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News Briefs for November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

•The Teeling Whiskey Co. has introduced a namesake single grain Irish whiskey. Teeling Single Grain is a 46% abv product fully matured in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels. Single grain Irish whiskey bottlings are very rare because the grain whiskey is generally blended with heavier styles to produce most of the category’s leading brands. Teeling Whiskey Co. was founded by Jack Teeling in 2012, soon after his father, John, sold Cooley Distillery to Beam Inc (Jack had been Cooley’s sales and marketing director). The company is currently planning to build its own production facility in Dublin, which would be the city’s first new whiskey distillery in more than a century.

•Republic National Distributing Co. control states president Sim Byrd is set to retire, effective January 1, 2014. He will be replaced by Joe Gigliotti. Following his retirement, Byrd will continue to serve with RNDC as part of a formal knowledge transfer program, and support Gigliotti during the transition. A 38-year beverage alcohol industry veteran, Byrd had previously served as president of brokerage operation MBC United.

BevMo is set to open its newest California store in northern Upland on November 8. The 10,000-square-foot outpost will offer thousands of wines, spirits and beers, as well as gourmet food items, cocktail mixers, glassware, bar accessories and more. The new location is the second Upland-based store for the retail chain, which debuted a store in southern Upland in September. Currently operating 146 stores across California, Arizona and Washington, BevMo is also slated to open additional California locations in West Covina, Clovis and Rancho Santa Margarita.

•Massachusetts-based Heavenly Spirits is reintroducing France’s Armorik Breton single malt whisky to the U.S. The 46%-abv whisky’s Classic expression ($49 a 750-ml.) is made from 100% French malted barley, aged almost 7 years in refilled American Bourbon casks, and finished in Oloroso Sherry casks for three months. Armorik’s Double Maturation variant ($55) is aged 5 years in French oak from the Armorik forest and at least two years in Oloroso Sherry Casks. Concurrently, Heavenly Spirits has added Jules Theuriet Creme de Framboise to its range. The 18%-abv. raspberry liqueur comes in 750-ml. and 375-ml. sizes. Heavenly Spirits’ brands are distributed in 17 states and Washington, D.C.

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