Rob Patridge, OLCC Chair Instrumental In Cannabis Regulation, Announces Resignation

The chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Rob Patridge, announced this week that he will leave the position for a private-sector job. Patridge was appointed to the position in July 2013. He is perhaps best...

A Competition That Judges Spirits Differently

Spirits are graded with unusual parameters in The New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC). Judges still blind-taste entries, and receive info about style, age and geographical origin. But they also get to see the market price of each...

O’Neill Vintners & Distillers Acquires Robert Hall Winery

O’Neill Vintners & Distillers has announced the purchase of Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles, California. The sale includes the Robert Hall production facilities, hospitality center, inventory, vineyards and brands. Financial details of the sale were not disclosed. Robert...

Wirtz Beverage Canada Joins Breakthru Beverage Group

Wirtz Beverage Canada has joined Breakthru Beverage Group and will begin operations today as Breakthru Beverage Canada. Breakthru was launched in January 2016 through the merger of The Charmer Sunbelt Group and Wirtz Beverage Group. The...

Patriot Brands To Build $5 Million Distillery in Pleasureville, Kentucky

Patriot Brands LLC, a start-up spirits-maker established earlier this year, plans to build a distillery and historical park in Pleasureville, Kentucky, with a $5 million investment, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said in a press release. "Start-ups...

Diageo Reports 3% Global Sales Dip, 3% Growth in North America

Global net sales were down 3% over the last 12 months for Diageo, according to a report the company released today. The world's largest drinks maker realized a net profit during the year that ended June...

Interview: How Patrón Stays Small-Batch Despite Its Large Size

Patrón Tequila has used artisanal production techniques well before that trend swept through spirits and marketing. The brand has long positioned itself as ultra-premium and has become a giant of the top-shelf. Still, the company...

National Poll Reveals Summer’s Top Flavors: Refreshing, Fruity and Crisp

Nearly two thirds (65%) of drinking-age Americans say "refreshing" is what they're most likely to look for in an alcohol beverage this summer. This is among the results of a recent study done by The Harrison Poll of 1,975...

Jack Daniel’s Opens Two New Tour Facilities As Part of 150th Anniversary

The Jack Daniel Distillery announced today the official opening of Barrel House 1-14 and the reconstructed Motlow House as part of its 150th anniversary celebration. Both facilities will be highlighted aspects of the guest experience...

4 Things To Know About Jamaican Rum

Premium rum is shaping up as the next big sipping category. More Americans are becoming spirits connoisseurs after the recent successes of premium whiskey and tequila. And with how much modern consumers love to...

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