GSN Brews News: January 4th 2022 Edition

Baltimore, Maryland’s DuClaw Brewing Company has launched three new seasonal beers. First up is Spruce Willis, an 8.2% abv double IPA named for the famed actor from the Die Hard series of action movies. Next up is the PastryArchy Macchiato Milk Stout, a 6.5% abv beer brewed with vanilla beans and DuClaw’s own coffee blend. Finally, DuClaw has released Sour Me Pomegranate, Passion Fruit, & Plum, a 5.5% abv fruited sour ale made with Saaz hops, in addition to its namesake fruits. All three are now available in 16-ounce cans and on draft in select locations throughout DuClaw’s distribution footprint.

Minneapolis-based Hairless Dog Brewing has announced updated recipes and packaging for its three core brews, Citra Lager, India Pale Ale, and Black Ale. The company, which specializes in non-alcoholic beers, has also introduced a Dry January Survival Kit. Prices for the kit start at $20 and include a choice of three Hairless Dog 0% abv beer varieties and merchandise. In contrast to most non-alcoholic brews—in which alcohol is removed after brewing—Hairless Dog says its production process never introduces alcohol into the liquid to begin with and therefore retains a fuller flavor in the finished product.

Diageo’s Bulleit whiskey brand has teamed up with Kentucky-based West Sixth Brewing to create Bourbon Barrel Brownie, a limited edition offering marrying the brewery’s beer and Bulleit Bourbon. The Imperial brown ale comes in at 10.5% abv and is matured in ex-Bulleit barrels with added cocoa nibs. Bourbon Barrel Brownie is available for a limited time in four-packs of 12-ounce cans in Northern Kentucky for a suggested price of $12.

Oregon-based Square Mile Cider has introduced a new look across its portfolio. According to the company, the new branding pays homage to Square Mile Cider’s home base of Portland, Oregon, and highlights its commitment to using local, Pacific Northwest-grown fruits in all its ciders. Along with the rebrand, the cidery has launched two new flavors: Peach Lemonade Hard Cider and Raspberry Lemonade Hard Cider. The two new flavors—along with the existing Original Cider and Rosé Cider—are distributed across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho in 12- and 19.2-ounce cans.

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GSN Brews News: December 14th 2021 Edition

Paso Robles, California-based Firestone Walker is releasing a new brew from their R&D location, the Propagator, in Venice, California. The company’s latest experimental beer is a play on the pairing of chocolate chip cookies and milk, called Kookie Monster. At 8% abv, it’s a double milk stout brewed with vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and brown sugar. It’s available at Firestone Walker’s three California locations and from the brewery’s website, where previous Propagator releases went for $20 a 4-pack.

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. revealed the final entry in its Mothership Series for the year. It’s a festive edition of previous Mothership release Blushing Padre called Blushing Claus. Like its progenitor Blushing Monk it’s a raspberry Belgian ale aged, like Blushing Padre, in Tequila barrels and finally finished with cranberries and orange zest to evoke holiday flavors. Blushing Claus is at 11.9% abv and, like previous Mothership releases, will be available only at Founders taproom locations beginning December 15, priced at $20 a 6-pack.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is bringing back its Irish Whiskey Cask beer for St. Patrick’s Day. First brewed a decade ago as a straight Scottish Stout, this year’s edition of Irish Whiskey Cask was formulated as a Scottish Oatmeal Stout for enhanced creaminess and mouthfeel. It’s at 6.1% abv and will be available in the U.S. next year.

San Luis Obispo, California-based SLO Brew is releasing Holidaze IPA. It’s a 7% abv India Pale Ale made with orange peel, Citra hops, and spruce tree tips for Christmas tree flavor. The limited edition release is available throughout California and at the SLO Brew tasting room in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans for $11. SLO Brew is the craft beer brand of SLO Brewing Co., which also produces Tio Rodrigo craft micheladas, Porch Pounder canned wine, and Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills craft whiskey.

Roust Corporation’s Russian Standard vodka has launched a new canned Moscow Mule cocktail, using the brand’s namesake vodka. The RTD comes in at 5.8% abv and is also made with ginger, lime, and mint. Russian Standard Moscow Mule is now available nationwide in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans.

Baltimore, Maryland-based DuClaw Brewing Company is releasing an escape from deepening fall chill with its latest. Its new beer is called Cloud Mango and features tropical flavors to put consumers in mind of balmier climes that include mango and coconut, along with subtler strains of vanilla and oak. At 7.1% abv, its label also features a QR code that, when scanned, directs to a Spotify playlist of beach tunes. Cloud Mango is billed as a sour and is available now on draft and in 12-ounce cans at select locations. DuClaw currently distributes to 24 states in the eastern half of the U.S.

Yobo Soju is launching a new line of soju RTDs. The canned cocktails will be sold under the Hunni Sparkling Soju name and will initially come in four flavors: Yuzu and Elderflower; Korean Pear, Perilla Leaf, and Lime; Peach and Chili Pepper; and Grape and Ginger. All are at 4% abv and contain approximately 100 calories a can. Accompanying the cans is Hunni K. Town, 16% abv versions of the same flavors in 750-ml. bottles meant for sipping or cocktail mixing. The RTDs are launching nationwide this month for $17 a 4-pack while the K. Town bottles launch early next year. Founded in 2015, Yobo Soju is produced in New York’s Finger Lakes region from Catawba grapes.

