News from the spirits, craft spirits, and beverage alcohol categories.

Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. Adds California and Michigan to Distribution Footprint

Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has appointed new distribution and broker representation partners for its American Brandy and Absinthe spirits in two key states: California and Michigan. The craft distiller launched spirits in Kentucky in June 2014 and will distribute products to 28 total states by the end of 2016.

Constellation Brands to Acquire High West Distillery

With High West, which has experienced double-digit volume growth year over year for the past three years, Constellation Brands enters the dynamic and profitable high-end craft whiskey segment. The transaction is expected to close by the end of October.

Wyoming Whiskey Releases a Straight American Whiskey

Wyoming Whiskey has created Outryder, a Straight American Whiskey, for this fall. Outryder, represents their first use of rye, along with corn and malted barley, to craft a straight whiskey from two distinct mash bills.

Redbreast Partners with Bodegas Lustau to Produce the First Expression with a Sherry Finish: Redbreast Lustau Edition

Celebrating the iconic sherry influence found throughout the range, Redbreast Irish Whiskey adds a new permanent expression to its decorated Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey family - Redbreast Lustau Edition. Finished in hand selected, first-fill sherry butts from the prestigious Bodegas Lustau in Jerez, Spain, this expression offers a new, compelling experience within the Single Pot Still category.

The Lost Distillery Company Launches Three New Scotch Whiskies in the U.S.

The Lost Distillery Company, a boutique Scotch producer committed to creating handcrafted whiskies styled on long-closed distilleries, has announced the launch of three new whiskies in the U.S. market. The new blended malt whiskies – Benachie, Towiemore, and Lossit are a part of the Classic Selection.

Diageo Introduces Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast, a Limited Edition Pumpkin Spiced Rum

Stemming from last year's celebrated release of CAPTAIN MORGAN Cannon Blast, Captain Morgan is revolutionizing the shots category once again with this new pumpkin spiced rum. Jack-O'Blast represents fall in a shot glass, blending Caribbean rum with some of your favorite seasonal flavors – fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and other autumnal spices – creating an insanely delicious shot.

Pernod Ricard Launches Kahlúa Chili Chocolate

The new, permanent addition to the Kahlúa portfolio delivers extraordinary flavor, spicing up everyday celebrations and social hang outs for the perfect twist on "the usual" and expected.

William Grant & Sons Introduces Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Cask Finish

Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, created the Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Cask Finish in collaboration with a local Speyside craft brewer who shares a passion for innovative flavors. The duo worked together to pioneer a new single malt Scotch whisky imbued with zesty citrus and tangy hops from the oak casks that had previously held a bold Speyside IPA custom brewed for Glenfiddich.

Ranger Creek Announces Collector’s Item Bourbon

.36 Texas Bourbon is Ranger Creek’s everyday straight bourbon and will be a year-round release starting in April of 2017. It was aged for a minimum of two years with a suggested retail price between $55-60. This collector’s item release in November will be a small run of the first 1,000 bottles.

Ubons Bloody Mary Mix Gains Stop & Shop Distribution

Created by Iconic PitMaster Garry Roark and his daughter, Chopped Champion, Leslie Roark Scott, Ubons Barbeque has been a Family tradition throughout the Deep-South for more than 30 years and now they have brought their World Championship flair to over 400 Stop & Shop stores.