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  • Cider Blossoms

    The hard cider category may trail behind wine and beer in sales, but it’s quickly making up ground. Leading cider brands grew 57.8% between 2013 and 2014, according to information collected by the Beverage Information and Insights Group. Sales across the overall category expanded by 63.1% during that same time period. This is hardly an anomaly. Annual gains in the cider market have risen for some time now. “The cider segment is the fastest...

  • Off the Beaten Path

    In 2011, acclaimed sommelier Rajat Parr, partner and proprietor of Domaine de la Côte and Sandhi in Santa Barbara’s Sta. Rita Hills, co-founded In Pursuit of Balance, a non-profit organization that puts the spotlight on California-made Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The response has been strong. With 33 well-regarded wineries joining In Pursuit of Balance (such as Au Bon Climat, Flowers and Twomey), and 2015 events spanning New York, San Francisco, Houston, Osaka and Tokyo,...

  • The Tequila Class of 2015

    There’s a mystique and romance surrounding tequila that few products enjoy. The import has captivated the imagination of the American drinking public, making it the fastest growing category of spirits in the country. As aficionados grow more discerning, distillers are responding by releasing the best and brightest their craft can produce – innovative offerings such as ultra-premium blancos, vintage-dated and single-estate bottlings and increasingly rarer and older añejos. “I’m confident that in the foreseeable...

  • Going Straight

    Originally much of vodka’s stellar rise was sparked by marketing that spotlighted status appeal and indefinable allure. Then came an influx of flavors to entice new consumers into the category. Today, that is changing: customers’ palates are more educated and the focus is on the quality in the bottle. Consumers are interested in the provenance of spirits, what they are made from and how they are produced. And they are trading up for that...

  • Beat the Heat with Summertime Brews

    Beer is America’s most popular beverage year-round, and when the mercury rises, it really comes into its own. Beer owns the summer. A brewer’s challenge in the warm months
 is not so much to persuade consumers 
to drink more beer—that is pretty much of a given. It’s to use 
promotions and, increasingly, new summer styles to claim 
market share. Brewers eye the summertime sales surge, eager to slake the thirst of beach goers, baseball...

  • Retailer Wine Selections: Rosé

    FIVE STARS (97) Champagne Henriot, Brut Rosé (France). A stunning example of a world class rosé Champagne. From the brilliant salmon pink color, to the fine and delicate mousse, you can see its pedigree. Delicate strawberry and cherry on the nose are followed by a palate of complexity and elegance. A long, balanced finish confirms the wine’s pedigree and class. Outstanding. ($70) (95) 2014 Chateau Grande Cassagne Rosé (France). 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah....

  • Weathering the Storm

    Martin Wine Cellar gives new meaning to the term “family business.” Although the company was founded almost 70 years ago by the Martin family, which still runs the business today, it also boasts an extended family of more than 200 loyal employees, many who have been with the company for more than 30 years. Launching with humble beginnings and eventually expanding across multiple locations, Martin Wine Cellar faced an enormous setback during the wrath...

  • Growth Brands Hall of Fame: The Inaugural Class

    For the first time, Beverage Dynamics has added a new category to the Growth Brand Awards, honoring brands that have shown sustained growth. The Hall of Fame was created to recognize brands that have won at least 15 Growth Brand Awards over the years (since the program’s inception in 1997). This year, seven spirit brands and one wine brand qualified for that honor. The Hall of Fame Awards were presented during this year’s Growth...

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  • Weathering the Storm

    Martin Wine Cellar gives new meaning to the term “family business.” Although the company was founded almost 70 years ago by the Martin family, which still runs the business today, it also boasts an extended family of more than...
  • Securing Your Assets

    Beverage retailers are joining the throngs of businesses who have security and loss prevention at the top of their “to improve list.” Shrinkage, robbery and theft all eat away at the bottom line of most retailers’ profitability and must...

