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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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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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This Week's New Beer Labels: A Week of Many Firsts

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

Howdy, friends — and happy Beer Label Wednesday. Premium Subscribers have a number of “firsts” behind the paywall, including a number of breweries I’ve not showcased in this email or even seen a label from before. Always fun when that happens. There are also not one but two interesting whiskey labels in here, one that’s very WTF and one made for a specific place in Chicago, but was bottled & blended in Wisconsin, and distilled in Indiana.

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Beer Under Glass 2024: We Came, We Saw, We Drank. Here’s Our Recap

Guys Drinking Beer

We came, we saw, we drank -- here are our thoughts and some of our favorite beers from Beer Under Glass 2024 at Union Station. The post Beer Under Glass 2024: We Came, We Saw, We Drank. Here’s Our Recap appeared first on Guys Drinking Beer.

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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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A Highly Subjective, Rigorously Reported Ranking of Barstools

PUNCH

These are the best and worst barstools at cocktail bars right now, from minimalist chairs to cushioned seats and everything in between.

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Mamma Mia Che Cocktails! 6 Italian-inspired cocktails to celebrate Mom

Chilled Magazine

Not everyone has time for a Mother’s Day getaway to Italy. So, what not bring the Italy to mom? And no, we aren’t talking the usual Aperol Spritz or Negroni. From unique spritzes to vibrant elixirs served neat, these six cocktails will transport any mom to an idyllic Italian village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, or a sea of rolling green hills decorated in cypress trees.

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One Brand Enters, WLL Leaves: This Week's Chicago-Centric Craft Beer Events & Socials

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

Happy Friday, friends! Premium Subscribers got first eyes on this on Wednesday , but because the launch party is today, you should also know that there’s a new brand in town. They’ve got perhaps the most fun name to say of any brand in Chicagoland: Paracaidista Cerveceria Independiente. They started out in CDMX in 2015 and have had a couple collabs with Pilot Project’s Brewers Kitchen brand in the last year, but now they’re rolling out some beers stateside with the PP tea

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Wait, the Cheapest Bottle on a Wine List Costs How Much Now?

PUNCH

Less than a decade ago, it was routine to find great wines under $40 at top New York City restaurants. What happens when even entry-level wines feel like luxury items?

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The Chilled 100 Bartenders Celebrate Creativity by Crafting Original Cocktails Made with Plymouth Gin

Chilled Magazine

The Chilled 100 Bartenders celebrate creativity, heritage, and the art of mixology by crafting original cocktails made with Plymouth Gin. Gin Plymouth Sunrise by Teransc Phillip - Minneapolis, MN Ingredients 1 ½ oz Plymouth Gin ½ oz Marionberry Syrup (Portland Syrups) or sub any fruit pancake syrup ¼ ox 1:1 simple syrup ¾ oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice ¼ oz Pineapple Juice 2-3 dashes Cherry/Chocolate bitters Top with Soda Preparation Shake all ingredients but soda with ice.

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Taste Test: Rice Beer

Imbibe Magazine

There’s no denying the supreme drinkability of a cold, crisp rice beer, as industry stalwarts like macro Japanese breweries Sapporo and Asahi demonstrate. But smaller craft brewers are increasingly tinkering with the style, recognizing the mass appeal of a clean, crushable beer while still experimenting with their own interpretations. Whether using whole grain sushi rice or toying with unique hop profiles, these rice beers deliver on both drinkability and delight.

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This Week's Beer News: A BUG Recap & Welcome Monochrome

Guys Drinking Beer - Beer News

When spring finally kicks in, it’s a great time to be a beer drinker in the Midwest. Over the weekend, we saw the opening of not just the Goose Island Salt Shed Pub but also the opening of Monochrome Brewing in Pilsen 1 , and we’ve also got ten news items from around the Midwest today about taprooms opening, breweries announcing plans to open new beer gardens, new locations for beer-centric bars (including a HopCat!

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G&T Forever

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The best Gin & Tonic recipes, plus the cocktail variations, essential glassware and history you need to know about the refreshing drink.

