Liquor Industry News/Links 2-8-14

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*

Liquor Industry Week In Review:

News and links about Wine, Beer and Liquor

Guide On How To Save Money On Wine

The point about buying at discount stores is true BUT don’t

Forget small stores!!

Man Suing Jack Daniels

A Maryland bartender is suing Brown Forman the makers of Jack Daniels.

The bartender cut himself opening a bottle of JD and claims bottle was defective.

List beer’s alcohol content? In Maine, that’s illegal

Did you know in Maine its against law to post alcohol content of beer on menus?



4th February, 2014 by Lauren May

Facebook has rejected calls to ban pages and videos linked to the drinking craze “neknomination” – despite one death in Ireland being linked to the online drinking game. Have you ever heard of this game??


We love a good wine book!


Wine Science

Video: how expectations, environment, and social cues can fool us into believing that our wine tastes better or worse than it is.


4th February, 2014 by Rupert Millar

Madcap Scottish craft brewers, BrewDog, has launched a “protest beer” aimed at Vladimir Putin and Russia’s laws on homosexuality.


New Low Cal Wine From New Zealand

Brancott Estate has released Flight Song, a new range of low-calorie wines from New Zealand. Rolling out in March, the lineup features a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Marlborough Pinot Grigio, both of which are made with lower-sugar grapes harvested earlier in the season and, as a result, are billed as having 20% less calories than a typical wine of the same varietal. Brancott Estate Flight Song will be available nationwide, priced at $14.99 a 750-ml. Along with its new Flight Song range, Brancott Estate also produces its core Brancott Estate tier and the Brancott Estate Letter Series

Corks: Pros, cons to what goes atop your favorite bottle of wine

Types of corks and Pros Vs Cons of each


All alcohol, even wine, raises risk of gout flare-ups: Study

Rare Case When Wine Is Bad:


Identifying Fruit Flavors in Wine

Another Great Wine Folly Wine Education


Two New Wachusett Beers


Wachusett Strawberry White: Strawberry White is a Traditional Belgian Ale. The complex, spicy flavors of the traditional Belgian yeast are offset by the delicious strawberry flavor. It is brewed with 160 lbs of strawberry puree per batch.

Wachusett Light IPA: The world’s first Light IPA is our American version of an English bitter. This is an easy drinking “pub” or session beer with only 121 calories, but is packed with flavor that won’t disappoint.


5th February, 2014 by Lauren May

A grapeleaf-chomping weevil has been found by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency hidden in a shipment of Italian tiles.


A Glass of Wine Could Trigger Allergies, Increasing the Need for ‘Wine-Testing’ Before ‘Wine-Tasting’

Interesting look at potential allergens that are present in the food they eat and the beverages they drink, including wine. Egg whites and milk products are commonly used in the wine-making process, increasing the likelihood of the presence of egg & milk proteins in the wine that people consume

The top 15 imperial IPAs in the world

Rate List


America vs. Europe: The Organic Divide

The debate over organic wine between the U.S. and the European Union.


What’s the link between classical music and fine wine?

Two experiments reported here suggest that people (social drinkers) share a number of crossmodal associations when it comes to pairing wines and music.

Captain Morgan Takes Aim At Bacardi With New White Rum

Over the past few years Bacardi has been challenging fellow rum behemoth Captain Morgan in the Captain’s core spiced segment with a newcomer, a spiced rum called Bacardi OakHeart. Now, Diageo is returning the favor, introducing a white rum to the Captain Morgan line that will compete against Bacardi’s core offering.

Debuting nationally this month, Captain Morgan White Rum is 80-proof and retails at $15.99 a 750-ml. Diageo says it’s backing the launch with a “robust marketing mix,” including television, print and online ads.

Who Really Owns Your Craft Beer?

Based on their labels, and even by the long histories detailed on their websites, you’d never know some seemingly independent, seemingly craft beers are owned by gigantic corporations.


29 Misconceptions About Alcohol

Video Tips


Distiller wants to help you find the perfect bottle of whiskey

Want to up your whiskey game, but not sure where to start? Answer a few questions in this app and let the tasting begin.

What You Should Know About Sparkling Wine

Tips For Valentines Day Sparkling Wine


Craft Brewing and Distilling News:

Anderson Valley Brewing Company from Boonville, California is releasing the latest offering in its Wild Turkey Barrel Series, Huge Arker Imperial Stout. The brewery partnered with the iconic Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Bourbon distillery for the barrel-aged craft beer series and will release Huge Arker in limited quantities on draft and in 22-ounce bottles beginning in early February to select U.S. markets. The imperial stout is 13.5% abv and is aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels for several months for a rich flavor of honey and molasses. Huge Arker follows the release of the highly popular Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout.

California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is launching its 2014 Harvest Series nationwide next week, showcasing newly developed hop varieties and diverse hopping methods with five 24-ounce format IPA releases to debut over the course of the year. A single-hop IPA featuring unnamed Hop #291 will kick off the series. Upcoming beers in the lineup will include another single-hop IPA, as well as fresh-hop, wet-hop and wild-hop IPAs. The brewery is also planning its second annual Single, Fresh, West & Wild Harvest Festival this fall in its hometown, featuring brewers from across the country showcasing their offerings that include at least one single-hop, fresh-hop, wet-hop or wild-hop beer.

Is Wine “Tonging” the New Sabering?

Watch sommelier Dustin Wilson open a bottle of wine with red-hot tongs at New York City’s Eleven Madison Park.

All About Beer Pong

Infographic On Beer Pong


We Have Wines For Your Valentines!


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