GSN Brews News: May 11th 2021 Edition

Rochester, New York-based Black Button Distilling has introduced CanBee Cocktails. The inaugural release is a canned cocktail called Bee’s Knees, lightly carbonated and made with lemon, honey, and a small-batch gin base. CanBee was founded with a mission to support bee conservation and a portion of all sales will go to the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program. Bee’s Knees is at 8% abv and is available now at select retailers and online, where a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans retails for $15.

Jim Beam has debuted a new line of canned Highballs. The releases come in at 5% abv and are made with Bourbon and either seltzer or ginger ale. The RTDs come in individual 355-ml. cans for around $2.50 or in 4-packs for around $10. Both Jim Beam Original and Ginger Highballs are now available across the U.S.

Stowe, Vermont-based Von Trapp Brewing is releasing Radler Trail Bier, a grapefruit-infused lager. It’s a 3.9% abv session beer that’s low on calories but high on carbs, intended to accompany vigorous outdoor activity. It’s available now across Von Trapp’s 12-market distribution area, which includes Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Von Trapp Brewing is part of Trapp Family Lodge, a 2,600-acre resort founded in 2010 by the family that inspired The Sound of Music.

Dallas, Texas-based Deep Ellum Brewing is releasing Blind Pickle Hard Seltzer. The seltzer, crafted for pickle lovers, is part of a rotating seltzer series of limited release flavors that spun off from the brewery’s year-round Blind Lemon Hard Seltzer. Like other Deep Ellum products, Blind Pickle was brewed with cane sugar taking the place of malted barley in the mash. It’s at 5% abv and is available now throughout Texas for a limited time. 

Sapporo U.S.A. is launching Sapporo Pure, a new light beer. Targeting health-conscious consumers, the release is at 4% abv and contains 90 calories and 2.4g of carbs per 12-ounce slim can. Sapporo Pure will be rolling out to 17 states this month including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Taylor Fladgate has entered the RTD market with Chip Dry & Tonic, a white Port-based drink packaged in 250-ml. cans. The 5.5% abv cocktail will launch this summer in the U.S., the U.K., and Portugal in 4-packs that will retail for around $18. The cocktail, according to the company, features not only Fladgate’s white Port, but tonic water that’s specifically made for the Port house. 

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 16

There are plenty of “blank-of-the-month” clubs out there, but this is the most unique one yet!  If you join Rochester, NY’s Black Button Distilling “WHOLE DAMN BARREL CLUB”, you will get:

  • Your name on your barrel and a commemorative picture of you with your barrel!
  • You say when it is done aging – taste it after 30 months and go from there!
  • Choose what proof you want it bottled at (our usual is 84 proof)
  • Every last drop from your barrel is yours when we bottle – Great for corporate gifting/client or employee appreciation gifts! (1 barrel ≈ 180 bottles at 84 proof!)
  • Add the finishing touch with a personalized label, making the bottles exclusively yours (i.e. your name, company name, event name or a company logo)
  • You keep the empty 30 Gallon Barrel too!

You’ll also get all of the following!

Welcome Gifts:

•  20 Person Tour & Tasting to be used one time during your membership year – makes a great birthday outing! (Rochester location)
•  FREE Black Button T-Shirt of your choice

Any Time You Visit:

•  $1 off every cocktail for you + 1 guest
•  Buy One, Get One FREE birthday cocktail
•  $5 off every 750ml bottle of our spirits purchased for you + 1 guest
•  FREE Tour for you + 4 friends any time during regular tour hours (Rochester)

Additional Exclusive Benefits:

•  Advance access to Black Button event tickets (St. Patrick’s Parade, Spirits Classes, etc.)
•  Advance access to new and specialty spirit releases (Lilac Gin anyone?)
•  Room fee waived on any Bar Takeover Event you book (Great for corporate events!)
•  Members only appreciation party (1 event planned annually)
•  ”Sip & Savor” member exclusive barrel release parties hosted by none other than owner Jason Barrett (2 events planned annually)
•  Members only coasters for you and a guest to use each time you visit

PLUS special monthly benefits just for being a member:
(redeemable in either Tasting Room during that month only)

