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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 26, 2017

October 26, 2017

•George Washington’s Distillery celebrated its 10th anniversary this week with the production of a special-edition rye whiskey, a commemorative product that will be released at a future date. Participants in the project included Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Diageo and MGP, as well as craft players Angel’s Envy, Catoctin Creek, Westland, WhistlePig, Hillrock Estate, Woodinville Whiskey Co. and Starlight Distillery. Mount Vernon began excavating and rebuilding Washington’s distillery back in 2000, aided by a $2.1 million grant from the Distilled Spirits Council and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). The distillery and its accompanying gristmill reopened in 2007, and have since received 400,000 visitors. Virginia legalized distillery spirits sales in 2008, and Mount Vernon has now sold $1.5 million worth of whiskey and brandy, with sales benefiting the estate’s preservation and education programs.

•San Antonio’s Rebecca Creek Distillery is expanding its reach to more than 20 states via a partnership with Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC). RNDC will begin handling Rebecca Creek’s spirits lineup in a variety of new markets—including Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Indiana, among others—by the end of 2018. The craft distiller is currently present in Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Concurrently, Rebecca Creek has detailed plans to open a new $7.5-million distillery in San Antonio. The 20,000-square-foot facility, which will have an annual capacity of 500,000 cases, is set to be completed by late next year. The distillery’s portfolio includes Rebecca Creek Fine Texas Whiskey, Texas Ranger Whiskey, Enchanted Rock Vodka and Enchanted Rock Peach Vodka.

•Tennessee-based R.S. Lipman Brewing Co. has appointed United States Beverage (USB) to handle sales, marketing and distributor relationships for the Napa Smith and Hap & Harry’s beer brands, effective January 1. Lipman, which previously performed its own sales and marketing on the two brews, says the deal will support the brands’ expansion into new states in line with its long-term growth strategy. USB’s portfolio also includes Estrella Dam, Innis & Gunn, Moosehead, Krusovice and Sonoma Cider, among other brands.

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