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News Briefs for October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

•Bacardi’s Angel’s Envy has released the 2017 edition of its limited-release Cask Strength Bourbon. This year’s release clocks in at 62.25%-abv. The whiskey spent up to seven years in oak before an additional period of resting in Port casks. Angel’s Envy Cask Strength 2017 is available in 24 states and Washington D.C. Only 10,000 bottles are available, retailing at $199.99 a 750-ml.

•The Cooper Spirits Co. has extended its Lock Stock & Barrel rye whiskey range with a new 18-year-old offshoot. With a mash bill of 100% rye grain, Lock Stock & Barrel 18-Year Straight Rye is aged in new charred American oak and bottled at 109 proof. It will be available in limited quantities, retailing at $230 a 750-ml. The 18-year-old rye marks Cooper Spirits’ third Lock Stock & Barrel release, joining the brand’s existing 13- and 16-year-old labels. The Cooper Spirits Co.’s portfolio also includes bottled cocktail brand Hochstadter’s Slow & Low, the Hochstadter’s whiskey range and French berry liqueur Crème Yvette.

•Diageo’s Guinness is commemorating 200 years in the U.S. market with the launch of its Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout ($8.99 a six-pack). Based on a recipe from 1817, the 6%-abv limited edition offering is made with Black Patent malt and Golding hops and marks the latest entry from Guinness’s Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, which specializes in experimental and historic brews. Concurrently, Guinness has unveiled new limited edition Guinness Draught cans ($8.99 an eight-pack), which showcase Guinness ads from the 1930s and the 1950s, and has also announced the lineup for its 200 Years of Stout in America Mixed Pack. The 12-pack, which retails at $21.99, will feature Guinness Original, 200th Anniversary Export Stout, Antwerpen Stout and Foreign Extra Stout. Guinness Stout grew by 3.5% to 14 million (2.25-gallon) cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Boston Beer Co.’s Angry Orchard has unveiled Angry Orchard Pear, a new fruit cider made with both pears and apples. Inspired by pear-based perry drinks popular in Europe, the 5%-abv entry blends domestic Bartlett, D’Anjou and Bosc pears with culinary apple varietals like Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. Angry Orchard Pear is currently rolling out nationwide, available in six-packs ($7.99-$9.99 each).

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has named Eric Lake as vice president of national accounts, on-premise, a newly created role within the company. Lake, who has more than two decades of on-premise national accounts experience, was most recently senior vice president of sales, on-premise national accounts at Young’s Market Co. Prior to that, he held leadership roles with Nolet Spirits, Diageo and Southcorp. Lake will report to Tony Kalich, Deutsch Family’s senior vice president, distributor relations and sales capabilities.

•Anchor Distilling Co. has announced three changes to its executive team. Vice president of East Coast sales Gregory Fitch has been promoted to chief sales officer, while vice president of marketing Morgan Robbat has been named chief marketing officer. Meanwhile, Shannon Tracy has joined Anchor as chief finance officer. Tracy was most recently vice president of finance and accounting at Yalla Mediterranean. Anchor Distilling Co. split from sister company Anchor Brewing in August when the brewery was acquired by Japan’s Sapporo.

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