Crafthouse, Game of Thrones gift box & CheersNY spirits, beer, cider and wine fest


Constellation invests in a new house, some fan favorites are returning to Westeros and New York artisanal producers spread the cheer—all on the latest edition of The Drinkable Week.

• In the two years since its launch, Crafthouse has made a name for itself as the rare pre-mixed and bottled brand to emerge from the craft cocktail scene. The company markets a line of ready-to-drink cocktails developed by a team of mixologists using only the finest, 100 percent natural ingredients. This week, beer, wine and spirits giant Constellation Brands announced that it has bought a minority stake in the brand, whose current products include ready-to-drink versions of cocktails like the Southside, the Paloma and the Moscow Mule. The deal is the first project for Constellation’s newly created venture-capital division, called, appropriately enough, Constellation Ventures. It’s a fairly smart move for Constellation, as it gives the company a bit of indie street cred. Crafthouse prides itself on using recipes developed in a bar, not a boardroom.

• Winter’s not coming quite yet, but the prospect of dealing with the eventual deep freeze just got much more palatable. Brewery Ommegang is re-releasing the first two beers in its Game of Thrones line in a special gift pack, a couple months ahead of the biggest gift-giving period of the year. A commemorative Game of Thrones glass accompanies 750 milliliter bottles of the Lannister-inspired Iron Throne Blonde and the most popular drink on the Wall, Take the Black Stout. They’ll also be available in individual 750-ml bottles and on draft.

• An upcoming event in Brooklyn will celebrate New York-made beer, spirits, cider and wine at the inaugural CheersNY craft beverage and food festival. The two-day event will feature three tasting opportunities: afternoon and evening sessions on Saturday October 3rd and an afternoon session on Sunday October 4. The inaugural CheersNY event is the result of a joint effort involving the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the State of New York through the latter’s Empire State Development Corporation and the Taste NY food and drink promotion initiative. The group is staging the event at Brooklyn’s creative manufacturing district known as Industry City. Tickets are $40 per session and they’re on sale now at

• And, just a reminder: My book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously, will be hitting stores in just three short months, but it’s not too early to pre-order it at all of the usual online booksellers.

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