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This Week's Beer News: Weed Edition + ICBW Pint Glass Preview

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

Today, we’re bringing you an exclusive first look at this year’s Craft Beer Week pint glass, courtesy of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. We understand that a lot of y’all have begun collecting each year’s respective glass, so without further ado, behold this year’s theme: “Adventure Crafted in Illinois.” The ICBG is working with their Associate Member partners at Boelter Beverage for Illinois Craft Beer Week’s “Pint Day 2024 ” Each ic

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Check Out Who Attended Pairing Dinner with Codigo 1530 Tequila at STK LA

Chilled Magazine

On National Margarita Day, media and influencers attended a pairing dinner with Codigo 1530 Tequila and Tequila Avion at STK Los Angeles hosted by Entertaining Expert Paul Zahn. Zahn hosted a brief master class on both Codigo Tequila and Tequila Avion and lead a tasting prior to sitting for dinner. Guests sipped Cadillac Margaritas with Codigo 1530 Reposado Tequila and Skinny Margaritas with Codigo 1530 Rosa Tequila paired with some of STK’s signature dishes including tomahawk steak and ja

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Cardamom-Infused Old Fashioned

Chilled Magazine

There is no better time to celebrate the classics then right now! Mix an adventurous and aromatic take on the Old Fashioned using Fierce & Kind’s award-winning spirits. “In honor of the cocktail, The Old Fashioned earned its name from the first recorded use of the word ‘cocktail,’ describing a simple yet elegant mix of spirit, sugar, water, and bitters.

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A Manhattan for Every Mood

PUNCH

The best Manhattan cocktail recipes to make right now, from a highball version of the whiskey drink to riffs made with amaro and Chartreuse.

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Top 5 Ways to Optimize Your Loyalty Strategy

Speaker: Lauren Barash, Vice President, Brand Marketing

In an ever-evolving industry, building and retaining loyal customers is critical to the success of any restaurant business. Join Lauren Barash, VP of Brand Marketing at Full Course, as she delves into the world of restaurant loyalty programs, and reveals the top five essential strategies to optimize your approach! This webinar will explore: Loyalty trends and what you should be focusing on 📊 Actionable insights and ideas to help you develop the most powerful and effective loyalty program

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Brew // LDN Beer and Cider Festival Returns To London – Free Trade Sessions

BarLifeUK

Brew//LDN: 25th – 27th April 2024, Southbank, London SE1 Despite having an edgy, modern name that was obviously created by a branding agency to say ‘this isn’t the Great British Beer Festival, no socks and sandals here’, Brew//LDN sounds like quite a good craic. The festival has been around for a while, but this year the organisers have added some dedicated trade sessions, which is nice, and these sessions are free, which is even nicer.

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5 (More) to Try: Slovenian Wine

Imbibe Magazine

Intrigued by the growing presence of Slovenian wine on store shelves and wine lists, we dove into the category in our March/April 2024 issue. Daniel Lukin-Beck, general manager of Vinum Imports , which has specialized in wines from the country for more than 20 years, offered an introduction in our “5 to Try” column. But we encountered many fans of Slovenia’s fresh and diverse wines, such as Lou Amdur, owner of LA’s Lou Wine Shop (purveyor of “natural and unusual wines”), who we tapped to recomme

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Please Explain the Luxury Martini to Me

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A luxury Martini now costs more than $40 at top cocktail bars. Are bars cashing in on our love for the drink, or is there more to the trend?

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Pernod Ricard Invests $217 Million in a New Indian Whisky Distillery

The Whiskey Wash

Pernod Ricard, a renowned player in the spirits industry, has announced plans to invest $217 million in the construction of a new malt distillery in India. The facility will be located in Butibori, an industrial suburb in Nagpur, Maharashtra. The project is expected to be completed within three years and create up to 800 jobs. The distillery is anticipated to have a daily output of 60,000 liters of whisky.

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Imbibe 75 Place to Watch: Paradise Lost

Imbibe Magazine

When Kavé Pourzanjani and Ray Sakover were both working at the Manhattan bar The Polynesian, pre-pandemic, they began talking about opening their own tropical bar. But they wanted to avoid the usual South Seas cliches and imagery that have made tiki a controversial topic in recent years. They needed a new theme. Their counterintuitive alternative? Demonology, the occult, and “otherized gods from other cultures.

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As a Major Wine Critic Calls Time on Heavy Bottles, Will Others Follow Suit?

VinePair

Spend enough time enjoying, collecting, or working with wine, and you’ve come across them. At first glance, they make perfect sense. They’re an impact statement; an impressively cocksure declaration in brawny, glossy glass. The message? “I’m important. I’m serious. I’m powerful. You should pay more for me.” Thick, heavy glass bottles certainly had their moment in the sun.

