PORTLAND, Ore., March 14, 2017 (PRNewswire) — Eastside Distilling, Inc., a producer of award-winning hand-crafted spirits, on Tuesday announced the acquisition of MotherLode Craft Distillery, a Portland, Oregon-based provider of bottling services and production support to craft distilleries. Since its founding in 2014 by Allen Barteld, the mission of MotherLode has been to enable craft distillers to increase their production and extend their product lines, reducing cost and increasing efficiency, thereby freeing them to focus on their craft. The typical MotherLode customer is a distillery of small batch, hand-crafted spirits, or a premium craft spirit sold as a private label.
Eastside plans to relocate much of its own operations to MotherLode's facility and jointly expand both companies manufacturing resources. Plans are in place for a pneumatic bottling line, allowing for a 5-times increase in bottling rate and large volume spirit handling capability.
In addition to bottling services for distillers and other producers of spirits, MotherLode bottles "private label" craft spirits for customers who have on-premise or off-premise licenses including retail and liquor stores, bars, restaurants, events and businesses who want to take advantage of the benefits that come from having their brand clearly printed on a label. MotherLode's premium craft spirits can also be private labeled for corporate gifts, wedding, birthdays and other personal events.
Allen Barteld, Founder of MotherLode Craft Distillery, commented, "We are extremely excited to be joining forces with Eastside Distilling, a fellow Portland-area craft distiller. Portland is known for its excellent craft spirits. I look forward to leveraging the capabilities of MotherLode's bottling equipment and customer relationships for the overall benefit of Eastside. This is an exciting time to be involved in the craft spirits space."
Mel Heim, Executive VP of Operations and Master Distiller of Eastside Distilling, exclaimed, "Working with Allen to grow the business is going to be great. What an exciting opportunity this gives us to help others in the craft spirit community bring their ideas to market!"
About Eastside Distilling
Eastside Distilling, Inc. is located in Southeast Portland's Distillery Row, and has been producing high-quality, master crafted spirits since 2008. Makers of award winning spirits, the company is unique in the marketplace and distinguished by its highly decorated product lineup that includes Barrel Hitch American Whiskies, Burnside Bourbon, Below Deck Rums, Portland Potato Vodka, and a distinctive line of infused whiskeys. All Eastside spirits are master crafted from natural ingredients for unparalleled quality and taste. For more information visit: www.eastsidedistilling.com or follow the company on Twitter and Facebook.