Top 10 spirit launches in June 2015

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!

Pappy Van Winkle Is Collaborating On A New Maple Syrup

The Huffington Post - By Joe Satran

For a brief window at the end of June, you're going to be able to buy bottles of a sweet brown liquid sealed with red wax and with the words "Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year" emblazoned across the front. Is your mouth watering? Perhaps you're one of the many people who have become obsessed with Pappy Van Winkle, widely considered the world's best bourbon. Or maybe you're one of the lucky few who discovered Pappy before the recent craze, and have nonetheless found it nigh-impossible to get your hands on a bottle the past few years. Click Here To Read More!

Top 10 best-selling vodka brands

23rd June, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Challenges in Eastern Europe mean that our list of the world’s best-selling vodka brands has lost a number of prominent Russian names, allowing some lucky international players to grab the spotlight. Click Here To Read More!

Top 10 best-selling Scotch whisky brands

22nd June, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

The entire Scotch whisky industry took a hit in 2014 as exports continued to dive, causing our best-selling leaderboard to experience a rather extensive reshuffle.

While the top two best-selling Scotch whisky brands remain unchanged, the majority of other Scotch brands selling more than one million nine-litre cases have found themselves in a new position. Click Here To Read More!

Buffalo Trace reveals ‘perfect’ single oak Bourbon

19th June, 2015 by Annie Hayes - The Spirits Business

Buffalo Trace has revealed what it believes to be the “perfect” Bourbon after fans selected the distillery’s Batch #80 bottling as the winner of its Single Oak Project Bourbon. Click Here To Read More!

Bourbon And Bacon Festival Is A Religious Calling

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- And lo, God looked upon four fine cities in the United States, and he saw that they were good, and he bequeathed unto each of them a festival brimming with earthly delights that proved the Garden of Eden truly was a lame party. To spread the tidings of his first-annual Bourbon and Bacon Festival, he sent a Huffington Post reporter to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland on Saturday, the final stop in a decadent, holy tour that also included Seattle, Denver and Austin, Texas. Then he sent his disciples to bear his gifts aplenty: Four Roses Bourbon; DJ's Gourmet Foods; Hood River Distillers; 4 Spirits; Bendistillery; Andina; Blue Flame Spirits; and Tatoosh Distillery, to name a few. Click Here To Read More!

TOTC announces Spirited Awards finalists

17th June, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Following a rigorous judging process, Tales of the Cocktail has revealed the top four finalists in each category of its 9th annual Spirited Awards.

Last week, the top 10 shortlisted bars, bartenders, writers, products and cocktail experts were announced, with judges analysing the largest nomination pool in the history of Tales of the Cocktail – the world’s premier spirits and cocktail festival. Click Here To Read More!

Brown-Forman to turn $12m mill into barrel factory

16th June, 2015 by Melita Kiely - The Spirits Business

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman is investing US$12 million to acquire and renovate an Indiana mill to expand its Bourbon barrel production operations.

The 15,000sqft lumber mill will be transformed to create staves and heading pieces for barrels, which will then be assembled at a separate site. Click Here To Read More!

Jack Daniel’s named Supreme Brand Champion

15th June, 2015 by Melita Kiely - The Spirits Business

Among the many brands vying for the top accolade, it was Brown-Forman’s Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey that was named our 2015 Supreme Brand Champion. Click Here To Read More!

How To Make A Hemingway Daiquiri, Your New Favorite Summer Drink

The Huffington Post | By Kristen Aiken

Let the following quote speak for Ernest Hemingway's love of booze:“Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares, if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.”Hemingway drank so many of his favorite cocktails at El Floridita, the Cuban bar where the author spent many days and nights drinking in the 1930s and '40s, that the drink was eventually named the Hemingway Daiquiri. Click Here To Read More!

Herradura Ultra Tequila launches in US

11th June, 2015 by Annie Hayes - The Spirits Business

Mexican producer Casa Herradura is rolling out its latest innovation, Herradura Ultra – a blend of the brand’s Añejo and Extra Añejo Tequila aged in American white oak barrels. Click Here To Read More!

