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Odell releases oak-aged Dark Theory

Odell Brewing Co’s Dark Theory started life as an imperial porter and was fermented with wild yeast strains and aged in oak barrels for over a year. Coming in at 7.5% ABV, the newly-released brew has layers of plum and cranberry atop flavours of tart cherry and sweetbread. Roasted malts add notes of coffee, chocolate and tobacco.

Cellar Series beers aren’t confined to one particular style or technique, but share a spirit of experimentation and innovation. Whether they’re blended, barrel aged, or wild fermented, they’re all an exercise in patience, says the brewer.

Tuatara sold to DB Breweries

Multi-award-winning Tuatara Brewing Company, in New Zealand, has been sold to national operator DB Breweries. But founders Carl and Simone Vasta and their son, Adam, will remain at the helm of the popular company.

Tuatara was established in 2000 and has grown from a backyard operation to production of 2 million litres of beer in 2016.

DB Breweries managing director, Andy Routley, said: “I have a great deal of respect for what Carl and the team have achieved and we are excited to be able to tap into their craft beer knowledge and experience. The way we see the business developing is relatively simple: we’ll leave it to Tuatara to make great beer. We’ll help get it to more people.”

Growler Chill creator chases crowdfunding

Growler Chill

Growler Chill, a counter-top, refrigerated appliance that holds three standard growlers, keeping them cold, fresh and on tap ready to serve, has launched a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter. The US firm’s patented system extends the life of beer for up to three weeks after opening and eliminates foam and waste.

On Kickstarter.com, the Growler Chill team say: “We believe craft beer lovers everywhere deserve to drink happy beer. Our mission is to ensure craft beer enthusiasts can get the most out of their own personal discovery and exploration of fresh, flavorful brews that taste just as the brewer intended.

“At the core of our vision is a commitment to supporting the craftsmanship of local breweries and the drink local movement by helping them sell more beer.” Find out more here

Recall for Sierra Nevada bottles

Sierra Nevada has recalled bottles of its beer after bottles were found to have a fault which could allow glass to fall inside. The recalled bottles were dated between December 5 and January 8 in the case of Pale Ale, and December 5 and January 13 in the case of other brands. The recall affects only beers produced at the brewer’s original North Caroline facility.

Heineken purchases Brasil Kirin

Heineken has bought Kirin’s Brazilian brewing business for $870m. Professor John Colley, of Warwick Business School, said: “Heineken’s new Brazilian purchase will need investment for some years, but in the medium term will be a good buy.”

“In effect, the Heineken strategy is to acquire low risk bolt-on acquisitions to build share in long-term growth markets. There is usually opportunity in crises and Heineken certainly sees one in Brasil Kirin.”

Top prize in Italian beer contest

Birra Antoniana’s Porello has been named best Italian beer 2016 in a competition organised by Federbirra and the Italian Ministry of Agricultural Policies. The bright amber gold beer has an aroma with notes of coriander, orange peel and cloves.