June, 2024

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Introducing the Finalists for Best New Bartenders 2024

PUNCH

Punch's Best New Bartenders of 2024 will be announced in August. Here are the finalists, a group driving cocktail culture forward.

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Was June 2014 Chicago's Craft Beer High Water Mark? (+Events & Socials)

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

The amount of 10th anniversary events emerging over the last few weeks have made me wonder: Was May-June 2014 the busiest time in Chicago craft beer history? I did some digging through my archives, but let’s start by looking at who’s celebrating their tenth birthday this month: Imperial Oak celebrates a full decade in business today through Sunday.

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Check Out the Top 10 Finalists in the Paint the Town Mango Cocktail Competition

Chilled Magazine

Check out the Top 10 Semi-Finalists in the Paint the Town Mango with Mango Shotta who are in the running to win a trip to Tales of the Cocktail and cash prizes up to $2,000. The grand prize winner will be featured in Chilled Magazine. Good luck, bartenders! Tequila Lola Bunny by Stacie Valle Ingredients 2 ½ oz. Mango Shotta 1 slice ginger 1 oz. lime 1 oz. carrot juice Preparation Slice ginger and muddle in a shaker add carrot juice, lime juice and Mango Shotta shake with ice.

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Drink of the Week: Lustau Dry Vermouth

Imbibe Magazine

Lustau has become synonymous with the premium vermouth category with a range that includes rojo, blanco, rosé, and, newest to the U.S. market, dry. The venerated House of Lustau is known for incorporating sherry into its vermouths , lending a distinctive character that brings new dimension to its expressions. Made with manzanilla sherry from Sanlúcar, Spain, Lustau dry vermouth is snappy and bright with a slight salinity.

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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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The One Beer You Should Bring Home From Every State [MAP]

VinePair

No matter what state you may be traveling through, there’s likely a delicacy locals will urge you to sample before leaving. What’s a trip to Wisconsin without cheese curds, or a weekend in Texas without BBQ? While these regional items are often replicated outside their native lands, they’re never quite duplicated. The same mantra applies to local beers.

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UK spirits market declined by 5% in 2023

Drinks International

Spirits volumes declined by 5% in the UK last year amid excise duty changes, the cost-of-living crisis, and a trend towards moderation according to a new report from IWSR.

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This Weekend's REAL AMERICAN Beer Events & Socials

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

So much stuff going on over the next few days, but before that, a gentle nudge as we head into this Father’s Day weekend, where it’s possible someone might say something like, “Hey, did you hear that Hulk Hogan has a beer coming out? It’s been all over the news in the past few days!” Premium Subscribers get to be able to say, “Man, I already heard about that way back on April 24th thanks to this cool beer email that I subscribe to.” We don’t toot o

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Best Bourbons that make great Father’s Day Gifts

Chilled Magazine

If your dad is anything like ours, he owns more wacky ties and novelty socks than he’ll ever wear. Year after year of giving the same gifts on Father’s Day might make him a little jaded. Now is the time to give him the surprise of a lifetime and hand him a gift he’ll be excited to receive. And no, we’re not talking about yet another “King of the Grill” apron and matching grilling utensils kit.

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Summery Scotch Cocktails

Imbibe Magazine

Scotch hasn’t traditionally been a go-to spirit for summer cocktails, but that’s changing as more bartenders look to incorporate a little warmth and/or smokiness into seasonal recipes. Case in point: Sam Ross’ modern classic, The Penicillin , which is one of the best examples of how Scotch can anchor a bright and refreshing drink. Here are a few of our other favorite summer Scotch cocktails.

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The 20 Best Vodkas for 2024

VinePair

Among the biggest myths in beverage alcohol is that vodka is a flavorless, odorless spirit. As ever more producers seek to highlight the character of an increasing array of base ingredients — rice, grapes, and even agave — it’s become something of a cliché in spirits circles to repeat the fact that the TTB now recognizes vodka can exhibit character.

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Bacardi unveils its first ever premium spiced rum

Spiritz

Bacardi has released its first ever premium spiced rum, Bacardi Caribbean Spiced , while tapping into the ongoing premiumisation trend in the sector. Featuring notes of pineapple, coconut blossom, vanilla and cinnamon, Bacardi Caribbean Spiced has been created for both cocktail mixing and sipping neat, via a process which includes maturing in charred oak barrels.

