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Harpoon introduces The 100 Barrel Series Rauchfetzen

Boston, MA (November 20, 2008) – The 25th offering from the Harpoon Brewery’s 100 Barrel Series has been released. Harpoon Rauchfetzen – a German word meaning “wisp of smoke” – is a light German ale with a subtle smoked flavor.

Charlie Cummings, brewer of the Rauchfetzen, used beechwood smoked malt from Bamberg, Germany to craft the copper-colored ale. While many smoked beers can be heavy on the palate, Harpoon Rauchfetzen allows the pronounced character of the smoked malt to play off the other flavors in the beer, including the mellow herbal bitterness of Hallertau hops and the fresh, bread-like quality of Munich and Pilsner malts.

“I decided to brew the Rauchfetzen so I could create a beer centered on some of my favorite ingredients; Weyermann’s Smoked Malt, Weyermann’s Pilsner Malt, and German Noble hops,” says Cummings. “It turned out pretty much exactly as I had hoped – refreshing and light on the palate, but with the complexity from the beechwood smoked malt intact. It’s a really nice beer for this time of year.”

The Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Rauchfetzen is now available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft with limited availability.

Harpoon introduced the 100 Barrel Series in May of 2003. 100 Barrel Series beers are brewed in single, 100-barrel batches. Each beer in the series is created by a different Harpoon brewer – from developing the recipe to the actual brewing process.

Founded in 1986, the Harpoon Brewery distributes its locally brewed products throughout the Northeast. The Harpoon Brewery’s line of craft beer features six year-round beers, and four special seasonal selections. In June 2000, the Harpoon Brewery purchased a second brewery in Windsor, Vermont. For information on Brewery Tours and events, call 1-888-HARPOON or visit their website at


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