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Molson Coors to acquire Blue Run Spirits

Molson Coors, the second-largest beer maker in the US, will purchase Georgetown-based Blue Run Spirits.

A rendering of the planned Blue Run Distillery Campus in Georgetown.

Blue Run Spirits was purchased by the country’s second-largest beer maker. | Photo courtesy of @bluerunspirits + @big_builds

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Molson Coors Beverage Company, aka the parent company behind Coors Lite, Miller Lite, and other favorites, will purchase its very first spirits company — and it’s not far from home.

Molson Coors, the country’s second-largest beer company, is set to acquire Georgetown-based Blue Run Spirits for an unspecified amount. The news comes just months after Blue Run unveiled the first look of its new $51 million distillery slated to open in 2025.

The deal with Blue Run solidifies Molson Coors’ plans for becoming a player within the spirits industry and comes in conjunction with the creation of Coors Spirits Co. — the company’s new spirits arm.

A bottle of Blue Run bourbon.

Blue Run’s iconic butterfly isn’t going anywhere. | Photo courtesy of @thedramjournal

Coming along for the venture is Blue Run’s co-founder and CEO Mike Montgomery, who will maintain his role at the distillery, as well as join Coors Spirits Co. as its vice president.

“Since launching Blue Run, we have always strived to do things a little differently to truly embrace today’s younger, more diverse generation of whiskey drinkers,” Montgomery said in a press release. “We are humbled by how the whiskey community has embraced our vision and that Molson Coors wants to join and support us in this journey.”


Plans for the new $51 million Georgetown distillery will move forward. | Photo courtesy of @bluerunspirits + @big_builds

What’s next

Plans for Blue Run’s state-of-the-art operation in Georgetown are still moving forward. The 35,000 sqft distillery + 20,000 sqft rickhouse will be part of the sleek, modern campus designed by international architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) — the minds behind Google’s headquarters.

The design is called “Meander” and draws inspiration from the journey that the limestone-rich water takes through the distilling process.

Construction at Lanes Run Business Park will break ground later this year.

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