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3 Signs the U.S. Liquor Business Had a Great 2016

John Kell - fortune.com

The spirits industry can raise a glass to yet another strong year.

The volume of spirits sold at retail locations rose 2.4% in 2016. Alcohol suppliers said sales rose an even faster 4.5% last year to $25.2 billion in the United States, spirits advocate Distilled Spirits Council reported on Tuesday. Even more impressive, it was the seventh consecutive year that spirits stole more market share from brewers. The spirits industry now commands 35.9% of the total alcohol market vs. 47% for beer and 17.1% for wine. Beer made up close to 60% of the alcohol market in the 1990s. Click Here To Read More!

Love cocktails? Here are five bottles your liquor cabinet can't do without

Chad Parkhill - theguardian.com

Every working bartender will be familiar with this scenario: you go to visit friends or family on one of your nights off, and someone suggests that you whip up a round of mixed drinks for everyone. “What can you make with this?” they ask, gesturing to a liquor cabinet that contains a bottle of gin, a bottle of white rum, a bottle of vodka, a bottle of tequila, and maybe a bottle of Baileys. Your heart sinks – the answer is, well, “Not much.” Click Here To Read More!

6 Lucky Things To Do On St. Patrick’s Day 2017

Nicholas Mojica - International Business Times - Yahoo News

Has 2017 not been going your way so far? Well, you’re in luck! March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, and you may be able to grab some of that luck-of-the-Irish. Before you head out to a parade or a bar, check out these six things you can do to make sure today is your lucky day.

1. Spill The Wine

While spilling salt can be seen as a bad omen, spilling wine could bring you good vibes. Now, you shouldn’t go around purposely spilling wine but if some happens to spill on your outfit or a table cloth, that’s even better luck. And if you’re really superstitious, make sure to dab a little bit of the wine behind your ears. Click Here To Read More!

The Guinness Storehouse and Airbnb Launch Global Contest Ahead of St. Patrick's Day for Travelers with a Thirst for Adventure

DUBLIN, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire

Ahead of St. Patrick's Day, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin has partnered with Airbnb to unveil Ireland's first "Night At" competition airbnb.com/night-at/guinnessstorehouse by listing the seven-story visitor attraction as a unique residence on its website. One lucky beer fan and a friend will get the first ever opportunity to spend a night at the Home of the Black Stuff - for free! The competition sees the iconic Gravity Bar converted into a loft and the Guinness Gates opened for a once in a lifetime experience. To enter for a chance to win, would-be residents are invited to answer the following question: 'What makes you the world's biggest Guinness fan?' Click Here To Read More!

The 10 Most Anticipated New Chicago Restaurants, Spring 2017

By Jeffy Mai - chicago.eater.com

As winter turns to spring, the weather isn’t the only thing Chicagoans have to look forward to. Get ready for another round of restaurant openings from a star-studded lineup of chefs. If you’ve been a shut-in over the past several months, these soon-to-be hotspots will definitely awaken you from hibernation.

This upcoming season has a little bit of everything. The Sepia team is trading fine dining for a more laid back experience at Proxi, while several talented chefs are making their returns with new restaurants. And on the South Side, Open Outcry Brewing will be a welcome watering hole for craft beerheads. Click Here To Read More!

BARTENDER OF THE WEEK

Alan Nelson: You can call him Al

BY BUCKY MONTGOMERY - Florida Weekly Correspondent

There is no better place to watch a Key West sunset than from a seat at the Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort, located at 0 Duval Street. The colorful seats and patio umbrellas line the pier that shoots out into the Gulf of Mexico, with a broad view of the blue sea horizon, with picturesque Sunset Key, Wisteria Island, sailboats gliding past, jet skiers, and passing seabirds. It’s adjacent to Mallory Square, near the Sponge Market, the Shipwreck Museum and the Key West Aquarium … and it’s your launch up Duval Street.

Al Nelson has been slinging drinks from behind the Sunset Pier tiki bar for 14 years. That’s a lot of beautiful Key West sunsets (more than 5,000 including days off, if you’re counting). It’s not a bad way to spend 14 years of afternoons when you’ve got to work. He prefers the name Al over Alan. “If someone says Alan, I figure it’s some ex from my past,” he quips. Click Here To Read More!

25 Ways to Leave Your Wine Love

Just one new wine every other week

Matt Kramer - winespectator.com

That we live in an age that seeks the solace of the simplistic is hardly breaking news. Still, the close of 2016 brought with it a small science news item in The New York Times that I, anyway, thought was a champion example of the simplistic. Here it is:

"A handful of nuts a day may be enough to reduce the risk for death from heart disease and other ills. In a review combining data from 20 prospective studies, researchers found that compared with people who ate the least nuts, those who ate the most reduced the risk for coronary heart disease by 29 percent, for cardiovascular disease by 21 percent and for cancer by 15 percent. There was also a 52 percent reduced risk for respiratory disease, 39 percent for diabetes and 75 percent reduced risk for infectious disease in those who ate the most nuts. Most of the risk reduction was achieved by eating an average of about one ounce of nuts a day, the amount in about two dozen almonds or 15 pecan halves." (The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2016)

So there we are: A mere handful of nuts a day, and the risks of the likes of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and infections are reduced by dramatic percentages. Frankly, it sounds too good to be true. But who am I to say it isn't so? Click Here To Read More!

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