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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

•Purcellville, Virginia-based Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will launch #InThisTogether Rye on June 1, with all profits going to charities supporting struggling bars and restaurants. The 40% abv whiskey was blended from spirits left over from the distillery’s barrel select program, from which many restaurant accounts had to abstain after suffering financial hardship due to Covid-19. Catoctin took those previously selected single barrels and blended them into this new “Infinity Barrel” Rye, which retails at $49 a 750-ml. It will be sold at the distillery with curbside pickup and at retailers in Washington D.C., Delaware, and Maryland through distributor Prestige-Ledroit. It’s also available online for direct shipping in Virginia only.

•Reyes Beer Company, through its Golden Brands company, has expanded its reach in Northern California by acquiring the distribution rights of Saccani Distributing. The move will add 1.5 million cases to Golden Brands’ portfolio and brings brands like Lagunitas Brewing Company, Pabst Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Phusion Projects, and Belching Beaver Brewery into the Reyes fold in the region.

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