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Running Blog: How COVID-19 Is Impacting The Spirits Industry

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04/12/2020 Stay updated with this running blog on spirits industry.

Bartender Spirits Awards will be gathering the latest news about the COVID 19’s affect on the spirits industry. We’ll be updating this blog regularly with important news and stories.

4th December

SPONSORED: DESIGNS GET NOTICED, FEELINGS SELL -  The Drinks Business

There is more to packaging than good design; it’s an opportunity to stimulate the senses, which is why CANPACK helps its clients produce packaging that tells a story and makes consumers feel something.

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4th December

Retailers to carry more Tequila and hard seltzers in 2021 - Timesnest

Tequila and hard seltzers are anticipated to achieve more shelf area in the US over the subsequent 12 months, in accordance to a survey of impartial retailers by alcohol e-commerce platform Drizly.
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3rd December

Vinexpo webinar tackles brand priorities for 2021 - The Spirits Business

Trade show Vinexpo New York will host its fourth webinar this week, which will focus on adapting to US market changes during and after Covid-19.

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3rd December

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Releasing Tequila-Infused Ice Cream Line Named ‘Dwanta Claus’ - Outsider

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is ready to drop a “People’s Elbow” on Christmas with a new ice cream line that has a taste of his own tequila brand.
Johnson calls his new concoction Dwanta’s Teremana Spiked Eggnog ice cream, according to an article on People.com.
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1st December

Beverage alcohol ecommerce value grows by 42% in 2020, to reach US$24 billion - The IWSR

Based on new IWSR research, IWSR forecasts that the value of alcohol ecommerce will increase by 42% this year, across 10 core markets, to reach US$24 billion, with the US predicted to overtake China by the end of 2021.

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1st December

Is America Ready for a Brandy ‘Renaissance’? - Vinepair

The growing momentum has seen media outlets celebrate “surging sales” and even declare a “brandy renaissance.” But just how ripe is the market for another brown spirits revival?

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1st December

Vermò is the result of the dream of two friends - Bartenders Business

Vermò is the result of the dream of two friends, Ettore (Italian) and Jorge (Spanish).

Vermò is a modern take on the classic vermouth di Torino Rosso. Handcrafted in Piedmont, Italy, the home of Italian vermouth, Vermò is made with a blend of trebianno and chardonnay grapes alongside 31 high quality botanicals, resulting in a light, crisp and fruity taste, perfect for sipping on the rocks or as a versatile base for many cocktails. Originally launched in Italy in 2017, Vermò is the brainchild of friends Jorge Ferrer, a Spaniard and Ettore Velutto, an Italian, who have brought this historic fortified wine into present day with a fresh, unexpected twist. 
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26th November

Walmart Rejected by Supreme Court on Texas Liquor Sales - Bloomberg Quint

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a bid by Walmart Inc. to start selling liquor at its Texas stores, leaving intact for now a state law that bars such retail sales by publicly owned companies.

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26th November

Rita Ora seeks to ‘push boundaries’ with Tequila brand - The Spirits Business

Pop star Rita Ora has launched Próspero Tequila in the UK and hopes to “push boundaries” in the industry with the female-founded brand.

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25th November

20 Minutes With: Becky Harris, American Craft Spirits Association President - Penta

Becky Harris, the head distiller of Purcellville, Virginia’s Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, was elected president of the board of directors for the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) in May. Diving into a leadership position amid a pandemic andand a social justice awakening, wasn’t quite what she envisioned.

“It’s not at all what I was thinking it was going to be—they asked me to run back in December of last year,” Harris says. “But I think we have a really good role to play to help all these small distilleries in the industry and to make progress while we can.”

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25th November

This Rum got awarded 'Rum Of The Year' and is now expanding into Bars - Bartenders Business

Saltwater Woody is an American Rum that is handcrafted in small batches, cut to proof with saltwater, and flavored with 100% real fruit juice. The saltwater acts to not only remind you of the ocean and vacation, but it also has tremendous flavor enhancements. Salt tampers bitterness and brings out sweeter flavors, while also enhancing floral and citrus notes on a palate. When mixed with water, salt works to break down molecules releasing them into the air giving our products a brilliant aroma.

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25th November

MMeet Santa at Buffalo Trace Distillery's Annual Drive-through Light Display - Spectrum News 1

Before Santa makes the rounds next month, he's making a special trip to Kentucky.

Children and families can see him at Buffalo Trace Distillery's annual drive-through light display, which kicks off Dec. 3 and goes through Jan. 1. The distillery's 150,000 colorful lights will be lit from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night.

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23rd November

Get Ultra-premium, all-natural, ready-to-drink, pre-mixed cocktails in Los Angeles - Los Angeles Drinks Guide 

Blue Marble Cocktails produces ultra-premium, all-natural, ready-to-drink, pre-mixed cocktails, vodka-based spiked seltzers, ultra-premium spirits and canned water. Blue Marble is a family business with family values supporting global awareness, conservation and environmental initiatives through its "Keep The Blue Marble Blue" program and uses recyclable cans and SFI certified packaging. 
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23rd November

The alcohol tariff war is hurting small craft distillers - Fox Business

The most recent collateral damage from the years-long trade war could not come at a worse time for small US craft distillers who are struggling to stay open in the pandemic.

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20th November

US on-trade situation ‘catastrophic’ as sales fall - The Spirits Business

Spirits sales in the US on-trade were down 33.5% in September as the impact of Covid-19 on the channel “continues to get worse every day”, according to data analysis firm Sip Source.

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20th November

Consumers, Consumption, and COVID-19: How Can Craft Brands Sell Against the Current? - The Drinks Business

In 2019, craft distilling was valued as a US$1.8 billion industry, but this year, craft distillers’ sales have decreased by 41% – or by approximately $700 million – during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study by DISCUS.

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20th November

Quincy Street Distillery- Craft distillery from Illinois - Los Angeles Drinks Guide 

Quincy Street Distillery creates historically-inspired, handcrafted artisanal spirits with unique and distinctive expressions of taste. The distillery operates in a historic storefront in the very heart of beautiful Riverside, Illinois, one of the first planned suburban communities in the United States.

Quincy Street Distillery honors this historic legacy with meticulously crafted small-batch spirits that balance the creative with the classic, as well as through our commitment to using the finest regional ingredients and collaborating with other local artisans.
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19th November

RTD cocktails soar 131% in US off-trade - The Spirits Business

US off-trade spirits sales grew by 26.3% in September and October, bolstered by a triple-digit increase for ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails, according to new Nielsen data.

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19th November

Here’s why you should be investing in whisky instead of drinking it - Prestige Online

Properties, art, and rare collectables have always been at the pinnacle of investment opportunities.

But in the past decade, one particular item has seen a spirited rise in investment value: whisky. Its value not only rose by 564 percent, but it also outperformed other alternative investments including wine, rare coins, luxury cars, and more, according to Rare Finds Worldwide (RFW), a Hong Kong-based tailored whisky brokerage.
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17th November

White Claw maker set to open $400M plant in South Carolina - abc15 NEWS

The South Carolina Dept. of Commerce announced that Mark Anthony Brewing is building a $400 million state-of-the-art brewing facility in Richland County to keep up with the demand for White Claw Hard Seltzer.

This new facility will create 300 new jobs and is stated to be one of the biggest economic investments in the history of Richland County.

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17th November

Try the world's first Himalayan Dry Gin - Los Angeles Drinks Guide 

Distilled in India with foraged Himalayan Juniper and locally sourced botanicals, HAPUSA is a gin that is uniquely Indian. You have heard so many stories from far-away India. Now you shall be able to drink them.

In Sanskrit, Juniper is called ‘Hapusa’, and it is this which gives their Gin not only its name but its untamed aroma and flavor.

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17th November

Bacardi’s Foray into Sustainable Packaging Has Some Challenges - Plastics Today

Bacardi plans to have PHA-based liquor bottles on store shelves by 2023, despite the material’s higher cost compared with conventional plastics and the reluctance of industrial composting facilities to accept the biopolymer.
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13th November

RTDs only category to see volume growth in 2020 - The Spirits Business

The ready-to-drink (RTD) category is the only beverage alcohol sector expected to see growth in 2020, with volumes forecast to increase 43%, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

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13th November

Wine and spirits count the cost as the next round of US/EU tariffs come into force - BeverageDaily.com By Rachel Arthur

The EU is adding new tariffs on US rum, brandy, vodka and vermouth today; following on from tariffs imposed by the US last year. Industry representatives on both sides of the Atlantic warn the alcohol industry is suffering from the ongoing Airbus/Boeing subsidies dispute, at a time when it also faces significant challenges from the pandemic.
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12th November

Beverage Alcohol in 2020 Performs Better than Expected - The IWSR

New IWSR forecasts show greater resilience than initially projected, with positive news on impending vaccine potentially pushing beverage alcohol recovery even further

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12th November

Elon Musk Hawks $250 Tesla Tequila, Sells Out In a Few Hours - SFIST

Billionaire Elon Musk gets to do what he wants and turn joke tweets into actual businesses — remember the Boring Company? — and the latest is a premium tequila in a lightning-bolt-shaped bottle with Tesla branding.

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11th November

Nero Premium Vodka - Distilled exclusively from British potatoes - Bartenders Business

Nero Premium Vodka is produced using British potatoes.  It is distilled six times resulting in an extremely smooth, velvety vodka with little to no after burn.  Nero can be enjoyed neat or pairs well with any mixer or as part of a cocktail.  Nero consistently comes out tops in blind taste tests against some of the bigger more established brands.

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11th November

Drizly sales up 219% on US election day - The Spirits Business

The US presidential election on 3 November boosted online alcohol retailer Drizly’s sales by 219% above its baseline year-over-year growth.

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11th November

Melati Launches Asia’s First Non-Alcoholic Aperitif - The Drinks Business

Singaporean company Melati has released its debut non-alcoholic aperitif, inspired by traditional Asian herbal remedies and the first product of its kind produced in the region.

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9th November

El Rey Zapoteco Mezcal: Oaxaca’s oldest artisanal mezcal brand - Los Angeles Drinks Guide

Oaxaca’s oldest artisanal mezcal brand from farm to bottle, El Rey Zapoteco was founded in 1960 by Don Serafín Hernandez Blas in the mezcal capital of the world, Santiago Matatlán. Today, the business is run by the family matriarch Doña Juana and Don Serafin’s sons.

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9th November

Colorado’s Craft Spirits Scene Is Booming. Drink Straight From The Source At These 10 Distilleries- by Kevin Gray at Forbes

Since 2011, the number of American craft distilleries has increased at a clip of almost 700 percent. In 2019, there were 2,210 active craft distilleries (and plenty more in the works) in the United States, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. Much of that growth has been centered in California, New York, Texas, Washington and Colorado, with the latter now housing nearly 100 distilleries, up from single digits just one decade ago.

Colorado’s distilling scene covers the state, from population centers like Denver and Colorado Springs to suburbs, small towns and ski areas.
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6th November

United Spirits sales slide 29.7% in H1  -The Spirits Business

Diageo-controlled United Spirits has reported a 29.7% sales decline for the first half of its 2021 fiscal year due to the impact of India’s nationwide lockdown.

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6th November

Want to make an award-winning bloody mary at your bar? - Bartenders Business

Chefs love the depth and character Smokin' Mary adds to their dishes. Bartenders love that everything for an award-winning cocktail is right in the mix - all they need is ice, spirits and garnish.

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6th November

Clear Water Distilling Co - Handcrafted premium spirits - Los Angeles Drinks Guide

Like craft brewing, Clear water distillery makes spirits/products based on a target flavor idea instead of a category. They feel that makes for the best products because they are not constrained by the need to fit a particular category. It also gives them total freedom for creativity and results in a wonderful new pallet for bartenders and mixologists.

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5th November

Ghost Coast Distillery, Ships of the Sea Museum ‘band’ together in good spirits for Savannah’s service industry - Do Savannah

With industry-wide shut downs earlier this year, COVID-19 devastated, and still hits hard, the city’s restaurants and bars. But here’s a bright spot — Savannah’s very own Ghost Coast Distillery along with Athen’s Creature Comforts Brewing Company are teaming up with The Giving Kitchen for a night of music and adult beverages at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.

All together, on Saturday, they’re “Raising Spirits” for Savannah’s service industry.

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5th November

Organic, Vegan, Low-Calorie, Sugar-Free Vodka for your Bars - Bartenders Business

Enjoy this organic Quinoa based Vodka from the 3000 m high Altiplano plateau

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5th November

Israeli Distiller Milk And Honey Announces Three-Part Whiskey Series - The Whiskey Wash

Israel’s first whisky distillery, Tel Aviv-based M&H–short for Milk and Honey–has released a three-part series called Elements to follow up the unveiling of their first single malt earlier this year. The series comprises three variations on the distillery’s core single malt, each aged in a different selection of barrels.

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4th November

Dulce Dorado Tequila, the first honey-vanilla infused Tequila in the USA - Los Angeles Drinks Guide

Dulce Dorado [duel-say] [duh-rah-doe] translates to “SWEET GOLD” in Spanish and that is the basis of this incredible Honey and Vanilla infused Tequila.

The recipe goes back over 100 years where it was first distilled in Puerto Penasco Mexico, a small fishing town south of Arizona on the Mexican Baja.

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4th November

Brown-Forman considers $96m distillery expansion - The Spirits Business

US drinks firm Brown-Forman is contemplating a US$96 million expansion of its Louisville distillery to meet forecasted demand for Bourbon.