  • January – 50% OFF all Black Button Glassware
  • February – 50% OFF a Box of Bourbon or Bourbon Cream filled gourmet chocolates
  • March – 50% OFF awesome Black Button apparel
  • April – FREE Hand-Made Spirit Infused Lip Balm
  • May – FREE Ticket to our very popular annual Moonshine Margarita Fun Run
  • June – 50% OFF Bourbon Barrel Smoker Wood Chips
  • July – 50% OFF Apple Pie Moonshine BBQ Sauce
  • August – 50% OFF Bourbon Bacon Ketchup
  • September – 50% OFF Bold Bloody Mary Mix
  • October – 25% OFF Fee Bros. Bitters
  • November – FREE Spirits Tasting for you & up to 4 friends
  • December – FREE Bourbon Cream ‘Better Than Candy’ Cane

To find out how you can join, go to: Black Button Distilling

GSN Review: Black Button Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey

Founded by owner and head distiller Jason Barrett in June 2012 at only 24 years old, Black Button Distilling tasting room and retail store opened to the public in January 2014, offering spirits tastings, distillery tours, craft cocktails and a unique venue to host public and private events. Every batch of world-class spirits is distilled from local NY grains, bottled, labeled, hand numbered and aged in Rochester, New York.

GSN wrote an article last year which tells more about the Finger Lakes Distillery here.

Debuting this holiday weekend, Black Button is releasing a limited edition rye whiskey which will only be available in their tasting rooms in Rochester and Buffalo. We were sent a sample for review.

Black Button Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey (84 proof)
Visual: Rich gold.
Nose: High rye content on the nose with a whole-grain cracker aroma. Softer vanilla notes smooth and balance the grain spice and tame the intense oakiness.
Taste: Well-rounded upon entry, it quickly opens up into a charry rye vista. This is a serious whiskey that means business. Equal in flavor to higher proof ryes, this is a surprise for only 42% alcohol. The oak has pushed deep into the spirit creating an intensity that will stand up to more than a splash of water.
Finish: Long with a percolating effect on the palate, almost with a cinnamon-like numbing quality.
Overall: A down to earth and well aged rye, with plenty of oomph.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Black Button Distilling

GSN’s One For the Road: Black Button Distilling Co.

img_1820Jason Barrett seems to have an endless supply of energy.  As the owner of a full-time distillery in Rochester, NY, he not only supervises the production and aging of the products that make up their extensive portfolio, but he also teaches a quarterly three-day intensive seminar on what it takes to get a distillery off the ground. Jason recently invited me to come experience what the classes are all about.

Starting at 9am sharp on a warm and sunny Friday morning, a group of a dozen students ranging in age from their early 20’s to well past retirement met in the tasting room for a brief overview of the weekend from Jason. As we went around the room introducing ourselves, I was surprised that there were a few people who had traveled quite the distance to be here, and others had come back to take the class a second time.  This was a good indication of the quality of the information that would be imparted.

I asked student Chelsea Washburn from Philadelphia what initially drew her to becoming involved in the spirits industry.  “The cross-cultural tradition of sharing and socializing over a drink.  No matter where you travel or the background of the people you are with, chances are you all can bond over a drink.  Secondly, the craftsmanship, from vintners, brewers, to distillers and even moonshiners. The passion and knowledge these craftspeople carry is historic, cultural, agricultural, scientific, even anthropological! In five years, I hope to have my own well-established brand in the craft spirit market based out of Philadelphia.  So, watch out for the Philadelphia Whiskey Co.”

img_1864We then were walked through the distillation room and out the back door to see the massive grain silos where local NYS corn is fed into the fermentation tanks. The first story Jason told us took place in the early days of the company. He and his fellow workers would start each day full of energy, but by the evening they were completely lethargic, headachy and short of breath.  It turns out that the massive amounts of CO2 generated by the fermenting grains in the building were causing symptoms of hypercapnia, which led to realizing the immediate need for an efficient ventilation system which was promptly installed.

img_1851Once back inside the distillery, we were shown all of the equipment Jason purchased, from the pot and column stills, fermenters, and a large selection of locally made barrels which were aging a variety of products.  On one wall, of particular note a large American flag was prominently displayed.  I later learned from Jason’s father, who also works at the distillery that this was Jason’s grandfather’s flag who had passed away a few years ago.  It is obvious that family means a lot to Jason.  As he later related, his family made their fortunes in the garment button business.  Rochester had 19 button factories at the turn of the 20th century making high quality buttons for suits.  Jason’s family business is the last left in the area.  Interestingly, Jason is colorblind and was told as a child that he would only be able to make black buttons if he took over the family business (Jason’s mother Anne is the president of the company now).  This is where the distillery’s name came from.  Everywhere you look, the Black Button logo is apparent, constantly reminding Jason of his heritage.