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How the Queers Stole Billiards

PUNCH

The C U Next Tuesdays were the sole queer and femme team in New Orleans' pool league. Seeing an opportunity, their captain created a monthly tournament at the local dive, Big Daddy's.

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GSN Review: Weber Ranch Agave Vodka

Good Spirits News

Weber Ranch Vodka marks a significant departure for a spirit commonly made from wheat, corn, or potatoes that take just a few months to harvest and use mass industrial methods, compared to Blue Weber Agave which takes up to seven years to mature and is hand-harvested in Jalisco, Mexico. Weber Ranch Vodka begins its journey in Jalisco, Mexico , where its 100% Blue Weber Agave slowly matures under the warm Mexican sun.

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Celebrating Heritage Through Hospitality: Building Stronger Communities in the Cocktail Industry

Tales of the Cocktail

By Keyatta Mincey-Parker @asipofparadisegarden The hospitality industry is rich with history, traditions, and innovations, and plays a crucial role in weaving the social fabric of communities worldwide. This expands beyond culinary and service, it includes, beverages. It’s really beautiful to see how more and more cocktails, which have always been here, are finally being recognized.

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Better Drinks Take Flight

Imbibe Magazine

While the Golden Age of aviation conjures images of Martinis sipped from the comfort of roomy seats, nowadays the reality faced by frequent flyers is far less gilded. Still, despite limited space and access to fresh ingredients, airlines have introduced increasingly sophisticated drink offerings thanks to partnerships, sommeliers, and even bar pop-ups.

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27 Seasonal Beer Releases Worth Traveling For [MAP]

VinePair

Wine tourism is a bonafide industry. But beer tourism? Not so much, unless we’re considering the Pacific Northwest, New England, and a few select European countries. Even then, taking a vacation devoted to beer is a harder thing to justify. Nonetheless, there are stellar breweries around the country that bring beer nerds to their taprooms every year to score their most coveted releases.

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Globus Spirits launches two whiskies and a vodka

Spiritz

Globus Spirits Ltd. has launch ed Brothers & Co. Whisky, and a whisky and a vodka under the brand GR8 Times - GR8 Times Premium Whisky and GR8 Times Premium Green Ap ple Vodka - for the Uttar Pradesh market. Br o thers & Co. Whisky is an ex clusive blend of Scotch, Ameri can Bourbon and aged Indian si ngle malt with a smoky, smooth and full bodied experience.

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The Essential Guide to Aperitivo Liqueurs

PUNCH

These are the 15 best aperitivo and red bitter liqueurs, according to experts. Plus, how to use them in cocktails like the Negroni and more.

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UK’s Dark Sky Brewery wins trademark battle against Campari’s US vodka Skyy

Just Drinks

The UK Intellectual Property Office has ruled in favour of microbrewer Dark Sky Brewery on its trademark dispute with Italy's Campari Group.

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Review: Hatozaki Omakase Rye Third Edition Mizunara Cask Finish

Drinkhacker

Hatozaki Master Distiller & Blender Kimio Yonezawa is a fourth-generation shochu distiller who began producing Hatozaki’s whisky line in 2017. In addition to the brand’s core expressions , Yonezawa and his team produced limited runs of their “Omakase” line. The third such release — limited to under 3,000 bottles, and only sold in the U.S. market — is an American rye whiskey that was finished in Mizunara casks at the Kaikyo Distillery.

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Frozen Classic Cocktails

Imbibe Magazine

Whether you’re languishing in a heat wave or simply craving an extra-cooling version of a classic cocktail, here are a few of our favorite frozen variations. Bust out that blender and whip up an Aperol Spritz, Espresso Martini, Bee’s Knees, and more. Blended Aperol Spritz Fresh lime and orange juice bring a sweet, citrusy zip to this frozen spritz.

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Baseball’s Most Chaotic Night: The Legacy of 10-Cent Beer Night, 50 Years Later

VinePair

Today marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the most infamous, absurd, and hostile evening in MLB history: 10-cent beer night. There were hospitalizations, full-frontal nudity, and many, many cups of too-affordable beer. The fighting, which broke out during a game between the Cleveland Indians (now known as the Cleveland Guardians) and the Texas Rangers on June 4, 1974, has become the stuff of legend.

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Wine Market Defined by Evolving Choices

Spiritz

In India, as industry veterans point out, there is a growing interest in international wines, particularly among urban consumers. Varietals like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir are gaining popularity. In terms of regions, wines from Napa Valley, Bordeaux and Tuscany are the ones in favour in the Indian wine market. There is also a reported increase in white wine production to meet the growing demand from consumers, a trend that reflects changing tastes and preferences, with mo

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Step Inside the Cool New Modern Wine Bar

PUNCH

As bafflingly flexible as they are unmistakably distinct, these spaces have managed to recapture the anything-goes romance of simply “going out.

