412 – Will Penelope’s Acquisition Lead to More MGP Buyouts? Could Ezra Brooks Work Today? on Bourbon Community Roundtable #81

Here we are again with another Bourbon Community Roundtable. This one started off pretty tame, but towards the end we start digging deep so here is what’s on the menu for this one. A few weeks ago, it was announced that Penelope would be acquired by MGP, but notably its subsidiary Luxco for $215M. We all know this is a great move for the brand, but I posed a question to the group that intrigued me and that is if we will see more MGP brands be purchased as a result? I also follow it up with other powerhouse contract distillers and if we can see them copycat this acquisition in hopes of taking a brand to a new level. That quickly transitioned into the idea that brands can come out of nowhere. One of the most famous, or infamous, brands of all time was Ezra Brooks. A brand that was created out of thin air. Since consumers know more now than they ever have before, could we see another Ezra Brooks emerge in our lifetime? That tends to go into a few different directions but I won’t ruin the fun for you.

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about if you could only drink one bourbon.
  • Will Penelope’s acquisition lead to MGP buying more brands to build their portfolio?
  • Consumers are as smart as ever, so could a phantom brand like Ezra Brooks work today?
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