Why Brandy is on the Upswing

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Not only is brandy the backbone in many classic cocktails, the distilled wine spirit also features prominently in fine cooking recipes. As more consumers turned to cooking and mixing cocktails at home during the...

The Best Alcohol Gifts for 2021

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Every year, we publish our guide of the best alcohol gifts for the coming holiday season. This year’s list of 27 items includes limited-edition offerings, value-added packs, seasonal treats, stocking stuffers and all-around specialty items that...

Leaving a Legacy: Recalling Jim Sgueo’s 53-year Career at NABCA

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From the mail room to the board room — that’s how so many of NABCA President and CEO Jim Sgueo’s colleagues and industry peers describe his 53-year career at the association. But there’s a...

9 Alcohol Trends in 2021-22

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Alcohol trends have shifted significantly in the past two years. The world of 2019 feels like decades ago. The generational pandemic of 2020 reshaped our lives in a rapid, lasting fashion. However, not everything from the time of...

Vodka Trends in 2021

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Thanks to the top vodka trends in 2021, this behemoth category survives and thrives — even during the pandemic — with its versatility, mixability and enduring popularity. At-home consumption spurred sales via takeout cocktails from bars...

Podcast: Wine Needs to Recalibrate

Why aren’t Millennials drinking wine? And why is wine consumption broadly declining? In this episode, Editors Melissa Dowling and Kyle Swartz interview wine educator and author Marnie Old, who previously served as the director of...

Podcast: Vodka Trends in 2021

What are the top vodka trends in 2021? While not endlessly talked about like whiskey, vodka is still by far the largest alcohol category. Since we last discussed vodka nearly a year ago, the category's share...

Interview: How Alcohol Distribution Evolved with Covid-19

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The 2020 pandemic greatly altered all tiers of the industry, including alcohol distribution. As Covid-19 first swept over the world, wholesalers, warehouses and shippers adapted rapidly. During this time of change, we spoke on the topic with...

Virginia Acts With Authority

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Beverage alcohol control in Virginia has fundamentally changed in recent years. Rather than a department or agency, the VABC now legally operates as an “authority.” Approval for this shift occurred during the 2015 General...

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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