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Ole Smoky Continues to be the Most Visited Distillery in the World

Chilled Magazine

Ole Smoky Distilleries continued reign as the most visited distillery in the world for 2023. According to on-premise traffic counters, the four Ole Smoky Tennessee distillery destinations welcomed more than FIVE million visitors last year, topping all their largest competitors by significant industry margins. Ole Smoky’s The Holler in Gatlinburg welcomed 2.2 million visitors, The Barrelhouse in Gatlinburg welcomed 1.1 million visitors, Pigeon Forge’s distillery, The Barn, welcomed 1.3 million vi

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A New Type of ’Tini Is Hiding in Plain Sight

PUNCH

Now that we’ve cycled through myriad updates to the ’90s originals, a new, thoroughly modern ’tini is emerging—and it breaks even more of the rules.

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UK private-equity firm Breal Group rebrands as Keystone Brewing Group

Just Drinks

Breal Group, the UK private-equity firm that has snapped up a number of local brewers in recent months, is to change its name to Keystone Brewing Group.

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The Restaurant’s Guide to St. Patrick’s Day Promotions

SevenRooms

Lenny DeFranco These days, for most consumers in the U.S. and increasingly across Europe, St. Patrick’s Day has become an excuse for a raucous celebration involving plenty of drinking and merrymaking, especially in cities with a large population of Irish descent. In fact, it’s now celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. Whether the holiday falls on a weekday or weekend, it’s the perfect opportunity to boost sales with a special restaurant promotion or event.

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Can Black-Owned Distilleries Finally Claim a Piece of the $9 Billion Kentucky Bourbon Industry?

VinePair

In May of 1964, Congress famously declared bourbon a “ distinctive product ” of the U.S. By that point, America’s “native spirit” had been produced — both legally and illicitly — for two centuries. And nowhere did the spirit have more of an impact than Kentucky, where bourbon is now a $9 billion industry, and where (according to a much-repeated, unverified estimate) more than 90 percent of the world’s supply is produced.

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Savor Mediterranean Flavor at Conca Del Sogno, West Hollywood Pop-up, Starring Malfy Gin

Chilled Magazine

Deep in the heart of West Hollywood, one of America’s most vibrant and exciting cities, lies Conca Del Sogno, an exclusive limited edition pop-up dining experience hosted by Norah Restaurant. Conca Del Sogno, the elite beach club hailing from the world-renowned Amalfi Coast in Nerano, Italy, delivers its authentic Italian cuisine straight from the Mediterranean Sea.

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Drink Your Way Through America’s Natural Wine Bar Capital

PUNCH

These are the best natural wine bars and shops to visit in Oakland, California, a city known for excellent, affordable wine, sake and cider.

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Favorite Wines By The Glass

Cheers

With many people drinking less overall, and generally drinking less wine than they used to, bars and restaurants need to pay close attention to their by-the-glass selection. What makes a wine a good contender to offer by the glass? We asked several on-premise wine professionals to share their current favorites. Patrick Panella, beverage director, Malagón in Charleston, SC Patrick Panella WINE: Clos Sainte Magdeleine, Côtes de Provence rosé ($14 to $16 a glass, depending on pour size, vintage, in

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How California’s Proposed Drinks To-Go Bill Could Affect These Beach Towns

PubClub

This sign says it all about Smackfest in Hermosa Beach, CA. Photo: PubClub.com By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Nightlife Blogger California, like many states around the USA, are turning to pubclubbers to save the economy. Legislation is in the works to create “entertainment zones” and allow to-go alcohol sales at bars and restaurants. Already in the Golden State, such a law exists in San Francisco for special events, and with Senate Bill 969 it could expand to all days across the sta

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The 26 Best Red Blends for 2024

VinePair

Bordeaux, Chianti, Rioja, the U.S. — so much of the world of wine is centered around red blends. Although blending red grapes has been part of winemaking since antiquity, the category dubbed “red blends” is a relatively new phenomenon. So, how do we define what qualifies a red blend today? In Europe, even though there are a lot of red blends, they are strictly regulated within appellations.

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Monin Americas Celebrates 20 Years with its influential CIO Todd Cummings

Chilled Magazine

This March, Monin Americas celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its influential CIO, Todd Cummings. Bringing together technology and business, Todd has guided Monin Americas through the ongoing digital evolution towards an international score of success. Monin—the premier provider of flavoring products to elevate specialty beverages and culinary solutions—has manufacturing facilities on three continents and product availability in more than 150 countries.

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This “N/A Spaghett” Cracks a Code for Me

PUNCH

This nonalcoholic take on Spaghett, or Aperol and beer, is the best weeknight drink. Here's how to make it with Stappi soda and an N/A lager.

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The Top 10 Gins of 2023

Drinkhacker

As the weather warms up, a young man’s fancy turns of course to lighter fare, with gin one of the most essential pieces of the springtime cocktail puzzle. We sampled plenty of outstanding gins over the last year, and with this feature we profile the greatest hits of 2023. Need more picks? Check our top gin lists from 2019 , 2020 , 2021 , and 2022.

