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Ohio Wines In A Nutshell

Don’t know much about Ohio’s wine industry? Fear not, for here — just in time for what’s left of this year’s Ohio Wines Month celebration — is a thumbnail of the industry’s past, present and […]

Toledo Beer & Bacon Fest Set For June 15

TOLEDO — More than 20 Northwest Ohio breweries are scheduled to participate in the fifth annual Toledo Beer & Bacon Fest June 15 at the Hungarian Club of Toledo.

Participating breweries will include Black Cloister, Black […]

Ohio Wine Industry On Positive Course

In 1978, a small group of Ohio winemakers declared June as Ohio Wine Month.

Their intent was to celebrate an old and respected winemaking industry that had its roots in the 1820s, had fallen on hard […]

Gewurz From Ferrante Is State’s Best

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — A Northeast Ohio Gewurztraminer was crowned the top wine in the recently completed 2019 Ohio Wine Competition.

Ferrante Winery of Geneva was awarded the competition’s overall Best of Show for its 2017 Grand River […]

Taverns a Part of America’s History

May is National Tavern Month, making it a good time to examine the roots, history and contributions of taverns since Europeans first landed in America more than 400 years ago.

The American tavern is a direct […]

‘Drunk Shopping’ Hits $39.4 Billion

NEW YORK — Americans spent an estimated $39.4 billion on spontaneous shopping purchases after drinking in the past year, according to a recent “Drunk Shopping” study, topping the $30.43 billion spent the previous year. […]

The Evolution Of National Beer Day

Earlier this month, many Americans were wishing themselves “Happy National Beer Day.” It would be interesting to see how many of those people actually knew what they were celebrating, particularly in a nation of beer […]

Court Denies Stone Injunction Against MillerCoors

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A federal judge last month rejected Stone Brewing’s motion for a preliminary injunction in the craft brewer’s lawsuit claiming MillerCoors’ revamped packaging for its Keystone brand infringes on the craft brewer’s trademark. […]

Beers Announced For Winter Warmer Fest

CLEVELAND — Sixty-two Ohio craft breweries poured more than 200 beer varieties, including winter seasonals, limited-editions and high-gravity beers, at the 13th annual Winter Warmer Fest earlier this month.

The March 9 event, a fundraiser for […]

Lawsuit Filed Over Drink Pouch Design

NEW YORK (PRNewswire) — The owner of the flavored juice drink Capri Sun last month filed a lawsuit in United States federal court against American Beverage Corp., claiming ABC breached a license agreement involving the […]

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Middle West Spirits Earns National Recognition

Columbus, OH (February 14, 2019) — Middle West Spirits recently received national honors at the 2019 American Craft Spirits Awards in Minneapolis, MN.  This year’s trade event attracted nearly 1,000 producers and suppliers from across the U.S.

As […]

Continuing the Rose Bowl Win Celebration

Jan. 30, 2019 — Ohio State fans have a new reason to continue celebrating the Buckeyes’ 2019 Super Bowl win over the Washington Huskies. Mano’s Wine and The Ohio State University have partnered to release […]

Winter Warmer Fest Breweries Announced

CLEVELAND — More than 60 Ohio craft breweries have been announced as participants in the 13th annual Winter Warmer Fest, scheduled for March 9 at Windows on the River here.

The Winter Warmer Fest is a […]

Sazerac and Partners Launch New Mezcals

CHICAGO, IL (Dec. 13, 2018) – In close partnership with Casa San Matias and a group of mezcaleros in Oaxaca, Sazerac is launching a new family of mezcals called Los Vecinos del Campo.

These hand-crafted spirits […]

Athens Brewery’s Beer Named To Top 50 List

ATHENS — A collaboration beer made by Little Fish Brewing Co. here was named to Men’s Journal magazine’s recent 50 Best Beers in America.

Ohio’s entry to the magazine’s list, Home Slice, was made in collaboration […]

Winter Warmer Fest is March 9

CLEVELAND — The Ohio Craft Brewers Association is presenting its 13th annual Winter Warmer Fest March 9 at Windows on the River in Cleveland.

