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News Briefs for November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018

•Diageo’s Halethorpe, Maryland-based Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House has released its first barrel-aged beer. Featuring a base of the flagship, Dublin-brewed Guinness Antwerpen stout, the Guinness Stout Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels spent eight months maturing in Bulleit casks prior to bottling. The 10% abv beer is available on draft at the Open Gate Brewery until the end of the year, and in 4-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles ($20) at retail while supplies last. A $90 million project, the Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House opened this August.

•Hiatus Tequila will launch in the New York and Florida markets next month. The privately-owned brand is produced in collaboration with third generation Tequila makers, La Cofradía. Hiatus will debut with a Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo and has appointed MHW, Ltd., as their importer for the U.S. MHW will serve as distributor in both New York and Florida, supported by Hiatus marketing and sales initiatives. Wes Henderson, co-founder of Angel’s Envy, will sit on the advisory board, alongside the Huse family, owners of historic Indianapolis-based steakhouse, St. Elmo, and New York City restaurateur Danny McDonald. Hiatus will retail at $44 for the Blanco, $49 for the Reposado, and $54 for the Añejo.

•Northstar Liquor Superstore has announced the grand opening of its first storefront, located at 4919 Thompson Parkway in Johnstown, Colorado. The new, 25,000-square-foot retail destination is set to open on November 17, and will offer 1,600 beer brands, 3,700 wine labels, and an extensive array of high-end and limited-allocation spirits. A walk-in humidor will also be on-site. Northstar Liquor claims to be the largest independent liquor store located between Denver, Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

•Suerte Tequila is launching Lucky Lips ($110), the latest in its line of Extra Añejo Tequilas. Available now in limited release, Lucky Lips is made with slow-roasted Blue Weber agave and aged eight years in American white oak whiskey barrels. The newcomer is available in 24 U.S. states and at Suerte’s El Conejo restaurant and tasting room in Sayulita, Mexico. Suerte was founded in 2012 by Laurence Spiewak and Lance Sokol in a partnership with master distiller Pedro Hernandez Barba.

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