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Oregon's Eastside Distilling has acquired a majority stake in local distiller Big Bottom Distilling. 

Eastside Distilling will operate Big Bottom as a separate entity

Eastside Distilling will operate Big Bottom as a separate entity

Eastside said yesterday that the transaction is structured as an exchange of 84,286 Eastside shares for an undisclosed portion of BBD. The firm said BBD will continue to operate as a separate entity within the Eastside business. 

"BBD and Eastside will benefit from brand synergies because of the limited overlap with Eastside products," the company said. "Eastside will devote sales, marketing, financial capital and production resources to expanding BBDs business, which in 2016 had total revenues of approximately US$201,000."
 
Eastside will place BBD's craft spirits range into joint distribution with a selection of its own brands. The firms will also collaborate on products, including an American single malt whiskey. 

"This is the ideal opportunity we have been seeking for Big Bottom Distilling," said Ted Pappas, founder of BBD. "This relationship with Eastside will allow us to grow at a faster rate and get our products distributed to a broader market. This will also give us the opportunity to focus on our single malt whiskey production and establish our position in this category."

Eastside's portfolio includes Portland Potato Vodka, Burnside Bourbon, Cherry Bomb and Coffee Rum. BBD's line-up features The Ninety One Gin, Navy Strength Gin and Delta Rye whiskey. 

The move follows Eastside's acquisition in March of local bottler MotherLode Craft Distilling.


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