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News Briefs for September 27, 2019

September 27, 2019

•Landry’s hospitality group announced Sept. 25 that it has acquired Del Frisco’s Grille and Double Eagle Steakhouse, the two flagship brands of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (DFRG). The restaurant chains join an already stacked roster at Landry’s that includes famed steak houses Morton’s and Mastro’s, among many others. The sale price was not disclosed. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Beam Suntory has launched Knob Creek Quarter Oak, the latest limited time offering for the brand. The 50% abv whiskey was blended from standard Knob Creek and a variant that matured for a minimum of four years in quarter cask American oak barrels before bottling. According to the company, the whiskey from the quarter casks adds deeper and richer oak notes compared to the standard bottling. Knob Creek Quarter Oak is now available across the U.S. for a suggested price of $50 a bottle.

•O’Neill Vintners & Distillers has expanded its partnership with Breakthru Beverage. Effective October 1, Breakthru will represent the full O’Neill portfolio, including Line 39, Intercept, Robert Hall, Day Owl, Harken, and Exitus, in Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Breakthru and O’Neill are also aligned in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as Canada.

•Guinness has added a new stout to its portfolio, straight from the brand’s Open Gate Brewery in Maryland. Guinness Over the Moon Milk Stout is a 5.3% abv beer brewed with roasted barley and lactose for a rich, slightly bitter-sweet brew, according to owner Diageo Beer Co. The beer, a permanent addition to the family, is now available in Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans for around $11. Beginning in November, it will be available nationwide for a limited time.

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