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News Briefs for September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits’ Josh Cellars has announced a $100,000 donation to the California Fire Foundation. The donation will help the foundation provide relief for firefighters and their families as first responders continue to beat back blazes across the state. The California Fire Foundation offers financial and emotional support to firefighters, their families, and communities harmed by fires. In addition, the group maintains the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento. Josh Cellars, Deutsch’s second-largest brand, crossed 3 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•A new Irish single malt whisky—from Mark Reynier, who led the revival of Islay distillery Bruichladdich—is set to hit the U.S. market with four expressions, starting in October. Waterford Whisky’s single malts are all bottled at 50% abv and are non-chill filtered. Three of the releases are terroir-driven whiskies made from barley from Rathclogh, Dunmore, and Dunbell. They’ll retail online for around $95 a 750-ml. The fourth whisky, Gaia Organic, is the first certified organic Irish single malt, according to the company. It will retail at around $110 a 750-ml. Waterford Whisky is imported by Glass Revolution Imports.

•Owensboro, Kentucky-based O.Z. Tyler Distillery is renaming itself Green River Distilling Co. to commemorate the restoration of its historic facility, adopting the original name of the property. The result of more than six years of work, the restoration revives a name that dates back to 1885, year of the company’s founding by John McCulloch. The current operation has been distilling since 2016, and a limited release of Green River 4 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon is slated to debut next year.

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