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Letherbee Distillers Chooses Maritime Wine Trading Collective as its North America Marketing Agency

Craft Spirits to Become Part of the National Maritime Portfolio
by Press Release
August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016, San Francisco - Maritime Wine Trading Collective has been appointed the exclusive North America marketing agency of Letherbee Distillers. Founded in 2011, Letherbee is a craft producer of Original Label Gin, Barrel­-Aged Absinthe, Autumnal & Vernal Gins, Bësk, and Fernet, all of which have attained cult status in their hometown Chicago.

“When I visited Chicago last year, everywhere I went I saw Letherbee spirits and all of the bartenders were wildly enthusiastic about them,” explains Maritime founder, Chris Nickolopoulos. “I was especially excited as Fernet is one of my favorite digestifs and Letherbee’s one of the best I’ve ever had. These spirits are unique and fundamentally authentic.”

“I was surprised to get Chris’ call,” recalls Letherbee founder, Brenton Engel. “Until that time, we hadn’t considered partnering with a national company - we were used to doing everything ourselves. But with the growing popularity of our spirits, we were spread thinly in selling, marketing and trying to find distributors in other states. Between Chris’s enthusiasm for our brand, and his company’s embrace of small, family producers, it was clear that Maritime will be the perfect partner in growing our business.”

About Letherbee Distillers

In 2011, gang of industry iconoclasts came together through twists of fate, punk rock shows, and late night drinking at local dives. With absolutely zero influence from outside investors or marketers, Letherbee Distillers’ level of authenticity is second to none. Currently, production is 60,000 bottles annually.

About Maritime Wine Trading Collective

Founded in 2009 by Chris Nickolopoulos and Elijah Pfister, the company has a diverse portfolio of wines from Canada, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, South Africa and New Zealand as well as small production, sub-appellation offerings from California, Oregon and Washington State. Maritime is a Bacchus Capital Management portfolio company. For more information, visit

About Bacchus Capital Management

Bacchus Capital Management is an investment firm providing strategic capital and making equity investments in United States wineries and wine businesses. Current Bacchus portfolio companies are: DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Maritime Wine Trading Collective, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate / Wine by Joe.

Prior Bacchus portfolio companies are Andretti Winery, Cameron Hughes Wine, and Qupé.

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