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4th November

Responsible Lee - Craft American whiskey producer - Bartenders Business

Responsible Lee is a craft American whiskey producer, dedicated to creating world class whiskey while living out our commitment to socially responsible business practices and environmentally sustainable practices.
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28th October

Triple Nickel Distillery - Elk County’s Hottest Distillery - Bartenders Business

Triple Nickel Distillery was founded in 2018 by Adam Berasi, Jeff Glass, and Paul Leonard II. They pride themselves in our quality products, and give their customers a positive experience. Their spirits are blended in house using 100% natural juices. 

Triple Nickel Distillery, in the heart of Elk Country (located in Weedville, PA), opened its doors at the end of October 2018.  They pride themselves in providing handcrafted, small-batch, all-natural specialty, and Vodka spirits. They take pride in the quality of our gluten-free and sulfite-free spirits.  

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28th October

From Concept to Can: How to Launch a Successful RTD Brand in 2020 - Vinepair

Convenience is key in today’s drinking landscape. Even before the coronavirus pandemic forced widespread bar closures, consumers were increasingly reaching for ready-to-drink (RTD) alcoholic beverages. The RTD category grew 80 percent in 2019 and ended the year with a total value of more than $100 million, according to consumer analytics firm Nielsen.

This year’s unique circumstances have only fueled further growth, with conveniently packaged RTDs offering the ideal solution for socially distanced drinking occasions. According to global analytics firm IWSR, RTDs now hold a 6 percent volume share of total beverage alcohol in the U.S. Over the next five years, IWSR forecasts that RTDs’ volume share will overtake that of the entire spirits category stateside.

From developing a base recipe for the product to getting to market and growing distribution, entering the RTD space can take years. Here, Vinepair has outlined how existing brands within the category have been able to do so, and share the challenges they report from their journeys.
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27th October

Grand Brulot, a craft distilled cognac you must try - Los Angeles Drinks Guide

The cognac in Grand Brulot is a craft distilled, single-estate, 80 proof VSOP produced by 6th Generation Cellar Master Christoph Tardy and aged for at least 4-5 years in Limousin or Allier Oak casks.  The coffee used hails from Ecuador and the essence of Robusta coffee beans is married to French Brandy before joining the VSOP Cognac in French oak casks to blend. The result is an impeccably smooth, full-bodied Cognac Café, with notes of nutmeg and vanilla enveloped by the aroma of honey.

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27th October

Oregon Micro Fund Launches Second Fund to Help Oregon-based Wineries and Craft Beverage Entrepreneurs Prosper - Wine Industry Advisor

Oregon Micro Fund (OMF), a Portland-based Fin-Tech Lender providing accessible loans and practical business coaching, today announced a second fund that provides loans up to $250,000 to businesses in rural Oregon that focus on adult craft beverages (e.g., wine, beer, spirits), as well as other businesses and agricultural entities that support this industry. 

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27th October

Royal Hawaii Spirits - Hawaiian tropical flavors, aromas & Aloha Spirit - Bartenders Business

Some of the RHS distillery Hawaii liquor formulas and recipes are available for bars, private labels or shared through RHS Ambassadors with other craft distilleries or co-packers to make delicious one of kind alcoholic beverages outside of the Hawaii Islands.
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26th October

Yellow Banks Bourbon makes debut Nov. 1 - Messenger-Inquirer

Owensboro’s Green River Distilling Co. has created a new bourbon named for the city. 

Yellow Banks Bourbon, which uses Owensboro’s original name, is a collaboration between the distillery and the Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Jacob Call,

Green River’s master distiller and director of operations, told the Owensboro Rotary Club on Wednesday.

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26th October

Treaty Oak Distilling looking to open second property for gin production, tastings - Community Impact

Tony Gonzales, chief marketing officer of Treaty Oak Distilling, said the Dripping Springs-based distillery is planning to expand onto a second Texas Hill Country property in 2021, where it will distill its gin product line, Waterloo Gin.

Although a location has not been finalized yet, Gonzales said Treaty Oak would move its gin production to the site, which would also have a tasting room similar to the one currently at Treaty Oak Ranch, located 16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs.

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26th October

Chakra Vodka ready to be distributed in Bars of USA - Bartenders Business

Chakra Vodka was introduced to the market towards the end of 2019 and is starting to have a following of its own.  Watch for this delightful line up of vodka with seven unique flavors on store shelves soon. 

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21st October

Big Gin Wins Gold At 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards - Captive Spirits Distilling

Among submissions from over 34 countries, we are honored to announce that Big Gin won a Gold Medal (90 points!) at the 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards. Don't worry, Bourbon Barreled and Peat Barreled were not left out; they came in right behind at 89 points each.

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21st October

Couple finds century-old bottles of bootleg whiskey in secret walls of NY home - Today

It’s not every day that you find century-old bootleg whiskey in the walls of your home, but for Nick Drummond and Patrick Bakker, that was their reality earlier this month.

The couple moved into their home in Ames, New York in 2019 and had been living in it as-is for nearly a year. They recently decided to take the plunge into renovating and doing so they discovered dozens of bottles of 1920s whiskey hidden within the walls.
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20th October

Rockwell Vermouth - a must-have for Bartenders! - Bartenders Business

Rockwell Vermouth have spent years on a quest to find the right ingredients, partners, and processes for the perfect American Vermouth. Along the way, they discovered golden cane sugar caramelized for the impeccable balance of bitter and sweet by experts in the Carolinas;

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20th October

DROUET VSOP COGNAC Wins the best spirits award In the world - Los Angeles Drinks Guide

DROUET VSOP COGNAC Wins The Best Spirits Award at the 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards which is made by Drouet. The brand is imported by Glass Revolution Imports in the USA.

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19th October

Nemiroff Vodka acquires Nemyriv distillery - The Spirits Business

Vodka brand Nemiroff won an auction to acquire the Nemyriv distillery in Ukraine for an undisclosed sum.

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19th October

A Vodka brand on a mission to raise funds for animals in need - Los Angeles Drinks Guide

Hera The Dog Vodka is an organic, premium vodka on a mission to raise funds for animals in need, and just 16 months since its launch, this vodka is proving to be the little vodka that is good. The brand surprised all the leading bartenders at the 2020 Bartenders Spirits Awards that was held in San Francisco where it scored a gold medal with 94 points.

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19th October

Hood River Distillers Announces Its Wins At The 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards - Spirited Biz

Hood River Distillers, the Northwest’s oldest and largest importer, distiller, producer, bottler, and marketer of distilled spirits, is pleased to announce several of its high-quality spirits are medal winners at the 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards. Receiving gold are Batanga Tequila Blanco, Batanga Tequila Reposado, Old Delicious Apple Brandy, and Big Gin along with silver medal winners, Bourbon Barreled Big Gin and Peat Barreled Big Gin.
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16th October

Tax and Trade Bureau Updates Rule to Allow “Gluten-Free” Labeling on Distilled Spirits - Distilled Spirits Council

The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) updated their policy regarding gluten content statements on distilled spirits, wines and malt beverages. The move aligns TTB with the recently released Food and Drug Administration (FDA) final rule permitting “gluten-free” labeling claims on distilled products made from gluten-containing grains.

After issuance of FDA’s final rule, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) worked closely with TTB urging swift incorporation of this rule into TTB’s gluten-free policy.

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16th October

10 Greek Bartenders bring you the finest Greek spirit brand - Los Angeles Drinks Guide

O/PURIST tsipouro is a project led by 10 Greek Bartenders, with distinguished careers both in Greece and abroad. Together, they dreamt of evolving the traditional Greek tsipouro into a refined spirit for the international, contemporary bar scene. An innovative spirit that would keep its authentic character but at the same time would inspire creativity in cocktail recipes.

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16th October

Put some taste of Philippine islands in your bars with this Vodka - The Bartenders Business 

Papo Js is a small batch, handcrafted spirit made from the nectar of coconut flowers.  It is a product unique to the Philippine islands where they developed style over the past five hundred years.
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14th October

Brown-Forman Purchases 2-Year-Old New Zealand Based Ready-to-Drink Maker ‘Part-Time Rangers’ - Distillery Trail

The Ready-to-Drink – RTD category has been one of the hottest categories there is in the distilled spirits world over the last few years. Now, with the pandemic, lock-downs, and states modifying laws to allow carry out and to go cocktails the category continues to grow exponentially. In fact, the category is so hot that there are many headlines that talk about the shortage of aluminum cans.

Brown-Forman based in Louisville, Kentucky has announced it went shopping down under and has acquired New Zealand based RTD maker Part Time Rangers Holdings Limited. Part-Time Rangers produces spirit-based ready-to-drinks (RTDs) with all-natural fruit flavoring 

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14th October

Rude Bwoy Spirits Wins Two Awards At 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards - Spirited Biz

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14th October

New Jack Daniel’s master distiller keeps up family tradition - The Washington Post

In a business where family tradition tends to matter, Chris Fletcher stepped up Wednesday to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps to lead production of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand.

The Tennessee distillery introduced Fletcher as master distiller for the flagship brand of Kentucky-based Brown-Forman Corp. Fletcher spent six years as assistant master distiller and assumes the top role following Jeff Arnett’s departure after 12 years leading the distillery.
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13th October

Wine Distributor Jailed For Fraud After Using Reality Tv To Lure Investors - The Drinks Business

A New York-based wine and spirits distributor has been convicted of fraud in connection to a product that featured on TV programme Shark Tank, the US equivalent of Dragons’ Den.

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13th October

Looking for a new cognac for your bar? Try this. - Bartenders Business

An innovative take on an 18th-century French tradition and a homage to a legendary New Orleans cocktail, Grand Brulot French VSOP Cognac Café

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12th October

Cape Clear Island Distillery: Ireland's only Island whiskey - Los Angeles Drinks Guide

Cape Clear Island Distillery is the only offshore island distillery in Ireland, located on Gaeltacht-designated (Irish speaking) Cape Clear Island.  They've been distilling since November of 2019 under the watchful eye of distiller Christopher Mason. Their 3 SQ. MILES gin has won awards at several prestigious international competitions, and we look forward to having it available in Los Angeles soon! 

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12th October

12 Scholarships And Programmes To Improve Diversity In Wine, Beer And Spirits - The Drinks Business

Take a look at some of the initiatives that have launched over the past two years that are designed to foster diversity and by extension, inclusion, in the drinks industry.

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12th October

Grass Valley-based South Fork Vodka wins national, international awards - The Union


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9th October

PIERCE BROSNAN IS THE NEW FACE OF DON RAMON TEQUILA - Spirited Zine

Pierce Brosnan has joined Casa Don Ramon Tequila as its global spokesperson. The James Bond star will act as the face of the Mexican spirits brand and represent its Limited Edition Collection.

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9th October

Tasmanian Pure Vodka™ Wins Gold at 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards - Pr Newswire

Tasmanian Pure Vodka™ (TPV™) received a 94 point score and gold medal – the ultimate seal of approval in the global spirits on-premise industry – at the recent Bartender Spirits Awards. Tasmanian Pure Vodka,™ a newly launched spirit upending the premium vodka category, scored highly in all aspects of judging including: mixability, balance and versatility, taste, mouthfeel and finish, package and price. 

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9th October

Alcohol industry calls for immediate end of tariffs on wine and spirits - The Hill

Business groups representing the beverage alcohol industries in the U.S., Europe and the United Kingdom are urging the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the European Commission for Trade to end the tariffs on wine, distilled spirits and beer. 
Eighteen associations signed onto a letter after reports that the World Trade Organization (WTO) authorized the European Union to impose $4 billion in tariffs on goods from the U.S. in response to a dispute over Boeing.

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9th October

ProWein expands 2021 show to five days - The Spirits Business

Wine and spirits trade fair ProWein has extended its 2021 show by two days to ensure the event follows hygiene and safety measures.

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8th October

Blue Light Caribbean Gin Wins at 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards - Blue Light Gin

At the 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards, the second edition which took place in San Francisco this August, Blue Light Distillery won a Silver medal, which is the ultimate seal of approval in the global spirits on-premise industry. Blue Light Caribbean Gin needed to score highly in all aspects of judging: Mixability, Balance and Versatility, Taste, Mouthfeel and Finish, Package & Price.

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8th October

Tucson's craft distilling industry muscling into brewing's territory - Tucson

Craft brewing, you’ve got company. Craft distilling is fast graduating from a passing fad to bona fide boom in Tucson.
In the next handful of months, two new craft distilleries will begin making regionally distinctive vodkas, gins and whiskeys, joining Tucson’s three other active distilleries.

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8th October

Get a taste of Rude Bwoy, the Spirit of the Caribbean. - Bartenders Business

From generations of old family recipes, noted Jamaican spirits experts Leo and Dawn Gonsalves, have carefully crafted the award-winning Rude Bwoy Spirits lineup which consists of three all-natural, ultra-premium rums including a white, gold, and coconut rum. In addition,  Rude Bwoy also features a very unique sugarcane-based vodka.

Each of the Rude Bwoy offerings is handcrafted and 100% natural and produced in our Florida distillery. 
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6th October

Distillers Push to Define American Single Malt - Seven Fifty Daily

Up to now, the industry has been built on creativity and freedom to try new things. Looking ahead, there’s an industry-wide agreement that the regulations governing the American single malt category need to be established.

Producers are faced with perplexing Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) rulings: Some have been allowed to put “American single malt whiskey” on one line on labels, while others are not, and some can age their single malts in used oak barrels, while others are not permitted to do so. Creating a uniform set of official standards for the American single malt category would create consistency and transparency, say proponents.

The 170-distiller member American Single Malt Whiskey Commission (ASMWC) first sent a proposal to the TTB for an official category definition in 2017, but the organization is still waiting for approval.

