3rd August, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business
The world’s largest drinks group Diageo may have witnessed generally stagnant sales in 2014/15, but some of its brands far outperformed others and reported impressive gains. Click Here To Read More!
29th July, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business
As some American whiskey distillers are launching brand extensions at a rate of knots, others are furthering their presence in the fast-growing sector with entirely new labels. Click Here To Read More!
Results according to The Spirits Business.
28th July, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business
With so many classy bars competing at the top end of the market, it’s increasingly important to have a creative, meticulously executed cocktail menu. Click Here To Read More!
Aliza Kellerman - July 30, 2015 - Vinepair
There’s no denying it: drinking and beaching were made for each other. Luckily, America is a country that’s large enough to include a few coasts and beaches a’plenty. With the days heating up by the hour, sipping something cool and alcoholic is ideal. Think all the beachside dives are in California? Think again. We searched the country for thirteen beach bars that vary in vibe, price, and location. Don a pair of aviators (really, do it), flip-flops, and get ready for a booze cruise down the nation. Click Here To Read More!
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Aliza Kellerman - Vinepair
So, here’s the thing about rye whiskey: it’s not terribly common for small brands to produce it. Rye has gained a reputation as being harsh, and to an extent it’s fallen out of American favor. But it’s coming back in style, especially with the rise of America’s craft cocktail culture. Still, a lot of the available rye out there is made by bigger companies, or distilled by infamous Indiana distillery MGP. Yes, full disclosure: this list includes whiskies distilled by MGP. It doesn’t mean these whiskies aren’t different from one another, because various aging and finishing processes have to be taken into account. Another technical point: America defines rye whiskies as consisting of a mash bill of at least 51% rye. This definition is different in Canada, where “rye” is sometimes used as a blanket term for whiskey. So, the rye whiskies we’re listing below meet the American definition. Click Here To Read More!
23rd July, 2015 by Becky Paskin - The Spirits Business
For those with the ambition to make their first foray into the fiercely competitive spirits arena, this final instalment of expert tips for start up success is a must. Click Here To Read More!
27th July, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business
Scotch whisky distilleries may be in the midst of a tourism boom, but which highly rated sites should dram fans should put on their bucket lists? Click Here To Read More!
Andrea Gray - SF Fusion Food Examiner
No doubt about it, American love their tequila, in fact, according to a report in the Daily Meal, we consume twice as much as they do in Mexico. While this statistic surely doesn’t take into account all the tequila sold in plastic gallon milk containers at the toll crossing at the border of the state of Tequila, Mexico (yes, there is a place named Tequila) it does speak to how widely popular the drink has become here in the U.S.
According to her fascinating article by Chantal Martineau, How Tequila Went from Mexican Farms for American Frats, which appeared May 15, 2105 in the Atlantic, "Tequila is a global industry worth more than a billion dollars; seven out of every 10 liters produced in Mexico are exported abroad. The biggest market is the United States, which swallows some 80 percent of exports". Click Here To Read More!
22nd July, 2015 by Becky Paskin - The Spirits Business
As most of us have witnessed over the past few years, anyone and everyone can launch a new spirit brand. But just what does it take to be successful? Click Here To Read More!
20th July, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business
As the cocktail renaissance continues and consumer demand for products with heritage soars, a plethora of new British gin brands have joined the booming category. Click Here To Read More!
Mezcal had mystical origins when the Zapotecs produced the beverage in Mexico centuries ago. Then it disappeared into relative obscurity until the 1960s; when hordes of American hippies & ex-Vietnam war vets journeyed down to Oaxaca in southern Mexico to escape conformity in their quest for transcendant hallucinogenic experiences. While there, the sampling of the local spirit was inevitable. And the agave worm at the bottom of the bottles only enhanced mezcal's mystique. Click Here To Read More!
By Kevin Gray - cocktailenthusiast.com
Crown Royal, the ubiquitous, purple-bagged blend from Canada, has just released its first rye whisky. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye combines the richness of northern harvest rye grains with that traditional Crown Royal flavor profile. Click Here To Read More!
16th July, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business
Regardless of size, brands from all manner of spirits categories recorded double-digit growth last year, despite widespread challenges in the industry. Click Here To Read More!
Aliza Kellerman - winepair.com
Contrary to what James Bond thinks, a true martini is made with gin. What separates gin from vodka is its characteristic botanicals. While 51% of these botanicals are comprised of juniper, the others are left up to the imagination of the distiller. There’s gin flavored with everything from rose petals to hops. These funky gins are good. They’re creative. Click Here To Read More!
14th July, 2015 by admin - The Spirits Business
The local cocktail pub is a new category that marries all your needs under one unpretentious New York roof, writes Tyler Wetherall for BarChick. Click Here To Read More!
6th July, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business
Demand for American and Japanese whisk(e)y continued to boom in 2014, boosting the sales some of the largest world whisky brands. Click Here To Read More!Results according to The Spirits Business.
8th July, 2015 by Annie Hayes - The Spirits Business
As a category which tends to stick to one “signature” serve, liqueurs struggled in 2014, and the volume figures reflect this. Click Here To Read More!
9th July, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business
The continuing popularity of bitter flavours has meant a number of speciality spirits brands experienced a successful year in 2014, however the cachaça and anis categories did not fare so well. Click Here To Read More!
Chris Furnari Jul. 7, 2015 - brewhound.com
The opportunity to deploy a good pun never escapes the folks over at Craft Brew Alliance. A “swelling” number of beer drinkers are purchasing the company’s Hawaiian-themed session brand, Kona Big Wave, according to a press release. Citing recent IRI data, CBA said that annual Big Wave Golden Ale sales are up 66 percent – or as the company also put it: “four times the growth rate of the entire craft beer category.”Sales of Big Wave represent nearly 25 percent of golden ale category growth, according to the statement. Talk about shooting the curl. Click Here To Read More!
Chris Furnari Jun. 29, 2015 - brewhound.com
The midway point of the year is upon us and with brewers gearing up for Independence Day, one of beer’s biggest selling opportunities, we’re spotlighting a few off-premise sales trends. Click Here To Read More!
6th July, 2015 by Annie Hayes - The Spirits Business
More than 5.6 million Bourbon barrels were aged in Kentucky warehouses last year, the highest number recorded in 40 years. Click Here To Read More!
Rachel Hollis - TheChicSite.com, Author, Lifestyle Expert, Blogger, Public Speaker, and Girl Boss!
In my opinion there are three things that make for a good party: signature drinks, great food and beautiful decorations! Add a few of these tips below to this weekend's gathering and you're guaranteed to have the party everyone can't stop talking about. Click Here To Read More!
25th June, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business
The craft gin boom continued its progression in 2014, with even more brands launching on to the market – but how did some of the world’s biggest gin distillers fare? Click Here To Read More!
30th June, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business
The world’s first cider cask-aged Irish whiskey, vodka inspired by Breaking Bad and a classic Victorian style gin are all among our pick of the top spirits launched last month. Click Here To Read More!
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