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News Briefs for February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015

•Ireland’s Teeling Whiskey Co. has extended its lineup with the launch of a new single grain offering. Made using a modern column distillation process, Teeling Single Grain is matured in California red wine barrels and bottled at 46% abv without chill filtration. According to Teeling Whiskey Co. founder Jack Teeling, the single grain launch is part of the group’s efforts to “drive the expansion of the Irish whiskey category through unique bottling and expressions.” Teeling Single Grain will be available nationwide, priced at $49.99 a 750-ml., and joins the Teeling Whiskey Co.’s flagship Irish whiskey, Single Malt, 21-year-old Single Malt, 26-year-old Single Malt and 30-year-old Single Malt entries.

•Beam Suntory has revealed a full packaging redesign for its Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon brand. The new look, which has begun rolling out, includes a sleeker bottle shape, a cork closure and an updated label featuring a portrait of famed distiller Basil Hayden, grandfather of brand founder Colonel R.B. Hayden. The update aims to communicate a more premium look and feel. Old Grand-Dad Bourbon ($24.99 a 750-ml.) is distilled in accordance with the “Bottled in Bond Act” of 1897, which mandates a Bourbon be produced in a single distillery season at a single distillery, aged for four years and bottled at 100 proof. Beam Suntory also recently released a new Bonded Bourbon under its flagship Jim Beam brand.

•Francis Ford Coppola Winery has extended its Sofia brand with the launch of Sofia Red, a new red blend. Making its debut with a 2013 vintage, Sofia Red is a blend of Grenache (62%), Syrah (37%) and Mourvèdre (1%) sourced from Paso Robles. Available at select restaurant and retail locations, the new entry is priced at $17 a 750-ml. bottle. Sofia Red marks the brand’s first red wine, joining Sofia’s existing Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, Rosé, Riesling and Chardonnay.

•Anheuser-Busch is reviving its 130-year-old Faust beer brand, reports St. Louis’ Riverfront Times. Originally brewed in 1884 by Anheuser-Busch cofounder Adolphus Busch, Faust Pale Lager was named for St. Louis restaurateur Tony Faust, a close friend of the Busch family. The brand—billed as a dark, full-bodied lager—was produced through 1942, with Anheuser-Busch briefly resurrecting it between 1995-1999, as part of the company’s American Originals series. This year, Anheuser-Busch is recreating the original Faust recipe and plans to launch the 5.5%-abv entry in roughly 100 bars and restaurants throughout the St. Louis metro area.

•BevMo will open a new store in Bakersfield, California on February 27th, marking its 10th location in California’s Central Valley and its 156th unit overall across California, Arizona and Washington. The Bakersfield location, at 10650 Stockdale Highway, will be BevMo’s first new store opening of 2015. In other company news, BevMo recently unveiled a new craft-focused initiative in which it is highlighting craft players across the beer, wine and spirits industries with a video series, as well as in-store events and special discounts.

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