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News Briefs for September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016

•E.&J. Gallo is extending its Apothic wine brand with a new red blend called Inferno. A small-batch, limited release, Inferno is aged in charred, white oak whiskey barrels for 60 days. The 15.9% abv offering is rolling out nationally at around $16 a bottle. Apothic, an Impact “Hot Brand,” has added more than 1 million cases to its total since 2012, advancing 14% to 2.5 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Anchor Distilling is launching two new single malt whiskies from Japan’s Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. in the U.S. Produced at Nikka’s Yoichi distillery in Hokkaido, Yoichi Single Malt is made with heavily peated malt and aged in new American oak and Sherry barrels, among other casks, while Miyagikyo Single Malt, produced at the Honshu-based Miyagikyo distillery, is slightly peated and aged in new American oak, ex-Bourbon oak and Sherry casks. Both non-age statement whiskies are retail priced at around $80 a 750-ml. Nikka Whisky more than doubled in the U.S. last year to 20,000 cases.

•Francis Ford Coppola Winery has debuted a limited edition of The Director’s Cut blend in partnership with media and entertainment company Technicolor. The Director’s Cut 2014 Technicolor is a blend of Malbec, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet and Zinfandel sourced primarily from Dry Creek Valley. The limited edition ($30 a bottle) is launching in select on- and off-premise accounts such as Whole Foods, Rustic, and Café Zoetrope, as well as at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. The new release follows the winery’s August launch of The Director’s Great Movies range as an offshoot of the its Director’s Collection series.

•Phillips Distilling Co. has added Colombia’s La Hechicera ultra-premium aged rum to its North American portfolio. Produced at the family-run Casa Santana distillery, the small-batch rum is created using the solera method and aged between 12-21 years in American white oak barrels. Phillips will initially focus marketing and distribution activities in markets like Boston, Chicago, and Portland, Oregon, among others. La Hechicera rum retails at about $45 a 750-ml. bottle. The Phillips Distilling portfolio includes Prairie Organic Spirits, UV Vodka, Casa Centinela Tequila, Tomatin Scotch Whiskies and Revel Stoke Whiskies, among others.

•MillerCoors’ Blue Moon Brewing Co. has opened a new brewery in Denver’s River North (RiNo) Art District. The new 26,000-square-foot location features 24 beers on tap with a full-service kitchen, as well as a two-barrel pilot system for test beers and a brew house with an annual capacity of 10,000 barrels. The new RiNo brewery joins Blue Moon’s original Denver location at The SandLot in Coors Field. Part of MillerCoors’ Tenth and Blake division, Blue Moon’s core Belgian White Ale is the second-largest super-premium domestic beer in the U.S. at 24 million (2.25-gallon) cases, according to Impact Databank.

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