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Whiskey Review: Redwood Empire Devils Tower High Rye Bourbon

The Whiskey Wash

We review Redwood Empire Devils Tower High Rye Bourbon, sporting a four-grain mash bill with 51% corn, 45% rye, 2% wheat, and 2% malt. (image via Redwood Empire Whiskey) Editor’s Note: The party behind this whiskey gave us a review sample. Per our editorial policies , this in no way influenced the outcome of this review. It should also be noted that clicking the buy link in this review earns our site a small referral payment, which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other

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We Asked 13 Brewers: What’s Your Go-To Cold-Weather Beer?

VinePair

Despite the groundhog’s prediction this year, we seem to be dealing with a few more weeks of winter. And when there is a chill in the air or snow on the ground, we find ourselves reaching for a nice beverage to warm up with. While some may reach for a Hot Toddy , Buttered Rum , or some spiked hot cocoa, there are also many beers that are the perfect complement to winter weather.

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Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day in Florida This Year

Chilled Magazine

Whether you prefer on the rocks or frozen, salted rim or sugared, these South Florida hotspots are guaranteed to have the margarita for you! Check out the best places to spend your National Margarita Day below. Canyon | Fort Lauderdale, FL Canyon serves unique American artisanal cuisine with Asian, South and Central American undertones in an intimate space with a full bar featuring the notorious Prickly Pear Margarita!

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The Best Vodka for Martinis, According to Bartenders

PUNCH

Experts share the best vodka brands for the Martini, at every price point, from Luksusowa to Belvedere and more.

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The State Of Florida Proclaims Aug. 30 As Jimmy Buffett Day

PubClub

Jimmy Buffett performs solo on stage during a concert. Photo: PubClub.com The state of Florida has created a state of mind for Parrotheads by declaring Aug. 30 as Jimmy Buffett Day. The date celebrates the life and music of Jimmy Buffett, whose free-spirited life and significant contributions to national and state culture are commended and celebrated.

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Mahesh Kanchan joins Bacardi India

Spiritz

Mahesh Kanchan has assumed the role of Director of Marketing at Bacardi India and its neighbouring countries. Prior to joining Bacardi India, he served as the CEO and Wholetime Director at Del Monte Foods India. With a wealth of experience in sales and marketing, Mahesh began his career by overseeing the iconic McDowell’s whisky brand and subsequently spent a decade in various sales and marketing leadership positions at Hindustan Unilever Ltd.

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Wine Lakes Are Nowhere Near as Fun as They Sound

VinePair

We’ve all had the fantasy of slipping into a bathtub, pool, or even an entire lake of wine. (Just us?) But as fun as it sounds to snorkel through Sauvignon Blanc , cannonball into some Cava , or do flips in a crisp and fruity rosé , there’s no such thing as a real wine lake (that we know of, at least.) Instead, wine lake is a technical term that was invented to describe a massive overproduction of bulk wine in the European Union (EU).

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8th Annual Sun Whiskey Union Returns to Mohegan Sun

Chilled Magazine

Sun Whiskey Union is back for another year, and guests are invited to experience a night filled with top-notch whiskey, delicious bites and exhilarating live music. Saturday, April 13th, 8:00pm – 11:00pm in the Earth Ballroom Savor the rich tapestry of flavors at the exclusive Sun Whiskey Union at Mohegan Sun! From smoky and peaty to smooth and complex, each whiskey tells a unique story.

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Bring Back the Country Life

PUNCH

The Country Life, a Manhattan cocktail recipe made with bourbon and rum, makes a comeback at Hudson, New York bar Wm. Farmer & Sons.

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Review: Old Elk Cigar Cut Island Blend and Infinity Blend 2023

Drinkhacker

Old Elk recently (that is, at the end of 2023) released a pair of its big blends, both incredibly complex whiskeys that draw from a range of mashbills and finishing styles, all whipped up into a frenzy. We’ve got them both covered here — including the Cigar Cut and Infinity Blend, both in their 2023 editions. Here we go. Old Elk Cigar Cut Island Blend 2023 – This is the second annual release of Old Elk Cigar Cut, crafted entirely by Old Elk’s Production Manager, Melinda M

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Pernod Ricard to build malt-spirit distillery in India

Just Drinks

Pernod Ricard is building a malt spirit distillery in India as it looks to invest €200m into the region and increase whiskey capacity.

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The States That Drink the Most Liquor in America (2023) [MAP]

VinePair

With over 8.1 billion gallons of alcohol consumed in the U.S. every year, it’s safe to say that Americans love to drink. And while U.S. drinkers may consume more beer and wine than spirits on a yearly basis, Americans still drank a whopping 680.5 million gallons of spirits in 2023, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) — likely driven by the ongoing bourbon boom and tequila’s rapid rise.

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3 Must Mix Classic Cocktails made with Highclere Castle Gin

Chilled Magazine

We invite you to indulge in something new this gin season. A refined twist expressed in three classic cocktails using a premium London dry gin reminiscent of the English countryside. Highclere Castle Gin lends a light and sophisticated touch to our timeless favorites. Enjoy the 2024 versions of the classic Mojito, Blood Mary, and Margarita. Gin Ginjito Royale Ingredients 3 oz.

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