That’s Not a Bomb, That’s a Bottle of Bourbon

Monday, November 21st, 2011

In Europe, a push to end airport restrictions on liquids Source: Bloomberg by Julie Bykowicz If you dream of the day when you’ll once again breeze through airport security with your Head & Shoulders and anti-itch cream safely tucked away in a carry-on instead of a Ziploc bag for all the world to see, take ... read more>

The Find: November 2011 Edition

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

HOOD RIVER’S NEW PENDLETON 1910 KNOWS ITS WAY AROUND THE RODEO Pendleton Whisky—the official spirit of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association—has launched Pendleton 1910, a rare 100% Canadian rye whisky set apart by its 12-year aging process. Ronald Dodge, president and CEO of Hood River Distillers, calls the spirit exceptionally fullbodied yet smooth. The unique ... read more>

New Study Says Screwcaps Are the New Norm

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Source: Decanter by Richard Woodard Monday 14 November 2011 Acceptance of screwcaps on wine bottles has more than doubled among UK consumers over the past eight years, according to new research. The survey, conducted by research company Wine Intelligence for its 2011 Closures Report, suggests that 85% of the regular wine-drinking population now accepts screwcaps ... read more>

Pennsylvania: Should Liquor Sales Be Privatized, asks Pennsylvanians Concerned about Alcohol Problems

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Recently Governor Thomas Corbett announced that an independent study reported that if the state were to sell off the state store system to private operators the state of Pennsylvania would realize an estimated one and half billion dollars. The governor and some legislators see this move as a way to get some quick cash for a state budget that is seriously under-funded. Sounds good, or does it? When we look under the surface of just getting quick cash we can see some serious concerns with this privatization of the liquor sales in Pennsylvania. Whenever we are about to completely change something it is always good to take a look at why the original system was put in to ... read more>

Washington: Liquor board, retailers gear up to implement I-1183

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

People who make a living selling liquor scrambled Wednesday to grasp how voters' resounding approval of Initiative 1183 will affect them, while a Northwest grocery-industry representative speculated about alcohol deregulation spreading to other ... read more>

Pedro’s Martinez

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Bryan Schneider is a barman at MONKEY BAR, NEW YORK, NY A play on the classic Martinez cocktail, which calls for gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters, Pedro’s version swaps the traditional gin for rum—specifically Brugal’s smooth new 1888 release— and calls for top-quality vermouth. The real kicker? “The maraschino is replaced by Pedro ... read more>

The Connection: November 2011 Edition

Friday, November 4th, 2011

  Morgan Winery Debuts New Website Morgan Winery recently launched its completely redesigned website, which now offers better access for trade with a one-stop “shop” for distributors, retailers, restaurateurs and press on all things Morgan. The new site emphasizes the brand’s three-decade history of creating award-winning wines in California’s Santa Lucia Highlands region. The expanded ... read more>

Adventure Time: As America’s Wine Scene Matures, Adventurous Whites Are Viable Options, Especially On-Premise

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Not too long ago, it seemed as though the only non-traditional wines that got any traction were red. However, in recent years, several categories of white wines have been taken up not just by hardcore wine geeks in the trade, but also by substantial numbers of consumers. We talked to some tastemakers around the country ... read more>

Speakeasy: Tom Steffanci, W.J. Deutsch & Sons

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Tom SteffanciPresident, W.J. Deutsch & Sons The Beverage Network sat down with Tom Steffanci of W.J. Deutsch & Sons to discuss the under-$10 wine segment, sweet spots in pricing, important consumer trends and some unlikely new spirit brands. On W.J. DeutschThe Beverage Network: This year, Deutsch celebrates 30 years of being in business. What is ... read more>

Brew Corner: Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join Them

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The dominant story in the beer world for the past several years has been about the end of dominance. Since the 2008 recession, overall beer sales have slipped a point or two each year, but craft beers, despite higher price points, have seen remarkable growth: up 12% in 2010, according to the Brewers Association (while ... read more>
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