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6th October

Rock band Kiss to release spirits range - Today News Post

American rock band Kiss has partnered with Swedish drinks company Brands for Fans to create a new line of branded spirits.

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6th October

Ohio distillery owner pivots to save jobs ahead of its 10-year anniversary amid the coronavirus pandemic - Yahoo Finance

Greg Lehman, co-founder and owner of Ohio’s Watershed Distillery, was able to quickly pivot his business amid the coronavirus pandemic, saving his decade-old distillery.
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5th October

Renegrade Rum Distillery begins production at new $25m site - Drinks International

The Renegade Rum Distillery in Grenada has begun production after five years of planning and construction. The long-awaited project has seen the construction of a US$25m distillery with some of the most pioneering technology aimed at extracting the local terroir.

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5th October

Gatsby Spirits - Hand-crafted spirits with soul from Oregon - Bartenders Business

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5th October

Here’s how to help people impacted by the Glass fire - The Press Democrat

For the second time in six weeks, large wildfires have ripped through Sonoma and Napa counties, destroying homes and forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Here are some ways to help those displaced by the latest big blaze.

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5th October

Moonshine University to welcome 30th class of distillers - The Lane Report

Moonshine University, the nation’s premier educational distillery, is gearing up to welcome its 30th class of 6-Day Distillers. Taking place this October 18-23, the course will mark a significant milestone for the Louisville, KY-based facility whose graduates have gone on to launch 178 distilleries worldwide.
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30th September

Spiced rum: potential to ‘push boundaries' - The Spirits Business

Traditionally, spiced rum has been seen as a sweet and sugary variant of the popular spirit, but thanks to a new generation of producers the category is hotting up.

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30th September

SALTWATER WOODY IS RUM OF THE YEAR - Saltwater Woody

Press release by Saltwater Woody. 

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30th September

Goya Tequila - World's First Seasonal Tequila - Bartenders Business

Clara Canals Corral, Co-Founder and CEO at Goya Tequila shares their story. Goya Tequila won 89 points, a silver medal at the 2020 Bartenders Spirits Awards

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30th September

Tasting Notes On Matthew McConaughey’s Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon - Uproxx

Longbranch — the much-hyped bourbon collaboration between Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey — was first released in May of 2018. At the time, it got some great buzz and solid reviews. But the whiskey​ has seen a recent spike in popularity thanks to a new advertising campaign (directed by and starring McConaughey) and the fact that quarantined, stir-crazy, election-stressed drinkers are looking for something unique to try outside of their standard bottles.

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29th September

How Kentucky’s Craft Bourbon Distilleries Are Navigating the Pandemic - Vinepair

Across the state, distilleries are taking differing approaches to operating during the pandemic: Some are closed to the public entirely; others have resumed most of their tour experiences, though with reduced capacities and mandatory masking; and others have opened but scaled back to a position somewhere in between those two extremes.

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29th September

Vinexpo NY creates webinar series on US market - The Spirits Business

Trade show Vinexpo New York has launched a series of online seminars to help brands launch in the US.
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28th September

Kinsale Gin tops the charts at the International 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards winning gold in three categories - The Cork.ie

Kinsale Gin surpassed expectations at the Bartender Spirits Awards in the USA by taking gold across three categories.

Kinsale Gin was awarded Gin Of The Year, Gin Producer Of The Year, and a Double Gold at the international awards.

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28th September

Scotch Distillery Partners With Beekeepers, Bartenders To Support Bee Colonies - KEYT

Honey bees worldwide are in trouble, but now there’s a scotch distillery that is helping save them.

The Gardening Giveback Project is a collaboration between Aberfeldy Scotch Distillery and the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), to bring together beekeepers and bartenders in San Francisco and other major cities.

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28th September

Boston Harbor Distillery: Revolutionary Spirit of New England - Bartenders Business

Demon Seed Whiskey scored 89 points, a silver medal at the 2020 Bartenders Spirits Awards.

Demon Seed Whiskey is hand made using whole scorpion peppers, macerated in rye whiskey and blended with fresh ginger and real Vermont maple syrup. It's a rollercoaster of flavors beginning with the first sip of intense spice followed by the layered flavors of whiskey, ginger and earthy sweetness resulting in a long lasting, satisfying finish that has you looking for more.
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25th September

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Virginia Distilled Spirits - by Tara Nurin at Forbes

Using the tagline “It’s 5’oclock for 30 Days,” the Virginia Distillers Association (VDA) is promoting the 400th anniversary of the first spirit distilled on U.S. soil this month.

By streaming a video tasting at a distillery on its social media channels every day of September and getting the state liquor store system to run a 20% off promotion that boosted sales 1,316% a few weeks ago, the commonwealth is doing what it can to boost awareness of its robust yet under-the-radar spirits industry at a time when COVID has annihilated alco-tourism, distillery events and on-premise sales.

In this spirit, here are 10 things you probably don’t know about Virginia’s home-grown liquor.

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25th September

Jack Daniel’s Takes Dog Toy To Court Over Trademark Infringement - The Drinks Business

As reported by Law360.com, Jack Daniel’s submitted its appeal to the court last Friday (18 September) arguing for the previous verdict to be overturned.
Jack Daniel’s, which is owned by Brown-Forman, was first taken to court by the maker of the Bad Spaniels Silly Squeakers dog toy in 2014 after the distiller sent cease and desist letters to the company.
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23rd September

How Bourbon Producers Are Rallying to Preserve America’s White Oak Industry - Vinepair

American white oak is a key ingredient in bourbon production. During aging, the charred staves that form the walls of barrels impart the distinctive vanilla and caramel flavors that have become synonymous with America’s native spirit. So much so that some may believe bourbon must age in American oak. It doesn’t — the TTB dictates only that bourbon must age in “charred new oak containers.”

Still, bourbon producers overwhelmingly favor barrels made from American white oak. Perhaps because of this distinction, it’s an aspect of production we’ve come to take for granted. Rarely do we consider the workings and sustainability of America’s white oak industry, despite it being vital to the very production of one of the nation’s most popular spirits. To some, these may seem like esoteric, insider topics. But now, more than ever, they deserve recognition.

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23rd September

Rare Jura whisky to be auctioned off – with proceeds going to Scottish Association for Mental Health - Scotsman Food and Drink

The Jura Whisky distillery is auctioning 470 bottles of an exceptionally rare 19-year-old whisky, which has been bottled to raise funds in aid of a Scottish mental health charity.

The special expression, which has a full-bodied cask strength of 55 % ABV, was distilled in May 2001 and placed into Jura cask No 1708 before being bottled and hand sealed in August 2020 on the Isle of Jura, home to a tiny island community of just 212 people.

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23rd September

Big brands back calls to delist Jim Murray's Whisky Bible over 'sexist language' - Daily Record

A number of retailers and whisky brands are beginning to throw their weight behind growing calls for Jim Murray's annual whisky book to be delisted in shops due its "sexist" language. 

Whisky writer Becky Paskin called out the Whisky Bible author on social media over his comparison of drinking the spirit to having sex.
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22 September

Wild Leap Launches Ready-To-Drink Premium Vodka Cocktails - Brewbound

Vodka cocktail fans are in for a treat with Wild Leap’s introduction of their wildly convenient Ready-To-Drink Premium Vodka Cocktails. This new line of canned cocktails debuts in two flavors, Strawberry Mango and Creamsicle Mojito, and features three ounces of premium Wild Leap Vodka.

These canned cocktails are 10% alcohol by volume, gluten-free and require no preparation before opening. Available in 4-packs of slender 12 ounce cans, Wild Leap Ready-To-Drink Premium Vodka Cocktails hit the shelves this week!

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22 September

Can Craft Whiskey Survive The Pandemic? - by Fred Minnick at Forbes

According to data from the American Craft Spirits Association, which defines craft distilleries here, more than 50 percent of distilleries have laid off employees during the Pandemic and more than 70 percent of craft distilleries report declines in orders from their distributors. And nearly 85 percent of craft spirits producers report sales are down.

So, while media wants to paint a rosy picture of us all in our homes, feet propped up and drinking martinis on a zoom call, craft distillers are hemorrhaging and the alcohol industry is not doing as well as people are wrongly claiming.
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21 September

It’s now possible to detect counterfeit whisky without opening the bottle - Ars Technica

There's nothing quite like the pleasure of sipping a fine Scotch whisky, for those whose tastes run to such indulgences. But how can you be sure that you're paying for the real deal and not some cheap counterfeit? Good news: physicists at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have figured out how to test the authenticity of bottles of fine Scotch whisky using laser light, without ever having to open the bottles. They described their work in a recent paper published in the journal Analytical Methods.

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21 September

US luxury whiskey firm sues Halewood International over trademark infringement - Business Live

Merseyside spirits firm Halewood International has been sued by an American luxury whiskey giant.
Sazerac Brands LLC says Knowsley-based Halewood infringed its trademark after selling a new high-end bourbon called 'American Eagle'.
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17 September

Avallen Calvados secures £250,000 funding - Today News Post 

Calvados brand Avallen has surpassed its £250,000 (US$316,000) fundraising target to support the next phase of the company’s growth.

Healthy Hospo founder Tim Etherington-Judge and wine and spirits specialist Stephanie Jordan launched Calvados brand Avallen in April last year.
The duo launched the crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs in July 2020. To date, the campaign has raised £255,065 (US$328,700) from 337 investors.

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17 September

Hudson creates new whiskey and updates recipes - The Spirits Business

New York-based Hudson Whiskey has launched a Scotch barrel-finished rye expression as its first line extension in seven years and revamped its portfolio with new recipes.

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17 September

O.Z. Tyler changes name to Green River Distilling Co. - Tristate HomePage

An Owensboro distillery will move forward with a new name
O.Z. Tyler will become Green River Distilling Company. In a release the company announced Green River Distilling Co. 4 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon will be available in 2021.
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15 September

Thirsty? These 20+ bourbon distilleries are offering socially-distanced tours in Kentucky - Courier Journal

Bourbon. Kentucky's native spirit. There's no better way to celebrate during National Bourbon Heritage Month than to learn a bit more about the many distilleries that call Kentucky home.
From the big names you know to the small distilleries you've yet to try, they've put together a list of distilleries that are currently offering tours with plenty of COVID-19 safety and social distancing restrictions in place.

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15 September

Hinch Distillery names US distributor - The Spirits Business

Northern Ireland’s Hinch Distillery, which is due to open its £15 million (US$19m) site in County Down next year, has entered the US through a distribution deal with Chopin Imports.
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14 September

Craft Vodka Market Is Booming Worldwide (2020-2027) | By Top Leading Players – Belenkaya, Absolut, Deep Eddy, Finlandia, Green Mark, Grey Goose, Hangar 1 Vodka - The Market Chronicles

The Craft Vodka Market has grown rapidly in recent years and has made a significant contribution to the international economic scenario in terms of sales generation, growth rate and market share.

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8th September

How distillery owners are finding creative ways to stay in the game during the pandemic - The Washington Post

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8th September

Tours resume at Jack Daniel’s in Lynchburg - Manchester Times

Tennessee whiskey fans are now able to take tours of the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, according to distillery officials.

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8th September

Michigan craft distillers say more options to deliver products to customers would be ’massive lifesaver’ - Mlive

A bill in the Michigan Legislature sponsored by Sens. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, and Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, would specifically target distilleries by allowing small distilleries to obtain a “spirits shipper” license and distribute a limited amount of product per year to Michigan retailers, restaurants and bars or individuals. The bill would also let licensed distilleries sell products online and ship directly to consumers.

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4th September

US off-trade spirits sales grow 26.2% - The Spirits Business

Off-trade spirits sales in the US rose by 26.2% in the week ending 22 August compared to the same period in 2019, according to the latest Nielsen data.

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4th September

Jack Daniel's master distiller stepping down after 12 years - New Jersey News Network

After 12 years of leading production of the powerhouse Jack Daniel's whiskey brand, Jeff Arnett is stepping down as master distiller, the company announced Thursday.

Arnett stewarded the brand's continued global growth and executed a strategy that expanded the Jack Daniel's lineup with flavored brand extensions and super-premium products that fetch higher prices — part of an industry-wide trend in American whiskey production.
Arnett said in a statement that his work at the distillery was “an incredible chapter in my life and I look forward to spending some time to think about what the next chapter will hold.”

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4th September

Johnnie Walker bookmarks brand’s 200th anniversary - Todays News Post

Diageo’s head of whisky outreach, Dr. Nicholas Morgan, has penned a new book recounting the history behind blended Scotch brand Johnnie Walker.

The book, called A Long Stride, is the first in-depth account of the history behind the world’s biggest-selling Scotch whisky brand. According to Brand Champions data, Diageo-owned Johnnie Walker sold 18.4 million nine-litre cases in 2019.

A Long Stride will be released on 29 October 2020. It will be available in hardback, priced at £16.99 (US$22.50), and in electronic format, priced at £13.59 (US$18)

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3 September 

Snoop Dogg to Release His Own Strawberry-Infused Gin - Food & Wine

The hip-hop icon has announced that he is “finally” releasing Indoggo Gin, which would appear to get its name from a portmanteau of “Dogg” and “indo,” the substance Snoop proclaimed to be smoking while “rollin’ down the street” in the lyrics to his famed Doggystyle track, “Gin & Juice.”

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3 September

The States That Love American Whiskey the Most - Vinepair

Bourbon may be America’s native spirit, but it isn’t the only whiskey produced throughout the U.S. American distillers are crafting all types of whiskey, from rye to single malt, and even bourbon is produced beyond the boundaries of Kentucky.

