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Yard House Adding New Menu Items, Cocktails on May 1

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 Names Daniel Pilkey Head Sommelier & Director of Wine Imports

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.

Regional Finalists Announced for 2017 ‘Star of the Bar’ Competition

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 Awards Carter Distributing Company First Place

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.

The Danger of Too Many Beer Taps

There’s a lot that makes America great, including freedom of choice. From 31 flavors of ice cream to, more to my point, 99 bottles of beer on the wall, consumers want what they want—so, why would any bar manager or restaurateur limit their patrons’ options? And yet, not to throw the good folks at places such as the Yard House under the bus, but the Irvine, California–originated chain with some 60 locations offers between 130 and 250 beers on its tap lists.

Oregon Chai Partners With Operators to Expand Drink and Food Menus

To support operators looking to appeal to the growing consumer demand for tea-centric offerings, Oregon Chai showcases how its line of chai tea concentrates can go beyond the latte mug.As the popularity of tea increases, chefs are becoming increasingly more creative with this multifaceted ingredient.

MurLarkey Medals and Wins American Distilling Institute’s Prestigious Awards

This week, the American Distilling Institute (ADI) awarded MurLarkey Distilled Spirits five medals as part of its 11th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits 2017—the most medals of any Virginia Distillery this year—MurLarkey Divine Clarity Vodka won gold in the grain-to-glass vodka category, and the growing Northern Virginia distillery took home bronze medals for four of its certified craft distilled spirits: Brutality Limited Reserve Whiskey, Cincerity Whiskey, Justice White Whiskey and Imagination Gin.

Cedar Ridge Distillery Named Distillery of the Year

At the 14th annual American Distilling Institute (ADI) Conference and Expo on Tuesday, Cedar Ridge Distillery was named the 2017 "Distillery of the Year."Bill Owens, president of the ADI, presented the award.

Everything You Need to Know About Craft Beer's Blissful Hotel

If you’ve ever wanted to bathe in a hot tub filled with India Pale Ale, soon you will get your chance.Coinciding with the opening of its first international brewing facility in Columbus, Ohio, Scottish brewery BrewDog plans to open a hotel dedicated to beer called The DogHouse.

Lodi Country Takes Root in the Wine Industry

Forty minutes south of  Sacramento and deep into California’s agricultural belt, where most of the country’s almond supply grows, Lodi is a rags-to-riches story when it comes to the wine industry.