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The 2020 StateWays Best Practices Awards

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This is the sixth year that StateWays is recognizing control jurisdictions for their innovative programs through the Best Practices Awards. Congrats to the overall winner, New Hampshire Liquor Commission, and all their fellow winners...

What Alcohol Consumers are Buying During the COVID-19 Crisis

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iquor stores nationwide have evolved with the coronavirus outbreak. While this crisis sadly decimated the on-premise industry, COVID-19 has sparked a sales boom for beverage alcohol retailers. Unable to visit bars and restaurants —...

Nice Job, New Hampshire!

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This is the sixth year that StateWays is recognizing control jurisdictions for their innovative programs through the Best Practices Awards. In addition to a number of strong winners in individual categories, this is the...

Forecasting Napa and Sonoma’s 2019 Vintages

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Recently there has been an amazing bull-market run for wines from Napa and Sonoma valleys. Can that continue with the 2019 vintage? I have just returned from winery visits to California’s north coast, and there...

Recognizing the Top Alcohol Brands and Trends

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EPG Media annually recognizes the fastest-selling spirits and wine alcohol brands, and their top producers, with our Growth Brands Awards. We were set to present these prizes at Las Vegas during WSWA 2020, but obviously that did not happen due...

Why Single Barrel Store Pick Whiskeys are Gaining Popularity

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Something interesting happened with store pick whiskeys in 2020. Retailers and clubs have selected and bottled their own single barrel whiskeys for some time. About a decade ago, pioneers like Lincoln Road Package Store in Mississippi, and Tippins...

What is Craft Tequila in 2019?

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What is craft tequila? Craft is a term tossed about by marketers, producers and consumers, but there are no laws regulating its use for beverage alcohol, and no real consensus as to what craft actually...

Sharing Solutions — Zander Guy Leads NC Through Uncertain Times

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In years past, the role of National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association (NABCA) chairman transitioned to the incoming leader at the organization’s annual conference, which was set to take place this year from May 18...

How to Sample Alcohol During the Pandemic

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Stated mildly, in-store sampling is difficult during the pandemic. The old way of “sips to lips” — handing out small pours to large groups of customers — poses an array of health risks in...

Ohio Named 2019 Control States Best Practices ‘Best of the Best’

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For the fifth year, StateWays is proud to recognize the most innovative programs and ideas in the control state system with our Best Practices Awards. This year, winning agencies represent the best in retailing,...

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