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News Briefs for August 2, 2019

August 2, 2019

•Jim Beam parent company Beam Suntory is building a new distillery at its Clermont, Kentucky site, part of a $60 million investment that also includes rebranding as the James B. Beam Distilling Co. and overhauling its visitor experience. The Fred B. Noe Craft Distillery—named after the seventh-generation Jim Beam master distiller—will serve as a production facility for exploring new fermentation and distillation techniques, which could potentially result in some exciting new whiskies from the eminent American distiller. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

•Bardstown Bourbon Company, minority owned by Constellation Brands, has expanded distribution into five new markets. Bardstown’s Fusion Series #1 (49.45% abv, $60), Discovery Series #1 (60.65% abv, $130), and Collaborative Series Phifer Pavitt Reserve (49.45% abv, $125) whiskies are now available in California (Southern Glazer’s), Florida (Southern Glazer’s), Illinois (Momentum Beverage Team), Indiana (RNDC), and Tennessee (Ajax Turner), in addition to Kentucky (RNDC). Next year, the Bardstown, Kentucky-based company will roll out its whiskies in Colorado, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

•Vision Wine & Spirits, a division of Martignetti Cos., is introducing a new line of ready-to-drink cocktails under the Dashfire brand, which is known for its bitters. The lineup includes a Bourbon Old Fashioned, Elderflower Martinez, Fig & Cascara Manhattan, Lemon & Lavender Martini, Pomegranate El Presidente, and Chai White Russian. Launching in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Georgia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Minnesota, the new cocktails retail at $5 a 100-ml. can and $30 a 750-ml. bottle.

•Quady Winery has launched a new offering, Electra Moscato Rosé. Retailing at $15 a 750-ml., the newcomer is rolling out to Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, and California, and joins red and white Moscatos in the Electra lineup. Madera, California-based Quady’s range also includes dessert wines Elysium, Deviation, and Essensia, as well as Vya Vermouth, among others.

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