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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

•Ogden, Utah-based distiller Odgen’s Own has opened a new 32,000-square-foot distillery. The facility will allow the company to scale production tenfold, and also features a tasting room, retail store, and amphitheater. Ogden’s Own plans to host local musicians and artists in the amphitheater, and has longer-range plans for a full concert series. It has also donated 100% of its March and April profits to local funds supporting the hospitality industry, and has produced more than 11,000 gallons of hand sanitizer in response to Covid-19. Founded in 2009, Ogden’s Own has a portfolio that includes Madam Pattirini Gin, Five Wives Vodka, Underground Herbal Spirit, and Porter’s whiskey.

•U.S. craft distilleries have laid off or furloughed roughly 43% of their employees, according to a new survey conducted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. The results show that the average craft distillery had 14 employees prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, a number that has dropped to six due to the pandemic. The survey also shows that the majority of craft distillers don’t think they can sustain their businesses for more than six months without aid under the current conditons. The DISCUS survey queried 118 distilleries across 35 states and Washington, D.C.

•Stratford, Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Company has expanded distribution into Southern California. The brewer will partner with Sheehan Family Companies’ Craft Beer Guild of San Diego and Los Angeles for distribution. The move, which includes Area Two Experimental Brewing and H2Roads hard seltzers, brings Two Roads’ beers to 16 states and Washington, D.C. Two Roads is the 47th-largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

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