New Glarus Brewing Co. has announced a few new changes in its lineup for 2018, albeit only for the first three months of the year.
The biggest news is the return of Cran-bic, a 6 percent ABV lambic-style ale brewed with cranberries and aged on oak for up to two years. First released in 2009 and last seen in 2016, the ale will be part of the New Glarus, Wis.-based brewery’s Thumbprint Series, which is made up of beers that head brewer Dan Carey releases at various times throughout each year packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles.
The abbreviated release calendar also indicates New Glarus will be adding Coffee Stout to its seasonal lineup starting this month. The stout is brewed with Wisconsin water, roasted malts and American hops as well as cold-pressed organic coffee from Just Coffee Co-op and was last sold in 2015.
Finally, there will be some significant packaging changes in the new year as well: Two Women lager will be available in 12-ounce cans for the first time and both Wisconsin Belgian Red and Serendipity will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles.
While that is the only information that is included in the release calendar at this time, New Glarus typically releases a number of different seasonal and Thumbprint beers every year, as well as at least three different R&D releases packaged in 500ml bottles.
An email sent to the brewery for additional information was not immediately returned.