Dropping In

City Tap owner Jeff Hobbie (left) and Olivia Nishnic entertain Pete Rossi of Elite Insurance Coverage LLC during his recent visit to the Cleveland tavern.

Ohio Broker Is Golden Bar Winner

Published: 09/15/2015

NORWALK, Conn. (PRNewswire) — An Ohio spirits broker was among the recent honorees at Diageo’s 12th annual Golden Bar Awards.

North America Spirits and Wine Broker of Ohio was the control states winner of the Platinum Award for advancing responsible drinking.

Group: Kasich Seeks To Privatize Lottery

Published: 09/15/2015

COLUMBUS — A progressive group warned this month that Gov. John Kasich has begun the process of trying to privatize some or all of the Ohio Lottery Commission’s responsibilities.

According to ProgressOhio, the administration laid the foundation for possible privatization in an Aug. 24 Request for Proposal that seeks “an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the operations, management and governance structure” of the Lottery Commission that will “explore an array of alternative enhancement options.” Proposals are due Sept. 24.

Cleveland Among Sites For 1-Day BeMyDD Program

Published: 09/15/2015

LOS ANGELES (PRNewswire) — The country’s largest designated driver service is launching a 12-month nationwide program to provide free designated drivers in 24 cities across the United States, including Cleveland.

New Belgium Clips Beer & Film Tour Coming To Columbus

Published: 09/15/2015

COLUMBUS — New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer & Film Tour makes the 15th stop of the 2015 tour Sept. 24 in Columbus.

The Clips Beer & Film Tour, which is visiting 20 cities in its sixth year, offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium beer offerings while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. The Columbus event kicks off at 7 p.m. at Columbus Commons and the films start rolling at 8:30 p.m.

Constellation Acquires Minority Stake Crafthouse

Published: 09/15/2015

VICTOR, N.Y. — Constellation Brands recently acquired a minority stake in Crafthouse Cocktails, which produces ready-to-drink, spirits-based cocktails, and completed the purchase of the Meiomi luxury wine brand.

Expanded GABF Set For Sept. 24-26 In Denver

Published: 09/15/2015

DENVER — Beer lovers will convene here Sept. 24-26 for the 34th annual Great American Beer Festival.

With the addition of Hall B at the Colorado Convention Center this year, the beer festival and competition will feature an additional 90,000 square feet of space for attendees, breweries and beer. As a result, festival organizers expect attendance to increase to about 60,000 from a maximum of 49,000 in past years.

Buffalo Trace Buys Farm Land

Published: 09/15/2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Buffalo Trace Distillery recent purchased farm land adjacent to the distillery for use as a farm and for future expansion.

According to Buffalo Trace, part of the 300 acres already has been planted with non-GMO corn from the same strain used by Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr. in 1870. The distillery also has planted its own rye and barley which will be used to produce a separate, stand-alone farm-to-table bourbon.

Vintage Wine Estates Acquires Swanson, Cohn Operations

Published: 09/15/2015

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (PRNewswire) — Vintage Wine Estates this month announced the acquisition of Swanson Vineyards, its second winery purchase in two months.

In July, Vintage Wine Estates purchased Sonoma Valley’s B.R. Cohn Winery.

The Swanson Vineyards purchase includes the winery, tasting room and the case inventory of ultra-premium Napa Valley wines, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay.