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July 8, 2021

Catoctin Creek Distilling Co teams with Evergreen Beverage for Canadian entry

Catoctin Creek has jumped the border into Canada.

By Olly Wehring

Catoctin Creek Distilling Co has kicked off its Canadian debut, rolling out three Roundstone rye whiskies to Alberta.

The Virginia-based craft distiller, which is part-owned by Constellation Brands, has partnered with Evergreen Beverage Canada to handle distribution in the province, which also includes nationwide availability via mail order. The Alberta line-up comprises Roundstone Rye 80 Proof, Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Distiller’s Edition and Roundstone Rye Cask Proof.

“Canada has been a market that has been on our radar for quite some time,” said co-founder & GM Scott Harris. “As we begin to explore sales with our northern neighbour, we felt Alberta was a good market to start. The province has more progressive liquor regulations, and an eager market for American whiskey.”

Evergreen president Trace Hanlon added: “Though we are starting in the province of Alberta, the ultimate plan is for distribution across the entire country of Canada. Catoctin is exactly the type of ‘true-craft’ brand that customers are eager to obtain in Canada.”

Eight years after commencing operations, Catoctin Creek sold a minority holding to Constellation in 2017. As well as the Roundstone rye whisky portfolio, the company also produces gin as well as brandy, the latter on a seasonal basis. The transaction came shortly after Constellation also bought into Bardstown Bourbon.

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