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Ole Smoky adds barrel-aged variety to portfolio

Charred moonshine available for limited time this spring
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Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Gatlinburg, Tenn., is throwing its hat into the premium spirits market with the debut of its first barrel-aged premium product: Ole Smoky Charred Moonshine.  The initial batch will be available in a limited release nationwide this spring, with only 3,500 cases spread out across 49 states and the rest available exclusively at the Ole Smoky distillery, known as “The Holler.”


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E. & J. Gallo acquires Ledgewood Creek

Winery acquisition includes 400-acre ranch in North Coast
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E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo), Modesto, Calif., announced that it has purchased Ledgewood Creek Winery and Vineyard in Solano County.


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Purple Passion

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Luxco Inc. relaunched its Purple Passion ready-to-drink cocktails with a new formula and retro-inspired packaging.


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Chicken Cock Cherry Bounce

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Island Club Brands added a cherry cola flavor to its Chicken Cock whiskey brand.


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Liquid concentrates spread from America to Europe, Asia

Beverage Industry to explore global beverage trends in May 2014 issue
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Hard ciders were popular in the United Kingdom for years before reaching the mainstream U.S. market. Likewise, stevia was used as a sweetener in Japan for decades before getting approval as a safe food additive in the United States in the form of Rebaudioside A, according to Cargill. Many trends are born overseas and eventually make their way to the U.S. market. But that doesn’t mean Americans can’t be trendsetters too.


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Beverage brands accept Bitcoins as currency

New payment option helps wineries, craft brewers reach new consumers
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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In our increasingly digital world, it makes sense that people have developed digital forms of currency to coincide with Internet and mobile shopping. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency to arrive on the financial scene in 2009 and has since increased in popularity.


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Bacardi extends flavored rum line with Mango Fusion

Spirit mixes mango, orange flavors
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Bacardi U.S.A. Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., released nationwide the newest addition to its flavored rum family: Bacardi Mango Fusion. The new flavored rum fuses mango and orange flavors and can be consumed as a shot or mixed with fruit juices, lemon-lime soda, or sweet-and-sour mix as a cocktail, the company says.


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Hornitos Black Barrel

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Beam Inc. launched Hornitos Black Barrel, which is 100 percent blue agave tequila that is triple-aged using an innovative process that conveys the tasting notes of whiskey, the company says.


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Moonshine sales grow triple digits

Unaged corn whiskey finding favor among consumer groups
By Jessica Jacobsen
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The romanticism of history is what keeps books like “The Great Gatsby” popular with today’s youth, but that same glamorization also is taking shape in the spirits category within the latest emerging segment: moonshine.


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Whiskeys lead spirits growth

RTD cocktails decline
By Stephanie Cernivec
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In a hypothetical “Star Wars” scenario, Darth Vader could use the dark side of the Force to telekinetically shatter a glass bottle of vodka from across the room, for instance.


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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