Beverage Dynamics Newsletter – 12/14/12


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Beverage Dynamics Features

  • Beer Growth Brand Winners
    A number of the winners of the 2012 Growth Brand Awards for beer gathered at the NBWA Convention. See who won and how they accepted their awards.

  • Retailer Wine Selections
    The Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panel recommends a lineup of their favorite holiday wines.

Beverage Product Watch

  • Tecate Michelada
    Heineken USA has introduced Tecate Michelada into the U.S. Michelada uses Tecate beer and blends it with the taste of lime, spices and a hint of chili pepper, the company says, creating a bold, balanced ‘€œflavored beer mix.’€

  • Jacob’s Ghost
    Jacob’€™s Ghost is a new white whiskey available from Jim Beam. The clear, aged, whiskey, rested for at least one year in white oak barrels, is 80-proof and has aromas of light vanilla and sweet corn undertones, according to the company. Jacob’€™s Ghost is available for a suggested retail price of $21.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.

  • Crave Chocolate
    The newest product from John DeKuyper & Sons is Crave Chocolate Liqueurs, which feature three flavors: chocolate cherry, chocolate mint and chocolate chili. The premium line of liqueurs were launched for the holiday season. The cherry is complimented by hints of cocoa, the mint contains tastes of vanilla in addition to peppermint, and the chili features notes of vanilla and caramel, according to the company. Crave is available for a suggested retail price of $17.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.


  • Number of U.S. Breweries at All-Time High
    This year, 2,751 breweries were active and permitted in the U.S., according to industry group the Beer Institute. Of those, 98 percent opened in the last three decades, 85 percent in the last two.

  • Burgundy Drinkers Will Pay More as 2012 Production Drops
    This year winter’€™s frost, combined with mildew and hail, destroyed more than half the crop in some of Burgundy’€™s prestigious vineyards.

  • Happy Repeal Day!
    Prohibition was repealed 79 years ago today. Here’€™s a look at how that 14-year period transformed American drinking habits.

Industry Happenings – BD

  • Wine Experts Weigh in on Chilean Wines
    Wines of Chile hosted “Vinos de Terroir” in New York in November. Pictured from left, Sandy Block, Master of Wine and vice president of beverages for Legal Seafoods; terroir consultant Dr. Pedro Parra; Lori Tieszen, executive director of Wines of Chile USA; and wine writer Mark Oldman.

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