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We Ask BCI’s Jean-Francois Bonneté About Maison Gabriel Boudier, Celebrating 150 Years of Excellence and Savoir Faire

Chilled Magazine

We Ask BCI’s Jean-Francois Bonneté about Maison Gabriel Boudier, Celebrating 150 Years of Excellence and Savoir Faire. Jean-Francois is the founder and president of BCI Bonnete Inc., who, with his wife and business partner, Nathalie, is known for leading the industry in terroir-driven brands. Talk to us about the history and heritage of the brand. The story of the House of Gabriel Boudier is primarily one of passion since 1874.

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The 10 Best-Selling Craft Beer Brands of 2024

VinePair

This may sound like a backhanded compliment, but while craft beer sales continue to slow, the situation isn’t nearly as grim as it was this time last year. According to Chicago-based media company Circana, for the 52 weeks leading up to Jan. 28, 2024, U.S. craft beer sales totalled $4.7 billion — a year-over-year decrease of 0.8 percent, with case sales down 4 percent.

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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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A Spritz for Every Mood

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Aperitivo made easy, with 21 cocktail recipes for new takes on the spritz using wine, spirits, fresh juices and more.

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Elevating Tradition at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar in NOLA

Chilled Magazine

Christoph Dornemann, Head Bartender at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana, began his career in the industry waiting tables at a Vietnamese restaurant in 2010. He progressed to the back of the house and worked as an expeditor, pastry chef, and then moved onto food preparation at a catering company. He transitioned to fine dining in 2012 at Brennan’s.

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For Craft Spirit Distillers, a Dark Mood Is Simmering

VinePair

Craft distilleries have grown and flourished for the better part of two decades, anchoring neighborhoods and drawing supporters in all 50 states. Their spirits have enriched and diversified cocktail bars and liquor stores, and the industry as a whole has reset consumer expectations for flavor and authenticity. But craft distilleries are in trouble. Founders are throwing in the towel; inventory and equipment are being sold off; and bottles that were once on shelves are disappearing.

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Honour for Tanqueray N° Ten

Spiritz

Tanqueray N° Ten, crafted by Diageo, has secured the top spot in the esteemed Beverage Testing Institute's 2024 rankings with a stellar 98/100 score. It is named as the Best Gin of 2024 by the Beverage Testing Institute. Awarded the only platinum medal at the rankings, it reaffirms its position as the epitome of gin craftsmanship. With captivating aromas of candied orange zest, cinnamon, and tonka bean, and a palate boasting chamomile tea notes with a citrusy juniper kick, all perfectly bal

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Bring Back the Hawaiian

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The Hawaiian, a tropical, yellow Chartreuse sour cocktail recipe, makes a comeback at San Francisco bar pop-up Bar Agricole.

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Watch Ronald Ivancilu Use His Barfly Mixology Gear to Craft an Original Cocktail

Chilled Magazine

Barfly Mixology Gear by Mercer presents the Chilled 100 Bartenders with its popular and professional mixology tools, gaining loyal fans across the country. Watch bartender Ronald Ivancilu create an original cocktail using his gifted Barfly Mixology Gear Set by Mercer. The post Watch Ronald Ivancilu Use His Barfly Mixology Gear to Craft an Original Cocktail appeared first on Chilled Magazine.

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Pilsner vs. Lager: The Differences Explained

VinePair

IPAs are still leading the charge in craft beer sales, but lagers , pilsners , and other more crushable styles are proving to be a breath of fresh air for beer enthusiasts who have grown weary of the seemingly never-ending haze craze. That said, these lighter styles — specifically American adjunct lagers — are the beers everyone loves to hate, despite their sweeping popularity.

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Whiskey Review: Heaven’s Door Exploration Series I Calvados Finish

The Whiskey Wash

We review Heaven’s Door Exploration Series I Calvados Finish, a Tennessee bourbon finished inside freshly dumped Calvados brandy casks and medium-heavy toasted French oak staves. (image via Heaven’s Door) 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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The Balloon Effect

PUNCH

For the Gin & Tonic, the balloon glass, or copa de balón, a staple of the Spanish G&T, has become the default for the cocktail. Here’s why.