img_1865I was surprised at how open Jason was with the information he shared during the class.  Everything from the exact recipes he uses, to the manufacturers of his equipment, along with stories of the failures of some of his first efforts and the mistakes he’s made in terms of underestimating the space needed as the company grew.  A long question and answer period followed.  What amazed me is that Jason knows everything off the top of his head.  He had no reference book or flash cards, and there were no questions that he didn’t know the answer to, or gladly share with us.  In fact, he said several times that he is willing to follow-up with everyone long after the classes are over via email to help with any questions they may have. Chelsea Washburn appreciated this greatly.  “Having Jason so openly show and share some of his methods gives one a better grasp in how to run a well-oiled small-batch distillery.”

After a quick break for lunch, there were presentations from companies that Black Button works with including filtration specialists and an insurance agent who works with distillers.  It became clear that there is an endless list of concerns from all angles to consider.  One story that struck me was of a brewer who bought a building in the southern tier of NY, filled it with all the necessary equipment and obtained his brewing license.  It was only when he was about to begin making beer that he was told that he couldn’t do it because it was a “dry” town.  Believe it or not, there are still six locales in the state where making, buying or selling alcohol is illegal.  Another interesting story was about someone who wanted to open a distillery just up the road from Jason and approached him to get the ok to go ahead.  As they talked, Jason found out that this guy had suddenly had the idea to open a distillery just a few months prior and felt he knew everything he needed to know in order to start churning out product.  He didn’t even feel the need to write a business plan.  But, after talking with Jason, he apparently reconsidered his rash idea and decided to follow another path.

img_1873The day at the distillery ended with a launch party at Good Luck, a local restaurant who had collaborated on a new whiskey with Black Button.  As attendee Chelsea Washburn remarked, “Not only is it a beautiful dram to sip on but Good Luck astutely highlighted the label in handcrafted cocktails.  The best part is that it’s such a great way to build small business relationships in the community.” After planning, distilling and aging the product, the final yield was only 42 bottles of Black Luck whiskey.  If you want to try it, you’ll have to visit Good Luck before it’s gone.  This is truly boutique distilling.  Other limited products Black Button has crafted recently have been a Lilac Gin and a Garden Gin made in conjunction with the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua.  They also have worked with O’Begley Distilling to co-create a whiskey.  Jason is always looking for new expressions to create, which keeps him constantly involved in the process.  All of this in only the past four years, and Jason himself is not yet 30 years old.  Pretty impressive for a young guy to hit the ground running.

As the evening wound down, I asked Chelsea what her three takeaways from the day were.  “First, you cannot make it in this industry yourself, you will need other’s advice and expertise.  Reaching out is easy to do with fellow distillers.  Everyone wants to help as it is such a new or rather refurbished industry.  Secondly, know your story to sell your brand.  As much as people will enjoy your product, they will remember and share your products’ story even more.  Knowing the story behind as to why you make your spirit the way you do or how it comes to taste the way it does or simply why it bears a name so dear to you.  People want to know the passion behind your spirit. Lastly, file your liquor federal taxes…ALWAYS!”

Black Button products are everywhere in the area, as I’ve discovered on several cocktail menus in the western New York region.  Of course having a wide range of spirits and liqueurs helps greatly.  They make everything from apple pie moonshine to bourbon cream, along with vodka, gin, whiskey and limited experimental editions.

Black Button Distilling • 85 Railroad Street, Rochester NY 14609 • • 585-730-4512

GSN Review: Collaboration Whiskey

bbcw2016A collaboration in the truest sense, this one of a kind spirit is made from hand-selected bottles of the finest whiskeys from Rochester’s Black Button Distilling and the O’Begley Distillery. Chosen by their respective head distillers, the whiskeys were blended together, remarried in wooden casks and set to age together until the ideal marriage of flavors was reached.

“Black Button and O’Begley have grown up alongside each other in Rochester,” said Jason Barrett, Black Button Distilling Owner/Head Distiller. “What I love most about craft distilling is that we come together as a community to help each other. To put our collective skills together for this unique blend of whiskey has been a great learning experience and an opportunity to bring a unique bottling to the Rochester community,” he said.

“Prior to prohibition, Western New York had a long history of distilling, which has largely disappeared for the past 80 years. By working together, we are slowly restoring those traditions of local agriculture and quality craftsmanship that are the foundation of our community,” said Adam Begley of O’Begley Distillery.

