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FAKE SCOTCHES ABOUND

While counterfeit wine is a massive concern for the industry, fake high end spirits are becoming equally problematic. Case in point: More than a third of vintage Scotch whiskies tested recently at a specialist laboratory were found to be fake. Twenty-one out of 55 bottles of rare Scotch were deemed...
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SAZERAC COMPANY GOES SHOPPING

The Sazerac Company is kicking off the new year with a slew of brand acquisitions. The close of 2O18 saw the completion of the sale of 19 brands from Diageo. The brands purchased are Seagram’s V.O., Seagram’s 83, Seagram’s Five Star, Myers’s, Romana Sambuca, Yukon Jack, Booth’s, Goldschlager, Popov, Relska,...
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DON SEBASTIANI & SONS

OMAR PERCICH is being promoted from CFO to Chief Operating Officer. He is taking over the position from current COO, TOM HAWKINS, who is retiring after 1O years with the company. Prior to his tenure with Don Sebastiani & Sons, Tom was with Beam Global Spirits & Wine for over...
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PATRON SPIRITS COMPANY

ED BROWN, President and Chief Executive Officer of Patrón Spirits International and The Patrón Spirits Company is retiring. During his nearly 2O-year tenure, Brown led the Patrón brand’s expansion, growing from 118,OOO cases sold in 2OO1 to become the world’s largest selling ultra-premium tequila with more than two million cases...
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THE DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL

The trade group has appointed MAGGIE QUINN as its new Director of Public Relations. In her new role at the Council, Quinn will promote spirits trends, cocktail culture and industry heritage through media relations, special events and media tours, as well as digital and social media activities. She will also work...
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CRAFT BREWER DEFINITION OFFICIALLY UPDATED . . . AGAIN

For the fourth time since 2OO7, the US Brewer’s Association has officially updated its definition of craft beer, removing the outdated requirement that the majority of beers be “traditional”, allowing brewers to innovate in new areas without sacrificing their “craft” status. Under the previous definition, a craft brewer was defined...
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Last year had its share of ups and downs for the craft beer industry but there were more than a few highlights and defining moments of success. Of particular note in 2O18: STABLE AND STEADY The craft brewing industry continues to grow. The Brewers Association’s mid-year survey measured 5 percent...
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D.G. YUENGLING & SON

The oldest brewery and largest independent brewing company in the nation, is celebrating its 19Oth anniversary with a series of limited-edition beer releases. Now through April, Yuengling will release a series of limited-edition cans of Yuengling Lager, one per month, showcasing how the label design has evolved over time.

ZUBR LAGER BEER

Brewed in Poland since 1768, Zubr has a full body consisting of medium sweetness and smooth bitterness.  A pleasant hoppy aroma combined with accents of caramel. Available in 16.9-ounce cans and bottles. Suggested retail for a 4-pack of cans is $8.99. AVAILABLE FROM Abacus Distributing.

GIONELLI WINES

This line of classic Italian wines from the Gionelli family includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano and Pinot Grigio. The Cabernet has aromas of dark fruits with hints of vanilla, pepper, and spices. The Montepulciano has fresh fruit flavors with hints of cocoa powder and vanilla. The Pinot Grigio is a...
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