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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016

•Cooperstown, New York-based Brewery Ommegang, part of Belgium’s Duvel Moortgat, has named former Diageo marketer Doug Campbell as president, effective August 1. He replaces Bill Wetmore, who is leaving the company at the end of September. Campbell spent 12 years with Diageo, including time as brand director for both Ketel One and the Diageo-Guinness USA beer portfolio, including Guinness, Smithwick’s and Harp. Duvel Moortgat USA, which is led by Simon Thorpe as president, also includes Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing and ranks as the nation’s 15th-largest craft brewer, according to the Brewers Association.

•Australian craft gin brand Four Pillars has launched in the U.S., making its debut in New York and California. Four Pillars’ flagship entries—including Rare Dry (41.8% abv) and Navy Strength (58.8% abv) gins—are currently available in limited quantities on- and off-premise in both markets, retailing at $38-$48 a 750-ml. Established in 2013 in the Yarra Valley, Four Pillars specializes in handcrafted gins made with botanicals indigenous to Australia, including Lemon Myrtle and Tasmanian Pepperberry leaf, among others. The brand is imported in the U.S. by The Craft Spirits Cooperative.

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