Booze News! (June)

1st – 8th:


Diageo sues Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits due branding dispute between Diageo’s Bulleit Bourbon Deutsch’s Redemption Whiskey. Read more here.

Texas capital Austin welcomes first whiskey distillery in the city since prohibition. Read more here.

Deutsch’s Repdemption Whiskey (Left), Diageo’s Bulleit Bourbon (Right).

R&B Distillers begins barley trials on the isle of Rasaay. Read more here.

Diageo have pledged to increase us of recyclable packaging in order to reach 2020 target of 100% compostable/recycle packaging. Read more here.

Austin’s First whiskey distillery since prohibition

9th – 16th:

Edinburgh-based Holyrood distillery seeks £5.5m investment. Read more here.

Buffalo Trace plants third crop for their single estate bourbon. Read more here.

Edinburgh-based Holyrood Distillery seeks £5.5m investment

John Distilleries-owed Indian whisky Bangalore Malt is named fastest growing spirit of 2016. Read more here. 

Antigua Distillery recovers from molasses spill. Read more here.

Indian Bangalore Malt Whisky is named fast growing spirit of 2016

Madrid-based distillers Santamanía seeks to raise £400,000 ($510k/455k) through crowdfunding. Read more here. 

Beam Suntory has been accused corporate bullying in trademark dispute. Read more here.

Madrid-based Santamanía seeks £400k through crowdfunding

Bacardi reclaimed title of the world’s best-selling rum. Read more here.

Sailor Jerry’s, Tullamore Dew and others exceed 1,000,000 cases sold in 2016. Read more here.

Balvenie’s new TR exclusive, Balvenie 14 YO peated

Balvenie have added a peated, triple casks single malt to their duty free range. Read more here.

Danish distillery Isfjord have released a pair of whiskies and an aquavit in the UK. Read more here.

Gruppo Campari have sold their last winery, finally exiting the wine industry. Read more here.

17th – 24th:

Brown-Forman is releasing a limited edition Bottle-in-Bond variant of Early Times bourbon. Read more here.

Vermont based WhistlePig whiskey has invited parties to submit a formal bid. Read more here.

WhistlePig invites bids

Forty Creek whisky released limited edition bottle design of its blended whisky, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada. Read more here.

The American based Distilled Spirits Council slams the proposal for an alcohol excise tax increase in
the state of Delware. Read more here.

Bulleit Bourbon 10 YO 

Diageo have released 10 YO Bulleit Bourbon in the UK, with a release in Germany to follow. Read more here.

Old Pulteney to discontinue 17 YO and 21 YO expressions. Read more here.

Stocks of Old Pulteney 17 & 21 YO run low

Islay based Gartbreck distillery is ‘doomed’. Read more here.

Finnieston unveils Scotch cocktails in a can. Read more here.

Finnieston’s series of ready-to-drink Scotch cocktails

BrewDog spirits arm Lone Wolf has resolved its trademark dispute. Read more here.

Diageo has acquired George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila brand for $1bn. Read more here.

Casamigos, founded in 2013 by George Clooney, Rande Gerber & Mile Meldman

Sipsmith distillery has released a limited edition strawberries and cream gin liqueur. Read more here.

In 2016, European spirit exports surged 5% to $11.3bn/€10.2bn, or €1.1m an hour. Read more here.

Canadian Federal Court sides with Capt. Morgan (Right) against Adm. Nelson (Left)

Glenfiddich sales grew 9.5% in 2016, securing lead over The Glenlivet in whisky stakes. Read more here.

The Canadian Federal Court side with Diageo’s Captain Morgan against Heaven Hill’s Admiral Nelson in trademark dispute. Read more here. 

25th – 30th:

Chivas whisky workers vote for strike action at Paisley and Kilmalid sites. Read more here.

Edinburgh-based Distilled Solutions receives £90,000 for anti-counterfeit technology. Read more here.

Nikka expands range with Coffey Gin and Vodka

Nikka expands range with Japanese Coffey gin and vodka. Read more here.

€8.5m alcohol sponsorship in Ireland ‘at risk’ from Public Health Action Bill. Read more here.

Hudson release new 70cl bottles in the UK

William Grant and Sons have launched 700ml format for Hudson Baby Bourbon and Manhattan Rye expressions. Read more here.

Glasgow-based Clydeside Distillery appoints distillery manager. Read more here.

Australian Corowa Distilling Co.

Corowa Distillery offers sets of single cask whiskies for investment. Read more here.

Bacardi acquires a minority stake in Irish whiskey distillery Teeling. Read more here.

Bacardi acquires stake in Irish whiskey distiller Teeling

Swedish Box Destilleri to triple production. Read more here.

Edrington increases profits to £91m. Read more here.

Edrington increase profits to £91m. 

Darnley’s Gin opens a new distillery at Kingsbarn, Fife. Read more here.

Buffalo Trace creates single estate barrels for bourbon. Read more here.

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