Category Archives: Distillery

What’s Driving Acquisition of Craft Distillers? Fear. What Big – and Small – Distillers Need to Consider in the M&A Dance

Large distilled spirits companies have looked at what’s happened in the beer space and vowed not to repeat the same mistake. The “mistake,” of course, was ignoring the growth of craft beer until Big Beer found that, like Pac Man, … Continue reading

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The Secret Sauce in Acquiring a Craft Distiller? Balance

“The secret sauce is that you need to balance between size and scale to maintain a direct connection with consumers” PwC’s Akshat Dubey and Rakesh Mani told us.  Obviously, the distillery needs a taproom, but not just to serve its … Continue reading

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Pernod Ricard, Beam Suntory Donate to Hiram Walker Statue

Hiram Walker built what is still the largest distillery in North America in Walkerville, Ont., now a part of Windsor, Ont.  Walker’s whiskey empire was sold in the 1930s and again in the late 1970s,

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Distiller Set to Leave Anti-Alcohol County

Vincent Puccio and his partner, William T. Willis, own and operate Dry Fork Fruit Distillery in Meadows of Dan in Patrick County, Va.  But they can’t sell their product on premises there because Patrick County does not allow liquor by … Continue reading

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Anchor’s CEO Sees More Potential in Craft Spirits than Craft Beer

Anchor Brewery’s owners — Tony Foglio and Keith Greggor – took a look at the competitive landscape, noted the intensified competition in the craft beer space (they called it “difficult market conditions”) along with declining volume and sales and decided … Continue reading

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Sazerac Begins Distilling in Tennessee

Master Distiller John Lunn and Distiller Allisa Henley began filling barrels with their newly made whiskey on July 5, a fitting day to start a new American-made product, on the heels of our nation’s 241st birthday. 

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