May, 2024

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The Distillery Putting Puerto Rico Back in Puerto Rican Rum

PUNCH

Using homegrown heirloom sugarcane varieties, San Juan Artisan Distillers is part of a small group of producers challenging the imported molasses-based rums that have long dominated the island.

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Remembering Steven Liles

Imbibe Magazine

In 2017, Steven Liles—a career bartender then working at Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco—was named Bartender of the Year as part of that year’s Imbibe 75. Liles, who passed away this week after a brief and sudden illness, was a bartender’s bartender. Behind the bar, he demonstrated the kind of chatty effortlessness mixed with technical proficiency that can only be developed over years of dedicated practice, and through a true love of the profession.

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BREAKING: Lagunitas Chicago Production Facility to Shutter

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

According to reporting from Beer Business Daily as well as posts and stories across social media, Lagunitas announced plans today to close their massive Chicago production facility and taproom space on the city’s southwest side. The adjacent warehouse will remain in operation, with a few employees held over at that space, but otherwise the final day of operation at the Douglas Park facility will be August 1st.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

A Bar Above

COCKTAIL GIFTS FOR DAD: A FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE It’s almost Dad’s special day, and you don’t know what to get, right? Dads can be hard to shop for, so we’re here to help you out with the ultimate brainstorm of unique dad gifts! Below, you’ll find our gift idea list for the #1 cocktail drinker in your life with a wide range of options. Of course, anything on this list would make a great birthday gift, anniversary gift, something for the holiday season, too.

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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 Rowdy Portuguese Summer Festival of Red Wine, Sardines, and Old-Timers Hollering Raunchy Lyrics

VinePair

Wander into any Portuguese town during the early summer, and you’ll witness enchanting street festivals happening here and there. But show up to Lisbon during the month of June — especially in the first two weeks — and you’ll be left wondering, “What the hell kind of nonstop citywide party did I just stumble upon?” The sweet, pungent scent of charcoal-grilled sardines pervades the air, stinging the nose in the most enticing way.

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The Ultimate Guide To Crown Royal Whisky

The Whiskey Wash

Crown Roya l is the best-selling Canadian whisky brand in the world, known for its exquisitely smooth blend and iconic purple velvet bag. The brand’s Signature range includes blended, rye, and high-proof whisky expressions, alongside the well-aged ‘Master’ series, flavored whiskies, and even canned cocktails. The brand’s growing popularity is evidenced by record sales of 7.9 million cases worldwide in 2019, earning Crown Royal the award of the World Whisky Brand Champion 2020.

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6 to Try: Sotol Cocktails

Imbibe Magazine

With its unique earthy qualities, sotol is a Mexican spirit that proves versatile as an ingredient. A new favorite for bartenders everywhere, sotol cocktails are the perfect next step for fans of mezcal-based recipes. Here are a few to try. Beatriz Sotol lends an earthy quality to a mix of elderflower liqueur and Cocchi Americano. Naked in the Desert A nod to Joaquín Simó’s Naked and Famous cocktail.

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Brewers Association of India constituted

Spiritz

United Breweries, AB-InBev and Carlsberg have jointly announced the launch of Brewers Association of India (‘BAI’), a new industry body focused on growing the beer category in India, and driving innovation, moderation, and sustainability in the Indian beer market. Headquartered in Delhi, BAI is to be headed by Vinod Giri, who will assume office on 1st June 2024.

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Lost in a haze: North American craft beer searches for mojo

Just Drinks

The once-dynamic North American craft beer market is now stagnant. A lack of innovation in a sector awash with hazy IPAs has been blamed.

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Would You Drink Fine Wine From a Paper Bottle?

VinePair

Wine packaging has gone through a wild transition over the past two decades. Prior to this relatively fresh movement, consumer desires had been affixed to a glass-or-nothing mentality for so long that an upheaval of the current level was nearly unthinkable. Glass in all its permutations and assorted clever designs still confidently reigns with few challengers in the segments ranging from super-premium (about $20-plus) on up, but the diversity and growing market strength of alternatives is noneth

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Review: Jeptha Creed Wheated Bourbon 6 Years Old

Drinkhacker

America is in the middle of a new golden age of whiskey. The legacy distillers will always be what they are, but America is at the point where a significant wave of craft distillers are host to whiskey at 5 years and older. It doesn’t seem that long ago that craft whiskey meant a grossly overpriced bottle of 18-month product. Expensive young whiskey still exists in the craft sector, but now we also have offerings such as Jeptha Creed Wheated Kentucky Straight Bourbon 6 Years Old.