The 2-5 p.m. event will feature 50 Ohio craft breweries showcasing their […]

Sazerac Company Purchases Brand from Diageo

LOUISVILLE, KY (Nov. 12, 2018) The Sazerac Company, one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers, is purchasing 19 brands from Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands […]

Rare Bourbon On Auction Block

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Division of Liquor Control is in the midst of several auctions of limited-supply bourbons.

The auctions to win the opportunity to purchase one of several rare bourbon releases began Nov. 1 and […]

SGSW Taps Top Sales Performers

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Ohio recently announced its Top Performing Salespersons of the year.
Tom Martin and Cory Schneck shared the honor in the Independence, while Taylor Scott was recognized for the Capital […]

Barton 1792 Distillery Earns Medals

BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY (Oct. 18, 2018) –– Six spirits from Barton 1792 Distillery won medals at the eighth annual New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands […]

ODLC, Wild Turkey Partner Again On Single Barrel

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Division of Liquor Control recently partnered with Wild Turkey on another single barrel bourbon release.

Alongside Wild Turkey master distiller Eddie Russell, division representatives selected eight barrels of Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit […]

OCBA’s Ale-O-Ween Set For Oct. 20

DAYTON — The Ohio Craft Brewers Association will host its second annual Ale-O-Ween beer festival Oct. 20 at the Dayton Steam Plant.

Forty Ohio craft breweries will be pouring samples of seasonal styles and popular favorites […]

Braxton, Graeter’s Release Pumpkin Ale

COVINGTON, Ky. — Braxton Brewing Co., a Cincinnati-area brewery, and Graeter’s Ice Cream have launched a seasonal Pumpkin Pie Ale.

The beer was inspired by Graeter’s classic seasonal pumpkin ice cream and features notes of […]

Crown Royal Debuts ‘Water Break’ Initiative

NORWALK, Conn. (PRNewswire) — Crown Royal is building on its “Hydrate Generously” platform that started in 2017 and is now launching its largest-ever responsible drinking campaign: the football-themed Water Break.

Recognizing that water breaks are essential […]

Martini Winery To Restore Historic Winery

ST. HELENA, Calif. (PRNewswire) — Louis M. Martini Winery has announced plans to restore its historic winery, with a scheduled opening in March.

The restoration project includes an atrium leading into the building’s open floor plan, […]

Angel’s Envy Ups Support Of Oak Trees

LOUISVILLE, Ky., (PRNewswire) — Angel’s Envy recently announced it is doubling its commitment to support the future of the white oak tree population through its fifth annual “Toast the Trees” campaign, hosted in honor of […]

New Categories Draw Big Entries At GABF

BOULDER, Colo. — Brewers are taking advantage of the addition of three new styles of ale into the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines by making them among the most entered categories in this year’s Great […]

Barton 1792 Distillery bourbons earn top awards

BARDSTOWN, KY (Sept. 5, 2018) – Eight bourbons from Barton 1792 Distillery received high honors at the prestigous International Wine & Spirit Competition this summer.

The Barton 1792 bourbons receiving Silver Outstanding Medals were:

Guinness Brewery Debuts In Maryland

BALTIMORE (PRNewswire) — The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House in Maryland celebrated its opening earlier this month with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Located 10 miles from downtown Baltimore and 30 miles northeast of Washington, […]

Passport Brew Tour To Launch In Northeast Ohio

CANTON (PRNewswire) — In an effort to support and promote craft beer in the area, four regional convention and visitors bureaus in northeast Ohio are collaborating on the Passport Brew Tour.
The official passport program features […]

Mid-Year Growth Pace Stable For Craft Brewers

BOULDER, Colo. — Growth for craft brewers remained stable for the first half of 2018, according to new mid-year metrics released by the Brewers Association.

Production volume for the craft segment increased 5 percent during the […]

Portman Receives BA Legislative Champion Award

WASHINGTON — A legislator from Ohio was among five legislators recently presented with the Brewers Association’s Legislative Champion Award.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman was recognized for his “leadership, dedication and support of small and independent […]

Ontario Premier Launches “Buck-A-Beer”

PICTON, Ontario, Canada (CNW) — Ontario Premier Doug Ford is calling for a reduction in the province’s minimum price on beer to $1 from the current $1.25.

