The 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.
In the latest video I head to the Netherlands to enjoy a bit of the historically Dutch spirit, genever—a close ancestor of gin. I shot the video back in February, so don’t be alarmed by the fact that I’m in winter clothes. Special thanks to Rosalia’s Menagerie, Rutte Distillery, Olofspoort and Distillery Onder de Boompjes. By the way, it’s the first episode that includes the new theme music by Chmcl Str8jckt, the same themes I use in the podcast.
In the third episode of The Drinkable Globe podcast, I sit down with actor, travel show host and now gin maker Marsh Mokhtari and chat about The Golden State, foraged botanicals and Indiana-Jonesing his way through South America. Keep an eye out for multiple-award-winning Gray Whale Gin. If its performance at the 75th Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention in Las Vegas two weeks ago is any indication, the spirit is going to be HUGE.
Washington, D.C.’s One Eight Distilling has unveiled its newly redesigned “District Made” spirits portfolio. As part of One Eight’s evolution with this new branding, created in collaboration with Thoroughbred Spirits Group, the distillery has announced its partnership with leading North American beverage distributor, Breakthru Beverage Group. This relationship will expand One Eight’s availability in the DC and Maryland markets with additional growth in the Mid-Atlantic in the near future.
This just in from The Distilled Spirits Council
“The distilled spirits sector has achieved both record sales and exports, with eight consecutive years of market share growth,” says Distilled Spirits Council president & CEO Kraig R. Naasz. “To celebrate this achievement, we are introducing a modern branding initiative that reflects consumer enthusiasm for spirits and celebrates the cocktail culture both domestically and around the globe. Read the rest of this entry