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 Vodka
Belmont Farms Distillery

The second product in our Kopper Kettle line, our vodka is raised from 100% corn. We grow and process all of our own corn right here on the farm! It truly is a grain to glass vodka that you won't find anywhere else. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink, we take great pride in our first "non-whiskey" liquor.

Breckenridge Port Cask Finish Whiskey *Limited Release*
Breckenridge Distillery

Our award winning Bourbon Whiskey gets some final grooming in 59 gallon Tawny Port casks of various age for 4-6 months, adding aroma and flavor of sultana raisin and maple syrup to round out and soften the natural spicy finish. Finished in 8-10 barrel batches when superior port casks become available, each release will have a unique expression unto itself.

District Distilling Backroom Bourbon
District Distilling

We scoured the land for the best tasting bourbon barrels we could find. It wasn’t easy, but in the end, it was worth it. Made from a blend of bourbons between 5 and 10 years old with a sturdy body and nuanced rye spice notes, Backroom is perfect on ice or in your favorite cocktail.

Jackson Morgan Whipped Orange Cream
Jackson Morgan Southern Cream

A beloved flavor for spring and summer, Jackson Morgan whipped orange will remind you of a childhood favorite. Best served chilled.

Louthan Disitilling Oak Aged Corn Whiskey
Louthan Distilling

The first operational distillery in Baltimore since Prohibition, Louthan Distilling has been producing hand-crafted, deliciously smooth corn whiskey since October 2014. Founder and President Len Louthan harnessed 30 years of engineering expertise to design and fabricate a unique hybrid still and co-owner (and daughter!) Kelsey Louthan has been running it since day one. A passion for local ingredients and resources runs in the family, and every kernel of corn in our corn whiskey is sourced from Maryland's Eastern Shore, just outside of Salisbury. The corn is mashed, fermented, distilled, and aged on-site in Lauraville, a neighborhood in north-east Baltimore City.

Por Fin Red Blend
Por Fin

48% SYRAH + 23% MALBEC + 18% CARMÉNÈRE + 11% PETIT VERDOT. Relish the bright red fruit, spicy complexity and long lingering notes of this exquisite blend.

Tora Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Tora Bay

This medium-bodied wine's modest grapefruit aromas and flavors are largely submerged under a layer of leafy notes reminiscent of crushed tomato stalk.

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