Collaboration Whiskey (84 proof)
Visual: Darkening copper.
Nose: Cut apple, wood smoke, dried maple leaf, roasted corn husk, sawn oak.
Taste: Intense wood burn with touches of cinnamon stick, black tea, deep char and a slight hint of dry sherry.
Finish: Medium long with a curiously dry and tannic sweetness.
Overall: A pretty straightforward youngish whiskey.  It might have done with a few more years of aging to smooth out the rough edges, but overall it is a whiskey the GSN offices have been reaching for this past week on a daily basis.  With the beer industry working together to develop special editions between breweries, I like to see this collaboration in the craft spirits community.
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Black Button

GSN Backbar Review: August 31-September 4, 2015

downloadRochester, New York-based Black Button Distilling is introducing Four Grain Bourbon, billed as the company’s “signature product.” Four Grain’s mashbill—comprised of 60% corn, 20% wheat, 9% rye and 11% barley—is sourced from grains grown exclusively on one farm in Groveland, New York. The whiskies in the blend are aged between 14-26 months. Four Grain (42% abv) will be available later this month at a suggested retail price of $49.99 a 750-ml. throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan.

download (1)The Glenrothes has launched a new Reserve Collection of non-age-stated single malts nationwide. The Reserve Collection includes: Sherry Cask Reserve ($59.99), the Glenrothes’ first all first-fill Sherry cask offering; Bourbon Cask Reserve ($59.99), matured exclusively in American oak refill Bourbon casks; and Vintage Reserve ($54), a blend of 10 vintages from the last three decades.

download (2)Bacardi Ltd.’s John Dewar & Sons unit has unveiled The Deveron, a new range of single malt Scotches. Produced at the MacDuff distillery in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, The Deveron lineup includes 12-year-old and 18-year-old expressions rolling out in markets such as the U.S., U.K., Canada and Germany, among others.

download (3)Aiming to bolster its presence in the on-premise shot occasion, Diageo is extending Captain Morgan with a new offering called Cannon Blast. At 35% abv, Cannon Blast is billed as a blend of rum, Caribbean citrus and chipotle and jalepeño pepper and has a cannonball-shaped bottle that glows in black light. The newcomer will be priced at parity with Captain Morgan rum, and is said to deliver a citrus-sweet taste with a spark of heat.

imagesIn the super-premium Scotch category, Moet-Hennessy USA is planning to release a five-bottle pack of Glenmorangie single malt Scotch in its Glenmorangie 1970s Collection later this year. Each bottle will be sourced from a different vintage within that decade. The price will be $50,000, with only 10 of the packs available globally and two for the U.S. Moet is hinting that it may reserve the collections in the U.S. for public tasting events involving Glenmorangie loyalists.

download (4)Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Western Spirits Beverage Company has extended its Bird Dog Whiskey range with the launch of Jalapeño Honey and Spiced entries ($19.99 a 750-ml.). The pair are available nationwide this month, joining Bird Dog’s existing Apple, Chocolate, Hot Cinnamon, Maple Peach and Blackberry flavored whiskies. Concurrently, Western Spirits has added a new Peach flavor ($29.99) to its Twenty Grand Vodka.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Backbar Review: November 10-14, 2014

indexEquality Vodka, a new brand aimed at the LGBT community, is launching in Texas this month through Glazer’s. An 80-proof entry retailing at $30 a bottle, Equality is distilled and bottled in New York, and plans to expand beyond the Texas market looking ahead. For its first two years, Equality has pledged to donate a portion of sales to the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, focused on LGBT causes.

indexDurham, North Carolina-based Mystic Bourbon Liqueur is entering Virginia, and will be available at 100 Virginia ABC stores by late next month. Southern Wine & Spirits’ mid-Atlantic division will represent the brand in the Virginia market. The small-batch spirit, made from Bourbon, wildflower honey and spices, was launched last October and has enjoyed a strong start, selling 10,000 bottles across its core North and South Carolina markets to date.

indexRémy Martin has unveiled a limited edition Louis XIII Cognac in celebration of the brand’s 140th anniversary, Louis XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition. The blend of more than 1,200 eaux-de-vie ranging from 40 to 100 years in age is from a single 572-liter tiercon taken from the Heriard Dubreuil family’s private cellars, the third of its kind released by the family in the past century. It is packaged in a metallic decanter from the House of Baccarat, with 775 decanters released worldwide at a suggested retail priced of $16,000 each.

