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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013

•Washington state craft distiller Dry Fly tells SND it’s on pace to increase volume about 20% to 12,000 nine-liter cases this year, led by its namesake vodka ($29.95 a 750-ml.). While vodka remains its top seller, Dry Fly’s recently released Creel Collection of specialty, high-proof spirits is also driving growth for the company. The Creel Collection—which is packaged in 375-ml. bottles retailing at $32.95 each—includes a Cask Strength Wheat Whiskey (120 proof), a Straight Triticale Whiskey (88 proof), a Port Finish Wheat Whiskey (86 proof), a Bourbon (101 proof) and a Barrel Aged Gin (80 proof). To keep up with demand, Dry Fly founder Kent Fleischmann says the company is adding an additional 12,000 feet of barrel storage to its existing facility. While Dry Fly’s distribution footprint has expanded to 40 states and five international markets, Washington state still accounts for the lion’s share of the group’s income at 60%, says Fleischmann.

•St. Helena, California-based Charbay Distillery & Winery is commemorating its 30th anniversary with a limited edition package of its Charbay Clear vodka brand. Rolling out this month, the new bottle design combines a more modern look with Charbay’s unflavored American corn and rye vodka, first launched in 2002 and retailing at $36.99 a 750-ml. Charbay Distillery & Winery, which has a footprint of more than 40 states, also produces flavored vodka, Tequila, whiskey, rum, wine and Port, as well as various specialty offerings.

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