steadyrolling-fixedCleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Company is releasing summer seasonal Steady Rollin’ Session IPA. The 4.8%-abv, single-hop offering is also a part of the company’s Fridge Filler Variety Pack. Steady Rollin’ is brewed with Harrington 2-row and Crystal 45 malts and Mosaic hops. It’s available in six- and 12-packs, in the variety pack and on draft for the summer season.

genesee-ipaRochester, New York-based Genesee Brew House is releasing two new offerings this spring, an IPA and Pilsner. The IPA is brewed with four different types of hops, while the North German-style Pilsner features noble German hops with pilsner malt. Genesee IPA will be available year-round, while the Pilsner will be available for a limited time beginning this month. Genesee is part of the North American Breweries portfolio, which also includes Pyramid Breweries, Magic Hat, Labatt and Honey Brown Lager.

unnamed-9-134x300New Paltz, New York-based Smart Beer is rolling out its second brew, an Organic IPA. The new IPA joins Organic Golden Ale (5.5% abv) in the company’s lineup. Smart Beer’s distribution footprint has expanded since its debut last October from a base in New York’s Hudson Valley to New York City, where it’s available across all five boroughs, including Whole Foods and the Mets’ Citi Field. The brewer’s organic, non-GMO beers are made from locally grown ingredients.

facemelter_clearChicago’s Burnt City Brewing is introducing three of its year-round beers in canned format. Dick the Butcher Pale Ale (5.3% abv), Face Melter Hibiscus IPA (7% abv) and Balloon Boy Farmhouse Wheat Ale (5% abv) were canned at the company’s production facility on the South Side of Chicago. All three will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans for about $9.99 throughout Burnt City’s distribution network of the Chicago region, northern Illinois, northern Indiana and Alabama.

Innis-Gunn-VintageScottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has launched a new limited-edition brew, Innis & Gunn Vintage. Brewed with crystal malt, roasted barley and Styrian and Goldings hops, Vintage is aged in first-fill American Bourbon barrels for 100 days, then bottled with live yeast to create natural carbonation. The 7.7%-abv entry is available in 25-ounce bottles across 22 U.S. markets, retailing at around $20.

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Bookers-ryeBeam Suntory is unveiling new limited release expressions for two of its super-premium American whiskey labels. This month, the small-batch Booker’s brand is being extended with Booker’s Rye, a 13-year-old unfiltered rye whiskey bottled at 68.1% abv. The first rye whiskey for Booker’s, it’s debuting in very limited quantities at about $300 a 750-ml. bottle. Also launching in May is Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon. Aged for 14 years, the 50%-abv expression is available in three different batches, retailing at around $130 a 750-ml. bottle.

4ca3d110-2bd1-4a8f-8df6-a5db406bd731Wyoming Whiskey is launching a new Private Stock Barrel Program for retailers and restaurants next month. Accounts nationwide will be able to choose their own private barrel from five different 100-ml. samples ranging from 92-97 proof. Each barrel yields between 34-38 cases. The Kirby, Wyoming-based company’s portfolio includes a flagship Small Batch Bourbon ($43), as well as Single Barrel Bourbon ($60) and Barrel Strength Bourbon ($199).

2016-05-19-15-33-singlecaskrangewithbox_cropped_90Pernod Ricard’s Glenlivet single malt brand is introducing its first single-cask Scotch whiskies to the U.S. market under The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition Pullman Train Collection. The three single-cask offerings include Pullman Club Car (aged 18 years in Sherry butt), Pullman Twentieth Century Limited (aged 19 years in European oak butt) and Pullman Water Level Route (aged 15 years in American oak hogshead). About 1,500 bottles of the Pullman collection are coming to market, retailing at $350 apiece. The range highlights The Glenlivet’s historical ties to first-class railroad company Pullman, which offered 2-ounce miniatures of the brand as the only Scotch whisky in its U.S. dining cars.

EW-Heros-114x300Heaven Hill Brands is releasing a special “American Hero” edition of its Evan Williams Black Bourbon to honor military veterans. Available nationwide through July 4, the red, white and blue bottle features individual stories of different U.S. heroes with stars and stripes on the label. Evan Williams’ American Heroes bottle retails for about $25 a 1.75-ml. and is being supported by a national advertising campaign

rum12Impact “Hot Brand” RumChata is relaunching its philanthropic Freedom Bottle this summer. The limited edition package, retailing around $20 a 750-ml., will be available through July 4, with all sales benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF). Since launching in 2014, RumChata’s Freedom Bottle program has raised more than $485,000 for LSF, which supports wounded service members and their families. RumChata grew 12% to over 600,000 cases in the U.S. last year.

ardbeg-dark-cove-46-5-e-c-17256442z0-17273767Moët Hennessy USA has unveiled a new special edition of its Ardbeg single malt brand, Dark Cove. A no-age-statement, 46.5% abv malt, Ardbeg Dark Cove is a blend of whiskies matured in ex-Bourbon and dark Sherry casks. Launching at the end of this month, Dark Cove ($110 a 750-ml.) is limited to a release of 1,100 nine-liter cases. Ardbeg, an Islay malt, has nearly tripled in size in the U.S. market over the past five years, to over 20,000 cases.