imagesGatlinburg, Tennessee’s Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine is expanding distribution of its holiday offering, Shine Nog, to all 50 states beginning this month. The 35-proof, cream-based moonshine liqueur had previously only been available at the company’s distillery. The limited-release holiday offering is available in 750-ml. mason jars for about $20-$25.

indexRochester, New York craft producer Black Button Distilling is launching its first Bourbon offering, Little Barrel Bourbon. Debuting in a limited release of 1,400 375-ml. bottles that will retail at $40 each, Little Barrel will be hitting retail shelves on December 1. The company, which also produces Citrus Forward gin, Apple Pie moonshine and Wheat vodka, recently extended availability to New York City (through Blue Print Brands) and says it’s negotiating distribution deals in 10 additional states. Black Button is also planning a “Big Barrel” Bourbon for next year.

imagesCharleston, South Carolina’s Striped Pig Distillery has released three new small-batch craft spirits in its home state. Striped Spiced Rum ($24.99) is a spiced version of the company’s original Striped Rum, while its Striped Whiskey is made with locally grown corn and matured with charred barrel staves. Striped Gin ($26.99), meanwhile, is billed as a less juniper-forward gin, designed to appeal to those who don’t normally consider themselves gin drinkers. These three latest offerings join Striped Shine, Striped Rum and Striped Vodka in the micro-distiller’s portfolio.

Indio-HopkaPortland, Oregon-based Indio Spirits has launched Indio Hopka, a new “hop liqueur” intended to appeal to both craft beer and spirits consumers. Made with a grain distillate and a blend of Citra and Cascade hops, Indio Hopka ($26.99) is packaged in a hinge-top 750-ml. bottle and features a beer-inspired label. The 40%-abv hybrid offering, which can be consumed in a mixed drink, as a shot or over ice, is currently available across Oregon and Washington. Established in 2004, Indio Spirits’ portfolio also includes Indio Silver, Marionberry, Lemongrass-Lime and Blood Orange vodkas; Snake River Stampede Canadian whiskey; James Oliver Rye and American whiskey; Cricket Club gin; Barrel Room rum and Curaçao; and Red Island Finger Lime rum and Spiced rum.

indexThe newest release to Diageo’s Orphan Barrel whiskey project, highlighting rare whiskies from the company’s warehouses, will be an offering called Lost Prophet. Lost Prophet is a 22-year-old whiskey distilled in 1991 from what was then the George T. Stagg distillery (now Buffalo Trace) in Frankfort, Kentucky. Similar to Diageo’s previous Orphan Barrel releases—Rhetoric, Barterhouse and Old Blowhard—this whiskey spent time maturing in the old Stitzel-Weller warehouses in Louisville (since 2006 for Lost Prophet), and was bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee, at the George Dickel distillery. The mashbill for Lost Prophet is 75%-78% corn, 7%-10% barley, and 15% rye. It’s bottled at 90.1 proof (45.05% abv) and will list for about $120. Similar to Old Blowhard, this will be a one-time release.

indexDiageo has officially launched Piehole, a new range of flavored Canadian whisky-based liqueurs. Debuting with a trio of Apple Pie, Cherry Pie and Pecan Pie expressions, Piehole is made with a blend of flavored whiskies aged between four and eight years and is bottled in Canada. The 35%-abv entries, which are targeted toward the shot occasion, will retail for around $14.99 a 750-ml.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Backbar Review: October 27-31, 2014

indexM.S. Walker is launching the West Cork Irish whiskey range in the U.S. The new offering is produced in Skibbereen by West Cork Distillers, a family-owned distillery specializing in artisanal whiskies made with local ingredients. The brand’s U.S. lineup will include West Cork Original Classic Blend ($26.99 a 750-ml.), which is made with locally-grown grains and aged in Bourbon casks, and West Cork 10 Year Single Malt ($39.99 a 750-ml.), which is aged in first-fill, flame-charred Bourbon barrels. West Cork joins the Kennedy Irish whiskey and malt, Newfoundland Screech Caribbean rum and Grand Macnish Scotch whisky brands in M.S. Walker’s imported spirits portfolio.

indexIn a deal with Southern Wine & Spirits, Tennessee-based Sugarlands Distilling Co. will begin distributing its lineup of seven Sugarlands Shine whiskies in Illinois for the first time. Its expressions include Silver Cloud (a 100-proof Tennessee Sour Mash), Blockader’s Blackberry, Butterscotch Gold and Old-Fashioned Lemonade. Illinois will mark the ninth state for distribution of Sugarlands in an arc extending from Florida to Minnesota. The company has set its sights on extending distribution next to Texas, Colorado and California, management says. The name is derived from the sprawling forests of sugar maple trees surrounding the craft distiller’s headquarters in Gatlinburg.

