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Epic brand list for next week’s NY Indie Spirits Expo

indiespiritsThe Indie Spirits Expo is my favorite series of boozy events in the U.S. Where else are you going to encounter a gathering of small, independent, family owned, handcrafted spirits and the distillers, importers, bottlers, distributors and representative under one roof? The New York edition is next Monday, June 11 at the Penn Club, 30 W. 44th St. in Manhattan. Doors open at 5 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 6:30 for regular ticket holders. Purchase tickets here.

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Joy of Sake introduces U.S. Sake Section, announces full restaurant lineup

The Joy of Sake, the world’s largest sake tasting outside Japan, returns June 15 with the biggest sake celebration in the city’s SakeKegs-Japanhistory. The 14th Joy of Sake New York will feature a record 478 competition-level sakes, a record 19 top restaurants serving sake-inspired appetizers, and a doubling of space to accommodate an expected sellout crowd at the Metropolitan Pavilion on June 15.

New this year is the U.S. Sake Section where brewers from Brooklyn Kura, Boston’s Dovetail Sake and Moto-I from Minneapolis will pour their chilled nama or unpasteurized sake. Nama sake’s rewards are its fresh, lively flavors, but these can be tricky to maintain at competition standards through the long journey from Japan. Read the rest of this entry

A Drinkable Globe Q&A with Joy of Sake founder Chris Pearce

joyofsakeThe 14th edition of Joy of Sake New York is just four weeks away and I caught up with Chris Pearce, founder of the largest sake tasting event outside of Japan, about what to expect next month. Tickets are still available and if you purchase by Friday, May 25 and use the promo code ENJOYNY, you’ll get $11 off the regular $110 ticket price. Get tickets hereRead the rest of this entry

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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Jimmy’s No. 43 Launches Spirit Council

Jimmy’s No. 43, in Manhattan’s East Village, is launching “Jimmy’s Spirit Council,” a series of monthly tastings in support of hand-crafted spirits, artisan foods and the people who talk and write about them.

Every month the bar and eatery will pair a selection of spirits tastings with foods, farmers and/or authors. The events will feature leaders in the spirits industry, with a special emphasis on New York spirits alongside a selection of outstanding domestic brands, as well as international favorites, to create a well-rounded, year-long calendar of tastings.

First up is the launch event on Saturday, Jan. 28th, from 4-6 pm. Upcoming pairings will feature:

  • Jimmy’s Spirit Council Launch Party on Saturday, Jan. 28: with El Buho Mezcal, Catsill Provisions Honey Whiskey and McKenzie Rye Whiskey
  • High West Dinner with Eliza Czander on Thursday, Feb. 9
  • An Irish Spirits St. Patrick’s with Jeff Cioletti—that’s me—(date TBD) in March
  • East Meets South – NY State Bourbon Pairing with Lew Bryson on Tuesday, April 4

Owner Jimmy Carbone has grown the bar’s spirits menu over the past year. “This is a great opportunity to add another amazing offering to the Jimmy’s brand,” he says. “We’re bringing some of my favorite local artisan spirits to our establishment and the experts I enjoy being around.  It’s a win/win for everybody!”

Craft Beverage Expo moves to PDX

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Craft Beverage Expo (CBExpo) will return for its fourth annual conference in Portland, OR Nov. 7-9, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It’s the first time the conference will be held outside of Northern California.

Each year, CBExpo attracts professionals from across the craft beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits market for three days of ducation sessions and presentations from hand-chosen experts. CBExpo also offers networking opportunities, bringing together artisan beverage masters from all segments to connect and collaborate.

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