Buoy Beer Co. acquiring Pilot House Distilling

Buoy Beer Co. is entering the craft liquor market, acquiring Pilot House Distilling in a bid to help the startup and find a new area for growth amid a tightening beer scene.

Pilot House and its co-founder, Larry Cary, are being brought under Buoy Beer’s parent company, River Barrel Brewing Inc., as partial owner and director in the distillery. His existing business parter, Todd Shelton, of Michigan, will be bought out.

Cary will still run distillery operations, while Buoy Beer will provide capital and administrative support to help him grow. His wife, Christina, helps operate Pilot House. The two still own a

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