Premium spirits company Milestone Brands LLC, Austin, Texas, announced the acquisition of American Born Moonshine from Nashville, Tenn.-based Windy Hill Spirits. Milestone Brands LLC, which also recently acquired Dulce Vida Tequila, was formed in February by Eric Dopkins, former chief executive officer of Deep Eddy Vodka, and Chad Auler, co-founder of Deep Eddy Vodka.
“American Born Moonshine is an amazing brand that represents the incredible history of American moonshine,” said Dopkins, chief executive officer and chairman of Milestone Brands, in a statement. “Pat Dillingham and Sean Koffel did a wonderful job bringing American Born to life in an authentic way, with quality and detail, and we are thrilled to be adding a brand to our portfolio that I truly feel will be a leader in its category.”
Dillingham and Koffel founded Windy Hill Spirits in 2013 with the vision to create a moonshine that honors both the tradition and rebel spirit of American moonshiners and bootleggers, the company says. American Born Moonshine has since expanded its distribution to more than 25 states and doubled its sales volume during the past year. The Windy Hill Spirits leadership team will continue to be an integral part of the brand, and Milestone Brands LLC will retain all current field sales employees, it adds.
“Pat and I are proud that the brand we are so passionate about and the team that has worked so hard alongside us will be a key part of Milestone Brands’ exciting future,” Koffel said. “Milestone Brands is poised to be a disruptive leader in the spirits industry and we look forward to working with Eric and Chad to continue building American Born Moonshine into the long-run category leader.”