a single hop variety from a specific country. They will include a Pacific Gem Pale Ale with New Zealand hops (available January-April); a Styrian Golding Pale Ale with Slovenian hops (May-August); and a Nugget Pale Ale with American hops (September-December).

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download (7)Heaven Hill Brands is launching a new limited edition Lunazul Double Barrel Reposado, which will be marketed through the end of the year. The 100%-agave Tequila is blended by the company’s Tequila partner, Tierra de Agaves, and aged in American white oak barrels before finishing in 11-year-old wheated Bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill. The Reposado Tequila is then blended with select extra-Anejo Tequila. Lunazul Double Barrel Reposado (40% abv) retails for $39.99, while the brand’s other variants retail between $19.99 and $29.99. Heaven Hill plans to release other limited edition Lunazul Tequilas on a regular basis looking ahead.

download (8)Sebastopol, California-based craft producer Spirit Works Distillery is launching its first whiskey products on December 1. Spirit Works Straight Wheat Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey are both bottled at 45% abv and retail at $65 each. The company’s portfolio also includes a Vodka, Gin, Sloe Gin and Barrel Gin. Its spirits are currently distributed to California, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado and Illinois, with New York to follow shortly.

download (9)Louisville, Kentucky’s Michter’s Distillery is set to launch a pair of 10-year-old and 20-year-old single barrel Bourbons this December. The launches mark the first 2015 bottlings for both expressions. Michter’s 10-year Bourbon will retail for $120 a bottle, while the 20-year Bourbon is priced at $600 a bottle. Their rollout follows a recent shortage of Michter’s core lineup, with the brand’s US*1 Sour Mash Whiskey unavailable through the end of the year, and the rest of its US*1 range currently on allocation.

download (10)Brown-Forman is introducing the latest addition to Tequila Herradura’s annual small-batch Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2015 Directo de Alambique. This year’s release is a 100%-agave Tequila that doesn’t undergo any barrel aging. The fourth edition of the Colección de la Casa series, 13,000 bottles of Directo were produced for the U.S. and Mexican markets. The 110-proof Directo ($89.99) is launching ahead of the holidays in New York, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, California and Florida, with a limited nationwide launch to follow in January.

download (11)Alacrán Tequila has unveiled a new upscale añejo offering, Cristal, retailing from $49-$59 a bottle. Alacrán Cristal is matured for 14 months in American oak, undergoes a clarifying filtration process and is packaged in hand-labeled and -numbered bottles. The new Cristal expression joins Alacrán’s existing Tequila Blanco and Mezcal Joven entries. Alacrán’s key markets include New York, Miami and Texas.

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downloadVermont’s Magic Hat Brewing has re-launched its limited edition holiday brew Feast of Fools. A raspberry stout featuring notes of cocoa and dark chocolate, Feast of Fools will be available in 22-ounce bottles, as well as on draft at select accounts across the U.S. for the first time this year. The holiday entry will be joined by Magic Hat’s returning Vinyl entry, which is billed as an amber-hued lager, and Winter Mingle, a new seasonal stout featuring notes of vanilla. Both Vinyl and Winter Mingle will be available in 12-pack and 24-pack formats of Magic Hat’s Winterland variety pack, available at select grocery stores nationwide.

download (1)Irvine, California-based importer G.K. Skaggs is launching San Miguel Pale Pilsen on draft in the U.S. market. The 5%-abv pale, golden lager will see an initial U.S. draft release in California, Nevada and Hawaii in late 2015 into 2016. Last November, G.K. Skaggs extended San Miguel Pale Pilsen’s availability in the U.S. with a new 22-ounce bottle format to the on-premise, convenience and retail channels.

download (2)New Belgium Brewing has introduced two new year-round “gluten-reduced” ales, Glütiny Golden Ale and Glütiny Pale Ale, both of which retail at around $10 a six-pack.The Golden Ale is 5.2% abv and brewed with Nugget, Goldings and Cascade hops (and dry-hopped with Cascade), while the Pale Ale (6% abv) includes Equinox, Chinook, Cascade and Crystal hops. For both beers, New Belgium’s brewers used an enzyme to break down the proteins that trigger a reaction from gluten-sensitive consumers.

download (3)Missouri’s Schlafly Beer has added a new brew to its Ibex Series of experimental and limited release offerings. An apricot Berliner Weisse, the newcomer is called Eleventh Labor and was made with 62 pounds of apricots per barrel and brewed with Schlafly’s sour house yeast culture. The 4.2% abv brew is rolling out across Schlafly’s distribution territory in the Midwest and East Coast regions in 750-ml. bottles and a small amount of draft.

