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

Bully Boy Distillers Launches Estate Gin

While most gins utilize a neutral grain base, Estate Gin starts with a unique blend of neutral apple and grain, which is made in-house by distilling Stormalong cider, a local Massachusetts hard cider.

James E. Pepper Whiskey to Rebuild the Historic James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Ky.

The distillery was founded in 1879, when the legendary Colonel James E. Pepper—in whose honor the Old Fashioned cocktail was created—built his distillery on the site, which he then operated until his death in 1906. The distillery continued operations until 1958, when it was shuttered, and then abandoned for over 50 years, eventually falling into disrepair.

Beverage Industry Vets, Including Deep Eddy Vodka Co-Founder, Launch Mighty Swell Sparkling Cocktails

Leading the venture are Clayton Christopher, previously the founder and CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea and chairman and co-founder of Deep Eddy Vodka; Daniel Barnes, founder and CEO of Treaty Oak Brewing and Distilling Company; Sean Cusack, an investment industry professional with experience at Goldman Sachs and UBS; and President Jason Bronstad, who joins Mighty Swell from an executive position at Mike's Hard Lemonade.

Master Distiller Ken Pierce to Retire from 1792 Distillery

Pierce’s early days in the distilled spirits industry started with Barton Brands of Georgia (now defunct) where he was Plant Chemist and later Quality Control Manager. After six years, the company transferred him to Bardstown, Ky. to its distillery now known as Barton 1792 Distillery. Pierce started his work in Bardstown as Senior Chemist; a short time later was named Chief Chemist, then Director of Distillation before being named Master Distiller.

WhistlePig Unveils 15 Year Whiskey Finished in Vermont White Oak

WhistlePig announced today the launch of its 15 Year rye whiskey, marking the next step in the company’s vision of becoming entirely farm- to-bottle. Aged for 15 years and finished in Vermont White Oak from the WhistlePig Farm and surrounding area, this whiskey combines rye spice with wood sugar, earth, and allspice, delivering a flavor and texture only accessible after long, long years in a barrel.

Hendrick’s Gin Announces “Whimsical Takeover” of National Cucumber Day

This season's pinnacle attraction, The Cucumber Festival of Wonder, is set to take place in New York City in June. The event will present a cavalcade of cucumber-inspired marvels, including a penny farthing cycling concourse, fascinating live spectacles, roaming cocktail contraptions, and more than a few surprises.

Aviation American Gin Kicks off 10th Birthday Celebration

Aviation American Gin, the flagship brand of Portland’s House Spirits Distillery, kicked off its 10th birthday year with PROJECT 10, a series of limited edition partnerships and collaborations with a roster of iconic Portland brands and partners.

South Hollow Spirits Launches Dry Line Cape Cod Gin

South Hollow Spirits, Cape Cod’s first craft distillery since Prohibition, today announces the launch of the latest addition to its line, Dry Line Cape Cod Gin. This new gin will join an award-winning collection of small batch, twice-distilled spirits including Twenty Boat Hand-Crafted Cape Cod Amber Rum and Twenty Boat Hand-Crafted Cape Cod Spiced Rum.

Michter’s Releases Its 2016 Limited Production US*1 Barrel Strength Rye

A Kentucky Straight Rye, Michter's Barrel Strength Rye is bottled at barrel strength rather than the 84.8 proof alcohol level of Michter's US*1 Single Barrel Rye. The barrel entry proof for the product was 103 proof, a strength that Michter's believes yields a richer, smoother product than a higher entry proof would.