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GSN Brews News: September 7th 2021 Edition

Corvallis, Oregon-based 2 Towns Ciderhouse is launching an array of ciders in 19-ounce cans. The first to market in the new format is Strawberade, a 6.5% abv pink lemonade cider made with California Meyer lemons along with strawberries and apples from the Pacific Northwest. Strawberade is joined in 19-ounce cans by OutCider, 2 Towns’ unfiltered release made with Jonagold apples and at 5% abv. The new packaging options will be available throughout the cidery’s west coast distribution area that also includes Minnesota.

Austin, Texas-based Canteen Spirits has launched a new line of gin-based canned cocktails. Canteen’s Gin Spritzes come in three flavors—Blossom Gin Spritz with hibiscus and lime, Citrus Gin Spritz with lemon and cucumber, and Ruby Gin Spritz with grapefruit and rosemary—all at 5% abv and available in variety 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and as individual cans.

Vermont-based Lawson’s Finest Liquids has released Kiwi Double IPA in its 9-state distribution footprint. The 8.1% abv ale is brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Jade hops and was previously a taproom exclusive offering. The beer is part of Lawson’s specialty release series and will be available in September and October. Lawson’s beers are sold in Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

Baltimore, Maryland-based DuClaw Brewing Company is releasing Lemonade Stand by Me, a hopped sour made with raspberries and Meyer lemon puree. The label features a lemonade stand design and a QR code that can be scanned to access a music playlist to accompany the beverage. It’s at 7.1% abv and is available now in 12-ounce cans and on draft at select locations across DuClaw’s 22-state distribution area. 

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GSN Brews News: December 15th 2020 Edition

Frederick, Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery and Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Waredaca Brewing Co. are releasing a collaboration called Watch Me Neigh Neigh Spiced Red Ale. Brewed in celebration of Waredaca’s fifth anniversary, the name is a reference to the equestrian history of Waredaca’s farm. It was brewed with cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and orange peels to capture the holiday season. The release is available now, for sale at Waredaca’s tasting room.

Baltimore, Maryland-based DuClaw Brewing Company is releasing Hoppy Together, a sour ale, as the first in its quarterly release series for 2021. It was made with Mosaic, Azacca, and Simcoe hops as well as lactose. It is at 7.1% abv and will be released in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans beginning in January. Founded in 1996, DuClaw distributes to 19 states and Washington, D.C.

San Clemente, California’s Left Coast Brewing is releasing the fifth edition of its annual South County IPA. The beer is a collaboration between Left Coast and nearby Artifex Brewing and Pizza Port Brewing. It is a limited-edition West Coast-style IPA brewed with Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Nelson, and Amarillo hops with forward notes of blueberry and gooseberry. It is available in 4-packs and on tap at Left Coast’s locations in San Clemente and Irvine and on tap in select restaurants in the area.

Elk Rapids, Michigan-based Short’s Brewing has added its Lil’ Huma session IPA to its year-round lineup. Named in comparison to Short’s Huma Lupa Licious IPA, it debuted last summer in the brewery’s Refreshin’ Session variety pack at 4.5% abv and 95 calories. It will be the brewery’s first low-abv year-round offering. Lil’ Huma is currently available on draft and in 12-ounce cans, with 12-packs in market and 6-packs shipping now. It will replace Juicy Brut in the Short’s flagship line up.

Traverse City, Michigan-based North Peak Brewing Company is relaunching Berserker Imperial Stout after a multi-year hiatus. The 10.1% abv behemoth returns with a tweaked recipe and a Bourbon barrel aged variant. Its flavor profile includes cocoa, dark fruit, currants, and cinnamon. Berserker is available now in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans for a limited time throughout Michigan. Bourbon Barrel Berserker will be available on tap at select locations this winter. North Peak Brewing is part of Northern United Brewing Company and distributes throughout the state, with limited distribution elsewhere.

Boston, Massachusetts’ Harpoon Brewery and Vermont’s WhistlePig have teamed up to create the Bock Hog, a new barrel-finished beer. The lager comes in at 9% abv, and is finished in the Spanish oak and South American Teakwood barrels used to mature WhistlePig’s the Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic. The limited release is now available in individual 22-ounce bottles and on draft at Harpoon’s breweries in Boston and Vermont.

Newport, Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits announced its first release of 2021. January 1 will be the debut of Colossal Claude, a new year-round Imperial IPA featuring a sea monster on the can. Brewed with Cascade, Chinook, Citra, and Strata hops, it’s at 8.2% abv and will join Batsquatch Hazy IPA in the brewer’s monster-themed lineup. It will be available nationwide in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans, 19.2-ounce cans, and on draft. Colossal Claude and Batsquatch will face off in Rogue’s Monsters of IPA campaign this spring, with more details forthcoming next year.

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