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A Brief History of The Tequila Ambassador V.O.

Cocktail Wonk

Let’s talk tequila! Or, more precisely, let’s talk about a certain tequila book. But rather than jumping right in, I’ll. The post A Brief History of The Tequila Ambassador V.O. appeared first on Cocktail Wonk.

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Review: Burnt Church Bluffton Whiskey

Drinkhacker

The road of the American craft whiskey movement was paved by craft beer. The spirit of craft beer and whiskey are similar, but in their respective infancies, they were not exactly equal. Craft beer was a response to a rather bland and homogenous beer industry. Craft beer needed to exist because “big beer” was uninspiring. Craft whiskey was born of the desire to drink local and innovate, but “big whiskey” was far from bland or uninspiring.

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Where to Drink Cocktails in Sacramento

Imbibe Magazine

Like Monterey , Sacramento is where I grew up, spending my teenage years there. I saw it before it became “ a great restaurant city ” and before it had a thriving cocktail scene with its own cocktail week. But even though it’s been decades since I’ve called California’s capital my home, I often visit family or spend the night when I’m passing through on a road trip.

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How a Monk Helped Make Minnesota Moonshine During Prohibition

VinePair

Most Prohibition stories usually revolve around mobs and speakeasies. The tale of Minnesota 13, the moonshine produced by the farmers in Stearns County, Minn., some 90 minutes northwest of downtown Minneapolis, is not one of these stories. It’s better than that. A bold statement? Probably. At the very least, it’s one of the wildest rides in Prohibition lore.

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Premium Wines Set the Popularity Bar

Spiritz

Does colour matter? It does. When it comes to wine, at present, consumers have a strong preference for red wines followed by white and sparkling wines. And when we speak about Indian wines, we can definitely see a trend in people drinking more and more premium wines produced in India. As far as the grape varieties from India are concerned, people still prefer Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, among others.

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Our Favorite Spicy Tequila Cocktails

PUNCH

From a riff on the spicy Margarita to the Tequila Sunrise, here are nine simple tequila cocktail recipes that bring the heat.

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Demie Kim wins Altos Bartenders' Bartender for Asia's 50 Best

Drinks International

Seoul’s Dohyung ‘Demie’ Kim, co-founder of Zest, No.5 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023 and No.18 on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023, has been named the winner of the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2024.

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Review: Tenango Rum

Drinkhacker

Guatemala is home to a number of top-shelf rums, including Zacapa , Botran , and more. The latest arrival is a new brand called Tenango Rum, launched by restauranteur Sophia Deleon, who has deep Guatemalan heritage. Made completely in the country, this rum is column-distilled from molasses and aged in American oak for an unspecified length of time. The distinctive, removeable woven bottle cover is handcrafted, and each one is unique.

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Delicious, Refreshing Moscow Mule Classic Cocktail Recipe

Mix That Drink

The Moscow Mule is a much-loved classic cocktail known for its refreshing quality. With its distinct ginger beer kick and tangy lime twist, it's a staple in bars and households. The post Delicious, Refreshing Moscow Mule Classic Cocktail Recipe appeared first on Mix That Drink.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon Just Launched a Colossal 180-Pack of Beer

VinePair

You might want to pass on picking up a keg for your next backyard rager. Pabst Blue Ribbon just launched a 180-pack to celebrate its 180-year anniversary. Pabst, which got its start in Milwaukee, has come a long way since then: from its near-collapse to its legendary hipster-fueled renaissance , the brewery has cemented itself as a mainstay in the American macro beer landscape, and this summertime drop honors that legacy.

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TN for increased penalties related to illicit liquor

Spiritz

Following the hooch tragedy in Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu that led to 65 deaths, Tamil Nadu assembly has passed a bill where penalties for various offences related to illicit liquor, including manufacture, sale and possession of it, has been increased considerably. The bill mandates life imprisonment along with a minimum fine of Rs 10 lakh for cases leading to death due to consumption of illicit liquor in Tamil Nadu.

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Gin Can Do Tropical, Too

PUNCH

6 easy tropical gin cocktail recipes to try, from a Mai Tai riff to tiki drinks like the Saturn and the Army and Navy.

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