See where your state falls in VinePair’s map of American whiskey ordering behaviors in each U.S. region!

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3 September

Canned cocktail sales to surpass $146bn by 2030 - The Spirits Business

The report from market research firm Fact MR said sales of RTD products will rise by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20% to 2030, when the value of sales in the sector is predicted to surpass US$146bn.

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1st September

Watershed Distillery to Release New Limited Anniversary Bourbon - Bevnet

Watershed Barrel Strength Bourbon, a limited release bourbon expression from Watershed Distillery, is slated to release on September 19, 2020, at Watershed Distillery’s Columbus based bottle shop. Liquor store allocation to select stores throughout Ohio begins on September 21, with allocation to additional U.S. markets to follow in early October.

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1st September

Ketel One creates Botanical Spritz RTDs -The Spirits Business

“We created Ketel One Botanical to appeal to the conscious consumer,” said Carl Nolet Jr. “We care as deeply about what goes into every bottle, as they care deeply about what they are eating and drinking. That sentiment rings truer than ever in a world where caring for ourselves and each other is a priority, and ease without sacrificing quality is so important.”
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31 August

‘WE NEED SOME HELP:’ Michigan’s craft spirits industry seeks relief to weather pandemic, stay competitive - MiBiz

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the supply of hand sanitizer dried up, nearly every member organization of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association rolled up their sleeves to pivot from producing spirits to making hand sanitizer.

Not unlike adjacent industries — craft beer and wine, restaurants and hospitality — local craft distillers have felt the crush of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns. However, maneuvering an industry with heavy-handed regulation has made it tough for these businesses to find creative solutions to keep revenue flowing, which has left the $1.8 billion dollar industry shaken and stirred. 

A bit of relief for the state’s craft distillers could potentially come via a piece of legislation the MCDA helped introduce before the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, which has not yet been scheduled for a hearing, deals with limited self-distribution.

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31 August

Celebrating craft spirits across Virginia - CBS19 News 

September is Virginia Spirits Month, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, distillers and those who like local craft spirits will be celebrating.
This year’s theme is it’s “5 O’clock for 30 days.”
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28 August

This Limited Edition Outdoor Blanket Raises Money to Protect the Great Plains - Afar

Love drinking whiskey outdoors? You’ll be thrilled to learn that High West, Utah’s first whiskey distillery, recently partnered with Coalatree, a sustainable outdoor gear brand, for a charitable collaboration that benefits conservation efforts in the Great Plains. 

For every High West X Coalatree Kachula Adventure Blanket ($83, coalatree.com) sold, $30 will be donated to the American Prairie Reserve.

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28 August

Spirit Sensation Ketel One Botanical Debuts First-Of-Its-Kind Vodka Spritz To Effortlessly Elevate Any Occasion - PR Newswire 

Ketel One is setting its sights on ready-to-drink cocktails with the debut of the Ketel One Botanical Vodka Spritz on September 1, 2020.

Brought to you by 11th generation family distillers, Carl Nolet Jr. and Bob Nolet, the first-of-its-kind Ketel One Botanical Vodka Spritz has no carbs, no added sugar, no artificial flavors or sweeteners, is made from 100% non-GMO grain and is only 73 calories per serving.

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27 August

Baileys unveils limited-edition apple pie flavor in the US - Foodbev Media

Diageo-owned Baileys has introduced an Apple Pie Irish Cream Liqueur in the US as a limited-time offering this autumn. 
The new beverage offers Bailey’s take on a classic autumn treat and aims to highlight the ‘timeless’ flavor of apple pie mixed with the taste of Irish cream.

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27 August

Minneapolis' Tattersall Distillery staff vote to unionize - Bring Me The News

Marking a historic first, the staff of Tattersall Distillery in Minneapolis have unionized.
The voting results were finalized by the National Labor Relations Board and announced last Thursday night. The 27 front-of-house and bottling workers will be represented by the Minneapolis-based union Unite Here Local 17, which represents over 5,000 hospitality workers. 

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27 August

Indiana’s Hard Truth Distilling Releases It's First-Ever Bourbon - The Whiskey Wash

Hard Truth Distilling Co. describes itself as an “artisan distillery located in Southern Indiana.” Founded in 2015, it started initially as a small operation in the upper rooms of a pizza restaurant and has now grown to an 18,000-square foot, state-of-the-art distillery featuring Vendome Copper & Brass Works equipment. The distillery team there has now unveiled their first bourbon.

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26 August


Hard seltzers: A beverage alcohol category or lifestyle movement? - The IWSR

Headed into 2019, IWSR analysts flagged the rapid growth rate of hard seltzers, a category that, until then, had long gone under the mainstream radar. Soon after, the US headed into the “summer of the hard seltzer” and the category transcended beyond beer, stealing share from spirits and wine. So far in 2020, hard seltzers and other “seltzer-like” products have far outpaced the growth of all other beverage alcohol categories, with new entrants flooding the space.

By the end of 2019, the value of the hard seltzer category in the US accounted for 9% of the value of the vodka and whisky market in the US combined. By 2024, this will likely double to over 20%. IWSR forecasts that US hard seltzer volume consumption will likely surpass US volumes of both vodka and whisky combined by 2022.

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26 August


Cherry Bounce spirits return after 130-year absence - Morganton

For the first time in 130 years, the original Cherry Bounce Whiskey and Moonshine will be reborn since its last appearance on Cherry Mountain in Rutherford County.
On Aug. 15, South Mountain Distilling Company in Rutherford College made available the famed and most-sought-after premium whiskey and moonshine since the 1890s. Made with aged corn whiskey, real honey, black cherries and aged for two years, a limited batch of only 500 bottles in existence of the aged whiskey will be made available for sale at this time.
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25 August

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Is Helping To Keep Bartenders Doing What They Do Best With Launch Of Bulleit Frontier Fund - Bulleit FrontierWhiskey

NEW YORK, Aug. 24, 2020 - Right now, thousands of those in the bartending and hospitality industry are facing uncharted territory and are limited in where and how to use their skills. Bulleit is committed to helping bartenders get back to doing what they do best.

That is why Bulleit is announcing the creation of the Bulleit Frontier Fund, with an initial commitment of $250,000 over the next year to support the North American hospitality industry. To kick things off, donation recipients will include such worthy organizations as The USBG National Charity Foundation, Another Round, Another Rally and Southern Smoke Foundation.

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25 August

Premium Gin Market Booming Worldwide 2020-2027 - Bulletin Line

Market Research Intellect recently added the Premium Gin Market research report which provides an in-depth scenario analysis of the market size, share, demand, growth, trends, and forecast for the market from 2020 to 2027.

The report covers the impact analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected export-import, demand, and industry trends and is expected to have an economic impact on the market. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the pandemic on the entire industry and provides an overview of a post-COVID-19 market scenario.

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24 August

Study: COVID-19 Crushes Craft Distillers - Distilled Spirits Council

A new Study of fresh data on the crushing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on craft distillers reveals that 41 percent of their sales evaporated—worth more than $700 million—and 31 percent of their employees have been furloughed. A significant portion of these losses was attributed to the shutdown of on-site sales from tasting rooms and other on-premise sales.

The study, conducted by the Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS), was based on data from a June 2020 survey by the American Distilling Institute (ADI), a trade association for craft distillers.

View Fact Sheet on findings here: Study: COVID-19 Crushes Craft Distillers

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24th August

Cognac sales could be worth $5.09bn by 2027 - The Spirits Business

The global Cognac market is expected to be worth US$5.09 billion by 2027 as demand grows in Asia Pacific and across the on-trade, according to analysis firm Grand View Research.

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19 August

The States That Love Tequila the Most - Vinepair

With Hollywood and professional sports stars getting in on the tequila game in recent years, it’s no surprise the category is worth big bucks.

But just how popular is tequila in the U.S.? And, more importantly, which states are home to the most loyal drinkers? Consumer insights firm Nielsen CGA answered those questions for Vinepair, and, for the sake of science, they’ve mapped out the top five tequila-loving states.

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19 August

Arkansas Distilleries Pouring Out New Products - Arkansas Business

Five Arkansas distilleries are working on new products, and business is flowing steadily for them, despite the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the opening of a sixth and bringing a seventh to a standstill.

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18 August

This Legendary Pumpkin Ale Now Comes in Whiskey Form - Food & Wine

One of America’s most legendary (and legendarily strong) pumpkin beers is now available in whiskey form. And if you’re not feeling up to the caffeinated pep or extreme sweetness of a pumpkin spice latte, this new pumpkin ale-inspired spirit may be the chilled out shot you’re looking for.

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18 August

Gray Whale Gin Is Swimming Towards Success In The US Spirits Market - by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen at Forbes

Gray Whale is the first gin in DFWS portfolio, which also includes Luksusowa Vodka, Bib & Tucker Bourbon, Masterson’s Rye, and Redemption Whiskey. While production in 2019 was around 24,000 bottles, Deutsch has increased increase scale and national market penetration in three waves, and it will be in 17 markets within the coming months.

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18 August

Diageo will pay up to $610 million for Aviation Gin, movie star Ryan Reynolds’ Portland distillery - Oregon Live

Diageo, one of the world’s largest producers of spirits and beers, will pay $335 million up front and up to $275 million more based on Aviation Gin’s performance over the next 10 years to acquire the company. Through the deal, Diageo will also acquire Davos Brands, the majority owner of Aviation Gin, and the company’s other spirits brands.

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17 August

Covid-19 delays Fresh Bourbon Distilling construction plans - The Spirits Business

The coronavirus pandemic has halted plans to build the US$5.4 million Fresh Bourbon Distilling Co distillery in Lexington, Kentucky, which was due to break ground this summer.

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17 August

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Gets His Own Single Malt Whiskey - The Whiskey Wash

Masaharu Morimoto is a name that’s pretty well known among fans of celebrity chefs as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, having competed particularly on the former since 1998. Morimoto has also built himself a considerable foodie empire, including 15 restaurants around the world and a few beers done in collaboration with Oregon-based Rogue Ales & Spirits. One can now add whiskey to this list, courtesy of Rogue and the beers it produces for him.

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14 August

Brown-Forman and Altia extend partnership by 10 years - The Spirits Business

US firm Brown-Forman has extended its partnership with Nordic drinks group Altia for the production of Finlandia Vodka until 2035.

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14 August

Michigan’s Wonderland Distilling Releases Its Very First Whiskey - The Whiskey Wash

Wonderland Distilling, located in Michigan, is a distillery said to make spirits that are “made from the desire for adventure to embody the passion to live a life untethered” in “an ode to the woods, water, fields & manufacturing history that makes Michigan great.”

In part it looks to achieve this through using “Michigan ingredients” such as grains, fruits, botanicals and wood, combined with fresh Lake Michigan water, and it is in that spirit it has just launched its first product, a blend of straight whiskeys.

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14 August

San Diego Distillery Misadventure & Co. Launches Donation Program To Help Fund COVID-19 Research - Pr Newswire

Misadventure & Co. is pleased to announce it will donate a portion of its proceeds of its hand sanitizer sales to fund COVID-19 research. With each hand sanitizer product sold, Misadventure & Co. will move toward its goal of giving fifteen percent of those profits to scientific research institutions including The National Institutes of Health Foundation, John Hopkins Medical Foundation, and University of California San Diego Health Foundation in the name of COVID-19 research and response.

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13 August

Distillery Tasting Rooms are Reopening—But With Some Serious Changes - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Roughly five months after distilleries closed their doors to the public to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, many have started to reopen for tours and tastings. Of course, it’s not quite business as usual: distilleries have made substantial changes, with social distancing and safety guidelines in mind.

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13 August

Tennessee’s First Legal Moonshine Distillery Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Release of ‘Ole Smoky® 153 Moonshine’ - Business Wire

Ole Smoky Distillery is celebrating 10 years of legal distilling with the release of a special commemorative moonshine that pays homage to the drink’s rich history. Created with a mash bill of corn, rye, and barley, and handcrafted in a pot still, Ole Smoky 153 celebrates the taste of the past and the brand’s anniversary.

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13 August

Plans to change alcohol guidelines ‘seriously flawed’ - The Spirits Business

The science adviser to the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) has testified against plans to change the definition of ‘moderate drinking’, calling the proposal “seriously flawed”.

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11 August

Buffalo Wild Wings Is Releasing Its Own Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey - Brad Japhe at Forbes

Perhaps it was only a matter of time. Buffalo Trace and Buffalo Wild Wings? The crossover appeal was ultimately too tempting to resist. So for the first time ever, the coveted Kentucky straight bourbon is partnering with the country’s largest sports bar brand.

The result? A special 8-year-old American whiskey available exclusively at the spicy chicken wing chain—specifically, its locations in Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Nevada and California.

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11 August

Cantilever Distillery putting small Minnesota town on the map - Star Tribune

Cantilever Distillery, a multimillion-dollar project with an attached 31-room boutique hotel, quickly made a splash near the shores of Rainy Lake when it opened in mid-January. In February the hotel reached 90% capacity and was well on the way to boosting the fortunes of Ranier, a town of 565 just east of International Falls.

Then the pandemic hit, and another prohibition set in for Cantilever and its expansive cocktail room and restaurant.

Fortunately, it was a short-lived hangover, and now business is buzzing along.

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11 August

Craft Spirits Market Growth To Witness Uptrend With Robust Sales Volume | Biggest Opportunity of 2020 - Primefeed

A new business intelligence report released by Advance Market Analytics with title Global Craft Spirits Market Insights, forecast to 2027. This report provides a detailed overview of key factors in the Global Craft Spirits Market and factors such as driver, restraint, past and current trends, regulatory scenarios and technology development. A thorough analysis of these factors has been conducted to determine future growth prospects in the global market.

