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Modest Growth Predicted for Alcohol Sales in 2015

Drink sales in bars and restaurants are projected to grow modestly in 2015, according to Technomic's expectations for the on-premise alcohol industry. Conditions at major chain restaurants that serve alcohol are slowly improving, and greater consumer confidence will lead to a more positive trend than seen in 2014.

NRA Predicts Top Menu Trends For 2015

Every year, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) gets in the kitchen with chefs to reveal the top menu trends for the coming year.For its annual What’s Hot Culinary Forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,300 professional chefs, members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), to discover which foods, cuisines, beverages, and culinary themes will be hot trends on restaurant menus in 2015.

25 Cocktails for 25 Days of Christmas

Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas countdown has begun, and with it comes the annual list of 25 cocktails from Italian hot spot Bibiana in Washington, D.C.Now in its fourth year, the 25 cocktails list, which beverage director Michael King began conceptualizing at the end of July, unveils a new alcoholic drink each day this month.

Chicago Chef to Open Family Distillery in Kentucky

Jason Girard, the former executive chef at Buddy Guy’s Legends, is preparing to launch Old Dunbar Distillery in his grandmother’s birthplace of Henderson, Kentucky.Girard’s great-­grandfather, Colonel Felix E.

Boozing Up Breakfast

Beer, wine, and cocktails are moving from happy hours to breakfast hours. The so-called boozy brunch has long been a weekend tradition in big cities such as New York or Washington, D.C., but the recent influx of breweries across the U.

Banking on Beverage

Red Robin has always had a bar. In fact, the brand started as a tavern near the University of Washington’s campus in the 1940s. But at some point in the 80s or 90s, amid nationwide expansion, the prominence of alcohol was lost in favor of building a more family-friendly environment.

Small Holidays, Big Drinks

Smith restaurant in Seattle knows the fun of a good off-holiday. The neighborhood restaurant celebrated its fifth annual Canada Day on July 1 with poutine, fireworks decorations, and the aptly dubbed Winnipeg, a $6 cocktail made with house-infused cinnamon whiskey, Amaro Averna, and black pepper tincture.

Hot Beverages on the Market

Beer & Wine | Spirits & Craft Soda | Coffee + Tea & Juice +WaterSnapshot WheatBeerNew Belgium Brewing/ 2014 / 5% ABVThe wheat was added to New Belgium’s full-time lineup this year, and it’s a winner.

The Pursuit of Hoppyness

Inspired by their travels in Europe, brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin opened Portland, Oregon’s Barley Mill Pub in 1983. In the era of Coors and Budweiser on tap, the brothers dreamed of offering more variety, including house-brewed options.

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Cheers, Chef

Just as alcohol can liven up any social gathering, its presence can also work wonders on a dish, giving it unexpected new dimensions. Traditionally, alcohol has been used as a component in well-known specialties like French coq au vin, in which the chicken is braised with red wine, or Italian salsa alla vodka, where the spirit potentiates the tomato’s flavor and gives the pasta dish an upgrade.

Craft Spirits Gaining Share of Total Alcohol Sales

Spirit trends have improved in the on-premise channel in recent weeks, driven by improved traffic trends for the channel as well as accelerated share gains for spirits versus total alcohol beverage, according to GuestMetrics, which gathers data from POS systems from restaurants and bars across the U.

Knotty Deck Entices Austin Residents with Patio

The Renaissance Austin Hotel proudly announces its new concept: The Knotty Deck. A playful, urban treehouse feel that is sure to become an Austinite favorite for drinks and grub, this venue will provide out-of-town visitors with a true Austin experience, located at 9721 Arboretum Blvd.