Industry News

Armagnac vs Cognac Seminar with Heavenly Spirits & Hoke Harden

This year’s Society of Wine Educators Annual Convention was held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. and after a call from esteemed wine and spirits educator, Hoke Harden, we were invited to participate with him as presenters in an Armagnac vs. Cognac throwdown. However, due to unexpected Fedex shipping… read more

DC Coast Enjoys the Highs With Lauren Lowe

It’s been eight years since Lauren Lowe made the move from the wilds of Michigan to Washington, D.C.  A part of her is still getting used to the transition.  “I lived in Michigan until I was 22,” she stated.  “Needless to say, there is a thriving city life here in… read more

Frank Jones: Front and Center at the Gibson

Frank Jones, bartender extraordinaire at The Gibson in Washington, D.C., is quick to list star mixologist Gina Chersevani among his first mentors in the business. Chuckling at the memory of her early tutelage, he recalled, “Gina would always tell me that I was messy and slow! What she was trying… read more

Bourbon is a Boon to Sales

Bourbon is busting out of the confines of mint julep glasses and oak-paneled men’s clubs to become one of the fastest growing liquors, with sales skyrocketing 40% in the last five years, according to Euromonitor.
Part of the appeal, says Tom Pirko, president of Bevmark Consulting, is that bourbon is… read more

Liquor License Requirement Could Be On Way Out

What some feel is a burdensome residency requirement for liquor license applicants could be on the way out thanks to a bill introduced last week in Annapolis.
Like many jurisdictions in Maryland, Montgomery County requires at least one applicant for a new restaurant liquor license to be a resident of… read more

Suntory to Buy Beam in $16 Billion Deal for U.S. Brand

Suntory Holdings Ltd., the closely held Japanese whiskey and beer maker, agreed to buy Beam Inc. (BEAM:US) for $16 billion including debt to gain brands such as Maker’s Mark whiskey and create the world’s third-largest premium spirits company.
Investors in the maker of Jim Beam and Canadian Club liquor will… read more

Crisp and Mejia: Crafting Success With Craft Wine & Spirits

Craft Wine & Spirits opened last year with a mission to provide high-quality, full-service distribution of fine wine, specialty beverages, handcrafted spirits and beverage-related supplies to restaurants and retailers throughout Washington, D.C. The company is the brainchild of principal owners Shannon Crisp and Raul Mejia, who together have more than… read more


Kopper Kettle Virginia Whiskey
Belmont Farms Distillery

The first in our Kopper Kettle line, our Virginia Whiskey is a unique product with many fans. Its starts off as a 3 grain whiskey and then soaks for 2 months with charred Virginia white oak and Virginia apple wood. Then we age it 4 years in oak barrels. Many of our customers enjoy it neat or with a splash of water for a beautiful, relaxing, sipping whiskey. However you choose to drink it, join the thousands that prefer it to all other aged whiskies.

Breckenridge Bourbon
Breckenridge Distillery

Breckenridge Bourbon won one of only three gold medals in its category awarded by the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition, won Bourbon of the Year 2012 at the International Whisky Competition, and achieved 96 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge NYC.

Delord Armagnac 25 Years Old
Heavenly Spirits

This superb blend displays flavors or cocoa, spices, vanilla, raisins, walnut and cinnamon. Its finish is long, silky and biscuity. 25 years old.

JM Salted Caramel
Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

Salted caramel is Jackson Morgan Southern Cream’s most requested flavor with a delectable balance of caramel and real dairy cream. Mix with blueberry vodka for Jackson Morgan’s signature cocktail, The Blue Mule. Best served chilled. Silver, 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Silver Outstanding, 2015 International Wine and Spirits Competition. Gold, 2015 Best Tasting Spirits.

Koloa Spice Hawaiian Rum
Koloa Rum Company

Koloa Spice Rum is produced from a proprietary spice blend, golden wheat in color, with hints of spice cake on the nose. It is extremely well-balanced with a hint of caramel and vanilla and a long, smooth finish. 2012 Silver Medal, San Francisco Spirits Competition. 2011 Bronze Medal, Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.

Lyon Dark Rum
Lyon Distilling

Lyon Distilling Company is Maryland's premier craft distillery, producing truly artisan spirits by transforming raw ingredients into splendid liquor, step by step, in very small batches, using traditional pot stills. In homage to the historical trajectory of Maryland distilling, Lyon launched at the end of 2013 with a signature line of rums - the most authentic, original American spirit - distilled from molasses & sugar cane, in batches of less than 100 bottles each. The Dark Rum is unbelievably smooth at 90 proof - with a rich, smoky caramel flavor and a truly unique profile. Stellar on it's own neat, on the rocks, or mixed into your favorite rum cocktail.

Cody Road Rye Whiskey
Mississippi River Distilling Company

Handmade from 100% local rye purchased from Dave and Jim Wherry in Fulton, Illinois. Our rye is a unique spirit that showcases the wonderful spiciness of this one-of-a-kind grain along with the delicate fruitiness that is often lost in rye whiskies. Rye is known for being a bold and spicy grain. We distill it very cleanly so you can experience a sweet fruitiness that is unexpected from rye. Then the signature spiciness will linger in the back of your mouth. Let it set in the glass for a few minutes and taste the complexities of rye as they soar from your glass.

Two James Johnny Smoking Gun Whiskey
Two James Spirits

Johnny Smoking Gun is a story of East Meets West. A Whiskey crafted specifically to compliment the “umami” of the rich pork and fish broths of Japanese cuisine. This delicate smoky blend of 70% corn and 30% rye will surely not disappoint. Enjoy! 87 Proof

Diamond Mtn. District Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Von Strasser

“DMD” is an elegant expression of Diamond Mountain District. This blend of six single vineyards all within this AVA offers a softer, approachable style highlighted by its fruit forward nature. Immediate nose is pleasing with dark fruit of blueberry, blackberry and leather layered with flavors of licorice, coffee, pomegranate and subtle earthy undertones. Wrap it up with supple tannins to enjoy now or up to 10 years.

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