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  • A Symbol of Caribbean Rum

    Caribbean rums traveled to Manhattan last Wednesday for a media tasting event at cocktail bar Dear Irving. We sampled spirits from a diverse selection of brands and countries, unified by an emblem printed on their bottles — The Authentic Caribbean Rum Marque. The marque is a provincial symbol that signifies that rum...
  • An Old Beerfest Stays Fresh

    The oldest beerfest in Connecticut hardly advertises. Beyond a bare-bones Facebook page, the semiannual event, hosted by the Knights of Columbus Lodge in Hamden, attracts attendance largely through reputation and word of mouth. As in recent years, the line for tickets stretched out the door on April 17. And the tasting selection...
  • Innis and Gunn Banks on Barrel-Aged Beer

    The next step in the evolution of the American beer palate is anyone’s best guess. But Innis & Gunn Founder and Master Brewer Dougal Sharp has a hunch. “I think American craft beer is going to move beyond just hoppy beers,” he said at Monday’s Innis & Gunn Beer Lunch, held at...
  • Taking a Blood Oath

    American Whiskey in New York, New York was the apt location last night for the launch of Blood Oath — Luxco’s new hand-bottled Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. In the weeks before I attended this event, I spent some time guessing at the Bourbon’s cryptic name. There’s been a recent trend of using...

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  • Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye and American Whiskeys

    Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon has added to its lineup with the launch of Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye and American Whiskey. At 90 proof, both new variants are available nationally...
  • Barrelhound Blended Scotch Whisky

    Barrelhound Blended Scotch Whisky is a new entry in the scotch category. Barrelhound is selectively matured in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels, giving it a smooth finish of vanilla and honey,...

Wine Category Updates More Stories

  • Surf Swim 2013 Chardonnay

    Guarachi Wine Partners has introduced Surf Swim, a new California 2013 Chardonnay intended to appeal to nostalgic baby boomers and in-the-moment millennials who enjoy California’s most popular white grape. Since Chardonnay and...
  • La Villa Barton Côtes de Provence AOC

    Barton & Guestier, a French producer of premium wines, has announced La Villa Barton Côtes de Provence AOC, an estate-bottled rosé from one of France’s hottest growing categories, according to the...

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Beverage Stock Index

BrandSymbolPriceChange
Diageo plc Common StockDEO110.96(-1.82)
Ambev S.A. American DepositaryABEV5.75(-0.08)
Molson Coors Brewing Company ClTAP73.38(-1.16)
Boston Beer Company, Inc. (The)SAM263.78(-0.07)
Castle Brands, Inc. Castle BranROX1.50(+0)
Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA SponsorBUD120.56(-1.82)
Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.BREW10.76(-0.02)
Brown Forman Inc Class B CommonBFB94.27(-0.58)
Data was last updated 1:10 AM, 05/30/2015

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  • Gordon Biersch Sommerbrau Kölsch

    The Gordon Biersch Brewing Company has announced that its Kölsch-style Sommerbrau is available in stores now. Kölsch translates directly to “the beer of Cologne,” in the West of Germany. This...
  • Heineken Heads to Cities for Summer Program

    This summer, Heineken is bringing back its 360-degree Cities program intended to inspire LDA+ consumers to “break from their usual routines and make the most out of their cities” every time they grab a...
  • Beat the Heat with Summertime Brews

    Beer is America’s most popular beverage year-round, and when the mercury rises, it really comes into its own. Beer owns the summer. A brewer’s challenge in the warm months
...

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  • Cider Blossoms

    The hard cider category may trail behind wine and beer in sales, but it’s quickly making up ground. Leading cider brands grew 57.8% between 2013 and 2014, according to information collected by the Beverage Information and Insights Group. Sales...
  • The Hall of Famers – In-Depth

    We received more great content from this year’s eight Growth Brand Hall of Fame inductees than we could use. Below you’ll find more images and info from the winning brands – for the complete story, click here.    ...
  • More Photos from Louisville

    We weren’t able to include all my Trip Report photos in the May/June issue. Here are some more images from the Brown-Forman cooperage, headquarters and Woodford Reserve distillery. For the complete Trip Report, click here.    

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  • Weathering the Storm

    Martin Wine Cellar gives new meaning to the term “family business.” Although the company was founded...
  • A Spec-Tacular History

    More than 50 years in business, and 159 stores to date: that’s where Spec’s Wine, Spirits,...

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