Monthly Archives: December 2017

Craft spirits trends for 2018

I wrote this for the latest edition of the American Craft Spirits Association‘s e-newsletter. Thought I’d share it with you, as well. 

It’s hard to believe that yet another year is behind us. If 2017 proved anything, it’s that these are indeed exciting times to be in the craft spirits business. And that’s going to be doubly true in 2018. Here’s a look at some of the big spirits trends to keep an eye on in the new year.

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New Orleans entrepreneurs sign letter of intent to buy Tales of the Cocktail

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New Orleans natives, Gary Solomon, Jr., founder of Solomon Group, with the support of the Solomon Family, and Neal Bodenheimer of Cure and Cane & Table, two of New Orleans’ most beloved bars and restaurants, have entered into a letter of intent to take over Tales of the Cocktail (TOTC), the beverage industry’s premier cocktail and spirits festival.

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503 Cocktails launches Wicked Mule in a can in PDX area


503 Cocktails is launching its first canned cocktail, The Wicked Mule, this week which is available in liquor stores around the Portland, Oregon metro area, just in time for Christmas. The Wicked Mule is a local take on the classic cocktail of a similar name—503 adds vodka, real ginger, candy sugar, a good spritz of soda water and a hint of lime to allow the enjoyment of craft cocktails beyond the purveys of local bars and restaurants.

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Live, from Falls Church, it’s Speaking Easy Podcast w/ The Drinkable Globe!

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Last Friday, the guys at Speaking Easy Podcast (thanks co-hosts Alex Luboff and Jordan Wicker and producer Tyler Lloyd!) were kind enough to record a live episode before an audience at my book event at Cafe Kindred in Falls, Church, Virginia. The event was hosted in conjunction with One More Page Books & More, marking the third time the Falls Church independent bookstore sponsored an event for one of my books! Give it a listen!



Two Decades of Diageo


It almost seems like Diageo plc has been around forever, given the fact that it owns so many classic, venerable brands, including Johnnie Walker scotch, Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin and Guinness stout. But as a company, it’s still a year away from legal drinking age—in the U.S., at least, not in its U.K. home—as Diageo just turned 20 on Sunday.

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