List of Craft Whiskey Acquisitions

Making whisky is an expensive business, and many small distilleries who start out independent turn to bigger partners for help growing their production, distribution, and other business moves. Selling a stake in their distillery—or being acquired outright—doesn’t make these people sellouts, but it does open the door to questions.

Buyouts, Partnerships, and Majority/Minority Stakes in Independent Whiskey Distilleries and Brands

This list will be continuously updated as new acquisitions and other business partnerships occur.

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.—Fort Worth, Texas

Sold to Pernod Ricard in August 2019

Rabbit Hole Distillery—Louisville, Kentucky

Sold majority stake to Pernod Ricard in June 2019

Black Button Distilling—Rochester, New York

Sold minority stake to Constellation Brands in February 2019

Westward Whiskey—Portland, Oregon

Sold partial stake to Diageo’s Distill Ventures Unit in September 2019

Wyoming Whiskey—Kirby, Wyoming

Formed strategic partnership with Edrington Group in September 2018

Pendleton Whisky—Hood River, Oregon (sourced from Canada)

Sold to Becle, S.A.B. de C.V. (Cuervo) in December 2017

Yellow Rose Distilling—Houston, Texas

Sold equity stake to Spain’s Zamora Co. in November 2017

Masterson’s Rye and Bib & Tucker Bourbon—Sonoma, California (sourced)

Acquired by Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits in August 2017

Woodinville Whiskey Co.—Woodinville, Washington

Sold to Moët Hennessy in July 2017

Teeling Whiskey Co.—Dublin, Ireland

Sold minority stake to Bacardi Ltd. in 2017

Kentucky Owl—Bardstown, Kentucky (sourced)

Sold to SPI Group in January 2017

Bardstown Bourbon Co.—Bardstown, Kentucky

Sold minority stake to Constellation Brands in 2016

BenRiach Distillery Co.—Newbridge, Scotland

Sold to Brown-Forman Corp. in 2016

High West Distillery—Park City/Wanship, Utah (partly sourced)

Sold to Constellation Brands in 2016

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery—Nashville, Tennessee

Sold minority stake to Constellation Brands in 2016; Constellation subsequently acquired a majority stake in May 2019

Catoctin Creek—Purcellville, Virginia

Sold minority stake to Constellation Brands in 2016

Smooth Ambler Spirits—Maxwelton, West Virginia

Sold majority stake to Pernod Ricard in 2016

Westland Distillery—Seattle, Washington

Sold to Rémy Cointreau in 2016

Angel’s Envy—Louisville, Kentucky

Sold to Bacardi Ltd. in 2015

Witherspoon Distillery—Lewisville, Texas

Sold minority stake to Sazerac in 2015

Compass Box Whisky Co.—London

Sold minority stake to Bacardi Ltd. in 2014

Forty Creek Distillery—Grimsby, Ontario

Sold to Campari America in 2014

Limestone Branch Distillery—Lebanon, Kentucky

Sold 50-percent stake to Luxco in 2014

Bruichladdich Distillery—Islay, Scotland

Sold to Rémy Cointreau in 2012

Stranahan’s Distillery—Denver, Colorado

Sold to Proximo Spirits, the U.S. division of Becle, S.A.B. de C.V. (Cuervo), in December 2010

Tuthilltown Spirits—Gardiner, New York

Sold Hudson whiskey brand to William Grant & Sons in 2010, followed by the rest of the distillery in 2017

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