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5 Ways to Build Competitive Draft Beer Diversity

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.

Montanya Distillers Named USA Rum of the Year

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, Proprietors LLC Announce One-Of-A-Kind Partnership

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, OU Kosher Bringing Kosher-Friendly Beer to Millions

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 Launches Ginger Root-Infused Vodka

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.

The 5 Most Outlandish Drinks in North America

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 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.