Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Bitter Truth re-creates the original cocktail bitters brand

TBT_Bogarts BittersThe Bitter Truth announces the introduction—well, in a sense, re-introduction—of a new product, more than 150-years-old: Bogart’s Bitters. Bogart’s was the original bitters called for in the first cocktail book ever published, The Bar-Tender’s Guide: How to mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion penned by Jerry Thomas in 1862. Though in Thomas’s time the brand was sold as “Boker’s Bitters,” it is believed a misspelling by Thomas himself led to it being listed as “Bogart’s” in all of the book’s printings before his death in 1885 (affecting the 1862 and 1876 versions). In homage to Thomas’s legacy, The Bitter Truth – Bogart’s Bitters will be released in limited quantity in February.

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Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. expands across the U.S.

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Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. announces a major expansion of the brand nationally, adding 10 new states to the distribution map for the company, growing the footprint for the company to 25 states and the District of Columbia. The craft distillery’s growth comes, in part, because of the decision by Total Wine to carry the entire line of Catoctin Creek products in its retail stores nationwide. Read the rest of this entry

Rebecca Creek Distillery expands distribution to Florida

Texas-based Rebecca Creek Distillery has expanded to the Sunshine State, and its spirits can now be found on shelves and in bars and restaurants throughout the state of Florida.

 

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Craft beer pioneer Charlie Papazian to leave Brewers Association next year

Exactly one year from today will mark the end of an era for American craft beer and home brewing. Charlie’s a true pioneer. Read the release that just dropped from the Brewers Association.

The Brewers Association (BA) today announced that founder and past president Charlie charlie_pressNU-500x500Papazian will exit the Brewers Association on Jan. 23, 2019, marking his 70th birthday and 40 years building the craft brewing community and inspiring brewers and beer lovers around the world.

 “We are all here today because of Charlie Papazian,” says Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “His influence on the homebrewing and craft brewing community is immeasurable. Who could have predicted that a simple wooden spoon, ingenuity and passion would spawn a community of more than one million homebrewers and 6,000 small and independent U.S. craft breweries.” Read the rest of this entry

Bacardi to acquire Patrón, values tequila brand at $5.1B

Right on the heels of the Pernod Ricard-Avión announcement, even bigger tequila news comes out of Bacardi. The spirits giant, which has had a minority stake in Patrón for the past decade, will be buying the rest of the company. BTW, the brand’s worth more than Lucasfilm. I know, that’s apropos of nothing, but it’s a pretty big deal in my world when a tequila is bigger than “Star Wars.”  

Bacardi Limited announced today that it is expanding its portfolio of premium spirits patronwith a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent ownership of Patrón Spirits International AG and its Patrón brand, the world’s top-selling ultra-premium tequila. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, follows the successful relationship the companies have had for nearly a decade since Bacardi’s initial acquisition of a significant minority stake in Patrón in 2008. The transaction reflects an enterprise value for Patrón of US$5.1 billion and is expected to close in the first half of 2018. Read the rest of this entry

Koloa Rum launches Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum

Hawaii’s Koloa Rum Company has announced the launch of its first-ever Kauai Reserve Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian RumThree-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum.

Crafted in single-batches at its Kalaheo distillery, Kauai Reserve is made from the finest Hawaii sugar cane and fresh island water that was slowly filtered through volcanic strata before reaching vast underground aquifers. Kauai Reserve is aged for a minimum of three years in select American white oak barrels and contains no added sugar, color or other ingredients.

“We are thrilled to be launching our newest rum at the dawn of the new year,” says Koloa Rum Co. president and CEO Bob Gunter. “Kauai Reserve pours elegantly from the bottle, with a warm golden hue and a bouquet of mellow oak, orange peel and toasted vanilla. It’s remarkably smooth with rich, complex flavors that linger long after the last sip.”

Each of Kauai Reserve’s 12-barrel batches yields approximately 3,500 bottles that are carefully filled, inspected and numbered to meet the exacting standards for quality and taste that Koloa Rum Company is renown. Read the rest of this entry