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Clan Brewing Co to unveil US export deal at Las Vegas show

Chris Miller: ‘strong interest from buyers’

A Scottish craft beer producer has announced a “significant” export breakthrough into the US, the world’s largest craft beer market.

The Glasgow-based Clan Brewing Co said its range of whisky barrel-aged beers will be imported and distributed by the Copper Mountain Beverage Company.

The range of beers will be unveiled today to the US market at the National Beer Wholesalers Association trade show in Las Vegas which attracts about 4,000 industry professionals, including national distributors and buyers, from all 50 states.

Chris Miller, director of the Clan Brewing Co, said: “This is a significant breakthrough for the Clan Brewing Co. We’re expectant of strong interest from buyers and the trade in general. One of the main hurdles faced by brewers wanting to export to the States is securing a US import and distribution partner, which we now have.”

The Clan Brewing Co is a venture formed in partnership with Scott Williams, founder and master brewer of Alloa-based Williams Brothers Brewing Co, international whisky consultant Charles PB MacLean, and JW Filshill International.

Mr Miller said the Copper Mountain deal followed Filshill’s appearance at the NBWA last year where a series of face-to-face engagements helped to broker the latest deal.

Dale Stewart, of Copper Mountain, said: “This is an exciting development for Copper Mountain, and I’m looking forward to showcasing the Clan Brewing Co’s range of whisky barrel-aged beers. The NBWA always attracts an engaged crowd looking for new entrants to the market so I’m confident these innovative Scottish craft beers will attract a lot of interest.”

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