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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 23, 2015

September 23, 2015

•J.J. Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota Inc. is set to acquire Day Distributing Company, expanding its geographic distribution area and brand portfolio. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of October, weren’t disclosed. Day Distributing’s reach in Minnesota covers 15 counties. Within its beer portfolio is August Schell Brewing Company, Pabst Brewing Company, Summit Brewing Company, Diageo Guinness USA and Heineken USA, among others. J.J. Taylor currently operates in Minnesota and Florida, and distributes about 28 million cases a year.

•Victory Brewing Co. is relaunching its Headwaters Ale and expanding it throughout its full 36-state footprint. The revamp includes a new look, a move into the canned format and an enhanced commitment to the environment. A portion of all Headwaters Ale sales is donated to the Headwaters Grant to help fund watershed stewardship groups. Headwaters retails at around $10 a six-pack. Victory hopes to raise $25,000 for water preservation over the next year through the project.

•Alaskan Brewing Company has moved its distribution in Southern California to the Craft Beer Guild of LA. The new arrangement covers Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernardino and Palm Springs. Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing has been present in Southern California since 2003, but with limited offerings. The Craft Beer Guild will now work to expand Alaskan’s availability and increase the product line, including seasonals and Pilot Series beers. Alaskan Brewing is also partnered with the Craft Beer Guild in San Diego.

•Seattle’s Batch 206 Distillery is rolling out its new flagship Washington Bourbon whiskey, Old Log Cabin. The whiskey is between 19-26 months old and was created with 51% Washington corn and 49% Washington malted barley. The company says the brand’s history dates to 1840. Old Log Cabin Bourbon Whiskey will be available in Washington state, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California and Texas. Batch 206 operates an 8,000-square-foot distillery in Seattle.

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