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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 28, 2017

November 28, 2017

•Wyoming Whiskey has partnered with The Winebow Group to enter three new markets. Winebow Group companies will represent the craft distiller in Pennsylvania (Winebow), South Carolina (The Country Vintner) and Florida (Stacole Fine Wines). The portfolio includes Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon, Outryder Straight Whiskey and Double Cask Bourbon as well as a number of limited releases. Wyoming Whiskey is now available in 34 states across the U.S.

•New York’s Shmaltz Brewing Company is celebrating the holiday season and the company’s 21st birthday with two limited-release beers. Chanukah, Hanukkah…Pass the Beer is an 8%-abv Golden Strong Ale brewed with cocoa nibs that’s available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles. Jewbelation 21 Anniversary Ale, a 12.1%-abv ale that’s brewed with 10 malts and 11 hops, is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Shmaltz has also released its Shtick in a Box Holiday Variety pack, which includes three 12-ounce bottles of Hop Manna IPA, Slingshot American Craft Lager, Messiah Nut Brown Ale and Chanukah, Hanukkah…Pass the Beer. Schmaltz’s beers are distributed to 35 states.

•Texas-based Western Son Distillery has bolstered its sales team with two new appointments. 20-year industry veteran Mike Noffz has been named vice president of sales, South, covering the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma markets. Darren Hunt, with 16 years in the industry, has been appointed vice president of sales, North, covering the Midwest, and will also be handling the distillery’s planned 2018 expansion into the Northwest. Western Son’s namesake vodka is projected to more than double to about 135,000 cases this year.

•Baltimore, Maryland’s Sagamore Spirit has entered a slew of new markets including North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin and Arizona. The recent expansion brings Sagamore Spirit’s distribution footprint to 28 markets in the U.S. The brand’s 41.5%-abv rye whiskey is currently sourced from Indiana and cut with limestone-rich water from Maryland’s Sagamore Farm. This past April, the company opened a 22,000 square foot distillery in Baltimore, which features a 250-gallon copper pot still for experimental and seasonal releases. Since opening, the distillery has drawn over 10,000 visitors.

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