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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for January 23, 2013

January 23, 2013

•Celebrity mixologists Simon Ford, Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric have launched a new venture, The 86 Co., starting with a portfolio of four mixology-focused spirits. The lineup includes Caña Brava ($34.99), a three-year-old rum aged in a combination of new uncharred American oak and used American whiskey barrels; Fords gin ($37.99), distilled in London and featuring a blend of nine botanicals; Tequila Cabeza ($42.99); and Aylesbury Duck vodka ($30.99). The new products have rolled out in select markets across the country. They’re all packaged in 1-liter bottles designed for mixing—featuring long necks that are easy to grab, labels with useful information about the product, a scale with exact measures in fluid ounces and liters to help with recipes and a grip in the middle for handling.

•Brooklyn-based bitters company Bittermens is relocating to a new, larger facility in New Orleans. According to local media reports, the move—which is slated to be completed next month—will allow the company to double its current production of around 5,500 bottles a month by midyear. The increase is expected to help Bittermens meet rising demand in the U.S., where the brand is currently available in 37 states, and globally, across Europe, Singapore and New Zealand.


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