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U.S. Bartenders! Want To Compete in Ibiza, Spain?

When is a bartending competition not just a bartending competition? When it’s designed to bring people together in the spirit of the Mediterranean, celebrating both cocktails and food pairings. With this as its mission, Gin Mare has launched its US heat of the global Med Inspirations cocktail competition, which will send the winner on a trip to Ibiza to compete in the global final. The competition is now in its ninth year after having begun in Europe before expanding internationally and into the US three years ago. This year will see participants from Hong Kong, Singapore…

Founders Brewing Announces Más Agave

Founders Brewing Co. has announced that Más Agave will be the third release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series. An imperial lime gose-style ale brewed with agave and aged in tequila barrels, Más Agave is the first tequila barrel-aged beer Founders has bottled. Más Agave (10% ABV) will be available in all markets beginning in early May in 4-packs (12oz bottles) and 750mL bottles. It will be available in both the Detroit and Grand Rapids taproom locations on May 3.

New Management Figures At Notre Vue Estate

Bob and Renée Stein, the owners of Notre Vue Estate and Balverne Wines, based in Windsor, Sonoma, California, announced several new key management figures who have joined the winery. Alex Holman has been named Winemaker; Kirk Tomiser has been named National Sales and Marketing Manager; Daniel Charles is the new Viticulturist. “We are thrilled that industry veterans of this caliber will be joining our operation,” they said, in making the announcement.”Born and raised in San Francisco, Alex Holman graduated from CSU Fresno with a B.S. in Chemistry after spending five years in the U.S. Army.

Jack Daniels Releases No.27 Gold

After its initial launch as a travel retail exclusive item and select markets in Asia, Jack Daniel’s is officially introducing Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold Tennessee Whiskey to the United States.A double-barreled and double-mellowed expression of its classic Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, the premium bottle brings a fusion between warm maple and toasted oak to create a rich and refined finish suited for today’s whiskey aficionado.

Lunar Lager Commemorates Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Schlafly Beer, the largest locally owned craft brewery in St. Louis, released Lunar Lager, a sampler pack of four exclusive lagers, brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. From the font selection to the lager styles, the collection celebrates the momentous accomplishment in American history. Lunar Lager will be available in 12-pack bottles, with three of each exclusive beer per pack, across Schlafly’s distribution.

Dueling Pistols, Terlato’s Most Disruptive + Innovative Wine So Far

Terlato Wines debuted a new brand, Dueling Pistols, launched with a whole new approach to a campaign. Through a tension-filled label, episodic background story and through the wines themselves, The Dueling Pistol’s wine encompasses two blends from the Paso Robles and Dry Creek Valley regions of California, made of two bold, competing varietals in each bottle (thus the duel), a tension underscored by an origination story that will reveal itself over time.

Bulleit Rye 12-Year Old Released In Select Markets

Bulleit announced this week the nationwide, limited availability release of Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey.Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey is the fifth addition to the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey family, as well as the first extension of Bulleit Rye, a whiskey with one of the highest rye percentages on the market.

The Glenrothes’ Soleo 25-Year Old Rolls Out In U.S.

The Glenrothes, Speyside Scotch whisky, revamped its single malt offering and launched the Soleo Collection. The initial offering included a 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old, Whisky Maker’s Cut and 18 Year Old.  More recently the distillery’s award winning 25 Year Old whisky, the most mature expression in the collection, arrived to the U.S. Market.

Next Century Spirits Scales to 1,000 Proof Gallons Per Day Production

Next Century Spirits, an advanced technology company that specializes in the creation and processing of distilled spirits and wine for private label, bulk, and craft markets, announced today the scaling of its Durham, NC production facility to 1,000 proof gallons per day.

Established less than one year ago, Next Century produces oak-matured, high-quality spirits in hours rather than years.

Theobald & Oppenheimer Partners with LNJ Brands; Hires Kyle Harder

Theobald & Oppenheimer today announced a new distribution partnership with LNJ Brands to expand the presence of Single Prop Rum within the New York market. Complementing the partnership, Theobald & Oppenheimer announces a new hire, Kyle Harder, as Brand Director.

The rum, which is sourced from the Caribbean and blended with real coconut water, launched in the Pennsylvania market in April 2018.

Pahlmeyer Anniversary Label Released

Pahlmeyer Winery of Napa Valley released its 30th Anniversary 2016 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red, a red wine blend with a special commemorative label.

Vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer established Pahlmeyer in the 1980s with a string of successful vintages for his knockout, newcomer wines. His irrepressible spirit drove an unrelenting quest for the highest quality wine in every single vintage. “Everything worth doing is worth doing to excess,” is one of his favorite mantras.

Olympic Standard Bar Menu Can Upsell Customers

The distinctly Japanese beverage program at the newly opened concept Inn Ann at Japan House Los Angeles, California is under the guidance of Executive Chef Mori Onodera. Inn Ann’s beverage program is a microcosm of Japanese cocktail and drinking culture, with a focus on Japanese riffs on classic cocktails and an extensive collection of sake and shochu.

Tussock Jumper Scores Mets Partnership

For New York locals and Mets fans eagerly awaiting the start of baseball season, there’s a new addition to the roster at Citi Field. International wine portfolio Tussock Jumper is proud to announce that they are now an ‘Official Partner of the New York Mets’ through 2020.

Imported into the United States by Tri-Vin Imports, ballpark guests will now enjoy quality wine varietals from around the world at each Mets home game, enjoying Tussock Jumper wines with ballpark dishes through their by-the-glass offerings.

J. RIEGER & CO. INTRODUCES NEW HOSPITALITY TEAM AND DESTINATION EXPERIENCE

J. Rieger & Co. has announced several key additions to their hospitality management team, as well as details about their new spirits destination experience. The distillery space will expand to 60,000 square-feet in Kansas City’s historic Electric Park neighborhood, allowing the team to complement their increased production capacity with one of the country’s most innovative cocktail and craft spirits experiences. The public opening is scheduled for mid-June 2019 and will include multiple bars, tours, a gift shop, classes and private event spaces.

Silverado Appoints Bianca Lucchetti NorCal Sales Manager

Silverado Vineyards has appointed Bianca Lucchetti as Northern California Sales Manager, reporting to Kimberli Rogers, Sales Director, West. “Lucchetti will be responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with these accounts in addition to working with our distributor partners and their sales forces to achieve targeted points of distribution for Silverado Vineyards,” Rogers said in making the announcement. “We are delighted to have Lucchetti join Silverado Vineyards”.