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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...

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...

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...

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...

Why RTDs Will Boom in 2021 and Beyond

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How hot are Ready to Drink cocktails (RTDs) in 2020? The category has grown 43% in global consumption this year, according to the IWSR, with U.S. consumers leading the charge. Moreover, the IWSR projects that...

Podcast: What’s Next for Hard Seltzer?

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In our latest podcast about the on- and off-premise alcohol industries, Editors Kyle Swartz and Melissa Dowling discuss the ongoing boom in hard seltzer, and what’s next for this red-hot category. How much more can...

Podcast: How Alcohol Companies Can Promote Sustainability

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In our latest podcast, we examine sustainability movements is in the alcohol industry. Editors Melissa Dowling and Kyle Swartz sit down with Nick Martin, Executive Director of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable. BIER is a technical...

10 American Whiskey Trends in 2021

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While Covid-19 shut down most of the world in 2020, whiskey aged in rickhouses all the same. The market for American brown spirits hardly cooled off. The boom in consumer interest continued throughout the...

Podcast: How Kentucky Spirits Became a Global Powerhouse

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Kentucky spirits were not always this hot. Not that long ago, distilleries could not give away bourbon. Now, fanatical fans of brown spirits post in private Facebook groups to help each other hunt down any...

DISCUS Report: RTDs and Premiumization Boomed in 2020

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The annual economic briefing by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), conducted virtually today, confirmed the grim state of on-premise in 2020, while highlighting areas of industry growth. One of the winners...

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