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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 29, 2016

February 29, 2016

•Wyoming Whiskey is entering several new Southeastern markets this year. In 2016, the Kirby, Wyoming-based brand will enter Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama and Louisiana, and is exploring entry into Georgia and Tennessee as well. To oversee the expansion, the craft distiller has appointed 30-year industry veteran Sam DiNardo as southeast regional director. DiNardo’s career has included senior sales positions with Barton Brands, Brown Forman, Todhunter Imports and Seagram. Launched in 2012, Wyoming Whiskey currently produces it flagship Small Batch Bourbon ($43), as well as Single Barrel Bourbon ($60) and Barrel Strength Bourbon ($199).

•Boston Beer Company’s Twisted Tea is launching its whiskey-themed Bourbon Barrel offering nationwide. After a limited rollout last summer, the 5.0%-abv Bourbon-flavored RTD is now in national distribution, retailing at about $7.99-$9.49 a six-pack and $2.29-$2.99 a 24-ounce can. Twisted Tea Bourbon Barrel is also available in Twisted Tea’s new Party Pack—the brand’s first canned variety pack—along with its Original, Half & Half and Raspberry variants. The Twisted Tea Party Pack retails at about $13.99-$16.99.

•Newport, Oregon-based Rogue Ales is rolling out Cold Brew IPA, a blend of Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew Coffee and India Pale Ale. The brewer used hops like Freedom and Simcoe from its Oregon-based Rogue Farm to create the new offering, which will be available beginning in April on draft and in 22-ounce bottles nationwide.

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