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Makers of Aquatina introduce new collapsible water bottle

BY Rebecca Haughey

LONDON – The makers of Aquatina, the collapsible pocket drinks bottle, have launched its successor, Ohyo, the company announced on Thursday.

Ohyo, currently available from Ohyo.me, has a pop-out spout so the product can be used one-handed, making it suitable for children, commuters and gym users.

Designed and made in Britain, the collapsible bottle is made from toxin-free plastic, and is a reusable and safer alternative to disposable plastic bottles. The name of the product is derived from the French word for water, "eau," and a reference to the word "yo-yo," in reference to the up-and-down action of the bottle.

"Ohyo is the product I always wanted to make, and the continuing success of Aquatina meant that we were able to design and manufacture its successor here in Sheffield. The average person in Europe buys 85 bottles of mineral water a year … last year, we threw away 150 billion bottles, enough to stretch to the moon 50 times and back," said Guy Jeremiah, creator of Ohyo. "Ohyo is another step toward reducing this."

Ohyo retails for a suggested price of GBP9.98 for two bottles.

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Limited edition Newcastle Winter IPA heads to retailer shelves

BY Rebecca Haughey

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Newcastle on Wednesday announced the first nationwide release of its limited edition beer, Newcastle Winter IPA. The Winter IPA will be on retail shelves and on draught in on-premise locations now through January 2013.

New Castle IPA features a copper color with a strong hop aroma, subtle caramel notes, a full body and a balanced finish, as is characteristic of traditional British-style IPAs.

"Winter IPA is ideal for any situation, whether you’re trying to reconnect with family over the holidays, or if you need an excuse to head to the pub and avoid them," said Charles van Es, brand director of Newcastle Brown Ale. "No matter what happens, you’ll at least have a balanced, drinkable brew to enjoy this season."

Made with Super Styrian and Styrian Goldings hops, Newcastle Winter IPA has an alcohol by volume (i.e., ABV) of 5.2% with 28 International Bitter Units (i.e., IBUs). The new beer is available in 12 oz. bottles in 6-packs and 12-packs priced comparably to Newcastle Brown Ale.

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Samuel Adams introduces 10th anniversary batch of barrel-aged Utopias beer

BY Melissa Valliant

BOSTON — Samuel Adams has once again stepped into the realm of "extreme beers" with its latest 10th anniversary release of Samuel Adams Utopias, the brewery’s legendary barrel-aged beer. Aged to perfection — for some ingredients, 20 years — the new brew contains slightly more than 29% alcohol by volume, which compares with 5% ABV in Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

The Utopias batch offers notes of vanilla and maple from its being aged in hand-selected, single-use bourbon casks from the Buffalo Trace Distillery, and a variety of finishing casks add dark fruit aromas and flavors of fig, chocolate, raisin, vanilla and some spice. The limited-edition beer was brewed with Samuel Adams’ traditional techniques and acquired its distinct hop character from the finest Noble hops. A combination of yeast strains were used during fermentation, including one usually reserved for Champagne.

"With this year’s 10th-anniversary release, we’re unveiling the result of complex and carefully timed brewing and aging techniques. In fact, this year’s brew is a blend of batches — including some of our original Triple Bock, whose development began in 1992 — and then aged in other barrels sourced from all over the world," said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. "This release of Samuel Adams Utopias is proof — 58-proof to be exact — that extreme beers have earned a permanent and respected place in the beer universe, a world now constantly evolving with new craft brewers and excited craft beer drinkers. I hope drinkers will enjoy savoring Samuel Adams Utopias as much as I enjoyed crafting this beer over the past 10 years."

Samuel Adams Utopias beer is bottled in a unique 10th anniversary black decanter shaped like a brew kettle. The company produced fewer than 15,000 bottles of the beer due to the long aging required. It’s available at select beer and liquor stores beginning this month for a suggested retail price of $190 per bottle.

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