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Sancerre Is More Than a Wine, It’s a Brand

PUNCH

As the bistro staple rises in popularity (and price), many sommeliers find themselves at a crossroads: Serve the beloved wine with a thorny reputation, or find alternatives to satisfy its fans.

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Drink of the Week: Stray Dog Wild Gin

Imbibe Magazine

It took me a minute to comfortably talk about terroir without feeling like a parody of myself or drinks writers everywhere. But it’s a really useful way to analyze what you taste. The beverage business is rife with convoluted corporate ownership structures, so determining whether what’s in my glass reflects the land, people, and culture that it came from helps me cut through the noise.

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New release from Kentucky Senator Bourbon

Spiritz

Kentucky Senator Bourbon has announced the upcoming release of its fifth small batch of Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey, titled after the illustrious Kentucky Senator John Brown, known for his pivotal role in bringing about Kentucky’s statehood. Here it deserves a mention that each release of Kentucky Senator Bourbon is dedicated to a distinguished US Senator from Kentucky.

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Whiskey Review: Jeptha Creed Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon

The Whiskey Wash

We review Jeptha Creed Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon, aged at least four years and distilled from red bloody butcher corn (75%), malted rye (20%), and malted barley (5%). (image via Jeptha Creed) Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whiskey from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies , this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

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With Bonanza — a.k.a ‘Baby Caymus’ — the Wagner Family Strikes Gold Again

VinePair

No matter how you measure it, the U.S. wine industry has enjoyed very little good news in 2024. Market data paint a grim picture of declining overall consumption , a less interested consumer, excess grape inventories, and a growing “ wine lake.” Premiumization, which offset declines in sales volumes in recent years as consumers purchased fewer but more expensive bottles, can no longer carry the industry.

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Book Review: The Tequila Ambassador Version Originale

Drinkhacker

Spirits enthusiasts are always on watch for the next trend in spirits. Whiskey and brandy have held international acclaim for eons, but could tequila be the next craze? The popularity and credibility of tequila as a premium spirit has been on the rise, thanks in large part to Tomas Estes. Estes passed in 2021 but served as the champion that tequila required.

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In Search of the Ultimate Daiquiri

PUNCH

We asked 11 of America’s best bartenders to submit their finest recipe for the Daiquiri—then blind-tasted them all to find the best of the best.

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Where to Drink Frozen Margaritas in Houston

Imbibe Magazine

It’s strange to position the fourth-largest city in America as an underdog. And yet I find that Houston’s extraordinary, kaleidoscopic culinary scene is often overlooked by those beyond its borders. Truthfully, it’s their loss. The bayou, Beltway, and serpentine freeways of this sprawling city traverse cutting-edge cocktail bars, lively patios, stalwart ice houses, generations-old family restaurants, tiny kitchens serving genre-defying multicultural cuisines, and so much more.

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Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin leads

Spiritz

Radico Khaitan Limited has announced that Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin leads the luxury craft gin space in India with about 50 percent market share. With its distinctive blend of botanicals inspired by the rich heritage of India, the gin has garnered acclaim for its exquisite taste and luxurious experience. Of the 11 botanicals used in the distillation, seven have been sourced from all four corners of India.

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The Best Age-Statement Bourbon & American Whiskey From The San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2024

The Whiskey Wash

Awards season is well and truly underway. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) 2024 recently published the results of this year’s contest. Held by The Tasting Alliance , the SFWSC is one of the most prestigious competitions in the spirits industry, with thousands of entrants and numerous medals up for grabs. The competition was first held in 2000 and is the oldest competition of its kind in the United States.

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The 30 Best Rosé Wines of 2024

VinePair

Check out the best rosés from previous years here ! Every year, when the sun starts to emerge and the flowers start to bloom, there’s an undeniable urge to reach for a glass of rosé to toast the beginning of the season. When that feeling hits, we know it’s time for VinePair’s annual ranking of the best rosé wines. While rosé used to be the unrivaled summer beverage, in 2024 it’s going up against orange wines, chillable reds, and the infallible spritz.

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Ian Macleod Distillers and The Islay Boys reveal new distillery

Drinks International

Ian Macleod Distillers, in partnership with The Islay Boys, has announced an update on the progress of their new single malt whisky distillery, Laggan Bay, on Islay.

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A Martini Built From the Bounty of the Arizona Desert

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Phoenix’s Bar 1912 calls on more than a dozen local botanicals—cactus paddle to ocotillo blossom—that have been foraged, extracted and preserved in its take on the classic.

