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WhistlePig Upgrades Capacity, Buying Former Long Trail Brewing Facility

June 21, 2022

Vermont-based WhistlePig is acquiring the Otter Creek and Shed brewery in Middlebury from Long Trail Brewing Co. in a move that will increase capacity for the growing whiskey maker. After a transition period, WhistlePig will convert production capabilities to bottling and distilling and continue to use the extensive brewing capabilities in Middlebury, the company said. Terms weren’t disclosed.

“We believe the additional production capacity in Middlebury will complement our grain-to-glass distilling and warehousing operation on our 500-acre farm and are hopeful we can continue to grow both our brands and job opportunities in our community,” said WhistlePig CEO Jeff Kozak.

WhistlePig is one of the rising craft players in the upscale rye category in the U.S., with labels including Piggyback, Farmstock, and 10-, 12-, 15-, and 18-year-old expressions among other bottlings. The company is minority-owned by Moët Hennessy, which is helping to expand the brand’s profile internationally.

While WhistlePig is gaining the Middlebury facility, fellow New England company Mass. Bay Brewing, owners of Harpoon Brewery, is acquiring the rest of Long Trail Brewing for an undisclosed sum.—Daniel Marsteller

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