In this week’s edition of press clips: Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s “Reform on Tap Act of 2018” would create a friendlier business climate for the state’s craft breweries, the Senate tax bill gains steam as alcohol industry watchdogs cry foul, and two industry trade groups provide a snapshot of beer industry health through October.
Craft beer industry news.
Strange Craft and Wit’s End Brewing Company will tap their collaboration Moving Day, an Imperial Session Belgian Pale Ale, to commemorate the combining of their brewhouses and tasting rooms.
This holiday season, Angel City Brewery is releasing another dynamic LA duo, Baltic Porter and Sunbather #2. These two distinct beers will have your December drink needs covered, with the first perfect for seasonal sipping and the second a quintessential quencher.
Braxton Brewing Company is excited to release two new packaged products. At their 3rd annual Winter Block Party on Saturday, December 2nd, they’ll be releasing their Bourbon Maple Imperial Stout that has aged in 23-year old Bourbon barrels for two years. On Friday, November 24th, they’ll release Dead Blow Tropical Stout brewed with their proprietary Starter Coffee in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans.
Cape May Brewing Company is continuing their Holiday tradition with another release of last year’s immensely successful Boughs of Barley. This year, Boughs of Barley 2017 is a barrel-aged Abbey-style Belgian Dark Ale, aged for several months in Cognac and Kentucky Bourbon barrels.
The entrepreneurs behind the once-caffeinated and controversial flavored malt beverage, Four Loko, are diversifying. Following the April launch of Four Loko Shots, a line of flavored spirits checking in at 35 percent ABV, Four Loko parent Phusion Projects, via its Innovative Wine & Spirits subsidiary, last week struck a deal with Pabst Brewing Company to market, sell and distribute its first bourbon brand under the Not Your Father’s label.
Budweiser is upholding its commitment to be the first beer on Mars by confirming upcoming experiments on the International Space Station with plans to send and study barley – one of its key ingredients – into space in early December.
As the temperate drops, dark beers emerge to pair perfectly with winter comfort foods and holiday treats. Left Hand is releasing a variety of seasonal and limited beers for the winter season.
Featuring massive malt character from the UK’s Golden Promise and Pearl Brown malts, as well as huge hop additions of two new UK hops — Minstrel and Olicana —Summit Union Series 6: Imperial Russian Stout pours coal black and is finished with a UK Ale yeast for a full mouth feel and a dry, assertive, warming finish.
Ale Asylum, one of Wisconsin’s largest breweries, today announced its plans to launch five of its most sought after brands in Minnesota this winter.
Atlanta craft brewery Second Self Beer Co. will release Olde Oyl (11% ABV, 65 IBU), a Russian Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout, on November 24th.
Nickel Brook announced that its Kentucky Bastard Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout will be available in time for the holiday season, hitting store shelves in early December.
Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company has filed a lawsuit against yeast supplier White Labs alleging that the San Diego-based fermentation specialists sold the brewery contaminated brewers yeast, which led to a $2 million recall in 2016.
Art Larrance renames Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub in Southwest Portland, restaurant now called The Lodge at Cascade Brewing.