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News Briefs for November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

•Codigo 1530 has once again teamed up with Playboy for a second release of Rare Hare. The Añejo Tequila is first matured in French oak wine barrels for 18 months before finishing in Cognac casks for additional six months before bottling at 44% abv. The release is limited to 1,953 bottles—a tribute to Playboy’s founding year—and comes in a wooden box with a pair of stemmed tasting glasses. Código 1530 Rare Hare Añejo Conejo is available in select retailers and through the brand’s website for a suggested price of $990.

•Louisville, Kentucky’s Barrell Craft Spirits has launched two new whiskies—one Bourbon and one rye—in the Stellum family of spirits. Both are blends of Indiana younger whiskey with older stocks sourced from Kentucky and Tennessee. The Bourbon, Stellum Black Hunter’s Moon, is bottled at 57.76% abv and the rye, Stellum Black the Lone Cypress, is bottled at 56.67% abv. Both whiskies are available in Barrell’s 49 state distribution footprint for a suggested price of $99 a 750-ml.

•Georgetown, Kentucky’s Blue Run Spirits has announced a new financial partnership with Truist Financial Corporation, aimed at allowing the bottler to source more whiskies and cover operational expenses. The multi-year deal is the first from Truist’s barrel financing program and will give Blue Run significant flexibility in buying stocks from distillers or to contract distill its own whiskies. Recently, Blue Run announced a $51 million plan to build a 35,000-square-foot distillery and a 20,000-square-foot rickhouse.

•St. Paul, Minnesota-based Johnson Brothers has hired Dwayne Kratt as the distributor’s new vice president of external affairs. In this new role, Kratt will report to president and CEO Mark Hubler and will be responsible for working with the government and shaping legislative policy. Kratt joins Johnson Brothers from Diageo where he managed government affairs for the Northeastern U.S. and South Carolina. Prior to Diageo, Kratt worked for Miller Brewing, also in roles that involved working with state and federal governments.

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