Breaking Bad-inspired Blue Ice Vodka released

10th June, 2015 by Annie Hayes - The Spirits Business

Hit TV series Breaking Bad has inspired a limited edition line of Heisenberg Blue Ice Vodka, created in partnership between 21st Century Spirits and Sony.

Three special edition bottles featuring popular quotes by the “Heisenberg” alias of the series’ main protagonist, Walter White, will be made available across the US. Click Here To Read More!

Bartending sees high growth in Arizona

Musherf Alamri, Arizona Sonora News 7:32 p.m. MST May 30, 2015

Job seekers might want to brush up on their cocktail recipes as Arizona is expected to have the second highest expected growth rate for bartending in the nation for the next decade.That is good news for Patrick Night, 50, who is training to become a bartender. Night, who was a truck driver for the past 30 years, said he wants to get out of his cab and meet people. Click Here To Read More!

Buffalo Trace to up capacity with 50 warehouses

8th June, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Buffalo Trace is planning to build an additional 50 warehouses over the next 10 years in order to expand its Bourbon production.

The news follows Buffalo Trace’s warning that demand continues to outstrip supply of its Bourbon brands, many of which will remain on strict allocation for the “foreseeable future”.
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Absolut in lawsuit over Kahfua ‘counterfeiter’

5th June, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Pernod Ricard has has accused a New York company of counterfeit trademarking a product almost identical to its Kahlua rum liqueur brand, called Kahfua.

The Absolut Company – a subsidiary of French drinks group Pernod – discovered the existence of a product called Kahfua, which features very similar labels to its Kahlua brand, when its producer filed a Certificate of Label Approval. Click Here To Read More!

‘Superb’ year for Brown-Forman as JD sales rocket

4th June, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Brown-Forman has called 2014 a “superb year” after reporting a net sales increase of 4%, spurred once again by its Jack Daniel’s whiskey portfolio.

The Louisville-based company’s reported net sales rose to US$4 billion, while income increased 6% to US$1.027bn in its full 2014/15 financial year. In the fourth quarter, reported net sales grew 6% to US$947m and operating income increased a significant 23% to US$232m. Click Here To Read More!

9 Sinful Bacon & Beer Pairings

Aliza Kellerman - vinepair.com

Bacon and beer are a natural match. You’ve probably been pairing the two together for years without thinking about it – late night munchies, anyone? But did you know there are actually a lot of different types of bacon, and each variety goes well with a different kind of beer? If you’ve just been eating the (supremely yummy) crispy breakfast bacon that goes well with soft scrambled eggs, then you’re depriving yourself of hearty, Irish bacon and sweet Italian pancetta. Click Here To Read More!

21 Surprisingly Classy Jello Shot Recipes

Emma Cooke Community Member - Buzzfeed Community

Are you ready for this jelly? Click Here To Read More!

How To Properly Use Jagermeister in Cocktails

Megy Karydes - Contributor - forbes.com

As cocktails with Jagermeister begin to appear on cocktail menus around the country, some of us might be wondering how to make a proper jagermeister cocktail . Wonder no more. Grant Wheeler of The Garret in New York City and Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo, also in New York City. Click Here To Read More!

Brown-Forman ups Bourbon distillery investment

1st June, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Brown-Forman has completed the purchase of a Louisville property to house its new Old Forester Distillery, which will cost the group US$15m more than originally announced.

Plans for Old Forester’s new distillery and “Bourbon experience” in Louisville, Kentucky, were first unveiled in September last year. Click Here To Read More!

Top 10 most bizarre bar locations

28th May, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Cranes, toilets, gold mines and giant coffins have all acted as very unusual locations for these unique watering holes around the world.

We may have already taken you through the world’s most unusually themed bars, but what of the most bizarrely located? Click Here To Read & See More!

Diageo redesigns flagship Smirnoff Red bottle

27th May, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Diageo is aiming to enhance the premium image of Smirnoff Vodka with a redesign of the brand’s flagship No.21 Red bottle.

Said to increase shelf standout and offer a more “modern experience” for consumers, the new design features a bolder Smirnoff label with “added texture” and “contemporary typography”. Click Here To Read More!

