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Craft Spirits-Focused Investment Fund Launches

Thoroughbred Spirits Partners, LLC and Thoroughbred Spirits Group, LLC announced the launch of Thoroughbred Spirits Partners Fund I, LP, a private equity partnership focused on startup and early stage ventures in the craft spirits industry.

2016 Restaurant Buyer’s Guide

Whether operators are looking to stock up on the essentials, from footwear to tableware, or seeking out the next breakthrough technology, this bountiful collection brings together a variety of the best products introduced into the restaurant industry over the last 18 months.

Ice Age

There was a time when chipped ice was reserved for highbrow balls or haughty Hollywood sets featuring debutantes, mobsters, or the Victorian aristocracy. Now the craft cocktail movement and its populist overtones have brought the elevation of cocktail ice to a fever pitch.

SLO Brew Brewpub to Expand and Relocate

Downtown San Luis Obispo, California’s longest running brewpub since prohibition, SLO Brew, recently announced plans to expand and relocate. SLO Brew is debuting in its new location on Higuera Street in early 2016 and will feature an upgraded brewery, restaurant, bar, and music venue.

Dogfish Head Distilling Co. Gets Ready for Expansion

There have long been murmurs about Dogfish Head’s distillery program—the small, almost fabled program that has been operating out of its Rehoboth brewpub for the past 13 years. Peculiar flavors like peanut butter vodka, chocolate vodka, and other curious creations fitting for a brand that notoriously branches out with its brews, like the Midas Touch, which falls somewhere between a chardonnay and mead, showcasing profiles of honey, barley malt, muscat grapes, and saffron.

Holiday Spirit

At Evelyn Drinkery, deep in New York’s East Village, one of the summer libations that partner Christian Sanders served to parched locals was the Portobello Road Street Party Punch, created by the brand’s own Jake Burger.

New York City's Carbone Debuts New Look on Las Vegas Strip

Marking Major Food Group’s first domestic expansion outside of New York City, Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick introduced their concept, Carbone, a successful restaurant in New York City’s Greenwich Village, to Las Vegas.

Three Barton 1792 Distillery Bourbons Receive Top Honors

Three bourbons from Barton 1792 Distillery received top honors at the 2015 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, with two receiving gold medals and one receiving double gold. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon was awarded double gold, and 1792 Sweet Wheat and Kentucky Tavern each won gold medals.

On-Premise Trends Moderate Through Early September

According to GuestMetrics LLC, which collects check-level data from Point-of-Sales systems from more than 10,000 restaurants and bars, on-premise trends moderated through early September, while sprits growth improved.

White Lightning Strikes

Moonshine has deep roots in American history. Looking to avoid the federal tax placed on liquors after the American Revolution, many began producing the high-proof spirit illegally in backwoods Appalachia.

Splashes Worth the Splurge

It was nearly a decade ago, coinciding with the ascent of the quality cocktail, when I was invited to get a drink with a dashing British gent by the name of Tim Warrillow. He was in New York because, along with business partner Charles Rolls, he had developed an Indian tonic water that was a far cry from the liquid found in all those bottles of Schweppes crowding supermarket shelves.

Harpoon To Release Brew Made From Treated Charles River Water

Boston-based craft brewer Harpoon Brewery and Desalitech, an innovative water treatment company based in Newton, announced Wednesday a new collaboration to treat and brew 300 gallons of water from the Charles River to create a limited edition beer—Charles River Pale Ale.

Jack Daniel’s Flavors Forge Partnership with Rumchata

The Jack Daniel’s Flavors team announced an official partnership with the award-winning cream liqueur brand RumChata. The partnership brings together Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, and RumChata.