Indie Spirits Expo Returns to Chicago

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For the seventh year, the world largest gathering of small, independent & artisanal brands will converge on Chicago, much to the delight of spirits enthusiasts everywhere. The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel.
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Graybeard Distillery partners with iHeartMedia on Bedlam Vodka Soundstage

Graybeard Bedlam Vodka iHeartMediaNorth Carolina based Graybeard Distillery, maker of award-winning rice-based Bedlam Vodka, has teamed with media industry leader iHeartMedia to establish the Bedlam Vodka Sound Stages at iHeartRadio’s 96.9 The Kat, Channel 96.1 and 1065 The End studio in Charlotte, N.C. and G105, 95x and B93.9’s studio in Raleigh.

Private venues reserved for exclusive artist performances, VIP concert series and invite-only sessions by emerging names in music, the Bedlam Vodka Sound Stage will host its first act August 14 at iHeartRadio’s studio in Raleigh when international recording sensation Jorge Blanco takes the stage in a concert for contest winners and guests of G105.

“Partnering with iHeartMedia to develop the Bedlam Vodka Sound Stages is an amazing opportunity to promote our passion for music, which is a constant throughout our distilling process,” a spokesperson for the distillery says. “This chance to bring artists to the Triangle and Charlotte areas enables us to share that passion for music and the iHeartRadio local affiliate stations allowing contest winners the opportunity to attend aligns with our brand’s inclusive nature.”

 

Prickly Ash Bitters: A classic American amaro gets back into Dodge

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Italy may have some of the world’s most iconic amaro brands, but Dodge City, Kansas-based Boot Hill Distillery is hoping to prove that a bitter liqueur straight out of the American West can more than hold its own against its European counterparts.

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Author Kevin R. Kosar releases Moonshine: A Global History

I was fortunate to attend a reception at the Distilled Spirits Council offices the other nightmoonshinehistory for Kevin R. Kosar, vice president of policy at R Street Institute, and his new book Moonshine: A Global History. Despite its close association with Appalachia, the concept of moonshine really is a worldwide phenomenon. Kosar offers some details on his new book:

Despite its reputation as a product of ramshackle stills hidden away in the Appalachian Mountains, moonshine has a long and storied global history. No matter where you go on earth, there is a local bootleg liquor, whether it’s white lightning, chang’aa, or hjemmebrent.

In Moonshine: A Global History (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press), Kevin R. Kosar tells the colorful and, at times, blinding history of moonshine, which features a crazy cast of crusading lawmen, clever tinkerers, sly smugglers, ruthless gangsters, pontificating poets, mountain men, beleaguered day-laborers and foolhardy frat boys.

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House Spirits announces national release of Westward American Single Malt whiskey

Portland Ore.’s House Spirits Distillery announced the national release of its Westward American Single Malt whiskey, which the spirits producer describes as “a grain-to-glass celebration of the American pioneer spirit, inspired by the best of the American craft beer and whiskey traditions.”

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Tales of the Cocktail: Spotlight on Shochu

Shochu expert Stephen Lyman of Kampai.us brings us up to date on the Japanese spirit’s expanding presence in the U.S. market. Apologies for some of the audio on this one.