WhistlePig Expands Into Brewery Space to Boost Production
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WhistlePig Whiskey to Expand Production With Acquisition From Iconic East Coast Brewery


General atmosphere featuring event sponsor WhistlePig Rye Whiskey at the Roc Nation and Live Nation Raptor House on March 14, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Raptor House)

WhistlePig Whiskey is expanding its space.

Mass Bay Brewing Company on Friday announced that it reached an agreement in principle to acquire Vermont-based Long Trail Brewing Company, producer of the Long Trail, Otter Creek and Shed brands. As part of the agreement, WhistlePig, which also is based in Vermont, will take over the Otter Creek and Shed brewery in Middlebury.

After a transition period, WhistlePig will convert production capabilities to bottling and distilling and continue to use the brewing capabilities in Middlebury.

“We believe the additional production capacity in Middlebury will complement our grain-to-glass distilling and warehousing operation on our 500-acre farm and are hopeful we can continue to grow both our brands and job opportunities in our community,” WhistlePig CEO Jeff Kozak said in a news release.

Founded in 2007, WhistlePig has become a major player in American whiskey, even claiming to be the No. 1 whiskey in the ultra-premium and luxury rye category in North America.

In March, WhistlePig released the world’s first toasted baseball bat-finished whiskey, selected by Baseball Hall of Famer David Ortiz.

In April, WhistlePig announced its inaugural No History No Rules cocktail competition for bartenders across the United Kingdom.

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