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

Eastside Distilling Acquires MotherLode Craft Spirits Bottling Business

Since its founding in 2014 by Allen Barteld, the mission of MotherLode has been to enable craft distillers to increase their production and extend their product lines, reducing cost and increasing efficiency, thereby freeing them to focus on their craft. The typical MotherLode customer is a distillery of small batch, hand-crafted spirits, or a premium craft spirit sold as a private label.

Maison Ferrand Purchases Historic West Indies Rum Distillery

Maison Ferrand, the award-winning Cognac, Gin and Rum producer in the heart of Cognac, France, has acquired the historic West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados which has produced rum continually since the 19th century.

Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. Launches “Blue Sky Mining”

Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. is launching limited release artisanal 7-year-old pure Muscat Brandy – Blue Sky Mining. Matured for 30 months in a single Kentucky hogshead barrel, the non-chill filtered spirit is unadulterated by any post distillation infusion of boisé (oak flavor or infusion) or caramel color for a natural color and natural flavor.

WhistlePig Launches “Farm-to-Bottle” Whiskey: FarmStock

WhistlePig announced today the launch of FarmStock, the company’s much-anticipated estate release featuring whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled on its farm in Vermont. It is the culmination of the company’s founding vision to create a truly farm-to-bottle distillery, housing nearly every aspect of the whiskey-making process in one place.

Deep Eddy Vodka Introduces New Deep Eddy Orange

The sweet, natural citrus flavor blended with Texas aquifer water captures the true essence of fresh oranges, creating a base spirit ripe for the perfect cocktail, according to the company.

Leaf Organic Vodka Now Available At Costco In Colorado

Global Spirits USA, a privately-held, international manufacturer and marketer of wines and spirits, has announced that its brand LEAF Organic Vodka is now available at Costco in Colorado.

Irish Whiskey Category Soars Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day

With the booming consumer interest in brown spirits, Irish Whiskey has seen substantial growth over the last decade. In 2016, Irish Whiskey volumes were up 18.7 percent to 3.8 million cases and revenues were up an impressive 19.8 percent to $795 million.

Jose Cuervo’s New Campaign, Tomorrow Is Overrated

Jose Cuervo®, the world’s leading tequila brand, is launching a new advertising campaign intended to resurrect the spirit’s original intensity. While other tequila brands focus on refinement and conformity, Jose Cuervo is bringing back a historic disregard for anything but celebrating the moment.

Salute American Vodka Launches Across the U.S.

The high-quality, award-winning, American-made, craft vodka is launching this spring in major cities across the country and aims to become the number one spirit contributor to veterans’ charities nationwide.

Grand Mayan Tequila Names M.S. Walker United States Importer

M.S. Walker has today announced its appointment as the U.S. importer for Grand Mayan Tequila. Based in Guadalajara, Mexico, Grand Mayan’s portfolio of very special, premium, 100% Blue Agave tequilas are meant to be enjoyed on any occasion that calls for a smooth crafted spirit or a refreshing cocktail.

Sazerac Company Purchases Strategic Interest in Bittermens

One of the oldest producers of cocktail bitters in the United States is joining forces with the company that helped spearhead the modern bitters resurgence, as Sazerac purchases a strategic interest in Bittermens. The current owners, Avery and Janet Glasser will continue to lead the business and Sazerac will manage the sales, marketing, and distribution of all Bittermens brands.