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