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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 5, 2014

February 5, 2014

•Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to acquire Long Island-based craft brewer Blue Point Brewing Co. for an undisclosed sum. In 2013, Blue Point sold approximately 60,000 barrels, placing it among the top 50 craft brewers nationwide. With sales concentrated along the East Coast, Blue Point derives 50% of its volume from flagship brand Toasted Lager, but also sells Hoptical Illusion, Blueberry Ale and seasonal brands among others. AB InBev says its injection of resources will allow Blue Point to expand to meet consumer demand. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter.

•Ted Huber of Huber Starlight Distillery in Starlight, Indiana, has been named chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) Small Distiller Membership, an affiliate arm for distillers who produce less than 100,000 gallons per year. In addition to Huber, DISCUS also appointed four regional vice chairmen of the Small Distiller Membership: Steve Johnson of Vermont Spirits Distilling Co. in Hartford, Vermont will represent the Northeast, while Phil Prichard of Prichards’ Distillery in Kelso, Tennessee will represent the South. Guy Rehorst of Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the Midwest representative, and Tom Mooney of House Spirits, Portland, Oregon will represent the West.

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