Any restaurant that opens without a solid beverage program in place risks disappointing clientele who are increasingly cocktail-savvy. Furthermore, a loss of profit is inevitable when the menu makes only wine and beer the alcoholic priorities.
Moody Tongue Brewery (2136 S. Peoria St.), the culinary brewery from Brewmaster Jared Rouben in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, announces the release of two new beers: the Peeled Grapefruit Pilsner and an Aperitif Pilsner.
Taste (4584 Laclede St. St. Louis, MO 63108), the acclaimed cocktail and small plates bar from James Beard winner Gerard Craft, introduces a new menu of 18 ambitious cocktails to celebrate the change in seasons.
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.