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By Norman Miller
March 15, 2013 5:20 p.m.



The Banner Beer Company, the Bay State’s latest brewery, will soon be hitting liquor store shelves.



The Banner Beer Company, based in central Massachusetts, is the new brewery started by former Harpoon Brewery head brewer Todd Charbonneau. 



Charbonneau helped create some of the highest alcohol by volume beers at Harpoon, including the Imperial IPA and Barley Wine, but will now brew beers that are more in line with his lifestyle of a nearly 40-year-old with young children.



“I needed a beer that could accommodate our lifestyle,” said Charbonneau. “Typical ‘light’ beers were utterly disappointing as far as flavor, and the craft beers we loved were simply too strong to enjoy in a session.”



Charbonneau said all of Banner Beer Company’s beers will be less than 5 percent ABV. Banner’s first beer will be the Banner American Ale, which is a 3.4 percent “medium-bodied amber ale with strong American hop character.”



The beers will be available in 22 ounce bottles, and he hopes to can the beers in the future.



“I want to brew every day for people with a healthy and ambitious lifestyle who have a lot to do, but don’t want to sacrifice flavor,” Charbonneau said.



This is great news for lovers of low alcohol beers. Now, with Notch, there will be two local options.



Banner Beer is expected to make its debut during the New England Real Ale Exhibition, which begins on Wednesday.



 



 



 

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