Millennials to drive spirits growth in the US

22nd May, 2015 by Tom Bruce-Gardyne - The Spirits Business

The future of spirits in the US is seemingly secure, as millennials take up their tipples with pleasure. But there is debate over which categories will win the most affection.

Larry Schwarz, president of Diageo North America, describes his domain as “a developed market with a runway for growth,” which he believes will come from millennial consumers. Of course he’s not alone in targeting a group growing by four million a year with a recognised bias towards spirits, and this has led to intense price competition and discounting. Once you climb into the super-premium category and above things get easier, allowing brands like Bulleit Bourbon to raise prices and maintain a 50% growth rate. Click Here To Read More!

Distillery unveils small batch whiskey programme

22nd May, 2015 by Melita Kiely - The Spirits Business

Sugarlands Distilling Company has launched The Whiskey Project at their Tennessee distillery to create a series of experimental small batch aged whiskeys.

The programme will see the distillery play around with traditional and modern distillation methods, as well as different barrels for ageing and “distinctly unique” mash bill recipes.
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Bardstown creates whiskey brands with Mahalo

19th May, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company has partnered with Mahalo Spirits Group to launch a number of new whiskey brands that will be produced at its new US$25 million distillery.

It was revealed in June last year that Bardstown Bourbon Company intended to build a new 37,000-square-foot distillery in Bardstown, Nelson County, which will open in 2016.

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Shipwreck could hold thousands of litres of rum

18th May, 2015 by Annie Hayes - The Spirits Business

Sunken British warship the Lord Clive could hold “treasure worth millions”, including “vast stocks” of 250-year-old rum which will be recovered later this year.

The wreck, which sunk off the coast of Uruguay, was discovered in 2004, but the Uruguyan government has only given permission for its recovery this year.Salvage of the ship, which was sunk by Spanish cannons in 1763, will require cranes, excavators and around 80 workers and is expected to begin within two months. Click Here To Read More!

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Global Financial Crisis?

The adult beverage industry is probably one of the most insulated career paths when it comes to good times and bad times. when times are good, people are"partying like it's 1999", and when times are bad people are drinking their troubles away. Not that we like to benefit from others misfortune, but facts are facts. While nearly every sector of the US economy is downsizing or outsourcing, the beverage industry is going strong. If any company in the beverage industry is losing money it is from bad management, not for lack of demand.

Take a look at the videos in the "bartending schools" section of the website. We have a hard time keeping up with all of the news stories on how the bartending school industry is up 20% or more in some markets. If you are already a professional bartender / mixologist. give yourself a pat on the back for choosing such a stable career. If you are thinking about becoming a bartender, read through this site and learn about the business from others in the industry then join us. There is always room for well trained, knowledgeable bartenders. Keeping that in mind, we reccomend that you seek out a reputable bartending school if you want to break into the industry because the lessons learned at agood bartending school will pay off immeadiately in better jobs, shifts, and tips.

The advantage of attending bartending school versus other trade schools is that our courses are short, effective and relatively inexpensive. You can be working as a bartender within two to four weeks. Most other trade schools take from 9 months to two years to complete and cost thousands of dollars. Bartending school can give you peace of mind in a very short time.

Most quality bartending schools offer a course that is at least 32 hours long. Three quarters of that time should be dedicated to letting the student practice what they have learned behind an actual bar under the close supervision of a licensed instructor. The bartending school should have a fully-equipped classroom that includes actual bar sinks, soda guns, beer taps, blenders and professional glassware.

A quality school will be licensed by their respective state board of education. State licensing ensures that the school is financially sound and employs state-approved teaching methods. A licensed school must follow the state laws in regard to enrolling students, school policies and offering a uniform refund policy.

Above all, we recommend that you visit the bartending school you are interested in prior to enrolling over the phone or by website. Education is not a purchase that should be made sight unseen. If there are more than one school in your city, take the time to visit at least two before making your decision. Cheapest is seldom best.

We have listed the 34 PBSA state-licensed bartending schools along with over 60 additional quality bartending schools that we are familiar with. We have included their phone numbers and a request more information form.

You may request an information package by clicking on the "request information" link next to each school. Your request will go directly to the school of your choice. Your information is never sold to outside companies or put on any "list".


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