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News Briefs for August 29, 2022

August 29, 2022

•Barrell Vantage, Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch (2022 Release), and newcomers from Michter’s and Buffalo Trace are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Spirit of Gallo has launched a new variety pack for High Noon Sun Sips, including two new flavors. The limited edition Tailgate Pack contains eight cans of the vodka-based seltzer split between four flavors—Black Cherry, Grapefruit, and the two new offerings, Cranberry and Pear—and carries a suggested price of $20. Last year, High Noon reached over 8.8 million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank, and the brand more than doubled in control states in the six months through this June.

•Integrated Beverage Group, the company behind wine brands like Ransom Wine Co., Duck Pond Cellars, and Great Oregon Wine Company, among others, has hired a new CEO and CFO. New CEO Shawn McMillian joins IBG from Accelerate360, where he served as executive vice president. He comes to his new role with substantial beverage experience, including time at Coors and Coca Cola. IBG has also hired Jason Mangone as CFO. Mangone has over two decades of corporate finance experience.

•Pabst Brewing Company has announced a limited-time repackaging of Stag Beer, celebrating the brand’s 170-year history. The new cans are gold-colored and restore an old version of the brand’s logo and tagline, “Golden Quality Since 1851.” They will roll out in the brand’s Midwestern distribution footprint at the end of this month.

•Hard Rock International has teamed up with Stewart’s Enterprise Holdings, Inc. to create Hard Rock Grab n’ Go cocktails. The new flavored malt beverages come in two flavors—Hurricane and Long Island Iced Tea—and are canned at 10% abv. The new line is currently available in 7/11, Yesway, and other convenience channels in 19.2-ounce cans for a suggested price of $3 per can.

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