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September 5, 2017
2. Lane Report

Buffalo Trace Distillery to invest $42.6 million to expand, upgrade its operation

Buffalo Trace Distillery is considering a $42.6 million expansion of its Frankfort facilities and upgrading its bottling operation. To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in August approved the company for up to $400,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research, and development and electronic processing.

3. Brewbound

California's Modern Times to take over Portland's Commons Brewery Location

San Diego’s Modern Times Beer Company is taking over what will soon be the former Commons Brewery location in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. In a statement, Modern Times CEO and founder Jacob McKean said the company had signed a lease agreement with Mike Wright, founder of The Commons Brewery, who also owns the 10,000 square foot site where his beer company is currently located. Wright will cease production and vacate the space by the end of the year.

4. Napa Valley Register

Mystery group challenges Napa's winery environmental reviews

A mystery group calling itself Alliance for Responsible Governance claims Napa County regularly fails to fully follow California environmental laws when approving new wineries and winery expansions. It hired the law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger to write a letter to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission stating alleged legal offenses for numerous wineries. The Alliance said it will monitor future approvals and evaluate if they are lawful.