Ford’s “buck-a-beer” challenge encourages brewers to lower their prices. […]

Chimay Issues Voluntary Recall

AUSTIN, Texas (PRNewswire) — Belgian brewer Bieres de Chimay and its U.S. importer, Manneken Brussel Imports of Austin, Texas, have issued a voluntary recall of approximately 415 cases of Chimay Grande Reserve Trappist Ale in […]

Diageo Recognized For Diversity

NORWALK, Conn. (PRNewswire) — Diageo North America was named to Diversity MBA’s “50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership” list of the best places in the country for women and diverse managers to work.

Ranking 13th overall, […]

Ohio Homebrewers Win Medals

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two homebrewers from Ohio brought home medals from the recent 40th annual National Homebrewers Conference & Competition here, presented by the American Homebrewers Association.

Tim Lawson of Cincinnati won a silver medal in […]

Ohio Breweries Headed To CANvitational

INDIANAPOLIS — The sixth annual Sun King CANvitational is returning to downtown Indianapolis on Sept. 8.

Touted as the Midwest’s largest canned craft beer festival, this year’s CANvitational will feature more than 55 craft breweries from […]

Sazerac Distillery Getting New Home

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A year after distilling its first Tennessee whiskey in Newport, Tenn., Sazerac is planning for a new distillery, including bottling, barrel warehouses and a visitor center on 55 acres it recently purchased […]

Ohio Restaurants Receive Wine Spectator Awards

NEW YORK — More than 60 Ohio restaurants were included in Wine Spectator magazine’s 2018 Restaurant Awards, which recognizes the world’s best wine lists.

This year, the Restaurant Awards program honored 3,759 dining destinations from all […]

Ohio Craft Brewers Tap New Board Members

COLUMBUS — Members of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association recently elected six representatives to its 11-member board of directors, including a new vice president.

Board member Jimmy Stockwell of Little Fish Brewing in Athens was elected […]

Select Barrels Offered

Ohio Division of Liquor Control Superintendent Jim Canepa lends a hand during a special sale of Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel bourbon at Weiland’s Market, Agency 794, in Columbus. Weiland’s was one of only seven agencies […]

National Dive Bar Day Launched

NORWALK, Conn. (PRNewswire) — A newly created “day” missing from this issue’s editorial on daily designations (“Day-ly Specials Can Drum Up Business”) is National Dive Bar Day.

Launched by Seagram’s 7 Crown to celebrate the “quintessential” […]

Distillery Fined After Warehouse Collapse

BARDSTOWN, Ky. — A Kentucky distillery is being fined for being slow to report a whiskey spill caused by the collapse of a warehouse.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is fining Sazerac Co. Inc. for […]

DISCUS Recognizes Liquor Control

COLUMBUS — The Distilled Spirits Council recently acknowledged the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for opening the state’s first new liquor agency in three years and announcing the plan to open 20 locations by the […]

9 Ohio Breweries Win Beer Cup Medals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nine Ohio brewers won 10 medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup competition earlier this month during the Craft Brewers Conference here.

Fat Head’s Brewery in Middleburg Heights scored two medals, […]

Four Wines Named Director’s Choice

COLUMBUS — Four Ohio wines recently were selected by Agriculture Director David T. Daniels to receive 2018 Director’s Choice honors.

This year’s recipients were Debonne Vineyards 2016 Riesling Reserve, best white wine; Meranda-Nixon Winery 2015 Estate […]

Middle West Has Top Bourbon At ADI Awards

COLUMBUS — Middle West Spirits here won six medals, including a Best of Category gold, at the recent 2018 American Distilling Institute Judging of Craft Spirits.

Middle West’s OYO Sherry-Finished Bourbon was voted the Best of […]

Elysian Event In Columbus To Honor Local DJ

COLUMBUS — Elysian Brewing Co.’s national “Dust Up Tour” will stop in Columbus on April 26 at Little Rock Bar.

The local tour stop will feature Seattle-based Elysian Brewing’s craft beers, and Columbus artists and musicians, […]