Tag Archives: Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

• A Bullshitter’s Guide To Scotch Whisky

A Bullshitter’s Guide To Scotch Whisky

GQ meets up with Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, to talk through the do’s and don’ts of Scotch whisky. First things first. To call itself a scotch whisky, a potential scotch whisky has a few hoops to jump through before it earns the moniker. It must be made from malted barley, it […]

• Jim Murray, the man who ranks the world’s best whiskies

Jim Murray, the man who ranks the world’s best whiskies

Latest edition of Jim Murray’s (pictured) Whisky Bible created a bit of a tumult, with not a single Scotch whisky in the top five. Putting together the Whisky Bible is not the hedonistic career it sounds to be. “People tell me I’ve got the luckiest job in the world,” Jim Murray says, in the lobby […]

• Diageo To Produce Own Craft Beer

Diageo To Produce Own Craft Beer

Diageo, a major producer of beer (Guinness, Harp, Red Stripe, Smithwick’s) and the world’s largest producer of spirits (with a list that probably makes up 80% of your local liquor store shelves), has decided to take a foray into craft beer with the new brewery, Thump Keg Brewing Co. It should be no secret that their […]

• How Dreams & Money Didn’t Mix at a Texas Distillery. Wow! What a Story!

How Dreams & Money Didn’t Mix at a Texas Distillery. Wow! What a Story!

It was February 2013, and Chip Tate, the 39-year-old founder and president of Balcones, one of the country’s most successful artisanal distilleries, was desperate for money. From almost the day Mr. Tate opened the distillery — in Waco, Tex., in 2008 — Balcones grew like a weed, with sales of its corn and malt whiskey […]

• Kentucky bourbon distillers filled 1.2 million barrels in 2013

Kentucky bourbon distillers filled 1.2 million barrels in 2013

Kentucky’s bourbon renaissance shows no sign of slowing down: The state’s distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels in 2013, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. That tops 2012’s production of slightly more than 1 million barrels. The 2013 production is the highest since 1970, according to the KDA. At the end of 2013, there were almost […]

• Age doesn’t matter when it comes to whiskey. Heretical?

Age doesn’t matter when it comes to whiskey. Heretical?

Age is just a number, so far as spirits are concerned. “Don’t get hung up on numbers,” Dave Broom, author of “The Complete Bartender’s Guide,” told Tales of the Cocktail attendees Saturday at “The Blind Truth About Aging Whisky” seminar, sponsored by Diageo. “Age just tells you how long it’s been in a cask, not […]

• Happy National Vodka Day!

Happy National Vodka Day!

“The Water of Life” The versatile, once virtually tasteless and odorless tipple accounts for almost 20 to 25 per cent of spirits sold today in North America, making it our most popular libation, a feat that occurred in the 1970s when it outpaced bourbon as America’s favorite spirit.    We raise our glass on October 4 to toast […]

• Drink Like Frank With Jack Daniel’s Special Edition Whiskey

Drink Like Frank With Jack Daniel’s Special Edition Whiskey

When legendary performer Frank Sinatra died in 1998, he paid alcoholic beverages maker Brown-Forman Corp. the highest compliment: he was buried with a flask filled with their Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Mr. Sinatra, according to Brown-Forman and the family estate, was a devoted fan of Jack Daniel’s for decades during his lifetime. He was first introduced […]

• Beer Companies Looking Beyond Beer for Growth

Beer Companies Looking Beyond Beer for Growth

It appears the fastest way to growth for many beer companies is to look beyond beer. The latest example came Tuesday when Molson Coors Brewingannounced it is launching Coors Light Iced Tea in Canada next month, with a possible U.S rollout at a later date. The drink is being billed as “Coors Light with a […]

• Liquor sales surge, steal market share from beer

Liquor sales surge, steal market share from beer

The U.S. stock market’s worst performance in three years didn’t damp Americans’ taste for cocktails. Spirits sales by suppliers including Beam Inc. and Brown- Forman Corp. rose 4 percent to $19.9 billion in 2011, the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. said today at its annual industry update in New York. Americans weren’t afraid to […]

• Pisco becomes fastest-growing spirit in US

Pisco becomes fastest-growing spirit in US

Pisco, the clear grape spirit of South America, is emerging from the mist of history and bringing rich freshness to cocktails. In New York and other cities, liquor stores and bars that carried no pisco a few years ago have several now and are adding more, making it the fastest-growing spirit in the country, according […]

• Tennessee: Sample Booze Bill Signed by Governor

Tennessee: Sample Booze Bill Signed by Governor

Tennesseans will soon have an opportunity to sample distilled spirits at restaurants, bars and liquor stores under new legislation signed late Friday by Governor Bill Haslam, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). Under an amendment to Senate Bill 1224, a retail licensee may offer complimentary samples of the products it […]

• Happy Earth Day! Distillery to reuse, not recycle, bottles

Happy Earth Day! Distillery to reuse, not recycle, bottles

Vodka is the main ingredient in a lot of cocktails. But Guy Rehorst doesn’t want the vodka and other spirits made by his Milwaukee company adding to the mix at the local landfill. So on Earth Day, Rehorst’s Great Lakes Distillery is announcing a new campaign to persuade customers to return their empty bottles to […]

• Beer, Wine & Spirits associations oppose CARE Act

Beer, Wine & Spirits associations oppose CARE Act

A lot of breweries are involved in fighting this one. Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head was reportedly among those lobbying against the CARE Act according to Beernet. Check out the PR below. ———————————– Beer, Wine, Spirits Producer and Importer Associations Oppose Bill Allowing States to Discriminate Against Consumers The Brewers Association, WineAmerica, Distilled Spirits Council […]

• George Washington’s other legacy: whiskey

George Washington’s other legacy: whiskey

“Distillery is a business I am entirely unacquainted with,” wrote George Washington to James Anderson, his Scotland-born plantation manager at Mount Vernon, “but from your knowledge of it and from the confidence you have in the profit to be derived from the establishment, I am disposed to enter upon one.” As if Washington didn’t have […]