download (4)Pabst Brewing Co. is re-launching classic beer label Ballantine Burton Ale as a limited edition seasonal. First brewed by New Jersey-based P. Ballantine & Sons Brewing Co. in the 1930s, Ballantine Burton Ale was typically aged in American oak for up to 20 years, with P. Ballantine & Sons gifting the beer—which was never made publicly available—to select individuals. Pabst is rolling out a recreated version of the 11.3%-abv brew this month through December in select Northeastern markets, available in six-packs and on draft. The launch follows Pabst’s revival of Ballantine IPA, which originated in 1878, late last year.

download (5)Illinois-based Small Town Brewery is following up on its fast-growing Not Your Father’s Root Beer brand with a national launch of Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, a 5.9% abv ginger ale. The new entry is a “gruit-inspired botanical beer brewed with ginger,” according to Small Town, which is rolling the product out to about 40 states next week through distributor Pabst Brewing, with nationwide coverage expected by February. Gruit (German for “herbs”) beers are bittered and flavored with roots, spices, flowers and berries rather than hops. The company recommends that Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale—packaged in six-packs of bottles and cans ($10.99)—be served chilled over ice or in ginger cocktails like the Moscow Mule and Dark & Stormy.

download (6)Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is adding to its year-round lineup with the launch of gose-style ale Otra Vez early next year. The new beer is brewed with local produce like prickly pear cactus and grapefruits and comes in at 4.5% abv. Beginning January 2016, Otra Vez will be available throughout the company’s nationwide distribution footprint in 12-ounce cans and bottles and on draft. Sierra Nevada’s core beers include Pale Ale, Torpedo, Hop Hunter IPA, Nooner Pilsner, Kellerweis, Porter and Stout, as well as seasonal, specialty and limited releases. In addition to its Chico operation, Sierra Nevada operates a second brewery in Mills River, North Carolina.

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I0009408_Boomsma_Cloosterbitter_SellSheet_0815The Winebow Group has added Cloosterbitter, a new herbal bitter brand, to its Craft + Estate portfolio. Produced by Dutch genever distiller Boomsma, Cloosterbitter is based on a 15th century recipe, and is made with a blend of 17 herbs. The 40%-abv entry is currently available nationwide, retailing at $25 a 750-ml.

Wicked-Dolphin-Gold-Reserve-Rum-Bottle-Shot-292x680Cape Coral, Florida’s Wicked Dolphin Distillery has extended its namesake rum range with a new Gold Reserve entry. Aged in Bourbon barrels for three years, Wicked Dolphin Gold Reserve is produced using two different fermentation styles, featuring both Florida sugarcane and Florida molasses. The 40%-abv entry is priced at $32.99 a 750-ml., and currently available throughout Florida and the southeastern U.S. via Republic National Distributing Co.

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downloadSan Leandro, California’s 21st Amendment Brewery is re-releasing its Marooned On Hog Island oyster stout after a three-year hiatus. Created in collaboration with California oyster purveyors Hog Island Oyster Co., Marooned On Hog Island is brewed with Magnum and Willamette hops, Crystal, Carafa, Chocolate and rolled oats malts and 200 pounds of oyster shells. The 7.9%-abv entry will be available starting November 13across 21st Amendment’s 24-market footprint for a limited time.

download (1)Connecticut’s Charter Oak Brewing is introducing a new cellar-aged version of its Lights Out Stout, shipping the first bottles in December. Part of Charter Oak’s new one-off Limited Release program—which will debut a new beer in 22-ounce bottles and on draft every 60-80 days—the aged Lights Out Stout offering has been rested in bottle for one year, and is at 9.1% abv.

download (2)Narragansett Beer is introducing Big Mamie Indestructable American Pale Ale, a new offering. The release commemorates the 50th anniversary of the maritime museum Battleship Cove at Fall River, Massachusetts, where the World War II war ship USS Massachusetts—known as Big Mamie—is still docked. A 4.5% abv pale ale, the new entry will be available through the winter in six-packs of 16-ounce cans across Narragansett’s distribution footprint, retailing at $8.99-$9.99.

download (3)Boston Beer has debuted the 2015 edition of its Samuel Adams Utopias barrel-aged beer. Brewed in small batches, this year’s Utopias vintage was blended with previous vintages going back to 1992, then finished in a mix of barrels—including Cognac, Armagnac, Port, Madeira and others—at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. At 28% abv, it’s suggested to be served as a two-ounce pour in a snifter glass at room temperature. 10,000 bottles were produced, retailing at $199 apiece at select specialty beer and liquor stores.

