Stewart's/Shmaltz team up to create a new craft IPA

New Stewart's IPA offering.
The Stewart’s Shops chain of convenience stores has been increasing shelf space for craft beers at its 335 locations in the past few years. Now, it is teaming with a local brewer to help fill it with its own label brew.

Stewart's has contracted with Shmaltz Brewing Company of Clifton Park to produce High Cliff,  a medium-bodied India pale ale (IPA) retailing at $8.99 for a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles.

This is not the first beer made for Stewart's. The Saratoga-based chain introduced its first proprietary beer -- Mountain Brew Ice, manufactured in Wisconsin -- in 2010. But, according to spokesperson Maria D’Amelia,  “We are seeing craft beers continuing to be very popular. We saw this as an opportunity to offer even more variety. This is getting our feet wet.”

High Cliff will be available only in Stewart's Shops, according to the company.
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