The Find: August 2014

Posted on | July 31, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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Reaching deep into the distillery’s history, Tanqueray Master Distiller Tom Nichol has drawn inspiration from Charles Tanqueray’s closely guarded 1835 recipe for Old Tom Gin. In the history of gin, the Old Tom style bridges the flavor gap between the original, malty Dutch genevers and the more juniper-forward London Dry styles. Lighter than a genever but more full-bodied and sweeter than a London Dry, Old Tom gins were also essential during the first Golden Age of the cocktail. Developed with bartenders and cocktail connoisseurs in mind, the new Tanqueray Old Tom Gin is launching into the on-trade with limited availability at specialty retailers; 100,000 numbered bottles will be available worldwide. SRP $32.99; 94.6 proof.

The new Tanqueray Old Tom label design is based on a 1921 original. As part of this launch, Diageo identified ten historical Tanqueray Old Tom cocktails and included their initials along with the bottle number on the front label. The bottle pictured here features “TFC,” as in The Ford Cocktail. Others include: Tom Collins (TC); Martinez (M); Gin Daisy (GD); Casino Cocktail (CC); The Defender (TD); Golden Fizz (GF); Hot Gin Toddy (HGT); The Purl (TP); and Ampersand (A).

With barrel aging so vital to whiskey making, it’s no surprise to see some bottlings their wood pedigree like an ID tag. Prichard’s Distillery Double Barreled Bourbon is an especially meaningful example. The bourbon represents a relaunch of a Tennessee whiskey that dates back to 1822; Phil Prichard, fifth-generation descendant of the founder, revived the brand in 1997. The white-corn based whiskey is aged first at full proof in new, charred American oak for about nine years, before being brought to bottle proof and rested a second time in different new oak barrels for another three to five years. Prichard is so proud of the process that he trademarked the name “Double Barreled.” SRP: $79.99; 90 proof.


Patrón Spirits’ new Roca Patrón line highlights the painstakingly meticulous, centuries-old process via which a tahona—a giant two-ton stone wheel hand-carved from volcanic rock (roca)—slowly crushes the cooked agave. “What truly sets this process apart from other more automated methods of producing tequila is that in the tahona process, we introduce the agave fibers, not just the agave juice, into fermentation and distillation,” notes Francisco Alcaraz, Patrón’s master distiller. Moreover, each entry in the new Roca Patrón family—Silver, Reposado and Añejo—is finished at a specific proof, higher than the core line of Patrón tequilas, to achieve an optimal balance of flavors. Stylistically, the Roca Patrón tequilas are sweeter, earthier and more vegetal—with distinctive notes of roasted agave— than other Patrón expressions, exhibiting more complexity and slightly less citrus, pepper and fruit.

Craft beer grew 18% by volume in 2013 according to the Brewers Association. But the segment within the segment to watch may be craft beer in cans: more than 400 craft breweries are selling their beers in cans. Cans are now the focus of two dedicated festivals. The AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival took place in Scottsdale, AZ, in May; Canfest is set for August 23rd in Reno, NV. Aluminum cans are considered especially eco-friendly as they are recycled at more than double the rate of any other beverage package.

Know The Law: New York <3s Craft

Posted on | July 30, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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Liquor Authority Welcomes New Commissioner

On June 20th, 2014, the New York State Senate confirmed Governor Cuomo’s nominee, Kevin Kim, as Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority (“SLA”). Mr. Kim is a former member of midtown Manhattan Community Board 5, serving on its Public Safety and Quality of Life Committee. As a committee member, Mr. Kim worked with community residents, licensees and the Liquor Authority to review and make recommendations on liquor license applications.

Senate Unanimously Confirms Reappointment of SLA Chairman

The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed the reappointment of Chairman Dennis Rosen to the State Liquor Authority. In the announcement, Governor Cuomo praised Mr. Rosen for his commitment to the recent regulatory changes supporting New York manufacturers. The Governor also commended the Chairman for eliminating the backlog of license applications.

Legislation Drafted To Support Craft Beverage Producers

On June 16th, 2014, Governor Cuomo announced an agreement with legislative leaders on a bill to amend New York’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) law supporting the state’s growing craft beverage industry.

This legislation is a direct product of the state’s second Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit, where New York craft manufacturers joined agricultural producers and government officials in discussions aimed at growing the New York industry.

The legislation intends to provide greater economic opportunities for New York craft beverage manufacturers by:

  • Expanding activities conducted on the licensed premises
  • Creating more marketing opportunities
  • Eliminating certain permit requirement for tastings and sales by the bottle or glass.

Amending the ABC law, the legislation allows all New York manufacturers to conduct tastings and sell, by the bottle or glass, the alcoholic beverages they manufacture without a separate license. The legislation also lowers the food requirement that manufacturer’s must observe when offering tasting and on-premise consumption. Licensees can now comply with the requirement by offering sandwiches, soups or other such foods, whether fresh, processed, pre-cooked or frozen; and/or food items complementing the beverage that customers can conveniently consume while standing or walking.

The legislation also increases the production cap on small producers, allowing such producers to pay a lower licensing fee while manufacturing more quantity of the product. The annual amount of wine produced by farm wineries has been increased from 150,000 gallons of finished wine to 250,000 gallons of wine annually. The annual production cap for farm distilleries has been increased to 75,000 gallons of liquor annually; and for farm breweries 75,000 finished barrels of beer and cider annually. And the cap for farm cideries was increased to 250,000 gallons of cider annually.