Hangar1-Fog-Point-bridge-720x480Hangar 1 Vodka, part of the Proximo Spirits portfolio, has launched Fog Point, a limited edition made with San Francisco fog water. The product is made in collaboration with FogQuest, a non-profit dedicated to creating sustainable water sources.

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World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Events are taking place all over the globe. If you can’t find an event happening near you why not host your own World Whisky day event? All you need is a bottle of whisky to share with your friends. World Whisky day celebrates all types of whisky/whiskey and encourages everyone to enjoy whisky responsibly.

World Whisky Day is all about making whisky fun and enjoyable. It’s not about being exclusive or prescriptive. You can drink it however you enjoy it (ice, water, mixer – whatever works for you). We want to be all inclusive and that means any kind of whisky/whiskey from anywhere in the world.

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Poitín, anglicized as potcheen or poteen, is a traditional Irish distilled beverage. Poitín was traditionally distilled in a small pot still and the term is a diminutive of the Irish word pota, meaning “pot”. Amusingly, the Irish word for a hangover is póit.

Poitin was traditionally produced in remote and rural farming areas of Ireland, popularly distilled using potatoes. Though home distillation of the spirit was made illegal in 1661, production of Poitin continued underground, commonly taking advantage of windy, rainy weather to hide the smoke that came as a result of heating the stills. “Poitin plays a large role in the history of Irish spirits with an underground local distilling tradition similar to that of American Moonshine,” states John Ralph, Co-founder, Mad March Imports.

Mad March Hare is crafted using locally sourced malted barley, to deliver a more refined, yet authentic Irish Poitin.  “With the U.S. market accounting for approximately 36% of Irish whiskey sales, and craft spirits continuously growing in popularity, we feel it is the perfect opportunity to introduce the U.S. consumer to a new Irish craft offering,” Ralph continued.

Mad March Hare Irish Poitin (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: White dog funk with a predominance of high notes, slight smoke, eucalyptus, spun sugar, black peppercorn.
Taste: Elegantly smooth and refined.  Rich in mouthfeel, with a slight salinity that brings out a plethora of minerality.
Finish: Medium long with a satisfying and crisp peppery fade.
Overall: Much like a twice distilled vodka, but with a silky smooth experience from beginning to end, this is a very well done Poitin.  Use this in place of vodka, or even a blanco tequila in your favorite cocktail and see what you think.  This will also make a killer white old-fashioned.
GSN Rating: A

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Rum making in Louisiana paralleled the advent of sugar-making in Louisiana beginning in our early colonial history. Then the art slowly disappeared soon after the Civil War took a toll on our sugar plantation culture.

Bayou Rum is handmade in the largest privately-owned rum distillery in the USA, utilizing traditional methods with state-of-the-art technology for all four steps: fermentation, distillation, maturation, and bottling. The facility in Lacassine, Louisiana offers distillery tours, rum tasting bar and a gift shop experience for those who visit the home of Bayou Rum.

Silver Bayou Rum is proofed with triple filtered fresh water delivering the cleanest and purest taste possible. Bayou Select Rum is fermented with cane yeast, distilled in American copper pot stills, and rested in American oak in the Louisiana heat,.

Bayou Silver (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Crushed sugar cane nose, more akin to rhum agricole than typical light rum.  Chewy and fat with a lot of rustic, hospitable character.
Taste: Fresh marshmallow, vanilla cream, cane juice and a slight grassiness.
Finish: Medium long, with a lot of the vanilla predominating.
Overall: A lot of body and presence that will stand up to anything you throw in the mix.  I’d hesitate to use this as a replacement for a Cuban-style rum in a Daiquiri, but this will embolden a punch or tiki cocktail.
GSN Rating: B+

Bayou Select (80 proof)
Visual: Golden bronze.
Nose: Sweet oak, maple sugar, cinnamon toast, honeyed oats.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth and balanced.  The aging is exquisite and tempers the sweetness down to a soft glow.  A pecan-like nuttiness adds to the palette, making this a gorgeous sipping rum.
Finish: Long and sweet, with a lagniappe of decadent richness that leaves you wanting more.
Overall: One of the best American rums from the South that we’ve had the pleasure of meeting.  A gold rum that puts many other brands that have been around for a few centuries to shame.
GSN Rating: A+

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BP 12oz Beer Labels_FN_OLBallast Point, the California craft brewer acquired by Constellation recently for $1 billion, is rolling out its Watermelon Dorado Double IPA in 12-ounce cans across the country. The 10%-abv, year-round Watermelon Dorado was previously available in bottles and on draft. Ballast Point’s other year-round fruit-infused beers include Pineapple and Grapefruit Sculpin IPAs and Mango Even Keel Session IPA.

