News Briefs for July 22, 2015July 22, 2015
•Kansas-based contract spirits producer MGP is set to release Metze’s Select, a limited edition Indiana straight Bourbon whiskey. Produced at MGP’s Lawrenceburg, Indiana distillery by master distiller Greg Metze, Metze’s Select features a blend of three straight Bourbon whiskies, including a 2006 Bourbon made with 21% rye, a 2006 Bourbon with 36% rye and a 2008 Bourbon featuring 21% rye. The 46.5%-abv whiskey is limited to 6,000 750-ml. bottles, each priced at around $74.99. Metze’s Select will roll out at retail this September, sold and marketed by San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling Co.
•Impact “Hot Brand” RumChata says its limited edition Freedom Bottle collection, distributed from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July, raised $150,000 for the Lone Survivor Foundation, a non-profit supporting wounded service members and their families. Over the past two years, RumChata’s Freedom Bottle initiative has raised nearly $300,000 for Lone Survivor.
•Warsteiner USA will introduce seasonal offering Warsteiner Winter Special Edition to the U.S. this October. The winter seasonal is brewed in Germany, where it’s known as Warsteiner Weihnacht, with Hallertau hops and barley from German regions and Champagne. Warsteiner Winter Special Edition (5.6% abv) will be available in six-packs and 50-liter kegs in limited supply. In February, the company rolled out new packaging for its Warsteiner Premium German Pilsner and Dunkel intended to emphasize its brewing tradition under the German Purity Law of 1516 and the brand’s premium positioning.
•Tuscany’s Cecchi winery, part of the Terlato Wines import portfolio, has named Leonardo Raspini as general manager, effective September 1. Raspini has previously held managerial roles with Cantine Lungarotti, Tenimenti Angelini and Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, and in his new post will oversee a Cecchi business that comprises 300 hectares (740 acres) and has annual turnover of €36 million ($39m). Cecchi joined the Terlato stable in the U.S. last year.
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