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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

•Oregon-based Rogue Ales & Spirits has released three whiskies from its grain-to-glass farm and distillery. Rogue’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey is aged for five years in new American oak and retails at around $64.99. In addition, Rogue has released a three-year-old Oregon Rye Malt Whiskey ($49.99) and a two-year-old Dead Guy Whiskey ($49.99), also aged in new American oak. Rogue’s portfolio of whiskies are aged in rickhouses on the Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, which, according to the company, offers a cool, breezy climate and imparts a unique flavor profile. The trio of new Rogue whiskies is available nationwide in select retail locations.

•Westminster, Massachusetts’ Nauti Seltzer is taking aim at the rosé category with its newest spiked seltzer. The 5%-abv extension will launch in early March with a flavor profile that combines mandarin orange, peach and raspberries, according to Nauti. The company noted that its research showed significant overlap between rosé wine and hard seltzer drinkers. Nauti Rosé will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans. Each 12-ounce serving is 110 calories. Wachusett Brewing Company owns the Nauti Seltzer brand through its Craft Cocktail Co.

•Rochester, New York-based North American Breweries (NAB) has appointed Josh Halpern as chief sales officer. Halpern comes to NAB with nearly 20 years of industry experience, most recently serving as vice president of the small format channel in the U.S. for AB InBev. Halpern will direct the company’s sales team and focus on strengthening wholesaler relations and improving performance among key accounts. Halpern’s appointment comes a month after NAB hired Adrian Lachowski, formerly of NAB’s corporate parent Florida Ice & Farm Co., as its new CEO.

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