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10 August

Distillers ask Congress to keep aid flowing during pandemic - Great Falls Tribune

Trade associations for 15 Montana distillers are urging Congress to provide more economic aid to distilleries facing deep financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19. 

A letter was sent Friday to the state’s congressional delegation from Montana Distiller’s Guild President Jim Harris and Distilled Spirits Council of the United States President & CEO Chris Swonger, officials said in a news release.

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10 August

Four Flavored Spirits Showcasing the Best of Local Produce - Wine Enthusiast

Across the country, local-minded spirits makers have found what may be the best way to enjoy regional produce, much of which is available only fleetingly, at the table: Distill it into luscious, full-flavored alcohol.

“There are so many amazing options when one considers what grows regionally,” says Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, president and cofounder of Chicago’s Koval Distillery.

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7 August 

Distillers: 33% of Texas distilleries face closure if state laws don't change - Khou

"We're not asking for a handout we're asking to remove the handcuffs that the distilleries have been operating under," the Texas Whiskey Association said.

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6 August 

Ice Cream Made with Hard Liquor Is Now Legal in NYC - Eater New York

New York restaurants, bars, and ice cream manufacturers can now sell liquor-infused desserts, according to new legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week.

Under state law, ice cream could already be made with wine, cider, and beer up to 5 percent by volume, but the new policy throws hard liquor into the mix, as well. It bears noting that New York’s popular chain of boozy ice cream shops, Tipsy Scoop, has already been doing this for years.

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6 August 

Less than 5% of Diageo’s packaging uses plastic - The Drinks Business

After news Diageo was to package a limited edition run of Johnnie Walker whisky in plastic-free paper bottles, the company has revealed that it has already made significant progress in reducing its plastic use.

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5 August

Spirits to grow share of US e-commerce sales - The Spirits Business

The spirits category is expected to increase its share of the US alcohol e-commerce channel at the expense of wine, according to the chief operating officer, Americas, for IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

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5 August 

The States That Love Hard Seltzer the Most - Vinepair

Following a survey of 15,000 consumers nationwide, Nielsen found that 11 percent of respondents typically order hard seltzer when visiting on-premise locations. The survey also showed that hard seltzer’s popularity remains almost uniform across the nation. 

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5 August 

Having Pivoted at the Start of COVID-19, Distilleries Are Now Drowning in Hand Sanitizer - Eater

Distilleries that pivoted from liquor to hand sanitizer have been hung out to dry after the pandemic’s initial panic-demand

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4 August 

Shipwrecked whisky could fetch £15k at auction - The Drinks Business

The bottle is one of five legally recovered by divers in 1987. Seller George Currie, who salvaged the bottle along with two other divers, believes now is the time to let the whisky go.

He told Press and Journal: “At the time, we just kept the whisky as a souvenir, and didn’t think too much about it. But it has been 33 years now and it feels like time to let it go, and let somebody else get the benefit.”

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4 August 

What are hard seltzers and why is everyone drinking them? - BreakingNews.ie

Booze-fuelled fizzy water isn’t something many of us have come across before, but it’s a whole new drinks trend that’s on the rise.

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3 August 

Spirits maintain growth rates in US off-trade - The Spirits Business

For the one-week period ending 18 July, spirits sales in the US off-trade grew 29.3%, while wine increased by 19.7% and beer, flavored malt beverages (FMB) and cider, rose by 15.4%.

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31 July 

Sugar-free Smirnoff Ice launches in US - The Spirits Business

Diageo has created a zero-sugar version of ready-to-drink brand Smirnoff Ice, which contains fewer than 100 calories.

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31 July 2020

A Field Guide to New Western Dry Gin — From Balance to Botanicals to Brands - Vinepair

When bartender Ryan Magarian and distiller Christian Krogstad co-founded Aviation Gin in 2006 there was no commonly used term to describe their settled-upon style of gin. So Magarian coined one himself: New Western Dry.

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30 July 

Pitbull becomes Espanita Tequila ambassador - The Spirits Business

Espanita Tequila has appointed Armando Christian Pérez, better known as American rapper Pitbull, as its strategic adviser and global brand ambassador.

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30 July

Hard seltzer sales could reach $14.5bn by 2027 - Today News Post

Sales of hard seltzers are predicted to be worth US$14.5 billion by 2027, boosted by markets such as Australia and Canada, according to findings from Grand View Research. The US-based market research firm expects the hard seltzer category to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.2% from 2020 to 2027.

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30 July 

Spike In Interest: The Rapid Rise Of Celebrity Tequila - The Drinks Business

Tequila has come a long way. From being denigrated as a cheap student drink to knock back with brio, then spend the next day regretting it, the agave-based spirit has enjoyed a dramatic change in fortunes, and is now one of the hottest, and fastest-growing, drinks categories on the planet.

According to the IWSR, global Tequila sales are up by 5.3% in volume to 35 million cases a year, while value sales are up by 13% to over £7.2 billion. Tequila has been moving upmarket ever since

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29 July

17 associations demand end to wine and spirits tariffs - The Drinks Business

The industry bodies have submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) after news of another tariff review last month.

In addition to existing tariffs on still wine, Scotch whisky and liqueurs, the US said it was considering further levies of up to 100% on beer, gin and vodka made in France, Germany, Spain, and the UK.

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29 July 

Boutique-y unveils World Series whisky range - The Spirits Business

Independent bottler That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC) will release a range of world whiskies next month, the first collection in a new themed series.

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28 July

South Carolina distilleries seek pandemic relief - Live 5 News

Scott Blackwell, the president of South Carolina Craft Distillers Guild together with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United State the two organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Congress asking for help.

The letter urges lawmakers to consider four actions:

> Provide federal excise tax (FET) relief

> Seek the suspension of tariffs on distilled spirits

> Support the RESTAURANTS Act

> Expand the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

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28 July 

This Entrepreneur owns Pennsylvania’s first and only Black-owned distillery - Black Enterprise

The wine and spirits industry has a longstanding problem with diversity. Many disruptors have sought to change the face of ownership from wineries to local brands. One Black male entrepreneur has succeeded in turning his vodka brand into Pennsylvania’s only Black-owned distillery. Russell Fletcher owns Mishka Premium Vodka.

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27 July 

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board provides additional guidance for licensees regarding operations during targeted mitigation efforts - The Business Journals

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board provided additional guidance for liquor licensees on how to best operate during targeted mitigation efforts implemented throughout the state in the wake of a rise in Covid-19 cases.

According to the PLCB, the guidance was designed for restaurant, retail dispenser, and hotel licensees; club and catering club licensees; brewery, distillery, limited distillery, winery, and limited winery licensees; and golf course licenses.

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27 July 

Cask Trade to hold online barrel auction - The Spirits Business

Cask Trade, which was founded in 2018 with an aim to provide an “open and honest marketplace” for whisky collectors, will host the online auction from 14 August until 8 pm GMT on 23 August. The casks are priced between £1,500 (US$1,900) and £35,000 (US$45,000).

The nine-day auction is described as perfect for first-time investors and those looking to start collecting casks.

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24 July 

Texas Whiskey Association Asks Gov. To Allow Direct Sale Options - Focus Daily News

New guidance from the TABC on the Governor’s Executive Order (GA-28) has forced the public closure of distilleries, wineries and breweries in addition to bars across the state.

There seems to be some kind of disconnect that the Governor is a supporter of “alcohol to go sales” at restaurants, but isn’t acting to waive direct sales restrictions.

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24 July 

Newport-based Thomas Tew to be the official rum of the New York Mets - Providence Journal

Rhode Island’s Thomas Tew Rum is now the official rum of the New York Mets. The rum, whose name derives from a 17th-century Rhode Island pirate, will no doubt have its name in lights at the National League home of the Mets, Citi Field, in Flushing Meadows.

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23 July 

Trump’s Tariff War Is Crippling The Spirits Industry. Distillers Want Action - Forbes (Kate Dingwall)

Since Trump’s tariff war took off two years ago, American whiskey distillers have lost a jarring $337 million of sales. 

But the worst is yet to come. The deadline for the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) public input period for the proposed new tariffs on spirits from the European Union is coming up fast (July 26, 2020), and the outcome will drastically change the industry.  

So the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is calling for action in the spirits industry. 

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23 July 

Discounted Prices On Hand Sanitizer At St. Pete Distillery - Patch

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — In light of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the area, St. Petersburg Distillery has expanded its efforts to assist in slowing the spread of the virus in the community by offering a 50% discount on hand sanitizer products, a news release said. Special discount codes are now listed on the distillery's Instagram and Facebook pages, and can be used to purchase products that include packages of the individual 1.7 oz bottles to the 5-gallon buckets.

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22 July 

Oregon moves one step closer to permanently allowing home delivery of beer, spirits and wine - Oregon Live

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission met virtually with city and health officials, as well as local distillery, winery, liquor store, and restaurant owners on Tuesday to discuss the continuance of alcohol delivery.

Alcohol delivery has been allowed in the state of Oregon since 1933, the year Prohibition ended in the United States. Since then, the commission has updated rules to better reflect the market, such as going from only allowing wine to be delivered to including malt beverages and mostly recently distilled spirits.

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22 July

San Antonio's Ranger Creek Issues Collaboratively Made Rye with Texas Whiskey Festival - San Antonio Current

SA's Ranger Creek Distillery and the Texas Whiskey Festival have released a specialty barrel-aged rye, the first in a series of collaborations the festival is undertaking with Lone Star State distillers.

The Texas Whiskey Festival's Tejas series will allow it to collaborate with distillers around the state to create unique offerings that showcase their individual methods and character. Each bottling will be a limited release available only through the respective distiller.

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21 July 

Bacardi is blasted for 'sexism' after marketing its new low-calorie, low-alcohol vodka as being 'for women, by women' - as the brand admits it 'is not proud' of the 'gendered language' - Daily Mail

On August 1, the alcohol brand is set to debut Plume & Petal, a line of three new vodkas that are lower in alcohol, lower-calorie, and made 'for today's modern woman, intended to be enjoyed with other women.'

But after Food & Wine restaurant editor Khushbu Shah shared an email pitch for the product she received in her inbox, Twitter users expressed frustration, annoyance, and rage over the unnecessarily gendered language. 

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21 July 

Texas breweries, distilleries say they should be exempt from shutdown order - Caller Times

Distillery, winery and even some restaurant owners with high alcohol sales say they are unfairly being caught in the crossfire of the statewide bar shutdown, despite running starkly different operations from those Abbott warned against when he issued his latest executive order.

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21 July 

Fruit Brandy Market Worth Observing Growth: Trimbach, Distillerie, Weissbrand Distilling - Cole Of Duty

The factors driving the growth of the fruit brandy market are digestive health benefits and the traditional image of the product. Another factor responsible for market growth is the increasing preference for fruit-based cocktail additives by the younger age consumers, over other beverages. Fruit brandy’s traditional luxury image and higher prices result in a higher quality and standard product.

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16 July 

Patrón Tequila names new master distiller - The Spirits Business

Bacardi has promoted David Rodriguez to master distiller of Patrón Tequila following the retirement of Francisco Alcaraz. Alcaraz officially retired yesterday (14 July) following more than 30 years with Patrón. His career spans 50 years within the Tequila industry.

Alcaraz has been praised for helping to shape Patrón into a global brand that sells 2.8 million nine-liter cases worldwide.

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16 July 

Caledonia Spirits Joins Thirstie Platform to Bring Spirits to Online Consumers - Bevnet

Vermont-based distiller Caledonia Spirits announced that it has partnered with Thirstie, Inc., an industry leader in e-commerce and logistics solutions for beverage alcohol brands, to launch its first-ever online spirits store.

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16 July

Devils River Whiskey is developing a new distillery in downtown San Antonio, Texas, US. - Drinks Insight Network

The new distillery will support the company’s growth and the development of the downtown area of San Antonio. The distillery will enable the company to produce 150 cases of spirits a day.  The event space will host corporate gatherings.

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15 July 

Ole Smoky Distillery announces ready-to-drink canned moonshine cocktails - WVLT

Ole Smoky Distillery announced Tuesday it is introducing its newest line of products, ready-to-drink cocktails featuring Ole Smoky’s famous moonshine.

According to the distillery, the cocktails will be in four flavors: Apple Pie Ginger, Blackberry Lemonade, Mountain ‘Rita and Mountain Mule and will be sold at all liquor stores across Tennessee along with local marinas and at Ole Smoky’s Nashville Distillery.

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15 July 

Discus names Clarkson Hine chair - The Spirits Business

The Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) has elected Clarkson Hine, Beam Suntory senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, as chair of the association.

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15 July 

10th Street Distillery Releases Distiller’s Cut Peated Single Malt - Bevnet

San Jose’s 10th Street Distillery announces the release of their Distiller’s Cut, an exceptional peated single malt whisky that has already distinguished itself by winning Gold at the Whiskeys of the World competition.

The first release of 1000 cases is available now throughout California at all Total Wine & More stores; The Whisky Shop in San Francisco; Ledger’s Liquor in Berkeley; Willibee’s in Petaluma; and Southgate Liquors in San Jose among others. Visit retailers’ web sites for hours and availability.

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13 July 

Skeptic Distillery creates Tequila barrel-finished gin - The Spirits Business

Chicago-based Skeptic Distillery has released a new gin that has been finished in Tequila barrels for seven months, called Ginquila.

13 July 

US hospitality sector sees 1.5m workers return - The Spirits Business

Businesses in the US hospitality industry brought back 1.5 million employees in June as economic activity in the country picked up following the relaxation of lockdown measures in certain states.

