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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 22, 2018

June 25, 2018

•Nashville-based Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery has launched two new Belle Meade Bourbon expressions. A blend of 7-to-11-year-old whiskies taken from seven different barrels, Belle Meade Bourbon Cask Strength Reserve is a high-rye, high-proof offering that’s bottled at cask strength. The new whiskey is retail priced at $60 a 750-ml. and will be available nationwide. Meanwhile, the second new release—Nashville Cask Strength Select Cask Madeira—is a 111.2 proof offering that’s part of Belle Meade’s newly launched Bourbon Select Cask Series, which features limited-edition, single-cask, full-strength Bourbons that have been finished in Sherry, Madeira, or Cognac casks. The Madeira cask-matured Nashville release will be available exclusively across its namesake city, retail priced at $100. Constellation Brands acquired a minority stake in the distillery in 2016.

•London craft brewer Beavertown has sold a minority stake in the company to Heineken for $53 million. Beavertown, which was founded by Logan Plant, son of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, will use the funds to build a new 450,000-hectoliter brewery, marking a 10-fold increase in production. Plant, who described the partnership as “an arms-length minority deal,” will remain CEO of Beavertown. Heineken’s investment in the company follows its acquisition of Lagunitas Brewing in the U.S. and minority stakes in London-based Brixton Brewing and Central America’s Belize Brewing.

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