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News Briefs for October 6, 2021

October 6, 2021

•Bardstown Bourbon Company co-founder David Mandell has been tapped by Stoli Group to oversee construction and development of the 400-acre Kentucky Owl Distillery and Park in Bardstown, Kentucky. Mandell, who remains a shareholder in Bardstown Bourbon Co., was instrumental in developing that company’s distillery, Bourbon brands, full-service restaurant and bar, and visitors center. In his new role, he’s charged with guiding Stoli’s ambitious agenda for Kentucky Owl, which is known for luxury-end whiskies and recently extended with The Wise Man, a 90.8 proof Bourbon retailing at $60.

•Online distributor LibDib has expanded into the Connecticut market, its eighth state, joining California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. Producers can sign up on LibDib’s website or app for distribution in Connecticut now, and web and app-based purchasing by restaurants, bars and retailers will be available soon. LibDib is partnered with Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC), and in addition to entering Connecticut recently launched LibDib@RNDC TX, a new sales division at RNDC within the state of Texas. The new joint model provides a distribution option for both established RNDC suppliers as well as new and emerging brands, according to the companies.

•Atomic Brands has debuted Kentucky Coffee, a new coffee-flavored spirit from the maker of the popular Monaco canned cocktails. The 33% abv flavored spirit blends coffee extract and Kentucky-distilled whiskey for a drink aimed at the shot occasion as well as cocktails. Atomic Brands is initially launching Kentucky Coffee in Ohio, Missouri, and Kentucky where it carries a suggested retail price of $20 a 750-ml. While the initial launch is focused on three markets, Atomic Brands plans to expand Kentucky Coffee’s distribution footprint in the coming months.

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