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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

•Seattle’s Batch 206 Distillery has linked with craft spirits distributor Legacy Spirits (part of Heritage Wine Cellars) to debut its lineup in Illinois. On June 5, Legacy Spirits will officially launch Batch 206’s Barrel Raider Bourbon, Counter gin, Barrel Aged ‘Old Tom’ Counter gin and Batch 206 Mad Mint vodka into the market, with Old Log Cabin Bourbon to follow later this summer. Illinois marks the 20th state in Batch 206’s footprint. Established by Heritage Wine in 2012, the Legacy Spirits portfolio also includes The 86 Co., Koval Distillery, Breckenridge Distillery, Tequila 1921, Big Peat, St. Maarten Guavaberry Co. and Combier craft spirits brands, among others.

•Auburn, California-based Knee Deep Brewing Co. has entered Massachusetts via a new distribution deal with Massachusetts Beverage Alliance. Starting next month, Knee Deep’s lineup will be sold throughout the state in both bottles and on draft. Knee Deep Brewing, which was founded in 2010, currently produces 11 beers, including its flagship Hoptologist DIPA and Simtra Triple IPA labels. Along with Massachusetts, the craft brewer’s offerings are available throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Ohio, Idaho, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Hawaii, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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