ABC adds new flagship beers

by: Jimi The Intern

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New year, new beer!

Appalachian Brewing Company has added four new brews to their list of flagship (year-round) beers that will be released throughout January and February.

Craft Collection Variety Pack Face

To avid ABC drinkers, some of these beers are favorites that were previously only available a few times a year, plus a new release and an old favorite that has been redesigned.

The brand new beer that will be added to the list is Aero-Head Bock. Outta Focus Double IPA and Chocolate Avenue Stout are the two specialty beers that will now be produced year-round. Trail Blaze Organic Brown Ale was tweaked to now become Trail Blaze Maple Brown ale.

Aero-Head Bock (6.7% ABV) is a German-style bock that will be the newest addition to the taps at ABC. It is a lightly hopped, semi-sweet and crisp copper lager that is rich and toasty.

Outta Focus Double IPA (8.1% ABV) has made its way from the specialty beer line-up to the ranks of the flagships. Now, that is not to say this traditional Northern Pacific IPA isn’t special. It is brewed with Pilgrim, Styiran and Cascade hops to give it bitter and floral taste.

Chocolate Avenue Stout (5% ABV) is a dry stout that will also be making a jump to the everyday line-up. A healthy helping of chocolate malt and roasted barley help bring out the sweetness and coffee flavors.

Trail Blaze Maple Brown Ale (5% ABV) has a name that will be familiar with ABC regulars, but the taste will be a bit different. The new Trail Blaze will feature a unique blend of malts to give the beer a smooth carmel flavor and the added maple will give the beer a sweetness to cut through the bitterness of the hops.

All of the flagship beers, including these new additions, will be produced and distributed from the original ABC site in Harrisburg, while the monthly specialty beers will be produced from the newest location on the Carlisle Pike.

The four new beers will be available in their own cases of 24 12- oz. bottles across the Mid-Atlantic region. They also will be available in a special Craft Collection variety back, which will feature a six pack of each.

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