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Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Tito’s Sued Again!
New Liquor Studies
Fall Whiskey Cocktails
Check out these autumnal whiskey cocktails by NYC master mixologist Josh Brandenburg.
Riesling’s an Oktoberfest-friendly wine
October means Oktoberfest, which for wine lovers means Riesling.
25 breweries you should know
By the latest stats, the number of breweries in the United States has nearly doubled from 1,625 in 2010 to 3,040 today.
5 Great Gluten-Free Beers
There are plenty of beer companies out there that want to provide you with tasty, gluten-free beer
Meet the man who scaled Argentina’s mountains to bring malbec wine to the world
Nicolas Catena has scaled mountains to make seriously good wine.
Aromella make a name for itself, by releasing the first wine pressed from the great grape.
Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you.
To break into the top 10 percent of American drinkers, you would need to drink more than two bottles of wine with every dinner. And you’d still be below-average among those top 10 percenters
Beer may keep your brain sharp
In lab experiments on young mice, scientists found than xanthohumol a type of flavonoid found in beer helped improve cognitive functions in them.
Three Things You Didn’t Know About Chablis
A few fascinating facts about one France’s most celebrated white wine regions.
ALCOHOL MAKES SMILES MORE ‘CONTAGIOUS’
Men are more likely to “catch” a smile from people in their social group after drinking alcohol, according to a new study.
LEBRON JAMES SCORES A WINE TOUCHDOWN
A Single Tweet By LeBron James, going out to his 15.1 million followers, and the wine in question is made by American football legend, Drew Bledsoe, you can be sure it’s going to get some coverage.
Glenmorangie has released a new single malt, Taghta, which it says is the world’s first crowdsourced whisky. Created over the past 18 months with input from whisky enthusiasts in more than 30 countries, Taghta—which is Scots Gaelic for “The Chosen One”—will be available globally in a supply of 12,000 bottles, retailing at £70 ($114) apiece. The new malt was developed by—and will be sold through— Glenmorangie’s Cask Masters program, led by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the brand’s director of distilling and whisky creation. Through the Cask Masters program, consumers helped decide in which casks the spirit was matured and assisted with packaging design and imagery associated with the finished malt. An Impact “Hot Prospect,” Glenmorangie has more than doubled its U.S. volume to 108,000 cases over the past three years.
New UV Vodka Flavor
UV vodka has launched UV Salty Caramel Apple, the brand’s first limited edition seasonal flavor. Featuring notes of apple, caramel and salt, the fall-inspired offering will be available nationwide, retailing for $11.99 a 750-ml. and $12.99 a 1-liter. Salty Caramel Apple joins UV’s existing range of more than 20 flavored vodkas, including its recently released UV Sugar Crush and UV Sriracha entries. UV vodka is projected to hit 2 million cases this year, according to Phillips Distilling.
The science of skunky beer (and how to prevent it)
Even though it’s cool and breezy out, your beer can still get skunked.
WINE WASTE TURNED INTO BIOFUELS
Wine just got even better for you as Australian researchers have developed a technique for converting winery waste into compounds that could have potential value as biofuels or medicines.
Samuel Adams has released its Boston Lager and Rebel IPA in 16-ounce cans.
Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow: Why You Need to Drink Wet-Hopped Beer Right Now
wet-hopped beer, the fleeting embodiment of the season
11 OF THE WEIRDEST WINE AROMAS
not all of the smells are straightforward and pleasant.
Antioxidant found in wine may help fight acne
A key antioxidant derived from grapes – and also found in wine – inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria, a new study has found.
What can your wine tell you?
you can learn about a white wine by looking at the color.
Make Your Own Yarn-Wrapped Wine Bottle
Get creative and make your own yarn-wrapped wine bottle to decorate for your own home or as a gift!
Leading Producers of Beer, Wine, and Spirits Launch Digital Guiding Principles
The first-ever set of global guidelines for beverage alcohol producers’ online marketing and social media use.
Young drinkers have abandoned big beer. Can it be saved?
Big Beer still has a problem: Drinkers, especially millennials, aren’t consuming enough of it.
