Liquor Industry News/Links 3-8-14

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*

Liquor Industry Week In Review 

A Tiny Home Device That Turns Water Into Wine In 3 Days

It’s like a Soda Stream — a contraption that lets anyone make their own soda — but for wine



Nutritionists spotlight the health benefits of daily shot of whisky

Surprising facts about some of the most common beverages

Beer company pushes for new U.S. Holiday

How would you like an extra day off work? Well, you could get it if Budweiser has its way

Wegmans and wine

The store in Northboro Ma is seeking a change to state law so that it can go one step further and offer beer and wine to its Market Café patrons


3rd March, 2014 by Lauren May

A classroom made from more than 1,000 beer bottles, old tyres and plastic sheeting is being constructed by architecture students at a school in India.


Idaho’s having a wine time

The state’s scrappy wine industry is on a serious roll. It now boasts 50 wineries, located primarily in the Snake River Valley west of Boise.

Would you drink a flavored Maker’s Mark?


Flavored whiskies have been a major trend in the distilling industry lately.

Bud Light Lime to Expand Ritas Franchise

The popular Bud Light Lime Ritas franchise is doubling. The brand is introducing two new permanent flavors – Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita



28th February, 2014 by Lauren May

An artist has shared a video of him creating a ‘painting’ of Marilyn Monroe using hundreds of disused wine corks.

Rhode Island: Bill would allow wine shipments in RI


March 3, 2014

Rhode Islanders could have wine shipped directly to their door under legislation pending before state lawmakers.

The bill would allow wineries and wine retailers to ship up to 24 cases of wine a year to any resident aged 21 or older.

The business shipping the wine would have to obtain a wine shipment license from the state, and would be responsible for paying state sales and excise taxes.

All shipments would require a signature from someone 21 or older.

Rhode Island currently allows wine shipments only if the consumer has placed the order in person at a winery.

The bill is sponsored by House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, a North Smithfield Republican. It is scheduled to be reviewed Tuesday by the House Committee on Corporations.


4th March, 2014 by Lauren May

A study has raised questions as to whether the use of pesticides in the production of wine could be to blame for a drop in French men’s sperm count.

Bill could allow banned beer back in N.H.

House committee mulls change in alcohol label law


Here’s to Your Health! Reasons to Drink Dark Beer


At 11 cents, Massachusetts offers 7th lowest state excise tax rates on beer

While the Commonwealth is often referred to as “Taxachusetts,” tax rates on beer are among the lowest in the country.

The Dozen Oddest Liquors in the World

Some Crazy Liquors!

Pairing Girl Scout cookies with adult beverages


The future for whiskies

The golden era of Scotch is now in full swing.


The Aroma Academy

Great resource from the UK.

Aroma kits for wine, gin and whiskey!

Pabst Blue Ribbon Reportedly On The Selling Block

Pabst Blue Ribbon’s private equity owner, C. Dean Metropoulos, is said to be seeking a buyer for the beer brand, which is valued between $500 million and $1 billion, according to a report in Reuters. Boutique investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners has reportedly been tapped to assist with the sale.

Metropoulos acquired Pabst from Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation for $250 million in 2010. Since then, the sub-premium brew has grown by more than a third, finishing 2013 up 7% to 35 million (2.25-gallon) cases, according to Impact Databank. An auction of Pabst is expected to attract major brewers as well as private equity bidders.

Cider News/New Items

MillerCoors is adding a new hard cider brand this month with the national launch of Smith & Forge, billed as a crisp hard cider at 6%-abv. Available in 16-ounce single-serve cans and 4-packs, as well as 12-packs of 12-ounce cans, Smith & Forge’s packaging features an antique design with a blacksmith’s hammer icon paying homage to a past era. MillerCoors is supporting the launch with a national marketing campaign beginning in March that will include media partnerships with outlets such as ESPN, Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, Thrillist and SB Nation.

Sam Adams

Boston Beer Co.’s Angry Orchard has launched its Green Apple hard cider nationwide. Made with culinary apples from the Pacific Northwest, Angry Orchard Green Apple is currently available in six-packs, priced at around $7.99 to $9.99. The 5%-abv entry marks the brand’s first year-round cider made with American apples, following the launch of Angry Orchard’s Elderflower (April-August) and Cinnful Apple (September-March) seasonals, both of which are also crafted with American fruit. Green Apple joins Crisp Apple, Traditional Dry and Apple Ginger in the core, year-round Angry Orchard stable.

What Types of Wine Glasses Do You Really Need?

There are a gazillion different types of wine glasses out on the market. So, what should you buy? Discover what glassware fits your wine drinking habits and what the best options are to build a proper wine glass set


How Many People Did It Take to Make Your Wine?

Interesting look at the big wine companies and how many employees they have:

Beer As A Post-Workout Recovery Drink? Not As Crazy As It Sounds

There may be some good news brewing for fitness and beer enthusiasts:

Crafty new beer app warns of big-brewer ownership

A new app alerts drinkers to whether a certain beer can legitimately be called “craft”

Worcester package store owners fret about beer-and-wine licenses for supermarkets, big-box stores

Little guys fighting the big guys

Beer Ingredient May Prevent Tooth Decay, Gum Disease

An ingredient in beer may help prevent cavities and gum disease, according to a new study.

Would You Drink Beer From A Pouch?

Read about and see these package ideas for beer

Great New Wine Education Interactive Web Site

Antonio Galloni Web Site

How Do You Know a Wine Is Corked

What you can smell in bad wines


Wine additives you should know about

Breakdown of possible thing in your wine:

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