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7 Whiskey Trends in 2018

Whiskey is amidst a new golden age. American whiskey grew 6.4% in volume in 2017 to reach 23.2 million 9-liter cases. Bourbon's volume increased 6.7% last year to 20 million cases. Canadian and Irish remained on fire, as...

Why The 2015 Beaujolais Vintage Could Be The Best Since 1947

The King of Beaujolais liked what he tasted from 2015. Legendary French winemaker and merchant Georges Duboeuf was on hand Wednesday to present his company’s 2015 Beaujolais vintage of small-batch Domaine and Chateau Cru wines....

8 American Whiskey Trends in 2019

No question about it: American whiskey is in a new golden era. Category sales have reached heights unseen since the 1960s, the last time brown spirits boomed. But that prior golden period came before the...

Spiced and Flavored Rums Drive Growth

If you’re looking for liveliness and interest in rum these days, it’s probably happening in the flavored and spiced sector of the category. Rum’s overall woes are well known, and the general category was down...

What is a Craft Spirit in 2019?

That the term “craft” has lost its meaning is nothing new. For years now the word has come to mean a broad swatch of things. Both the craft spirits and beer movements have expanded into...

The State of Merlot, 15 Years After ‘Sideways’

It has now been 15 years since the release of the Alexander Payne hit film “Sideways.” Many credited this movie with killing merlot sales when Miles Raymond, played by actor Paul Giamatti, proclaimed “If...

6 Trends in Scotch Seen By Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker Master Blender

Jim Beveridge has seen a few trends come and go in the Scotch category. He’s worked for Johnnie Walker for more than 36 years. In 2001 he became the brand’s master blender. Beveridge (pictured...

6 Craft Beer Stats To Watch in 2017

What stats and trends will define craft beer in 2017? For the answer, look back at 2016, when the category faced a conundrum. On one hand, the craft beer business continued to expand in 2016....

Beer Reviews: A Lineup of Lagers

For our second round of National Beer Panel reviews, we asked panelists to taste and rate lagers. These reviews include brief tasting notes, ratings and information about ABV and IBUs. All beers should be widely available...

Lagunitas Now Brews Newcastle Brown Ale — How’s it Taste?

Fans of Newcastle Brown Ale will notice a new flavor. That’s because production has moved from the Netherlands to the U.S., where Chicago’s Lagunitas Brewery will now make the beer under a new recipe. Both...