Finally, the legislation amends the ABC law to allow farm distilleries to operate one branch office located away from the licensed farm distillery. This location is considered part of the licensed premises and all activities allowed at the distillery may be conducted at the branch office. This amendment provides greater marketing opportunities to farm distilleries, allowing them to offer tastings and sell their products from the second branch location. The privilege to operate branch offices has already been afforded to other New York manufacturers.

Beverage Media Group Forms Partnership with BinWise to Automate Online Ordering for Restaurants

Posted on | July 30, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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The synergy of the partnership will allow BinWise users to have access to real-time inventory and pricing information.

BinWise, Inc., the leading cloud-based software management tool for beverage programs, has formed a strategic alliance with Beverage Media Group, Inc., the premier communications system for the promotion, distribution and marketing of beverage alcohol products.

The BinWise platform, which automates purchasing, inventory and beverage list management, will have access to distributor pricing and electronic order integration from Beverage Media. BinWise clients will be able to browse the Beverage Media catalog to research new items and receive timely availability updates to simplify the reordering process with distributors. This combination of tools creates the most efficient way possible to manage wine, spirits and beer lists for sommeliers and beverage directors.

“Beverage Media is clearly the leader in providing distributor pricing services to the alcohol beverage trade,” says Doug Hickey CEO of BinWise. “This partnership was a natural choice for us and only strengthens the BinWise product for our customers.”

“We are thrilled to be forming this strategic alliance with BinWise,” said Jason Glasser, CEO, Beverage Media Group. “In many markets, we already have a shared clientele; now beverage directors will have the ability to utilize our technology on the BinWise platform, which will streamline a critical part of the information and selling process.”

About BinWise
BinWise was founded by industry professionals to create solutions for the distribution and tracking of wine, beer and spirits. The company’s first product, RealWineLists, is an online software application that links purchasing, inventory management, point of sale and beverage lists on one platform. Providing transparency to a restaurant’s beverage program, BinWise is being used by restaurants and hotels including; the Union Square Hospitality Group, B+B Hospitality Group, Rosewood Hotels, and independents such as CorkBuzz, A16 and Aragona. BinWise is headquartered in San Francisco.

About Beverage Media Group, Inc.  
Since 1936, Beverage Media has been the primary source of beverage alcohol information to licensees around the U.S. With member publications in 34 states, the company reaches over 100,000 licensees each month in print through its beverage publications, and online, where it hosts the industry’s most comprehensive B2B search and ordering platform. Beverage Media also builds data technology solutions for suppliers and distributors and currently hosts over 200 wine and spirit websites for retailers to sell to consumers.;

Ciroc And Atlantic Wines & Spirits Host Summer Kick Off Event

Posted on | July 29, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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On July 7th, Cîroc Vodka and Atlantic Wines & Spirits hosted a summer kick-off event at La Marina in Washington Heights. Retailers in attendance enjoyed La Marina’s lovely scenery while enjoying specialty Cîroc cocktails

Pinnacle Vodka & Chef Claire Robinson Offer The Unexpected

Posted on | July 29, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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On July 1st, Pinnacle Vodka and chef Claire Robinson hosted a 4th of July cooking demo plus a cocktail demo with Pinnacle mixologist Niccole Trzaska, creating the Red, White and Blue layered cocktail. Robinson featured new recipes on Pinnacle’s Pinterest page every week through July. Here’s a recipe for the Golden Sage cocktail, served at the event.

Golden Sage

1 oz. Pinnacle Original Vodka
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
1/4 oz. Dry Vermouth  
Mix ingredients, shake and strain over ice.
Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a sage leaf
(make sure to tap the sage leaf between palms or
snap in the fingers to release its essence).

Crown Royal Celebrates Launch of Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend

Posted on | July 29, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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On June 24th, Crown Royal hosted an intimate event at Flatiron Hall to introduce Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend. Guests enjoyed craft cocktails, dinner and a formal whisky tasting led by Master of Whisky Tom Turner, including Crown Deluxe, Crown Royal XO and finishing with the anniversary blend.

UJA Federation Wine & Spirits Dinner Honors Campari’s Roy Danis

Posted on | July 29, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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UJA Federation held its annual Wine & Spirits Reception on June 19th, honoring Roy Danis, Managing Director, Campari America. The event raised funds for UJA and honored Danis with the Samuel Bronfman Memorial Award for his philanthropy and business achievements. The UJA works to support Jewish identity and fight poverty.

Glenmorangie Hosts ‘Well Made, Well Played’ At Chelsea Piers

Posted on | July 29, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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On June 23rd, golfer Sir Nick Faldo joined Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky to celebrate another year as the official spirit of The British Open. Tim Rosaforte moderated a panel discussion with Sir Nick and golf photographer David Cannon on all things golf, followed by a golf clinic led by Sir Nick and a Glenmorangie Whisky pairing dinner.

Don Julio Presents ‘Sandwar,’Benefiting American Cancer Society

Posted on | July 29, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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Celeb chef Jeff Mauro challenged 300 Sandwiches’ Stephanie Smith to a “Sandwar” at Red Stixs in the Hamptons. The event benefited the American Cancer Society and featured specialty cocktails by Tequila Don Julio. Judges crowned Jeff Mauro Sandwich King of the Hamptons, but both competitors received engraved Don Julio 1942 bottles.

UJA Federation Wine & Spirits Dinner Honors Campari’s Roy Danis

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UJA Federation held its annual Wine & Spirits Reception on June 19th, honoring Roy Danis, Managing Director, Campari America. The event raised funds for UJA and honored Danis with the Samuel Bronfman Memorial Award for his philanthropy and business achievements. The UJA works to support Jewish identity and fight poverty.

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