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News Briefs for July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021

•Louisville, Kentucky-based Angel’s Envy has announced an $8.2 million expansion to its distillery and visitors center.  The expansion will add over 13,000 square feet to the brand’s home and includes a new events space with a bar, an expanded retail shop, and new tasting rooms. Annually, it will allow the company to welcome 64,000 more people to its distillery and is slated to create 20 jobs. Construction is underway and should be completed by summer 2022. Angel’s Envy is a Bacardi brand and jumped 31% to 150,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank. Angel’s Envy’s core offerings include a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels and Rye Whiskey Finished in Caribbean Rum Casks.

•Monaco Cocktails has added Tequila Sun Crush, the newest spirits-based RTD in the company’s portfolio. Like the other Monaco Cocktails, the newest addition is canned at 9% abv and is made with two shots of Tequila, orange liqueur, and orange flavoring. Tequila Sun Crush is now available across the U.S. in 12-ounce cans retail priced between $2.50 and $3. The new release joins Citrus Rush, Tequila Lime Crush, Blue Crush, Cranberry, and Mango Peach, among many other flavors, in the Monaco Cocktails portfolio, which leapt 37% to 1.5 million 9-liter cases last year, earning Impact “Hot Brand” honors.

•Limestone Branch Distillery is releasing its 2021 Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The 50.5% abv whiskey is a blend of 7-year-old and 15-year-old Bourbons, with select barrels of 7-year-old finished in Amarone wine casks. It’s debuting this month, retailing at $100 a bottle. Kentucky-based Limestone Branch was founded by master distiller Stephen Beam and his brother Paul in 2011.

•Miami, Florida-based Coconut Cartel is expanding into seven new markets in the U.S. The brand launched its flagship Special Añejo in Georgia earlier this year, which is Guatemalan rum proofed with coconut water to 40% abv. Going forward, it will be distributed in Texas by Green Light Distribution, in Idaho by North Star Spirits, by M.S. Walker in Rhode Island, Murphy Distributors in Connecticut, and by Bacchus Imports in Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Coconut Cartel Special Añejo is also available in California, New York, New Jersey, and Florida, making for 12 markets overall, and retails for $38 a 750-ml.

•Napa Valley-based Mayacamas Vineyards has named Jaimee Anderson as national sales manager. She joins from Heitz Cellar, where she was western region sales manager for two years. Anderson has also previously worked in Michelin starred restaurants such as Le Gabriel in Paris, where she was wine director. At Mayacamas, she will be based in California and will focus primarily on managing markets in California, the South, and the Midwest.

•Napa Valley’s Newton Vineyard has appointed Andrew Holve as head of winemaking. Holve joined Newton in 2015, after working at several prestigious Sonoma wineries including MacRostie Winery and California icon Ridge Vineyards, as well as internationally at New Zealand’s Church Road Winery and Cloudy Bay. Like Cloudy Bay, Newton is part of the Moët Hennessy portfolio.

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