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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018

•Louisville, Kentucky’s Copper & Kings American Brandy Co., minority-owned by Constellation Brands, has promoted Brandon O’Daniel to master distiller. Since 2014, O’Daniel has worked as the company’s head distiller, crafting spirits across the spectrum, including brandy, absinthe, cordials, and gin. O’Daniel’s family has a long history in Kentucky distilling, going back four generations to his great-grandfather, whose still was confiscated during Prohibition. Constellation Brands took a minority stake in Copper & Kings in January. The company’s spirits are currently available in 35 states.

•Austin, Texas-based Celis Brewery has relaunched fruit beer Celis Raspberry. First released in 1994, Celis Raspberry is a combination of fresh raspberry juice, unmalted wheat, Cascade and Golding hops, and a proprietary strain of Belgian yeast. The raspberry brew will be available in Texas on draft and in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans starting April 2. Celis Brewery debuted a new, 22,000-square-foot brewing facility in 2017, which has capacity for 50,000 barrels a year. The Celis portfolio includes a variety of Belgian-style ales, including the brewery’s flagship Celis witbier.

•Michigan’s New Holland Spirits has partnered with Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) to bring four of its spirits to Texas, beginning in May. The partnership will see RNDC launch New Holland’s Beer Barrel Bourbon, Zeppelin Bend American Single Malt, Knickerbocker Gin, and Clockwork Orange Liqueur to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, San Antonio, and Houston, with limited distribution to the rest of the state. Once Texas has been added to its distribution footprint, New Holland Spirits will be available in 21 states.

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