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10 July 

Bombay Sapphire and Dewar’s to reopen to the public - The Spirits Business

Bacardi will reopen its Bombay Sapphire and Dewar’s distilleries to the public from 20 July after both sites were temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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10 July 

Mezcal regulatory body fined by Mexican government - The Drinks Business

The Consejo Regulador del Mezcal (CRM) has been fined almost one million pesos (£33,500) by the Mexican government for spreading misleading information.

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9 July

Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Six Millionth Barrel Raises Over $1 Million for Charities around the US - The Bourbon Review

The distillery reports that 332 non-profit organizations have raised $1,145,162 for charities of their choosing, while the rest have had to reschedule or postpone fundraising efforts due to Covid-19. Causes that have benefitted include education services, ecological foundations, leukemia and lymphoma, arts foundations, veterans, animal rights and many more. Bourbon Charity topped the list, raising $69,125 from a generous group thousands of bourbon lovers through online donations.

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9 July

Celebrity drinks app seeks crowdfunding - The Drinks Business

As the celebrity wine and spirits boom gathers pace, an app called GrapeStars that aims to be the Amazon of celebrity drinks is currently seeking crowdfunding.

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7 July

Iron Fish Distillery expands RV camping on its 120-acre Northern Michigan farm - Michigan Live

Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville has expanded the number of spots it offers through the Harvest Hosts program. If you’re a Harvest Hosts member and have a self-contained RV, you can reserve your spot at Iron Fish and pull into a wide-open area overlooking its rye field.

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7 July

Commissioner Miller Expands Reopen Request to Governor Abbott to Include Distillery, Brewpub Tasting Rooms - Texas Insider

Miller asked Abbott to amend his June 26 Executive Order to remove Texas distillery tasting rooms, brewery and brewpub taprooms and beer gardens from the definition of bars and allow them to reopen immediately under the same health, safety and social distancing rules as Texas restaurants.

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6 July 2020

Rum Market to Witness Huge Growth by 2026 | Key Players: Amrut Distilleries, Beam Suntory, Gruppo Campari, Matusalem - 3w Market News Reports

A new market study is released on Global Rum Market Market with data Tables for historical and forecast years represented with Chats & Graphs spread through 116 Pages with easy to understand detailed analysis.

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6 July 2020

Tennessee whiskey distilleries launch program to honor first African American master distiller - News Channel 5

Jack Daniel's Distillery and Nearest Green Distillery are launching a program to increase diversity in the whiskey industry. It's to honor the very first African American master distiller, Nearest Green.

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6th July 2020

Skaneateles native helps launch online shopping site for rare, high-end liquors - Syracuse

As an online-only retail site, Curiada links the producers of the spirits with a network of brick-and-mortar retail outlets. You buy the liquor from Curiada, but its comes to your door via a retailer in your state.

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3 July 2020

Distilleries in New York May Soon Obtain DTC Licenses - CPA Practice Advisor

New York State Assembly Bill A10448 would authorize direct intrastate and interstate shipment of liquor. Very similar to the existing rules for wineries, A10448 creates a new DTC license for distilleries and farm distilleries that allows direct shipments to consumers via common carrier.

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3 July 

Onda, a Spirits Brand for a New Generation of Drinkers, Launches with Sparkling Tequila - Business Wire

Onda’s beverages are made with blanco tequila from a woman-owned distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. The tequila is carefully mixed with sparkling water and real fruit juice to create a finished drink that tastes light and refreshing with just a hint of tequila. Each 12 oz. can is 5% alcohol, 100 calories, zero sugar, zero carb and naturally gluten-free.

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3 July 

Diageo goes green with carbon-neutral distillery in Kentucky - The Washington Post

Spirits giant Diageo announced Monday that it’s going green with its newest whiskey-making venture in the Bluegrass State. Its distillery being built at Lebanon, Kentucky, is expected to be carbon neutral — a first for the London-based company. The $130 million distillery of Bulleit bourbon is expected to be fully operational in 2021.

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2 July  

Most spirits categories up 30% or more in US off-trade - The Spirits Business

Almost every spirits category grew by 30% or more in the US off-trade channel in the week ending 20 June 2020, new Nielsen data has shown.

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2nd July 2020

Constellation Brands trims spirits portfolio with $225M divestiture - FoodDive

The deal, which requires approval from the Federal Trade Commission, is expected to close in the second quarter of fiscal 2021.

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1st July 2020

Generation Z and Workers from Home Drove the Growth of California Wine Consumption During the COVID-19 Crisis Lockdown - Wine Business

Table on COVID 19 updates

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1st July 2020
Plantation Rum To Change Name - Neatpour

During the last month, the US underwent a racial awakening. As awareness of systemic prejudice spread, it became clear that the spirits industry was no exception. Today, one company moved closer to correcting this problematic norm. Plantation Rum announced that their name will be changing post haste.


28th May 2020

Alcohol industry rebound not expected until 2024 -The Spirits Business

IWSR Drinks Market Analysis forecasts total global alcohol consumption will experience double-digit declines in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will take until at least 2024 to reach pre-crisis levels.

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28th May 2020

Rare whisky worth £50,000 stolen in West Sussex - The Drinks Business

Sussex Police has appealed for information after a collection of rare whisky and other spirits, worth around £50,000, was stolen from a lockup near Chichester this month.

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27th May 2020

Online festival from OurWhisky raises thousands for The Drinks Trust charity - Scotsman Food and Drink

Whisky educational platform OurWhisky has announced that its inaugural virtual whisky festival has raised over £12,000 for The Drinks Trust, a charity providing care and support to drinks industry professionals.

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27th May 2020

Assembly Bill Aims To Help Distilleries In New York - The Post-Journal

A Democratic Assemblywoman has introduced legislation that would allow distilled spirits makers in New York to sell directly to consumers.

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26th May 2020

Local brands may find pandemic easier to manage - The Spirits Business

Prestige vodka owner Stock Spirits believes local brands could be better positioned to weather the Covid-19 storm compared to international players.

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26th May 2020

Cocktails-to-go bill is approved in Pennsylvania to help bars and restaurants - The Philadelphia Inquirer

The idea of ordering a cocktail to go from a restaurant or bar in Pennsylvania, unthinkable just a couple of months ago, is now a reality.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed House Bill 327, giving an industry imperiled by the coronavirus shutdown the temporary authority to sell mixed drinks — typically among their highest-profit line. Bar stools and dining room seats must still remain empty.

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26th May 2020

It's Necessary: Restaurants and bars reopen, but be on your best behavior - Cincinnati.com

Restaurants and bars are reopening around the country. All we ask is while dining out, be on your best behavior. Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Think of others.

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25th May 2020

Elimination of ‘burdensome’ rules will help on-trade - The Spirits Business

The Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) has welcomed a new executive order designed to help businesses recover from the pandemic and said it would work with the US administration to remove “unnecessary, burdensome regulations” across the hospitality sector.

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25th May 2020

California advances bill allowing some restaurants, bars to terminate leases amid coronavirus - San Francisco Chronicle

The California Senate advanced on Friday a bill that would allow some hospitality tenants to terminate leases if negotiations with landlords to modify terms aren’t successful during coronavirus.

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25th May 2020

Can anyone save New York’s Bars and Restaurants? - The New York Times

A bygone era? Bar and restaurant operating costs rely on full bars, close contact and intimate conversations.

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22 May 2020

CDC Posts Advice on Reopening U.S. Bars, Restaurants and Workplaces - Bloomberg

New guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising states on how to reopen bars, restaurants and workplaces was posted by the agency on Thursday.

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22 May 2020

Vinexpo webinar to discuss ‘new normal’ for alcohol - The Spirits Business

The New Normal: Beverage Alcohol in a COVID Environment will take place on 3 June from 11 am to 11.45 am EST. The webinar will be sponsored by IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

The discussion will ask whether 2019 was the last “normal year” of beverage alcohol consumption or will the same trends continue in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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22 May 2020

Colorado releases draft guidelines for restaurants, bars to begin reopening; feedback sought - The Denver Channel

Colorado released the draft guidelines for restaurants, bars and cafes to begin reopening Tuesday – which shows the standards those eateries will have to meet in order to begin reopening and focuses on implementing outdoor seating and limiting interactions.

Owners and managers of restaurants and other stakeholders will have through Friday to give feedback to the state on the draft guidelines through a form.

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21 May 2020

California Will Allow Expanded Alcohol Service on Sidewalks and Parking Lots - Eater Los Angeles

California restaurants and bars could be permitted to serve cocktails and food on adjacent sidewalks, parking lots, and in city streets in the coming months.

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21 May 2020

Mixed drinks boost off-trade spirits sales in US - The Spirits Business

Off-trade alcohol sales in the US grew 34.8% in the seven-day period, led by spirits. Wine rose by 35.8%, followed by beer, flavored malt beverages, and cider which grew 29.3%. Beer in particular increased by 20.4%.

Nielsen said RTD cocktails provide convenience and the category continues to expand its presence and extend its “innovative combinations of flavors and liquor types”.

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21 May 2020

Coronavirus Conversations With Raffaele Berardi, The Ceo Of Fraternity Spirits - The Drinks Business

Raffaele Berardi, the CEO of Fraternity Spirits shares how he thinks Covid-19 will, or won’t, change the spirits sector. 

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20 May 2020

Off-Premise Alcohol Sales Are a Lifeline for Bars and Restaurants That Should Continue Permanently - Vinepair

Selling alcohol to go has given bars and restaurants a lifeline during Covid-19. The temporary orders have also shown that selling wine, beer, spirits, and cocktails to go can be done responsibly.

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20 May 2020

Restaurants, bars in NY want to open sooner than planned - Utica Observer-Dispatch

“Our plan to reopen restaurants and bars requires businesses to ensure employee wellness, require social distancing by customers and employees and institute enhanced cleaning protocols,” the group said in a letter to Empire State Development and other leaders obtained by the USA TODAY Network New York.

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19 May 2020

Discus calls for clarity on cocktails to-go laws - The Spirits Industry

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (Discus) is urging lawmakers in Connecticut to clarify whether cocktails are permitted as part of the state’s takeaway alcohol rules.

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19 May 2020

‘A beautiful day’ in Italy, as shops and bars finally reopen - Metro.us

Italian shops, hairdressers and restaurants finally threw open their doors on Monday as the country sped up efforts to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis after a 10-week lockdown.

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15 May 2020

Consumers hesitant to return to bars reopening in US - The Spirits Industry 

Younger consumers were more likely to return to bars sooner than older demographics. A total of 16% of those questioned who were aged 21-34 visited a bar between 9-11 May, compared to 12% of those aged 35-54 and 4% of those over the age of 55.

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15 May 2020

Texas Restaurant Association urges Governor to reopen bars - Chron

The Texas bar industry has lost $630 million in revenue during that time, while the state has lost $42 million in liquor tax revenue, according to the TRA. The closures have affected 75,000 jobs.

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14 May 2020

Over 50 SF Restaurant Owners Explain What They Need to Stay in Business - Eater SF

The folks behind the dining rooms of some of San Francisco’s buzziest restaurants say that they have a plan to save the city’s restaurant industry, and are urging city officials to dive deep into a 40-page report they’ve created that lays out that strategy. The plan is based on both health and safety recommendations and what over 50 of the city’s boldfaced restaurant names say they need — and its authors say that officials must act on its recommendations, or stand by and watch half of San Francisco’s restaurants close for good.

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14 May 2020

Most Americans claim to drink responsibly in lockdown - The Spirits Business 

The majority (86%) of US adults are confident they are consuming alcohol responsibly at home during the coronavirus lockdown, according to a new survey.

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14 May 2020

Coronavirus: Drinking more at home? Booze prices jump 6%, biggest hike since 2007 - The Mercury News

The coronavirus has boosted local prices of beer and booze, according to the Consumer Price Index for Los Angeles and Orange counties. The cost of store-bought alcoholic beverages was 6.1% costlier in April than a year ago, the biggest jump in more than 12 years. This comes as overall inflation in the region hits a five-year low.

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13 May 2020

Alcohol e-commerce develops in global markets - The Spirits Business

A new report by IWSR Drinks Market Analysis looked at how Covid-19 has pushed the development of the e-commerce channel in a number of markets across the world. The IWSR noted the “increasing importance” of e-commerce in the future.

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13 May 2020

On-demand food delivery apps are letting minors order alcohol, regulators say - The Verge

Food and beverage delivery services like DoorDash, Postmates, and Uber Eats aided in a surge of alcohol deliveries to underage minors in California last month, the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) found in a new investigation. And because of relaxed restrictions around alcohol takeout and delivery during COVID-19, the issue is getting worse, regulators say.

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12 May 2020

REBALANCING THE ‘COVID-19 EFFECT’ ON ALCOHOL SALES - Nielsen

A Nielsen investigation of the latest trends estimates that the U.S. alcohol market needs to sustain 22% volume growth across all alcohol categories sold off-premise in order to merely level off from the impact of closed bars and restaurants.

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12 May 2020

Here’s what to expect when Ohio restaurants, bars reopen - Beacon Journal

When restaurants and bars reopen for outdoor dining Friday and dine-in service May 21, they must follow strict requirements from the state to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Click the link to read a summary of what to expect if you venture out to dine in at area restaurants.

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11 May 2020

WSTA reiterates priorities for spirits post-Brexit - The Spirits Business

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has written to the UK government highlighting its key priorities to ensure the best possible outcome for the industry at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.

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11th May 2020

Seven ways the government can help bars survive - San Antonio Express

Here are seven suggestions Boehm has for government agencies on how bars such as his might better survive, if not thrive, in the future.

