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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for September 27, 2013

September 27, 2013

•Wilson Daniels has been named exclusive sales and marketing agent for West Park, New York-based Coppersea Distilling’s whiskies and eaux de vie. The company will launch Coppersea New York Raw Rye, an unaged whisky, in select markets early next year. The Hudson Valley distillery uses locally sourced ingredients and Heritage Methods distillation techniques, including on-site well water, floor malting, mashing in open wood fermentation tanks and distilling in direct-fired alembic copper pot stills. Wilson Daniels just entered into the spirits segment last month, with the addition of Sipsmith London Dry Gin.

Smuttynose Brewing Co. is entering the state of California this month. The brewer is partnering with Craft Beer Guild Distributing of California and El Dorado Distributing, both of which are part of the L. Knife & Son family. The first shipments to California have included two bottled beers from Smuttynose’s Big Beer Series—Homunculus and Rhye IPA—as well as kegs of Finestkind IPA. Smuttynose—which produced nearly 41,000 barrels last year—is also partnered with L. Knife distributorships in Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Kentucky and Wisconsin. With the addition of California, Smuttynose will be available across 24 states and Washington, D.C.

•Upslope Brewing is expanding distribution beyond Colorado for the first time with an official launch in Texas this month. Upslope’s Pale Ale, India Pale Ale and Craft Lager beers are available now at select retailers, restaurants and bars across the Austin, Dallas and Houston areas, handled by Ben E. Keith Co. Distribution in the Texas market was made possible by Upslope’s recent expansion project that increased production to 9,500 barrels a year—a 70% increase from last year’s production.

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