The 13 Best Beach Bars In America

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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The 7 Best Rye Whiskies To Use In A Manhattan

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!

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Top tips to run a successful start up: Part 2

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!

Top 10 Scotch whisky distilleries to visit

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!

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On National Tequila Day, sip on this: thoughts on Tequila, racism and a recipe

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!

Top tips to run a successful start up: Part 1

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!

Top 10 new British gin brands

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!

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Best Mezcal–Rediscovered

By Federico

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!

Crown Royal Releases Northern Harvest Rye Whisky

By Kevin Gray -

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!

Top 10 fastest growing spirits brands

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!

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The 9 Best Gins To Use In A Martini

Aliza Kellerman -

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!

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Top 5 cocktail pubs in New York

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!

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Top 10 best-selling world whisky brands

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!

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Top 10 best-selling liqueur brands

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!

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The world’s best-selling speciality spirits brands

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!

Locked In: Sales of Kona Big Wave Up 66 Percent

Chris Furnari Jul. 7, 2015 -

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!

IRI: Craft Sales Up 20 Percent; Not Your Father’s Root Beer Cracks the List

Chris Furnari Jun. 29, 2015 -

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!

Kentucky Bourbon inventory hits 40-year high

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!

9 Ways To Take A 4th of July Party To The Next Level

Rachel Hollis -, 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!

Top 5 best-selling gin brands

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!

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!

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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.

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