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8 May 2020

Coronavirus: Hong Kong bars to reopen after weeks of Covid-19 shutdown with Lan Kwai Fong venues lining up cheap deals to attract customers - South China Morning Post

Pubs and bars will only be allowed to operate half-full to a maximum of four people per table from Friday, after their emergence as the city’s biggest infection cluster led to a mandatory shutdown of the industry from April 3.

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8 May 2020

Alcohol is proving lifeline to ease lockdown woes - The Drinks Business

Since the coronavirus lockdowns began, it’s been widely reported that sales of wines, beers and spirits have been booming in the retail sector, especially those businesses with direct delivery operations and e-commerce sites*.

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7 May 2020

Hand Sanitizer Should Taste Worse - Vice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that it appreciates all of the manufacturers that have stepped up to make sanitizer but, going forward, it really needs to taste a lot worse.

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7 May 2020

Top 10 spirits marketing moves in April 2020 - The Spirits Business

A number of spirits brands, including Reyka Vodka and Kraken rum, unveiled light-hearted marketing campaigns last month, while Jameson launched an online educational platform for bartenders.

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7 May 2020

What It Will Take for Restaurants to Survive - The New Yorker

“My concern isn’t actually getting open,” the chef and TV personality Tom Colicchio says. “My concern is, once you’re open, how do you last for a year?”

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6 May 2020

Pegu Club, a Pioneering Manhattan Cocktail Bar, Won’t Reopen - The New York Times

Pegu Club, the SoHo bar that kicked the cocktail revival in New York City into high gear when it opened in 2005 and quickly became one of the most influential cocktail bars in the world, will not reopen, a victim of the citywide restaurant and bar shutdown in the coronavirus pandemic.

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6th May 2020

Spirits Europe unveils responsible drinking quiz - The Spirits Business

Trade body Spirits Europe has launched a new campaign to remind consumers about the importance of responsible drinking during lockdown.

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6th May 2020

Minnesota Distillery donates 80 gallons of sanitizer to Riverside Healthcare in Ontario - International Falls Journal

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5 May 2020

US LOCKDOWN ALCOHOL SALES: THE LATEST TRENDS - The Drinks Business

Here are the latest trends in alcoholic drinks sales in the US since the coronavirus lockdowns began, including the performance of wines, beers and spirits in both offline and online retail.

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5 May 2020

Restaurants, bars open as Montana lifts more virus closures - ctpost

Restaurants, bars, brewpubs and casinos began reopening in Montana on Monday with limits on crowds and servers donning masks and gloves, as the state lifts more closures imposed to fight the coronavirus

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5 May 2020

Global Data cuts growth projections for spirits - The Spirits Business

Global Data said in terms of local currency units value, adjusted to take Covid-19 into account, UK spirits sales forecasts have been adjusted from a 5.1% increase to a 6.9% decline.

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4 May 2020

The Drinks Trust fundraising surpasses £1m - Drinks International 

Following a request for support through the “Your Round, Help Your Trade” campaign, The Drinks Trust has raised more than £1m to support members of the industry who have been affected by COVID-19.

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4 May 2020

America’s Restaurants Start to Open Up, With a Side of Anxiety - Bloomberg

As states start lifting their lockdown orders, America’s burger joints, pizzerias, taquerias and diners find themselves on the reopening economy’s front line. Whether they’re ready or not.

Restaurants are among the first businesses allowed to throw open their doors in many places easing virus-fighting restrictions. And after weeks of laying off staff and living off takeout orders, owners can’t wait -- even if they’re not quite sure how to make it work.

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4th May 2020

Downey: bars will not survive without National Time Out 

Milk & Honey owner Jonathan Downey has ramped up campaign efforts to introduce a nine-month National Time Out on rent payments and warned that without one, bars will not survive the pandemic as landlords continue pursuing rent payments

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1st May 2020

Hospitality class action group launches to bring business interruption insurance claims - City A.M.

The hospitality insurance group action (HIGA) is open to businesses such as pubs, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs which have been forced to close because of the lockdown and are facing insurers refusing to pay out on business interruption claims.

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1st May 2020

Covid-19: Drinks Ireland comes up with new plan to safeguard sector - Drinks Insight Network

Drinks Ireland, a representative organization of the Irish alcoholic drinks manufacturers, has released a seven-point plan to safeguard the industry during Covid-19 crisis.

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30 April 2020

Imbibe Live canceled with new dates set for 2021 - Drinks International

Imbibe Live 2020 has been canceled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and a new date has been set for the 2021 edition.

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30 April 2020 

Drinks Ireland creates coronavirus recovery plan - The Spirits Business

Trade body Drinks Ireland has released a seven-point plan to help the industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which calls for the creation of a working group and the abolishment of punitive tariffs

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29 April 2020

Gov. Mills approves bar, restaurants to sell 'cocktails to go' - News Center Maine 

A clarification to the "beverage" definition made in a previous Order was revisited Monday to include bars and restaurants to sell spirits-based cocktails

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29 April 2020

Restrictions On Booze Purchases In Australia To Lift From Today - 10 Daily

Retail Drinks Australia released a statement that explained its members’ voluntary national initiative -- which placed temporary restrictions on how many products a customer could purchase in one transaction -- would come to an end from the opening of trading hours on Tuesday.

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28 April 2020

Online auction of record-breaking whisky collection hit by cyber-attack - The Guardian

A record-breaking online auction of rare whiskies has been postponed indefinitely after being targeted in a cyber-attack.

The sale of Richard Gooding’s “The Perfect Collection” was marketed as “the largest and most unprecedented private whisky collection ever to be offered for public sale”.

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28 April 2020

RNDC and Young’s give $400k to World’s Biggest Tip Jar - The Spirits Business

Wine and spirits distribution firms Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) and Young’s Market Company have pledged US$400,000 to the World’s Biggest Tip Jar in support of hospitality workers during the pandemic.

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27 April 2020

Bars gain further protection from landlords - The Spirits Business

Trade body UK Hospitality has welcomed the government’s new measures to prevent landlords from using aggressive methods to collect rent from businesses, which will provide “extra protection” for the industry.

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27 April 2020

GlenAllachie Distillery launches the second batch of limited-edition wood finishes ahead of virtual tasting - Scotsman Food & Drink

The GlenAllachie Distillery is launching its second batch of limited-edition wood finishes and marking the occasion with a virtual tasting, hosted by master distiller Billy Walker.

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24 April 2020

Ryan Reynolds donates 30% of aviation gin’s UK profits to the drinks trust - The Drinks Business

Hollywood hunk and general do-gooder Ryan Reynolds will be donating 30% of the profits from UK sales of his Aviation Gin to industry charity The Drinks Trust.

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24 April 2020

Craft Distillers Were Booming. Now They Face Bust  - The New York Times

In recent years, sales for small liquor makers have been surging, but coronavirus has shuttered tasting rooms and disrupted distribution.

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24 April 2020

Women of the Vine & Spirits Announces Complimentary Access in Response to COVID-19 - Wine Business.com

The organization is now offering complimentary access through June 15 to provide resources and support for all those affected in alcohol beverage, hospitality and on-premise industry sectors.

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23 April 2020

New Site Makes Popular NYC Bars a Zoom Hangout Spot - Eater

Here’s a new level of bar replacement: Zoom happy hours — but with backgrounds of popular NYC bars. A new website called Virtualcheers.org lets customers download a background photo of 12 different bars in the city — including Williamsburg’s Loosie Rouge and Lower East Side’s Pretty Ricky’s — for group hangout sessions on the video platform.

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23rd April 2020

Premium-and-above spirits boost US off-trade sales - The Spirits Business

Off-trade spirits sales in the US grew 32.4% in the week to 11 April 2020, bolstered by premium and ultra-premium variants, according to Nielsen data.

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23rd April 2020

U.S. Distilled Spirits Industry Urges Senate and House Leadership to Provide Additional Economic Relief For Distillers Amid COVID-19 Crisis - Distilled Spirits

In a letter sent on 22nd April to Senate and House leadership, U.S. distilled spirits trade associations urged Congress to provide additional economic relief to the thousands of distilleries facing enormous financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19. 

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23rd April 2020

Sotheby’s Hong Kong to hold largest online spirits sale - The Drinks Business

Owing to the ever-changing Covid-19 situation, the 2020 Sotheby’s Spring Sales in Hong Kong were moved from April to July. In the meantime, the auction house has added a series of online auctions, hoping to quench the thirst of buyers.

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22 April 2020

How Small Distilleries Are Adapting During COVID-19 - Liquor.com

In a period of unprecedented upheaval, success will be defined by how rapidly small businesses/distilleries can adjust. Here’s a look at what some distilleries are doing to keep the lights on.

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22 April 2020

The new speakeasy: Uber Eats has turned into a rogue cocktail bar - The Washington Post

Uber drivers have been delivering cocktails and mimosas without ID’ing, in some cases leaving the to-go drinks at the door without ever seeing the customer

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22 April 2020

Restaurants Shunned From U.S. Aid Program Could Get Second Chance With New $310 Billion Bill - Eater

New York restaurants shut out of a federal aid program are about to get another chance at COVID-19 financial relief, hopefully with better odds this time. Congress is on the verge of adding $310 billion to the depleted Paycheck Protection Program, with a sizable portion going toward small business — a crucial development for a policy that’s been criticized for its deference to chains like Potbelly, Ruth’s Chris, and Shake Shack.

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21 April 2020

Cognac Show 2020 to take place online - The Spirits Business

As trade shows and events are forced to cancel amid the covid-19 crisis, The Cognac Show will be heading online at the end of April offering a range of tastings and cocktail masterclasses.

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21 April 2020

Pubs and restaurants will be last to re-open after lockdown - and could stay shut until Christmas - Birmingham Live

Bars, pubs and restaurants will be among the last outlets to re-open after the coronavirus lockdown.

That's according to Michael Gove, who spoke out on Sunday on the BBC as the UK faces weeks more of a nationwide shutdown.

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21 April 2020

Eden Mill to raise funds for NHS with launch of limited edition blue bottles of original gin - Scotsman Food & Drink

The St Andrews based distillery is set to give £2 from every original gin blue bottle sold to help support frontline healthcare workers helping to battle Covid-19.

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21 April 2020

Restaurants describe huge shortfalls within government’s coronavirus relief programs - CNBC 

Restaurants reported $30 billion in losses in March, a projected $50 billion in losses in April, and are teeing up for a $240 billion Covid-19-related loss nationwide by the end of the year.

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20 April 2020

Here’s How the White House Envisions Restaurants and Bars Reopening - Food & Wine

Large venues like restaurants “can operate under moderate physical distancing protocols,” and “bars may operate with diminished standing-room occupancy, where applicable and appropriate.”

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20 April 2020

JAPANESE WHISKY AGED IN CHERRY TREE WOOD LAUNCHED - The Drinks Business

Yoshino Spirits Co. has launched what it claims is the first whisky to be aged in Japanese cherry tree wood, which will go on sale around the world this month.

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17 April 2020

How bars, restaurants, and other hospitality businesses are arguing that their business interruption insurance does cover COVID-19 related shut-downs and their insurance companies were wrong to deny claims - Libation Law Blog

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 should be aware of these lawsuits and arguments as it is not a certainty that the blanket denials of coverage are proper and that no coverage is owed under property-damage based business interruption insurance.

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17th April 2020

Global Hospitality Group sbe Distributes Relief Effort Care Packages To San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, & Los Angeles Employees Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic  - Food & Beverage Magazine 

sbe is a worldwide powerhouse, with a huge presence across the U.S. through its hotels, restaurants, nightlife entities and original brands.

Global lifestyle hospitality brand sbe continued its giveback program for its furloughed and laid off employees with a care package delivery to its San Francisco team members on Thursday, April 9th. This was the fourth city to receive the give back following Las Vegas, Miami and Los Angeles, a noble effort by sbe led by its CEO Sam Nazarian.

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16 April 2020

Our Whisky launches first virtual whisky festival to raise funds for a charity that supports hospitality staff - Scotsman Food and Drink 

The whisky experts at OurWhisky are launching their first virtual whisky festival in a bid to connect lovers of a good dram with their favourite distillers and blenders around the world while raising money for hospitality workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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16 April 2020

Massive Channel Shifting Continues: Off-Premise and Online Sales Surge  - Winebusiness.com

Nielsen reported that alcohol sales were up 25 percent in off-premise channels in the week ending April 4, with less week-to-week volatility (up only +4 percent versus the previous week’s sales). Online sales of alcoholic beverages continued to climb with increases of 246 percent through March 21; 291 percent through March 28, and 441 percent through April 4. By comparison, e-commerce sales across all departments tracked by Nielsen were up 41 percent in the most recent week.

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16 April 2020

Michigan Allows Bars and Restaurants to Sell Unused Alcohol Back to the State in Exchange for Cash  - Eater Detroit

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order on Monday designed to provide financial relief to Michigan bars and restaurants with liquor licenses. The new order places the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in charge of organizing a spirits “buyback” program for alcohol purchased prior to the dine-in closures on March 16.

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15 April 2020

Distillers Can't Help U.S. Fight Covid-19 Without Revised FDA Hand-Sanitizer Guidance - Forbes

The problem for distillers is that the production method FDA requires in the guidance calls for denatured alcohol. The TTB guidance suspended excise taxes for alcohol used for hand sanitizers, but only if the alcohol is denatured. The CARES Act Congress passed at the end of March codified TTB's guidance on excise taxes into law.

