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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015

•Spokane, Washington’s Dry Fly Distilling is introducing a “Hibernian” Irish-style whiskey, O’Danagher’s Single Barrel Whiskey. Made in collaboration with Washington state-based whiskey maker Tim Danaher, the new product’s grains are sourced locally from the 1,500-acre Danaher farms in eastern Washington. Fifteen barrels a year were made, with the first three barrels of five-year-old whiskey set to launch this fall at $64.95 a bottle. Dry Fly Distilling, whose lineup includes small-batch vodka, gin and whiskey, has annual volume of around 10,000 cases.

•Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Company is expanding into Nevada and Northern California beginning next month. The company has partnered with a number of distributors to bring its year-round and seasonal lineups in bottles, cans and kegs to those new areas, with further territories and distributors to follow in the coming months. Earlier this year, Founders—the 17th-largest U.S. craft player, according to the Brewers Association—sold a 30% stake to Spain’s Mahou San Miguel Brewery for an undisclosed sum.

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