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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Imbibe 75 Person to Watch: Dale DeGroff

Imbibe Magazine

Dale DeGroff is the most famous cocktail bartender in the world. He kicked off the American cocktail revival when he began mixing up classics at The Rainbow Room in 1987 and wrote The Craft of the Cocktail , one of the most influential mixology manuals of the past quarter-century. His protégés include Audrey Saunders and the late Sasha Petraske , who in turn inspired hundreds of other bartenders.

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4 Summer Cocktails from SMOKE LAB Vodka

Chilled Magazine

To celebrate the arrival of the sunny season, SMOKE LAB Vodka is serving up a menu of original and refreshing cocktail recipes, ripe with the flavors of summer, that pair beautifully with the distinct Indian flavor inspired SMOKE LAB Vodka profiles including SMOKE LAB Saffron, SMOKE LAB Aniseed, and SMOKE LAB Classic. Staying on trend, each of the four inspired cocktails are named for rock and roll classics and created by SMOKE LAB National Mixologist and Industry expert, @paulalukas27.

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The Mount Rushmore of IPAs, According to 8 Beer Experts

VinePair

For pretty much the last two decades, the IPA has been the No. 1 craft beer style in America, if not the world. The most talked about, the most written about, the most complained about, the most purchased, the most riffed on. In that time, we’ve seen the beer industry go from malty English IPAs to dank West Coast options — teeth-chatteringly bitter double and then triple and even quadruple IPAs — to softer, fruitier, and hazier New England-style options.

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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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Take a Rummy Tour across the World

Spiritz

A unique rum travel platform has ushered in a new era on World Rum Day that will help rum lovers to not only explore rum producing distilleries but also throw open the doors to interesting travel itineraries. Armchair travel has been around for a long time for those who may not actually take a train, plane, boat or bus and yet explore the world. And then there is Lonely Planet for those who actually want to pack their bags and set off on adventures, either taking the path well-travelled or takin

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Review: Cocktail & Sons Tonic #15 and Max Bitter Collection

Drinkhacker

Our friends at New Orleans’ Cocktail & Sons are known for their syrup mixers, and now the company is branching out into bitters — under the “Max Bitter” brand name. Today we’re looking at the latest cocktail sweetener from the operation, plus its three inaugural bitters offerings. Cocktail & Sons Tonic #15 – Made with bitter herbs and spices, citrus, baking spices, and peppercorns.

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Pernod Ricard establishes North American Distillers

Drinks International

French drinks group Pernod Ricard has announced the formation of a global brand company, North American Distillers (NADL), which will house it American whiskey portfolio.

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An Irish Whiskey Sazerac Riff With a Bit of Scotch

Cocktails with Suderman

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For this year’s Irish whiskey holiday — that’s what it is, right? — we’re going to make one of my favorite Irish whiskey cocktails, the Cooper Union. The Cooper Union was created by one of this newsletter’s heroes, bartender Phil Ward, during the early days of Death & Co. Like most of Ward’s creations, it’s deceptively simple — an easy-to-make mix of high quality Irish whiskey , St.

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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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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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In Its Birthplace, the G&T Is a Reclamation

PUNCH

Indian bartenders are reshaping what was once a holdover from British rule into a celebration of homegrown flavors, ingredients and a burgeoning cocktail culture.

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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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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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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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DMRC advises commuters on carrying liquor bottles

Spiritz

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has advised commuters to comply with state excise regulations while transporting liquor bottles on Metro trains. This follows the 2023 relaxation allowing passengers to carry two sealed liquor bottles each in metros. However, this rule has raised concerns about compliance with varying state laws during cross-border travel in Delhi Metros.

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Review: Crittenden’s Cut Above Mississippi Blues Berry Bourbon

Drinkhacker

The spread of the concept of finishing bourbon in various types of casks is largely a result of the work of Woodford Reserve and Angel’s Envy. Today, the American whiskey industry is in a perpetual arms race to see who can come up with the next unique finishing cask to grab consumer intrigue. Despite their popularity, many consumers are also miffed by the lack of transparency that often accompanies finished whiskey.

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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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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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The Big Guy’s Last Drink

Cocktails with Suderman

Before he passed away last Friday, Blake, a.k.a the Big Guy, was a regular at my basement bar. He helped me hone drinks for this newsletter, which mostly meant listening to me mutter about ratios and flavor profiles. He wasn’t much of a talker, but he probably knew a lot about Cynar and syrups and Negroni specs. More than most dogs, anyway. One of Blake’s favorite commands was: “Go to the bar.” When he heard these words, he’d rush to the basement door, bolt down the

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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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The New Vocabulary of Cocktails

PUNCH

“Fruit bat,” “amaroulette,” “dirty dump.” The language developed behind the bar today has come a long way since the age of Jerry Thomas. Here, a non-exhaustive guide to the modern lexicon.

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Have We Hunted the Beer Whale to Extinction?

PUNCH

Just a few years ago, brewers could reliably expect hundreds of enthusiasts to swarm their special releases. Today, beer whales—and their attendant hype—are few and far between.

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Nobody Asked for Evil Malört

PUNCH

With Evil Malört, one bartender is making the polarizing, Chicago-born liqueur worse with ingredients like cuttlefish ink and peppers.

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Was California’s Wine Revolution Just a Mirage?

PUNCH

A growing chorus of talented winemakers say that the economics of making wine in the state have turned the promise of the “New California” into a cautionary tale.

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What Does Baby Reindeer Have to Say about Bartending? A Lot.

PUNCH

The new Netflix series captures the uncertain power dynamic and unusual level of intimacy between bartender and patron—real, illusory, performative, sometimes all three.

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For Dave Arnold, No Ordinary Gin & Tonic Will Suffice

PUNCH

The science-minded bartender found bubbly, crystalline perfection via force carbonation, distillation, clarification and more. (Don’t worry, he has an easy recipe, too.

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In Search of the Ultimate Old-Fashioned

PUNCH

We asked 10 of America’s best bartenders to submit their finest recipes for the Old-Fashioned—then blind-tasted them all to find the best of the best.

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Detroit’s Third-Shift Bars Were a Lifeline. Now They’re a Dying Breed.

PUNCH

Detroit, Michigan’s early morning bars, like Abick’s Bar and Eastpointe Pub, which serve factory workers and first responders, are in decline.

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The Who’s Who of Beer Cool

PUNCH

The best craft beer breweries in 2024, from a minimalist operation serving lagers to the brewers making IPAs that spotlight regional flavors.

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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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The 25 Recipes to Make This Summer

PUNCH

The 25 best cocktail recipes to make this summer, from the ultimate frozen Margarita to a Piña Colada made with amaro and other easy drinks.

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The World’s Most Iconic Bars

PUNCH

From the cradle of the Daiquiri to a New Orleans stalwart, these are 10 historic bars that still inspire modern drink culture.

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Are Beer Flights Passé? The Debate Captures Craft Beer’s Growing Pains.

PUNCH

Beer flights are a divisive debate in craft beer. For some, they are unnecessary holdovers. For others, they're a key to accessibility.

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Please Explain the Luxury Martini to Me

PUNCH

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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A Life and Death in Beer

PUNCH

For brewer DeWayne Schaaf, a strain of wild yeast became the only living connection to his late father—then it was lost to history. Or so he thought.

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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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