The National Restaurant Association announced Chad Brown of Sacramento’s B-Side as the 2017 Star of the Bar, a national mixology competition hosted by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants event.
In January I joined bartenders from Istanbul and Vienna to judge a Diplomático Rum competition in Budapest. One by one, enthusiastic Hungarian barkeeps took the spotlight, showing off concoctions starring the spirit—my favorite featured pineapple juice and Ethiopian cold-brew coffee—that they hoped would garner them a plane ticket to Venezuela for the April finals.
The craft beer market has evolved quite a bit in the past decade but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: Year after year, IPA (or India Pale Ale to the more formally minded) ranks as the, hands-down, most popular beer style.
Spirited SuccessesTwelve restaurants where the bar is raised to exceptional standards. by Alia AkkamA staggering number of bars today—whether an upscale speakeasy or neighborhood dive—astound with their rich collections of obscure spirits, carefully created concoctions, and knowledgeable staff.
Currently, there are over 5,000 craft breweries in this country, each offering an endless range of annual styles and flavors. Building an interesting craft beer program is not as formulaic as it once was by simply featuring heavier, stronger styles in colder months and lighter and more sessionable brews during the summer.
The Berlin International Spirits Competition has named Montanya Distillers’ Oro rum 2017 USA Rum of the Year. Montanya is a craft rum distillery out of Crested Butte, Colo. that uses old-world artisan traditions, combining science with art.
Rabbit Hole Distilling—the new bourbon and whiskey distillery bringing modernity to Louisville—and Proprietors LLC—the company behind many of the country’s top bars including Death & Co in NYC and The Walker Inn in LA—announce a first-of-its-kind partnership never before seen on this scale in the spirits community.
Blue Moon Brewing Company (Blue Moon), an award-winning craft beer company, announced today that its newest brewery in the River North (RiNo) neighborhood in Denver has been certified as OU Kosher from the Orthodox Union, the foremost authority in kosher certification.
Boardroom Spirits, an award-winning innovative announced the launch of FRESH Ginger, the latest addition to its line of naturally infused vodkas. FRESH Ginger’s aroma, color, and flavor is entirely derived from the natural ginger root, without artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, or food coloring.
For many in the restaurant biz, summertime means open patios, extended hours, out-of-town visitors, lighter menu items, and extra cool libations. Menu innovators seem especially smitten by that last one.
Yard House will introduce five new menu items along with a half-dozen new cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages beginning May 1. Executive Chef Carlito Jocson has been busy behind the kitchen door creating dishes that include a new twist on an old favorite, a meaty pizza, gluten-free pasta and a pair of desserts.
Maple & Ash, the award-winning steakhouse in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, announced the appointment of Daniel Pilkey as Head Sommelier & Director of Wine Imports. Pilkey is well-known in the Chicago wine world, as he served as Restaurant Director & Sommelier at Sixteen, where he was credited with revamping the beverage program, gaining a second Michelin star, and executing some of Chicago’s most impressive tasting menus.
Summer is around the corner and Mastro’s Steakhouse in New York City and Washington D.C., among other locations, is bringing back all of its light and delicious summer cocktails.They have new cocktails like the Yacht 27, Tiki Time, Caliente Breeze, and Mastro’s Lemon Drop.
The National Restaurant Association announced the five finalists of the 2017 regional Star of the Bar competitions, who will fly to Chicago to face off in a live event on May 21 at BAR 17, the premier beverage-alcohol event, for a chance to win the coveted Star of the Bar title and $5,000 grand prize.
Constellation Brands, an international producer of wine, beer and spirits, best known for Corona Extra and Modelo Especial, the nation’s top two imports, announces that Chattanooga-based Carter Distributing Company was awarded the brands Gold Crown—Tier Three Award, taking first place regionally, and first place nationally, for the second consecutive year.