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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015

•Butte, Montana-based Reilly’s Whiskey is adding two new markets to its distribution footprint. Starting next month, the distiller’s portfolio—which includes the shooter-geared Ginger Rock & Rye (66 proof) and blended whiskey Reilly’s Mother’s Milk (both $24.99 a 750-ml.)—will be available in Oklahoma via Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) and in Arkansas via Moon Distributing. Launched in October, the Reilly’s Whiskey range was previously only available in Texas, where it’s handled by RNDC.

•Louisiana’s New Orleans Lager & Ale (NOLA) Brewing Co. is set to open a new craft distillery—the New Orleans Libations and Alcohol (NOLA) Distilling Co.—later this year. The New Orleans Advocate reports that the distillery, which is awaiting final permits, is expected to begin operating as early as October, with vodka, gin and white whiskey products in the pipeline. NOLA Brewing CEO and co-founder Kirk Coco is leading the project, with former FSC Interactive director of social media Andy Kutcher coming on board as NOLA Distilling COO, and David Bock, formerly of Celebration Distillation, joining the team as distiller. Established in 2008, NOLA Brewing is known for its flagship NOLA Blonde, Brown, Hopitoulas and 7th St Wheat labels, among others, and currently distributes to Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

•Texas-based Twin Peaks Brewing Co. has unveiled its first canned offerings. The brewery’s core Dirty Blonde American White Ale, Gold Digger Golden Ale and Knotty Brunette American Brown Ale will be available in cans throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the first time starting this month, with a fourth entry, Dropdead Redhead Pale Ale, set to follow. Texas Peaks Brewing Co. is an offshoot of the Twin Peaks restaurant chain, which currently operates 68 locations across 24 states, with an additional 15 outposts set to open by the end of the year. Opened in early 2014, the Twin Peaks Brewing Co. brewery is attached to Twin Peaks’ Irving, Texas restaurant.

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