Beam Donation

Fred Noe (center), Jim Beam master distiller, and his son, Freddie (right), present a donation of $100,000 to Robert Thomas, chief operating officer of Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that provides support to military families.

Proposal Would Allow Ohio Wine Sales At Farmers Markets

Published: 02/02/2016

COLUMBUS — As a small, start-up winery focusing on honey and fruit wines, Paul Freedman of Dutch Creek Winery said the ability to start selling wine at farmers markets would be a step toward taking his professional goals from dream to reality.

House Bill 178, sponsored by Rep. Nathan Manning (R-55, Ridgeville), would establish a liquor permit to authorize certain wineries to sell their Ohio-made wines at farmers markets.

Bill Bans Vehicles In Expanded Permit Premises When Alcohol Is Served

Published: 02/02/2016

COLUMBUS — A bill that would generally prohibit, for purposes of expansion of a liquor permit holder’s premises during certain times of the year, the presence of operable motor vehicles in the expanded area while beer or intoxicating liquor is being served, has gained a bit of movement in the Ohio General Assembly.

The proposed legislation, House Bill 258, was filed into the legislature in June and recently had a second hearing before the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.

Southern Wine & Spirits, Glazer's Announce Merger

Published: 02/02/2016

MIAMI and DALLAS (PRNewswire) — Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. and Glazer’s Inc. last month announced a merger agreement that will create North American’s largest wine and spirits distribution company.

The new company, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits LLC, will distribute more than 150 million cases of wine and spirits annually, cover nearly 90 percent of the legal drinking age population in the U.S., employ more than 20,000 people and have operations in 41 states plus the District of Columbia, the Caribbean and Canada.

Glazer's To Separate Malt Beverage Division

Published: 02/02/2016

DALLAS (PRNewswire) — Glazer’s Inc. last month announced plans to separate most of its current malt beverage distribution business prior to the closing of its merger with Southern Wine & Spirits.

The beer business within Glazer’s existing MillerCoors footprint will operate as Glazer’s Beer & Beverage, which will continue to be wholly owned by the Glazer family.

New Belgium 'Lost in the Woods' Sour Soiree Comes To Cleveland Feb. 6

Published: 02/02/2016

FT. COLLINS, Colo. — New Belgium Brewing is hosting its “Lost in the Woods” sour soiree Feb. 6 at Rustbelt Reclamation in Cleveland.

The 8-11 p.m. event will celebrate New Belgium’s passion for sour beers, highlighting the brewery’s expanded wood cellar. It will feature the 2016 Transatlantique Kriek, a wood-aged sour cherry ale, brewed in collaboration with Belgium’s Oud Beersel brewery, as well as New Belgium’s 2016 La Folie, an award-winning sour brown that launched New Belgium’s wood beer program in 1997.

Proposed Brewery Closing Gets Senate, Union Attention

Published: 02/02/2016

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — During a recent U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing, concerns were raised about the recent decision by MillerCoors to close its Eden, N.C., brewery by the end of 2016.

Gallo Survey Finds Diverse Wine Drinkers

Published: 02/02/2016

MODESTO, Calif. (PRNewswire) — Whether it’s relaxing at home, dining out at a restaurant or celebrating with friends and family, Americans are enjoying wine at a wider variety of occasions than ever before, according to the latest Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey.

DISCUS Blasts Bogus Florida Study Claiming Alcohol Tax Hikes Decrease Gonorrhea

Published: 02/02/2016

WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits Council recently blasted a University of Florida study which claimed that gonorrhea rates in Maryland decreased as a result of 2011 alcohol sales tax hike in the state, calling it “intellectually dishonest.”

According to the press release for the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, “In Maryland, the tax increase resulted in 2,400 fewer statewide cases of gonorrhea during the 18 months after the tax increase went into effect.”