TrailAngel_6pack_clear_webLexington, Virginia-based Devils Backbone Brewing Company is rolling out two new spring seasonals—Cattywompus and Trail Angel Weiss. Cattywompus, a 7.5% abv Belgian Pale Ale, is joining the brewer’s Trail Blazer Series, launching in bottles and on draft throughout Devils Backbone’s distribution footprint of Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Trail Angel Weiss is a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen (4.7% abv) and the newest addition to the company’s canned Daypack Series of session beers. Trail Angel will be available through July in cans and on draft.

Green-Flash-CansSan Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company is releasing three beers in canned format nationwide this month. Rolling out in 12-ounce cans are Jibe Session IPA (4% abv), Passion Fruit Kicker American wheat ale (5.5% abv) and Sea to Sea Zwickel Lager (4% abv). Jibe Session was first introduced in limited distribution in cans last September and will now sell exclusively in canned format. Passion Fruit Kicker will be available in cans and bottles, while Sea to Sea will be available Daura-Shandy-200x300nationally in cans only.

Spanish brewer S.A. Damm is introducing its latest gluten-free brew—Daura Shandy—in the U.S. Inspired by traditional shandy recipes, Daura Shandy is comprised of 60% original Daura lager and 40% lemonade, and has been specially crafted to remove gluten. Daura Shandy is currently available both on- and off-premise, retailing at $9.99 a bottled six-pack, and joins Damm’s existing gluten-free lineup, which also includes Daura Lager and Daura Märzen.

bop-logo-shield (1)Brooklyn Brewery is introducing a limited-edition Billion Oyster Saison, billed as a briny saison made with whole oysters. A partnership with the Billion Oyster Project—devoted to 1 billion oysters to New York Harbor as part of its ecosystem restoration and education initiative—the new brew will launch at the Billion Oyster Party fundraiser onMay 19. Subsequently, it will be available on draft at select New York on-premise accounts.

mission-plunder-ipa-set1San Diego’s Mission Brewery is adding Plunder IPA to its core year-round lineup. The 7%-abv IPA is brewed with nine different hops including Simcoe and Falconer’s Flight. Plunder will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles initially, followed by 12-ounce bottles later this summer.

downloadAtlanta’s Second Self Beer Company is releasing a new summer seasonal, Maverick & Gose. The 4.4%-abv offering is dry-hopped with Wakatu hops and features fresh coriander. Maverick & Gose is available on draft throughout Georgia this summer.

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viejo-indecente-rojoMezcal brand Viejo Indecente has extended its range with the launch of a new offering called Ensamble. Produced in Oaxaca, Mexico, Ensamble is made with a blend of 15-year-old Madrecuishe and 8-year-old Espadín agave. The 48%-abv mezcal is rolling out across California, Florida and New York, retailing at $65 a 750-ml. Ensamble marks the second U.S. offering from Viejo Indecente, joining the brand’s core Espadín Mezcal ($60 a 750-ml.), which debuted stateside last fall.

285479492.tl02-001..1.-183x320Northern California’s Timberlane LLC, producer of Arkansas Black Straight Applejack (98 proof, $55) and the very limited Twenty-One Year Straight Applejack (92 proof/$125) has expanded distribution beyond California to both Texas and Massachusetts, with plans for additional markets to follow later this year. Both SKUs are currently available across Texas, distributed by AB Foods of Dallas. In Massachusetts, Burke Distributing Corp. will distribute Timberlane’s Applejacks throughout the state beginning this spring.

image003Boston’s Bully Boy Distillers has launched Estate gin, a new craft gin made with a neutral apple and grain base. The 47%-abv entry is infused with wild juniperus virginiana, McIntosh apples, coriander, lemon, hibiscus, pink peppercorn and lavender. Bully Boy’s Estate gin is currently available at select on- and off-premise accounts throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, retailing at $29.99 a 750-ml. It marks the first gin in Bully Boy’s craft spirits lineup, joining the distillery’s white rum, Boston Screen-Shot-2016-05-12-at-3.20.18-PMrum, vodka, white whiskey, American straight whiskey and Old Fashioned and Hub Punch premixed cocktails.

Disaronno International is introducing classic Italian amaro Zucca Rabarbaro to the U.S. market this spring. Made from Chinese rhubarb and natural herbs, Zucca Rabarbaro (30% abv) is based on a recipe from 1845 and geared toward use in cocktails. Zucca Rabarbaro will be available nationwide in limited quantities on- and off-premise at about $30 a 750-ml.

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