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News Briefs for November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017

•Proximo Spirits’ Tincup American Whiskey has launched a 10-year-old expression. The 42%-abv whiskey, like Tincup’s core offering, is a blend of rye, corn and malted barley, and has been matured in charred American oak barrels. Tincup 10 is available nationwide at a suggested price of $54.99 a 750-ml. In 2016, Tincup depleted 62,000 cases in the U.S., up nearly 265% over the prior year.

•Anheuser-Busch InBev has named Michel Doukeris as zone president for North America and CEO of Anheuser-Busch, effective January 1. Doukeris is currently global chief sales officer at the brewing giant, and has been with the company for two decades. As zone president of North America, he succeeds João Castro Neves, who decided to step down from the role to pursue other opportunities. In announcing the move, AB InBev CEO Carlos Brito hailed Doukeris’s service in growing the Budweiser brand globally, and launching the company’s The High End business unit—including super-premium and craft brews—which now has sales of $5 billion.

•Charles Heidsieck has released La Collection Crayères, a range of rare vintage Champagnes. The new collection marks the 150th anniversary of the Champagne producer’s purchase of 47 historic Gallo-Roman chalk cellars, all used for bottle-aging. Five cuvées—1985 Rosé Millésime ($399 a 750-ml.), 1983 Brut Millésime in magnum ($799), 1985 Champagne Charlie ($449 a 750-ml.), 1982 Champagne Charlie in magnum ($1,200), and 1981 Cuvée Royale ($799 a 750-ml.)—are included in the La Collection Crayères lineup, and will be available in December in very limited quantities, distributed to select fine wine retailers by Charles Heidsieck importer Folio Fine Wine Partners.

•Leaf Vodka, owned and marketed by Global Spirits USA, has expanded its distribution to eight new states, bringing its footprint to 29 states in all. The new markets are Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, New Hampshire, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky and Massachusetts. Leaf offers two expressions—one made from Alaskan glacial waters and the other from Rocky Mountain mineral water, both at 40% abv and retail-priced at $19.99 a 750-ml.

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