Tales of the Cocktail announces Top Four Spirited Awards finalists

Tales of the Cocktail ​has announced the Top Four finalists in each category for this year’s 12th Annual Spirited Awards​​. All of the finalists are invited to attend the award ceremony, taking place on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. CT (doors open at 6:30PM CT) at the iconic Orpheum Theater, where the winners of…

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

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…

American & Irish whiskey, tequila and Cognac drive spirits industry growth

It’s always a bit like Christmas morning when the Distilled Spirits Council hosts its annual media and analyst briefing in New York. And the haul of goodies was just as bountiful this year as in past years—well, if you’re like me and you consider a year’s worth of category-specific spirits sales figures “goodies.”

Indie Spirits Expo Returns to Chicago

For the seventh year, the world largest gathering of small, independent & artisanal brands will converge on Chicago, much to the delight of spirits enthusiasts everywhere. The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel.

Updated book cover for The Drinkable Globe worldwide booze book

Just a quick tweak to the cover of my upcoming book coming this fall from Turner Publishing. It’s now called “The Drinkable Globe: The Indispensable Guide to the World Wide of Booze. Pre-order it now and! Amazon is selling it, at least temporarily, for the extremely low price of $11.85! Get it before the price climbs back…