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Playa Real Tequila Earns Top Honors at 2019 World Tequila Awards

Playa Real Tequila, the Austin-based brand producing one of the only 100 percent blue agave, 80-proof, triple-distilled flavored premium tequilas in the world, announced that all three of the company’s products received top honors at the 2019 World Tequila Awards.

LA’s The Wellesbourne Unveils New Cocktail Program

The Wellesbourne launched the next phase of its cocktail program. Showcasing rare spirits and imaginative recipes, The Wellesbourne cocktail roster itself with evocative ingredients ranging from pasilla pepper syrup to habanero to rose water.

Thirsty Lion Plans East Coast Takeover

Gastropub is a word thrown around a lot in the restaurant industry. One quick Google search returns north of 41 million results. Before opening Thirsty Lion, founder and chief executive officer, John Plew, wanted to make sure he knew what a true iteration looked like.

Bar Professionals Say Bring on the Banana

The beverage world will see a reemergence in banana flavors, predicts Eric Nakata, vice president of beverage innovation S&D Coffee & Tea. This renewed enthusiasm for banana may be related to growing interest in Latin American cuisine, which uses the banana-like plantain as a staple, or the trend toward plant-based and natural ingredients for elements like non-dairy milk alternatives (up 61 percent over the past 5 years, according to The Next Idea 2019 Restaurant and Food Forecast) that can be made from bananas.

Your Bar's Secret to Attracting Millennials: Self-Serve Beverages

Millennials are a sought-after target market in the hospitality industry, thanks to their estimated spending power of $200 billion per year and tendency to eat out five times a week, on average. A majority of millennials 21 and up also report spending time at bars at least once a week, whereas older generations are less than half as likely to frequent drinking establishments.

Two Exclusive Bourbons Join the Menu at Rusty Bucket

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern announced it is now offering two exclusive bourbons, Woodford Reserve Personal Selection Gary’s Blend No. 14 and Old Forester Single Barrel, at all locations in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Colorado and Florida.