Keg theft crackdown in California with signing of new bill
All you would-be keg thieves out there beware, California is coming for you.
Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer is returning its collaborative Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout label this month. Created in partnership with Rhode Island coffee producer Autocrat LLC, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout first appeared in December 2013 as part of Narragansett’s limited edition Hi Neighbor Mash-Up series. The 5.3%-abv entry, which features roasted barley, chocolate malt and crystal malt notes, will be available across select East Coast markets through December, in 16-ounce can six-packs and 12-ounce bottle 12-packs, priced at $8.99-$9.49 a six-pack.
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Wine Lover’s Guide to Austria
Austrian wine producers have been crafting superlative wines—sparkling, dry, and sweet—from white and red grapes in small quantities at competitive prices for centuries
10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Gaja
The story of Gaja, one of Italy’s outstanding and most influential wine producers.
Pack It Up Folks, There’s Now Spreadable Beer
“Birra Spalmabile” or spreadable beer, is being manufactured and distributed by an Italian company
The family trees of the six companies that make 50% of the world’s beer
Foxboro bars get poor marks
One-third of Foxboro’s liquor establishments get failing grades in sting
TEN OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE COCKTAILS
Submerged diamonds, rare Cognac, luxurious Champagne and extravagant garnishes are just some of the things which make these cocktails so expensive.
JOHN WAYNE BOURBON LAWSUIT THROWN OUT
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the descendants of John Wayne over the trademark of a Bourbon brand launched in the late actor’s name.
SHERYL CROW PARTNERS WITH US WINERY
Sheryl Crow has joined up with Chateau St. Jean winery in California’s Sonoma Valley to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
WOMAN CREATES DISABLED WINE GUIDE
A disabled woman frustrated at the lack of information on access when travelling has a blog offering disabled people tips and advice on getting around California’s wine country.
The Mead You Need
Often termed “the ancestor of all fermented drinks,” mead is the only fermented beverage that can emerge naturally from our surroundings.
Out-of-the-box Oktoberfest beers
If you’ve sipped too many malty-sweet Oktoberfest beers to count, turn your sights to this mix-six: all fest-worthy, all a different direction from the seasonal lager
Yellow Tail producer to launch premium brand in the US
The new range will retail at up to US$100 per bottle as opposed to Yellow Tail which sells for around $7 per bottle.
Vintage Atlantic Wine Region
Wineries from New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania are part of this regional alliance
Wine and Your Sex Drive
Alcohol in small amounts will increase your libido.
And Then You Read This!!
FIVE UNITS OF ALCOHOL A WEEK LOWER SPERM COUNT
Drinking as few as five units of alcohol per week could lower men’s sperm count, new research shows.
Tito’s Faces Another Lawsuit
Tito’s Handmade Vodka owner Fifth Generation Inc., which is currently being sued in a California court over its claim that the brand is “Handmade,” is now facing a similar lawsuit in Florida. In recent days, plaintiffs Shalinus Pye and Raisha Licht—both consumers who claim to have previously purchased Tito’s—filed a class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee.
The Florida lawsuit alleges that “through unlawful, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and false advertising and marketing, defendants manufactured, marketed, and/or sold their ‘handmade’ vodka to consumers with the false representation that the Vodka was ‘handmade’ when, in actuality, the vodka is made via a highly-mechanized process, which is devoid of human hands.”
Similar claims were made in the California lawsuit. Fifth Generation owner Tito Beveridge said he would vigorously contest that suit. “All of our labels have gone through the approval process of the Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB),” says Beveridge. “After sending a field agent to Austin to review our processes, the TTB has approved our use of ‘Handmade’ on our label. We think our pot still batch distillation process is one of the key things that differentiates us from a great majority of other vodkas. We disagree with these claims and will defend ourselves against this misguided attack.”
Wine Beats Yogurt in Health Stakes
Probiotic levels in wine beat more traditional dairy sources of good bacteria, a new study in Spain reveal
What makes today’s Lodi wines special?
Great article to read as we prep for Grady Family Winery to visit our tasting room for the Franklin Wine Club!
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