download (4)Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing Co. has partnered with Missouri’s 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Washington’s Bale Breaker Brewing Co. to create Sorry Not Sorry IPA. A 9.3%-abv imperial IPA, the collaborative entry is brewed with Warrior, Simcoe and Mosaic hops, as well as a pair of experimental hop varieties—HBC 342 and HBC 344—and pureed peaches. Sorry Not Sorry IPA will be available for a limited time in 22-ounce bottles and on draft across 42 U.S. markets.

download (5)San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is bringing back its Scarface Imperial Stout with the re-launch of its original recipe and the debut of a special barrel-aged edition. The original version of Scarface Imperial Stout is made with a blend of grains and Columbus and Magnum hops, while the Barrel-Aged Scarface Imperial Stout is matured for over a year in Bourbon barrels, and can be consumed immediately or cellared for several years. Both 9.5%-abv entries will be sold across a 13-market footprint by the end of November, available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.

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download (3)Bloomington, Indiana’s Upland Brewing Company is rolling out its fall seasonal, Easy Chair Amber Ale, on draft and in six-packs. The 5.2%-abv brew features English hop character and a medium dry finish, the company says. Upland’s seasonal lineup includes Barrel Chested Barley Wine, Oktoberfest Bavarian Lager and Campside Session IPA.

download (4)Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing is releasing its core Dirty Bastard Scotch ale in canned 12-packs for the first time. Labeled as the Dirty Dozen 12-pack, the new package format will begin rolling out across Founders’ footprint this month, priced at around $17.99 each. Along with Dirty Bastard, Founders’ year-round portfolio includes its All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, Pale Ale and Porter labels.

download (5)Anchor Brewing has released the 41st edition of its annual Christmas Ale. Billed as a dark spiced seasonal ale, Anchor’s Christmas Ale features a slightly different recipe each year, with this year’s iteration made with fewer spice notes and more hop flavors. The 2015 Anchor Christmas Ale will be available in six-packs and magnum bottles, as well as on draft, from early November through mid-January.

download (6)Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company has partnered with fellow Georgia company Richland Distilling for the release of Richland Reserve Double IPA. The 12%-abv brew is the first offering in Terrapin’s Ales from the Woods series. To create the new DIPA, Terrapin’s Hopzilla beer was rested in newly emptied Richland rum barrels for more than a year. Richland Reserve DIPA will be available in 22-ounce bottles in limited quantities throughout Georgia beginning later this month.

downloadSan Marcos, California-based craft brewer Lost Abbey has extended its The Hop Concept unit with the debut of The Hop Concept IPA: Hull Melon & Blanc. Made with Hull Melon and Hallertau Blanc hops, the 8%-abv expression will be available this December in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Hull Melon & Blanc marks the first entry in a new series of four limited edition The Hop Concept IPA brews, with Lost Abbey set to launch a new edition each quarter.

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6daiVj_qE.&J. Gallo is launching a new line of aperitifs under the Lo-Fi brand in a collaboration with Philadelphia’s Quaker City Mercantile. The Lo-Fi range, which is debuting this fall in the San Francisco on-premise market, was developed by Quaker City—whose founder Steve Grasse created the Hendrick’s gin, Sailor Jerry rum and Art in the Age spirits brands—and is produced at Gallo’s Northern California facility. Lo-Fi, made with California wine and cold-extracted whole botanicals and packaged in 750-ml. bottles, initially will include a Sweet Vermouth (16.5% abv), Dry Vermouth (16.5% abv) and Gentian Amaro (16% abv).

downloadCampari America is adding a new Coastal Cranberry offering to its Skyy Infusions line of flavored vodkas. Launching nationwide, Skyy Infusions Coastal Cranberry (35% abv) joins the brand’s existing range of 14 flavors, and is line-priced at $14 a 750-ml. bottle.

download (1)Houston, Texas-based International Spirit & Beverage Group (ISBG) is introducing Besado Tequila, a new line of premium Tequila infused with an herbal blend of Maca, Damiana and ginseng. For its launch in the New York and Miami markets, the company has partnered with MetLife Stadium and south Florida restaurant chain Blue Martini. ISBG expects to launch Besado nationwide in early 2016. Besado Tequila is priced at $54.99 a 750-ml. for the Platinum expression and $64.99 for the Oro.

download (2)Iconic Brands is extending its Sangre de Vida franchise with a new mezcal expression. Sangre de Vida Mezcal, which joins the brand’s existing Tequila offerings, is at 45% abv and retails at $50 a bottle. It’s rolling out across 13 states.

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