indexM.S. Walker has launched Grand Macnish Scotch’s Black Edition label in the U.S. market. Made with a blend of hand-selected whiskies, Grand Macnish Black Edition is extra-aged in double charred Bourbon casks and said to offer a “bolder and darker” taste profile. The new addition is currently available, priced at $29.99 a 750-ml. Black Edition joins Grand Macnish’s 12 Year Dual-Cask, 15 Year Sherry-Cask and 150th Heritage Blend labels in M.S. Walker’s existing import portfolio. Established in 1863, Grand Macnish is one of the oldest blended Scotch brands on the market, according to M.S. Walker.

indexBoulder, Colorado-based Suerte Tequila is introducing a new limited release Single Barrel Extra Añejo this fall. The newest offering from the small-batch Tequila maker is aged five years in charred American white oak whiskey barrels, used only once for each batch. The first shipment contains less than 1,000 bottles. Bottles featuring artwork from Seattle-based tattoo artist Adam Jackson will be available in cases of six for a suggested retail price of $110 a bottle throughout New York, Colorado, Washington D.C., Maryland and Delaware. Founded in 2012, the company creates its Tequila using the Tahona process at its distillery in Jalisco, Mexico.

indexAnchor Distilling Co. is launching Hine Cognac’s limited edition Hine 250 label in the U.S. this November. Created to commemorate Hine’s 250th anniversary in 2013, Hine 250 is a Grande Champagne Cognac made with eau-de-vie from 1953 and packaged in a Baccarat crystal decanter. The luxury offering is limited to 250 bottles, with 10 bottles reserved for the U.S. market, priced at $15,000 each. Hine 250 joins Hine Cognac’s Rare VSOP, H By Hine VSOP, Antique XO, Homage, Mariage, Talent and Triomphe labels in Anchor’s portfolio.

indexRochester, New York-based Black Button Distilling has partnered with distributor Blue Print Brands to launch its craft spirits portfolio in New York City. Black Button’s current lineup includes Citrus Forward gin, Apple Pie moonshine and Wheat vodka, as well as a soon-to-be-released Black Button Bourbon label, set to roll out next year. Along with New York City, Black Button’s offerings are also available via a special order program across Pennsylvania. Black Button, which began operating this past January, says it’s also negotiating distribution deals in 10 additional states.

indexPernod Ricard’s Chivas Brothers unit has unveiled Founder’s Reserve, a new core expression within the Glenlivet single malt range. Created to commemorate the contributions of brand founder George Smith, Founder’s Reserve’s aging process features the addition of first-fill American oak casks. The new entry will be available worldwide this March, priced in line with The Glenlivet’s 12-year-old entry. Founder’s Reserve marks The Glenlivet’s sixth core member of the brand portfolio, joining its 12-year-old, 15-year-old, 18-year-old, 21-year-old and XXV.

indexDiageo has officially launched a range of new flavored whiskies under the Jeremiah Weed brand. The line includes Jeremiah Weed Spiced (70.6 proof), Cinnamon (71.2 proof) and Sarsaparilla (70.4 proof) flavored American whiskies, all retailing at $19 a 750-ml. bottle and suggested to be consumed as shots or mixed with cola. The Jeremiah Weed brand also includes Southern Style Sweet Tea Vodka and Blended Bourbon Whiskey offerings.

indexHeaven Hill Distilleries is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in mid-November with events and the release of a commemorative Single Barrel Bourbon. The multimillion-dollar distillery and tourism experience on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail attracted 70,000 visitors this year, the company says. A 2005 Vintage Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon will be available for purchase at the Experience starting November 10. Bottles of the 100-proof offering ($99.99) are dipped in copper wax and feature Evan Williams Bourbon Experience First Anniversary on the label with only 420 bottles available.

indexSan Francisco’s Anchor Distilling Co. has partnered with sister company Anchor Brewing to release Christmas Spirit, a new holiday entry. Featuring winter spice notes, Christmas Spirit is distilled using Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale, an annual beer release typically available from November through mid-January. The 45%-abv clear spirit will be sold throughout the holiday season, priced at $49.99 a 750-ml. Christmas Spirit marks the latest “beer-meets-spirit” collaboration from Anchor Distilling and Anchor Brewing, following their December 2012 launch of Hophead vodka ($29.95), made with hops from Washington state’s Yakima Valley.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily