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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017

•San Antonio’s Rebecca Creek Distillery has named Pernod Ricard veteran Howard Jeffery as chief operating officer. Jeffery, who has been in the drinks industry for three decades, was most recently general manager of Pernod’s Continental sales division, covering 17 states. At Rebecca Creek, Jeffery will help lead efforts to grow the company’s Rebecca Creek Whiskey, Texas Ranger Whiskey and Enchanted Rock Vodka brands. Rebecca Creek recently raised $15 million in new capital dedicated to boosting production and marketing, and is targeting volume of 100,000 cases by the end of next year.

•Sun King Brewery has detailed plans to open a new distillery in its home state of Indiana. According to local news reports, Sun King will invest $5 million in the new 15,000-square-foot facility, which will be located in Carmel, Indiana, and feature a 250-gallon still, as well as a taproom and rooftop patio. The distillery, which is expected to open by spring 2018, will produce gin, rum, whiskey, moonshine and a variety of seasonal spirits. Sun King Distillery marks the third outpost for the craft brewer and distiller, joining its original Indianapolis facility and a Fishers, Indiana-based taproom.

•Oakland Spirits Co. has partnered with the Henry Wine Group, a subsidiary of The Winebow Group, to extend distribution throughout California. Oakland Spirits Co.’s portfolio includes the Automatic Gin and Glasshouse Brandy labels. Prior to joining the Henry Wine Group stable at the beginning of this month, Oakland Spirits Co.’s distribution was limited to the Bay Area.

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