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ABCL acquires a brewery in Odisha

Spiritz

Amrican Brew Crafts Pvt Ltd (ABCL) announced its recent acquisition of Denzong Brewery, which is located in Odisha, India. ABCL intends to invest upwards of Rs. 80 crore for the acquisition and renovation of the brewery. The brewery has a capacity to produce 2 lakh cases of beer per month. This will augment the owned capacity installation for American Brew Crafts Pvt Ltd. to 8 lakh cases per month.

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This Midwestern Pizza Chain Has 6 Locations in Egypt

VinePair

This article is part of our Cocktail Chatter series, where we dive into the wild, weird, and wondrous corners of history to share over a cocktail and impress your friends. While some pizza joints start small and later expand into nationwide chains — as was the case with Domino’s, Little Caesars, and Papa John’s — other operations remain most popular in their home regions.

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James Watt to step down as BrewDog CEO

Drinks International

BrewDog has announced that James Arrow, currently COO, will succeed James Watt as CEO of the company, as part of a succession plan put in place last year.

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Even a Bad G&T Is a Good G&T

PUNCH

The Gin & Tonic is the perfect cocktail, according to bartender Toby Cecchini, of Long Island Bar in New York City.

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Chandigarh starts 8th round of liquor vends’ auction

Spiritz

Chandigarh’s excise department has started the eighth round of auction of 11 liquor vends in its jurisdiction, for the financial year 2024-25. In this regard, an online bidding process has been initiated and financial bids are expected to be opened on 10th May. Recently, the excise department of Chandigarh successfully auctioned three liquor vends during the seventh round of auction, which was held in the new financial year.

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The Difference Between Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, Explained

VinePair

Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio are two of the most popular white wines in the world. These crowd-pleasing varieties are typically dry, offer pleasant fruit aromas, and refreshing acidity. Their mass appeal gives these bottles the top spot on many restaurant by-the-glass lists and store shelves across the U.S. Because of their crisp and easy-drinking profiles, these grapes are often lumped together.

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New Releases: Basil Hayden, Barrell Craft Spirits, & George Dickel

The Whiskey Wash

Spring is finally upon us, and with the new (hopefully warmer) weather comes a whole host of new releases in the American whiskey and bourbon category. This week’s new releases include a Mizunara finish from Barrel Craft Spirits, Basil Hayden brings back its popular Subtle Smoke expression, and George Dickel releases a 12 Year Old Bottled-In-Bond expression.

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Nominate the Next Generation of Top Bartenders

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We're looking for the Best New Bartenders of 2024. Nominate yourself or your favorite bartender in this submission form.

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Celebrating cooperation between the Indian and Australian wine industry

Spiritz

On 2nd May, Austrade hosted a wine appreciation event in BKC, Mumbai with the objective to celebrate cooperation between the Indian and Australian wine industry. The event had the presence of Lee McLean, CEO of Australian Grape and Wine. At the event, Lee appreciated the Indian government for its proactive stance towards reducing tariffs for Australian wines.

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The VinePair Podcast: Wine Is Art, but Wineries Need to Be Businesses

VinePair

In the months leading up to the outbreak of Covid-19, there was a massive demand for alcohol in the United States, but not enough supply to fulfill it. And demand only increased when the pandemic set in, so many domestic brands ramped up production ten-fold. Now, as the market continues to readjust, there are a slew of producers with more stock than they know what to do with.

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Mother’s Day Drinks For 2024

Cheers

Mother’s Day is May 12, this year, so be ready for the brunch and dinner crowd with some festive, Mom-approved cocktails. Here are five recipes that are fairly simple to execute but will make a big impact. For more, check out the Mother’s Day drinks roundup from 2023. Print Pampl’ Up Course Drinks Keyword citrus, Cointreau, grapefruit soda, lemon Ingredients ½ oz. Citrus syrup ¾ oz. Cointreau ½ oz. Lemon juice 1 ¼ oz. Three Cents grapefruit s

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May 9th: National Moscato Day!

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Sip, savor, and celebrate the sweet life on #NationalMoscatoDay! This aromatic and fruity wine is beloved for its floral notes and slight effervescence, making it the perfect choice for a springtime soirée or a leisurely afternoon picnic. Whether you prefer it still or sparkling, raise a glass of Moscato and toast to its irresistible charm. #NationalMoscatoDay Whether you prefer it still or sparkling, raise a glass of Moscato and toast to its irresistible charm.

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