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Crowd-Pleasing Pitcher Drinks

Imbibe Magazine

With the warm weather ramping up, more outdoor gatherings—such as backyard barbecues, pool parties, and al fresco brunches—are on the horizon. Put that pitcher to good use with these warm-weather recipes that work swimmingly in large quantities. Black Rock Chiller In this simple batched cocktail, Branca Menta’s minty cooling power matches crisp tequila and earthy gentian liqueur.

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Amrut shines at global stage

Spiritz

Amrut Distilleries has won five Gold medals at the prestigious International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2024, held in London, UK, in the ‘World Whisky Category.’ Amrut Distilleries has bagged a record five medals this year at the ISC, a record for an Indian distillery. Amrut Distilleries has achieved Gold medal for Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky; Amrut Amalgam Malt Whisky; Amrut Nativity Indian Single Malt Whisky – Travel Retail Exclusive; Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky Cask Str

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Whiskey Review: Hard Truth Bottled-In-Bond Wheated Bourbon

The Whiskey Wash

We review Hard Truth Bottled-In-Bond Wheated Bourbon, a 100-proof offering aged five years after being distilled from a mash bill of 69% corn, 19% wheat, and 12% malted barley. (image via Hard Truth Distilling) Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whiskey from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies , this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

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Mapped & Ranked: The States With the Most Craft Breweries in 2023

VinePair

Despite periods of uncertainty , 2023 turned out to be a solid year for the craft brewing industry. The Brewers Association (BA) recently released its annual report detailing the state of craft brewing in the U.S. Last year, the number of craft operations reached an all-time high with a whopping 9,761 craft breweries, up from 9,552 in 2022. But despite there being over 200 more operational breweries last year, beer output shrank by about 1 million barrels year-over-year, with just 23.4 million b

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The Glen Grant master distiller to retire

Drinks International

The Glen Grant has announced the retirement of master distiller Dennis Malcolm OBE, who will leave his role at the end of June, after a six-decade long career.

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Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Cocktails

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15 easy cocktail recipes to try at home, from a Negroni riff to an underrated classic tequila drink to a Japanese whisky highball and more.

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How It Started: Speed Rack

Imbibe Magazine

It’s hard to remember what the drinks world was like before Speed Rack co-founders Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero. The cocktail luminaries have had their hands in nearly all facets of the movement to improve the drinks industry. In addition to creating Speed Rack, they’ve built award-winning bars and cocktail programs, mentored countless bartenders, worked as brand ambassadors, and co-authored, with Megan Krigbaum, A Quick Drink: Winning Cocktails for Every Mood.

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Nomad finds glory at the Rum & Cachaça Masters 2024

Spiritz

Goa-based East Side Distillery's Nomad Oscuro Dark Rum has got a Gold at the prestigious The Rum & Cachaça Masters 2024. This accolade underscores Nomad's commitment to excellence in crafting exceptional rum. Nomad Oscuro Dark Rum is a product of blending aged rum with Japanese Hinoki and finishing it in Jamaican barrels. This meticulous process results in a versatile and sophisticated spirit, boasting a rich amber hue indicative of its maturation in wooden casks.

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The ‘Best In Show’ Bourbons & Whiskeys From To The TAG Global Spirits Awards 2024

The Whiskey Wash

The results are in! The TAG Global Spirits Awards 2024 judges have named the ‘Best In Show’ bourbons and American whiskeys. Previously, I broke down the best American whiskeys and bourbons as named in the 2023 TAG Global Spirits Awards. As promised, here is a breakdown of the 2024 results including the compositions of the winning spirits, the distilleries, and where you can buy these award-winning whiskeys.

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We Asked 11 Beer Pros: What’s the Most Underrated Macro Beer?

VinePair

While it seems like every state in the U.S. now has a selection of local microbreweries, there are still moments that call for a good old macro beer. You might find yourself in a dive bar or at a sports arena without a wide selection of craft brews, or you could end up at a party or tailgate where the hosts have opted to lean into a more affordable beer lineup.

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Review: Rolling Fork Heart of Gold Rum

Drinkhacker

It’s often been said that bourbon is America’s native spirit. However, rum was America’s first love. Long before whiskey became common in North America, the American colonists had a thriving domestic and imported rum industry. The American rum industry began to diminish heading into the American Revolution and was dealt a near-fatal blow with westward expansion.

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What Are Bartenders Wearing at the World’s Top Bars?

PUNCH

At the world’s best bars, bartender uniforms are as considered as the drinks. Here’s a look at bar fashion in NYC, London, Barcelona and beyond.

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