US-based premium distilled spirits company MGP Ingredients has acquired New Columbia Distillers for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Washington, DC, New Columbia Distillers produces and distributes Green Hat Gin, as well as operates a distillery featuring a tasting room, bar and gin garden in Northeast Washington, DC.

New Columbia Distillers co-founder Michael Lowe said: “We are honoured to be a part of the MGP team and help them realize the full potential of Green Hat Gin.

“MGP shares our vision to celebrate authentic, quality-made spirits with the resources to support our existing customers while also expanding our reach to new markets.

“We look forward to working with them to ensure the success of this next chapter of our brand story.”

Under the deal, New Columbia Distillers co-founders John Uselton and Michael Lowe will join MGP Brands as a regional sales director.

Uselton will also be responsible for the growth of MGP Brands portfolio, while Lowe will serve in an advisory capacity.

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The company’s president and CEO Gus Griffin said: “We are thrilled to add New Columbia Distillers and Green Hat Gin to the MGP Brands portfolio.

“As the largest producer of distilled gin in the US, we have a depth of expertise and commitment to the category that makes this a very exciting complement to our vodka, bourbon and rye whiskey range.

“We look forward to growing our brand strategy with gin, while also developing a direct-to-consumer experience in the vibrant Washington metropolitan market.”

MGP Ingredients intends to expand the footprint of Green Hat Gin, including it in its brand’s portfolio.