USA – MGP Ingredients a supplier of distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches, has acquired Washington, D.C.-based New Columbia Distillers for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2011, New Columbia Distillers produces and markets Green Hat Gin and operates a distillery with retail tasting room, bar and gin garden in Northeast Washington, D.C.

Under its new owner, the distillery and its retail operations will continue to operate with the current management team, and its range of Green Hat Gin styles will be phased into expanded distribution as a new addition to MGP’s portfolio.

“We are thrilled to add New Columbia Distillers and Green Hat Gin to the MGP Brands portfolio,” said MGP president and CEO Gus Griffin.

“As the largest producer of distilled gin in the U.S., we have a depth of expertise and commitment to the category that makes this a very exciting complement to our vodka, bourbon and rye whiskey range.

“We look forward to growing our brand strategy with gin, while also developing a direct-to-consumer experience in the vibrant Washington metropolitan market.”

Michael Lowe, co-founder of New Columbia Distillers, added, “We are honored to be a part of the MGP team and help them realize the full potential of Green Hat Gin.

“MGP shares our vision to celebrate authentic, quality-made spirits with the resources to support our existing customers while also expanding our reach to new markets. We look forward to working with them to ensure the success of this next chapter of our brand story.”

Following the acquisition, Michael Lowe will join MGP and serve in an advisory capacity while New Columbia’s distillery and retail operations will remain in place.

As part of the team integration, John Uselton, co-founder of New Columbia Distillers with Lowe, will join MGP Brands as a regional sales director, to support the Green Hat Gin brand in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. markets.

MGP Ingredients said that Uselton will also focus on the continued growth of the MGP Brands portfolio in the region.

MGP’s proprietary portfolio of brands includes TILL American Wheat Vodka, George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Rossville Union Straight Rye Whiskey and Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey