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Molson Coors unveils Proof Point Spirited Seltzers in time for summer sipping

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Review: Belfour Special Edition Straight Rye Whiskey

Belfour Special Edition Straight Rye Whiskey

Christopher Null May 21, 2021

Belfour Spirits — founded by hockey player Ed Belfour — has launched a fourth expression of whiskey, a custom version of Belfour Rye which pays homage to the Fighting Sioux, which is the former name of the hockey team of the University of North Dakota. (After a controversy over the name of the team and its logo, the team was renamed the Fighting Hawks in 2015.) Belfour’s Special Edition Rye whiskey features the green team colors and a stylized version of a hawk on the neck. The closure is a special cork that has an inlaid commemorative coin that reads “Ralph Engelstad Arena, Home of the Fighting Sioux,” and has the pre-2015 team logo on it. It’s the first and so far only special edition release from the distillery.

Anyway, say what you will about the team controversy. Meanwhile I’ll be digging into the whiskey itself. I presume it’s made from the same 70% rye, 20% corn, and 10% malted barley by North Carolina-based Southern Distilling; no formal age statement is offered but the distillery says it’s at least 2 years old (which is the requirement to be a straight rye).

Belfour’s spirits tend to be busy, and this one is no exception. The difference, however, should quickly become apparent. The nose is unusual and boldly buttery, with a heavy incense note that really pours on the classic complement of rye spices. The palate is softer than expected, with cereal and spice notes leading the way to a significant sweetness driven by extracted fruit and berry notes. The fruit remains intense for some time until more of that spiced cereal character kicks in, reminding you that you’re drinking rye after all, and not rum. It’s never hot in the slightest despite its oversized abv. Sugar can do that to you, and the finish is so sweet it comes across as a bit saccharine, the fade-out melding the cereal notes to the sugar to approximate a bowl of Frosted Flakes.

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Fun cheers completion of Carlsberg project

Leeds-based creative agency Fun has completed a year-long project for Carlsberg Marton's Brewing Company.

The agency collaborated with Carlsberg Marston's Brewing to create Tetley's No.4, the first premium lager in Tetley's 199-year history.

Initial research, naming and strategic branding all fed into the creation of multi-format packaging, on- and off-trade materials and creative campaign work for the new beer, which Fun designed to have real on-shelf cut through.

Paul Alexander, Fun's creative director, said: "This is the largest project we have done here at Fun Agency and confirms that big global brands see the value and creative expertise in smaller independent agencies such as ours."

Sarah Jarman Alexander, also from Fun, added: "Delivering this project through various lockdowns and restrictions added extra challenges and to finally see the product on shelf is such a great achievement - a proper decent job."

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PepsiCo Beverages North America Becomes Official Partner of FC Cincinnati's New TQL Stadium

"We are proud to partner with FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium and to be part of the revitalization of the city as Cincinnati continues to grow. The city is important to PepsiCo, home to a manufacturing facility just ten miles from the stadium, and we are excited to expand our presence in the community," said Matthew Gilligan, Sr.Director/General Manager, Ohio Market, PepsiCo Beverages North America, North Division.  

As part of its continued support of the city, PBNA is once again working with Cincinnati's Freestore Foodbank near TQL Stadium and donating 30,000 meals to give back to the local community after a challenging year.

"We're happy to welcome PepsiCo to the stadium for the start of this new season and we look forward to working together to once again unite fans around our matches. This partnership is not only important to the soccer club but to the growth of the surrounding West End community," said Kate Solomon, Vice President, Community Relations and Executive Director, FC Cincinnati Foundation.

As part of the partnership, PBNA will also install branded recycling bins inside the stadium to continue its journey to help build a more sustainable food system.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana and SodaStream. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. 

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Loverboy sues Night Shift in latest beverage distribution battle

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Rescuing the Dark ’n’ Stormy

Can a two-ingredient drink be rescued? Typically, straightforward drinks like the vodka-soda or whiskey-ginger escape bartender scrutiny. In such a pared-down composition, the thinking goes, there’s little room for innovation. But sometimes, just a few small tweaks can prove the formula worthy of serious consideration.

At Attaboy, the speakeasy-style New York bar housed in the former Milk & Honey space (and run by the same team), the signature Dark ’n’ Stormy is a prime example.

Typically a two-ingredient recipe consisting of rum and ginger beer, in Attaboy’s version, sweetened, fresh-pressed ginger juice—also used in the bar’s famed Penicillin—is the star ingredient. While it’s not fermented, and therefore not a true ginger beer, it lends the drink its signature spicy intensity.

Sam Ross, co-owner of Attaboy and creator of the Penicillin, estimates that the house Dark ’n’ Stormy was created sometime before 2004. “The Sasha [Petraske], Toby Maloney, Joseph Schwartz era of Milk & Honey,” he says. The bar had always focused on meticulous versions of classic cocktails. Ginger-spiked highballs like Bucks and Mules were part of the roster, with the Presbyterian (whiskey, ginger, club soda) a particularly popular call, so it was only natural to refine the ginger quotient called for in so many drinks.

“It was just us not really finding a good version of ginger beer on the market,” Ross explains. “I assume they would have thought, ‘We can do better than this, let’s make our own version.’”

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LGC named to Forbes America’s Best Temp Staffing Firms list

LGC Forbes top staffing firm

The Forbes America’s Best Temp Staffing Firm list is determined by a survey of 31,000 recruiters and 7,200 job candidates and human resources managers.

The Forbes recognition is a proud milestone for everyone who has participated working on behalf of LGC.”

— George Lessmeister

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, USA, May 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ --LGCHospitality, headquartered in Indianapolis and with offices in nearly 40 U.S. cities, has been named a Forbes America’s Best Temp Staffing Firm. The list, released May 6, was determined by Forbes’ partnership with market research firm Statista. Some 31,000 recruiters and 7,200 job candidates and human resources managers who work with staffing firms across the country were surveyed.

LGC, founded in 2003, has a niche in hospitality temp staffing. CEO and Founder George Lessmeister says, “Attaining a ranking is the cumulative result of many professionals working countless, tireless hours to provide our clients and employees with a positive staffing experience. The Forbes recognition is a proud milestone for everyone who has participated working on behalf of LGC.”

The company’s core business is temporary job placements in the hospitality industry for business clients seeing workers for short-term job assignments. In 2020, LGC expanded staffing services to meet the demands of the pandemic including general labor, customer service, warehouse workers and other industries that required professional temporary staffing.

To learn more about America’s Best Temp Staffing Firms and to view the entire list, click here.

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Watercore has relocated to new premises with better access to Port Botany & Sydney Airport

Watercore - Reverse Osmosis PLC screenshot



Watercore - Reverse Osmosis PLC screenshot

Watercore’s factory has relocated to facilitate access to the main freight network. This is part of Watercore’s strategy to grow its presence in the Asia region

The relocation of the Sydney factory is in line with Watercore’s business development in Australia. I am very happy to be part of this important development”

— David Garcia

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Aldi unveils Scottish Spirits Festival line-up

Budget supermarket Aldi is championing local producers in its in-store Scottish Spirits Festival 2021.

The line-up for the festival, which kicks off on 20 May, includes a host of craft beverage brands from across Scotland.

Among the products launching for the festival are:

Bothy Trading's new Hipflask Sloe Bramble Gin Liqueur, made in the Angus Glens and distilled using fresh Scottish fruitPineapple and Raspberry Crush Gin from Kirkcaldy's Lundin DistillingTwo ready-to-drink products from Stirling-based Boë Gin, Passion Fruit Gin with Sicilian Lemonade and Violet Gin with Rose LemonadeA range of gins from Ellon-based Brewdog's Lone Wolf spirits range, including Cactus and Lime Gin, Peach and Passion Fruit Gin and Cloudy Lemon GinWhite Spiced Rum and Honu Pink Rum with Pineapple and Mango from Aberdeenshire's House of Elrick Distillery

Kim Cameron, founder of Hipflask Spirits, said: "Being selected as one of Aldi's Next Top Product winners has been hugely beneficial in helping to promote our new Hipflask brand on a national scale. We are incredibly excited to be launching in stores across the country as part of Aldi's Scottish Spirits Festival and for its customers to try our unique gin liqueur."

Graham Nicolson, Aldi Scotland group buying director, said: "Scottish spirits are among the highest quality in the world and initiatives such as Aldi's Next Top Product and our Scottish Spirits Festival act as a great platform to bring new spirits created by innovative Scottish distillers to our customers.

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New Texas law allows alcoholic beverages in restaurant pickup, delivery orders

TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) - According to the Texas Restaurant Association, 700,000 restaurant employees in Texas lost their jobs in the early days of the pandemic and thousands of businesses shut down. Officials are hoping a new law will help speed up the …

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Blended malt credentials boosted by fresh identity & packaging, showcasing ‘Naked’ first-fill sherry casks to appeal to a new generation of whisky drinkers

Ultra-premium spirits company, Edrington, is re-presenting its Naked brand with a new identity. Embracing its independent spirit and honouring the liquid by placing a first-fill sherry cask centre stage on the bottle, the brand will also evolve to Naked Malt to reinforce its quality credentials and reflect the blend of some of Scotland’s finest single malts.

The launch of Naked Malt, formerly Naked Grouse, will see no change to the award-winning liquid. However, the brand is revealing a new, contemporary design and 100% recyclable packaging. The bottle – which remains transparent to showcase the liquid – will now be embossed with a stunning “Naked” first-fill sherry cask, a homage to the unique process and the delicious flavour it embodies. Each bottle will also carry a signature from Naked Malt Master Blender, Diane Stuart, to acknowledge the meticulous blending, care & craftsmanship that goes into every specially selected cask.

Comprised of world-renowned single malts, Naked Malt’s exceptional flavour is enhanced when the unique blend is extra-matured in first-fill (or naked) Oloroso sherry casks for at least six months. As they’ve never held whisky before, this imparts the best flavour and cask character to create a distinctive taste that is rich and fruity yet versatile for any preferred serve. The brand wants to inspire a new generation of whisky drinkers to celebrate the freedom to drink whisky their way, and ultimately Live Naked, free from traditional constraints.

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Scottish Whisky Distilleries Edited By Matt Falcus – Scotch Whisky News

Scottish Whisky Distilleries
Edited By Matt Falcus

A full colour guide to Scotland’s whisky distilleries across all regions, aimed at whisky fans and the many tourists visiting the country each year.

Whisky is a major industry in Scotland which ties in both with the country’s history and present-day attraction. Thanks to its modern-day surge in interest, there are now more whisky drinkers and enthusiasts than ever.

This book celebrates Scotland’s whisky producing heritage and looks at the current distilleries operating across the country, in the Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside regions.

Each distillery covered in the book features information about its history, important milestones and product ranges. Each is also illustrated with professional photographs of their buildings, location and bottles.

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GlenAllachie 18 Year Old 2021 Release at Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

May 21st, 2021

GlenAllachie 18 Year Old 2021 Release **Max 1 per person**

The 2021 18 Year Old promises a more sherries experience that previous releases, as Billy Walker’s influence on the Speyside distillery ramps up. Under the guidance of Master Distiller Billy Walker, a process of slow fermentation, precise distillation and long maturation in the finest casks from around the world delivers this fine malt.

Nose: Fresh vanilla, toffee butterscotch, and spices.

Taste: Raisins, marzipan heather and honey, with rich notes of dark cherries, spices and subtle hints of dark chocolate.

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Shelter Point Distillery Update – Canadian Whisky News

Greetings Shelter Point Community

It’s officially Fawning Season in this neck of the woods, and Shelter Point Farm is teeming with new life, which includes our local Black-Tailed Deer population giving rise to a new generation. We’ve also had our first Black Bear sighting of the season at Shelter Point, always another sign of Spring in full bloom.

On the distillery front: You may have seen a post we put out on social media last week, explaining why you may notice a slightly different bottle design for our Shelter Point Whiskies popping up here and there in the near future. For those who missed it, due to an indefinitely delayed shipment of our classic Shelter Point Whisky bottles, we’ve had to make a temporary switch. These new bottles are quite similar in shape and style, but they don’t fit with our trademark glass stoppers. We’ve switched to wood-topped corks for now (the same as you’ll see on our Gin bottles), and we feel like it’s still a good look. Opinions are always appreciated however, and we’ve received a mountain of feedback on both sides. Whether you like the old style, or appreciate the new look, the consensus amongst everyone is that, “It’s the liquid inside that counts” and we couldn’t agree more!

On the tastings and tour side of things here at the Distillery: We are still closed to the public, however we have increased our volume of Virtual Tastings to accommodate the increased demand. Their are currently 2 different options for Virtual Tastings. The first being a whisky exclusive option which will include five 50ml samples of our award winning whiskies and the second being a spirit tasting which will include five 50ml samples of our spirits, Whisky and Liqueur. Both tastings kits will be delivered to your door and ready to sample along with a group of friends & new acquaintances, and are hosted by members of the Shelter Point team, including Distiller Leon Webb, Distillery Manager Jacob Wiebe, Distillery Spirit Guide Brian Ingle and Distillery Spirit Scribe Pat Dunlop. For more information and for booking, please visit https://shelterpoint.ca/distillery-tour-booking/

Cheers and stay tuned to our newsletter for further updates and announcements regarding events, new releases and more fun goings on here at Shelter Point!

For all the latest news and information visit our website at www.shelterpoint.ca

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LOCH LOMOND DISTILLERY Croftengea 16 Year Old 2005 Infrequent Flyers at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

LOCH LOMOND DISTILLERY Croftengea 16 Year Old 2005 Infrequent Flyers at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

May 21st, 2021

Alistair Walker Whisky Co.

Loch Lomond
16 Year Old PX Cask

Shop – Loch Lomond 16 Year Old 2006

Croftengea 16 Year Old 2005 Infrequent Flyers. Loch Lomond Croftengea (peated) 16 Year Old 2005 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single PX sherry puncheon #6353 bottled 2021 by The Alistair Walker Whisky Co. for the Infrequent Flyers series. 605 bottles. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER. Loch Lomond Distillery is equipped with three different types of sills and was established just to the south of the Loch Lomond in 1964. There are two pot stills, six pot stills with rectifying columns in place of swan necks, a Coffey continuous still and additional continuous stills that produce grain whisky. Thus Loch Lomond Distillery produces malt and grain whisky. Inchmurrin malt whisky is produced using malt spirit distilled in the two pot stills fitted with rectifying columns in place of swan necks. The Loch Lomond single malts include a 12 Year Old and an 18 Year Old.


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ralfy review 878 – Glencadam 10yo – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 878 – Glencadam 10yo @ 46%vol: (2021)

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This beverages firm seeks to defy Covid impact, earns re-ratings too

… consumer sentiment to revive. Varun Beverages acknowledges the uncertainties, and did … in a buoyant market. Varun Beverages reported a more than two … rise in costs for Varun Beverages.

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Original Recipe: Wramble

Christopher Null May 20, 2021

When Bombay sent its new Bombay Bramble blackberry and raspberry flavored gin our way (review coming soon!), I promptly set out to figure out a solid cocktail for it. I’ve long been a fan of the sloe gin-based Wibble and figured Bombay Bramble could easily sub in for sloe gin in the recipe, ultimately melding the Bramble and the Wibble to create the Wramble.

I made some other minor tweaks to balance out the tart underbelly with a bit more sweetness. The drink could benefit from continued experimentation, of course — but I know one thing for sure: Don’t leave out the creme de mure.

1 oz. Bombay Bramble flavored gin
3/4 oz. gin
1 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1/4 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup
1/8 oz. creme de mure (blackberry liqueur)

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Review: 2018 Utopia Vineyards Pinot Noir Blanc “Bliss” Ribbon Ridge AVA

This just barely pinkish rose of pinot noir from Oregon’s Utopia Vineyards is one of the driest white wines I’ve ever encountered, a deep dive into lemon peel, sesame seed, and white flowers — none of which evoke pinot noir to me (even as a white wine). While a bit green on the finish, a note of guava gives it an exotic lift that decidedly grows on you over time.



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The 7 Best Patios To Eat And Drink Outside In Las Vegas

… the world provide plenty of beverage options to pair with veal …

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