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15 April 2020

Social media interaction with alcohol brands up 327% - The Spirits Business

Alcohol brands witnessed a 327% spike in social media engagement in March, with consumers keen to engage with those donating money or resources to help during the covid-19 pandemic.

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14 April 2020

Diageo North America Announces #TipsFromHome Social Pledge Movement To Rally Further Support For The Bar & Restaurant Community - PR Newswire

With a $500,000 Kickoff Pledge, #TipsFromHome will Serve as an Ongoing Financial Relief Program to Serve Those Who Serve Us

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13 April 2020

Isle of Raasay unveils cask programme - The Spirits Business

Scotland’s Isle of Raasay Distillery has launched an exclusive cask membership programme, which will see the site’s first 45 casks made available to whisky lovers.

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11 April 2020

Will current shifts in consumer behaviour permanently disrupt the beverage alcohol industry? - The IWSR

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the world over the past few weeks. Global beverage alcohol markets and companies have been subject to massive volatility, including the mass shut-down of the on-trade in many countries and consumer stockpiling through retail and e-commerce.

The picture changes by the day, but amid the disruption, a number of clearly defined trends have emerged and grown in significance. In the short term, the impact of the six trends identified by the IWSR is significant – but will they solidify into longer-term changes in consumer behaviour?

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11 April 2020

These Distilleries Aren’t Just Making Booze—They Could Be Saving Your Life  - Fodors Travels

One of the most incredible and heart-warming results of this crisis is the amount of sanitizer these companies are simply giving away.

According to multiple distillers, turning their warehouse into hand sanitizer factories was relatively easy. It was the demand that blew them away.

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10th April 2020

Breakthru gives $500k to provide meals for vulnerable groups - The Spirits Business

North American drinks distributor Breakthru Beverage Group has pledged US$500,000 to purchase meals for vulnerable groups and frontline responders battling against the covid-19 pandemic.

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10th April 2020

Coronavirus prompts some states to close liquor stores, while others allow cocktail deliveries - Fox News

With restaurants and bars shuttered from coast to coast in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Americans are now becoming increasingly reliant on their local liquor stores to wet their whistles. But how easy it is to get a bottle of booze depends on if your state considers a liquor store to be an “essential business” or not.

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9 April 2020

Booze Call: Distilleries can ship directly to consumers - WHSV

For Virginia residents, alcohol runs could be made with a quick trip to the front door.

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority announced it would allow certain distilleries to ship directly to in-state customers to alleviate potential financial hardships during the coronavirus pandemic.

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9th April 2020

Some Restaurant Relief Funds Are So Overwhelmed With Applications They’ve Stopped Taking New Ones - Eater

COVID-19 dealt a devastating blow to the restaurant industry. In the first weeks state governments began enacting social distancing restrictions, dining rooms shut down, putting millions of restaurant employees out of work. With government aid still an open question, it was immediately clear that both workers and restaurant owners would need financial help from other sources to get through this indefinite period of time.


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8 April 2020

Master of Malt observes 200% increase in online alcohol orders - Essential Retail

The eCommerce drinks platform also demonstrated a substantial change in purchasing behaviour in regard to alcoholic products during the period 23-29 March, precipitated by the temporary closure of bars and restaurants throughout the country.

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7 April 2020

Mexican tequila makers, unlike brewers, plan to keep up production, exports  - Reuters

Mexican tequila makers have sought to dispel concerns that their exports to the United States will dry up, after two large brewers in the country suspended production to comply with government rules put in place due to the new coronavirus.

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7 April 2020

The Spirits Business launches Covid-19 Campaign  - The Spirits Business

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Spirits Business magazine has launched The Spirits Business’ Covid-19 Campaign to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Drinks Trust.

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7th Apr 2020

Will The Covid-19 Crisis Change Alcohol E-Commerce Forever? Like, Forever Ever? - Rabobank

Based on interviews and data obtained by Rabobank, we estimate that US off-premise alcohol sales increased 40% to 60% YOY for the week ending March 21. That increase is dwarfed by the massive rise in online alcohol purchases (see Table 1). Even as evidence trickles in that in-store sales are starting to normalize, it appears that online sales are holding steady at all-time highs.

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6 April 2020

Whiskey Club Holds Coronavirus Benefit For Manassas Workers - Patch

The Old Town Whiskey Club is holding a fundraising campaign called Old Town Strong to help restaurant and bar employees who work in downtown Manassas try to make ends meet during the coronavirus crisis.

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6th Apr 2020

Agave could generate efficient biofuel for transport - The Spirits Business

A team of researchers from the University of Sydney, University of Adelaide and the UK’s University of Exeter analysed the potential to produce bioethanol from the agave plant, the high-sugar succulent commonly grown in Mexico.

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6th Apr 2020

Restaurants Find Hope in Delivering Donated Meals to Hospitals - The New York Times

As Americans pitch in to order meals for beleaguered health care workers, the deliveries can be a lifeline for restaurants and food trucks as well as hospitals.

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3 April 2020

Drinks Trust raises £400,000 for industry workers - The Spirits Business

The emergency fund will be used to help people who work on zero-hours contracts or who have been made redundant, despite the UK government’s job retention scheme.

The Drinks Trust said priority would be given to those facing “significant” financial hardship.

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2 April 2020

Relief on alcohol tax payments – TTB announces postponement of tax payments and other filing deadlines - Libation Law Blog

TTB has announced the postponement of tax payment and other filing due dates due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The notification takes the form of a circular, TTB Industry Circular 2020-2. It is specifically premised on the Executive’s instruction to Treasury to provide relief to Americans adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency.

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2nd Apr 2020

How to save our restaurants and 300,000 hospitality jobs - The Lowell Sun

Restaurants are in terrible shape, much worse than after 9/11 or the financial crisis. Some will never reopen. More than 100,000 restaurant employees lost their jobs. We need bold, quick action. Click on the link for the 8 steps to take immediately.

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2nd Apr 2020

Digital Classes To Become A Cocktail, Beer And Wine Expert While You’re Socially Distancing  - Forbes

A digital cocktail class from Liquor Lab. COURTESY LIQUOR LAB

As people social distance during the coronavirus, the spirits, wine and beer industry have come up with creative ways to keep people engaged while learning more about their products — and providing a welcome distraction from the pandemic.

While you have some extra time on your hands, why not learn how to make some great cocktails at home, or taste through some wines to learn what you like, and why. 

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1 April 2020

Tomatin plans virtual whisky festival - The Spirits Business

Scott Adamson, global brand ambassador at Tomatin Distillery, said: “The greatest benefit to organising the Lockdown Whisky Festival is that it’s virtual, so we can bring the community together to enjoy and learn from some of the best distilleries in the industry, all from the comfort of home at a time when staying in and staying safe has never been more important.

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1 April 2020

Why are liquor stores considered ‘essential’ during COVID-19 pandemic? Here are 5 reasons - Click 2 Houston

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, one type of business that seems to have had an increase in activity is liquor stores.

This has led many to wonder why liquor stores are considered “essential” businesses, particularly when alcoholic beverages are sold at grocery stores to begin with and can just be purchased there.

Here are five reasons why it can be beneficial for liquor stores to remain open during the pandemic.

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30 Mar 2020

HOSPITALITY SHIFTS DOWN 76% DUE TO CORONAVIRUS - The Drinks Business

“The hospitality sector has been hit hard and everything possible needs to be done to help preserve its ability to bounce back when the pandemic loosens its grip on the economy,” said Peter Briffet, CEO of Wagestream.

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30 Mar 2020

Distell gives 10% of Scotch whisky sales to help on-trade - The Spirits Business

The proceeds will be donated to Scottish drinks industry charity The Ben to help on-trade employees affected by covid-19.

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27 March 2020

How the Spirits Industry Is Helping Out During the COVID-19 PandemicFood & Wine

Spirits companies have been stepping up to help out—and not just by turning their attention to making sanitizer. Nearly every brand you can think of has pledged to support those in the hospitality industry that have been affected by this outbreak.

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27 Mar 2020

Kentucky Distillers and Legislators Approve Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Sales via Phone or Online - Distillery Trail

Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory said, “During these trying and uncertain times, the passage of HB 415 will provide spirits, beer and wine producers with the means necessary to grow jobs and investment in our beloved Commonwealth.”

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26 March 2020

‘Whiskey webs’ could spot fake spirits - The Spirits Business

Scientists from the University of Louisville and North Carolina State University discovered that when whiskey dries on a surface it leaves behind a distinctive mark, which has been likened to the ring that forms from a spilled coffee.

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26 March 2020

US spirits sales rise as consumers ‘stock up’ - The Spirits Business

For spirits, all major sub-categories except brandy rose by double digits during the period. The greatest gains were for pre-mixed cocktails, Tequila and gin, which each grew by 49.6%, 43.3% and 39.1%, respectively.

25 March 2020

For Bartenders, The Show Must Go Online - Forbes

As restaurants and bars wait for the government to step in and help, out-of-work bartenders are getting creative, pivoting to online cocktailing or delivery kits to keep income flowing. 

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25 March 2020

Distilled Spirits Council Member Companies Donate More Than $8.37 Million to U.S. Bartenders Guild Foundation Emergency Relief Fund and Other Charitable Organizations 

“This is an industry with a lot of heart,” said Chris Swonger, President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. “Time and again, distillers come together in times of crisis to support each other and to aid those in need in their communities.  We will continue to do our to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our workers and the public.”

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24 March 2020

Restaurant Industry Asks for $145 Billion Recovery Fund from the Government- CNBC

With hundreds of billions projected in sales declines, and millions in job losses, the National Restaurant Association asked the federal government for $145 billion in relief for restaurants and their employees.

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24 March 2020

Beverage Trade Network announces new subscription based  online courses for beverage industry professionals. First course to be available from 10 April 2020.

BTN Online Courses wineries and distilleries

In the online course, Sid Patel, CEO of Beverage Trade Network will be giving a detailed action plan on how wineries and distilleries can ride this wave. In the webinar, you will get the benefit of knowing about 15 takeaways you can start working on today to navigate this time, and know about the current risk factors floating in the industry, so you can prepare your business for that. 

Register here

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23 March 2020

DISTILLERIES FILL THE HAND SANITIZER SHORTAGE 

So proud of the Distilleries stepping in to help combat the hand sanitizer shortage by using the alcohol in their facilities. Distilleries around the nation are increasingly switching up their operations and using their supplies of high-proof alcohol to provide much-needed hand sanitizer during the covid-19 outbreak.

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23 March 2020

Troubled Times — Restructuring Tools for Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Bars and Restaurants in the COVID-19 Era - Libation Law Blog

The impact of COVID-19 on an already challenged industry has been devastating and promises to get worse. Numerous states and municipalities have ordered breweries, distilleries, bars and restaurants to temporarily close (often excepting take-out and delivery services), and even where locations remain open, consumers are largely staying at home at the direction of authorities (social distancing and quarantining). With COVID-19 cases still multiplying quickly in the United States, these issues are unfortunately likely to worsen before they improve.

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22 March 2020

LIQUOR LAWS LOOSEN UP IN THE FACE OF DELIVERY-ONLY DINING! - Eater

CNBC (https://snip.ly/vwnp4q) Restaurant industry asks for $145 billion recovery fund from the government The National Restaurant Association is asking the federal government for financial relief for the industry as it forecasts sales declines of $225 billion over the next three months due to the coronavirus outbreak.

New Hampshire, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Texas have made similar temporary changes to allow alcohol delivery, as have jurisdictions like Washington D.C. and Atlanta. “They’ve relaxed a lot of laws, and quickly, in light of the potential economic harm to thousands of businesses and millions of employees,” says Art Decelle, senior counsel at Lehrman Beverage Law, whose focus is federal and state regulations in the beer, wine, distilled spirits, and industrial alcohol industries. “And it’s appropriate that they help people stay afloat in a very uncertain period.” Before the new temporary changes took effect, 12 states allowed alcohol delivery, and 31 allowed beer and wine to be shipped directly to customers at home!

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20 March 2020

A Hospitality Attorney Provides Guidance On How Shuttered Bars & Restaurants Can Sell Alcohol During The Coronavirus And Resources For Business Owners Struggling To Stay OpenForbes

When New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced bars, restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries could sell alcohol to go Monday, operators seemed grateful for the move, but unsure if it could work for their business, and confused about specifics of how to implement.

Gina Pace  spoke to Alex Victor, a hospitality attorney Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron for a bit of clarity on the guidance from the New York State Liquor Authority which may prove useful to other states considering similar closures to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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20 March 2020

Online Alcohol Providers See Major Boost Amid Coronavirus Sheltering - Shanken News Daily

As COVID-19 continues to force Americans to stay at home, online purchases of beverage alcohol are seeing major increases.

“The increase in online purchases in the past two weeks has been unprecedented,” said Devaraj Southworth, CEO and co-founder of Thirstie, the New York-based e-commerce platform that works with hundreds of retailers around the country. 

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19 March 2020

Customers stock up on alcohol as Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores across Pennsylvania close as part of COVID-19 mitigation - Fox43

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says the closures will last at least until the end of the month.

After consultation with the Wolf Administration and Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced the indefinite closure of all Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.

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19 March 2020

ABG offers online masterclasses for bartenders - The Spirits Business

Amber Beverage Group’s global brand ambassadors will host digital masterclasses for bartenders across its Moskovskaya vodka, Rooster Rojo Tequila, Cross Keys Gin and Riga Black Balsam liqueur brands. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, consumers are being encouraged to stay at home in a bid to stop the spread of the disease.

To ensure bartender communities remain active, Amber Beverage Group (ABG) is offering digital masterclasses from its brand ambassadors.

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