Making The Selection

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse in Cincinnati recently picked out a personal selection bourbon at Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Ky., with the help of staff members (l-r) Monte Silva, Nick Legel, Christophe Goulle, Becky Patterson, Jason Johnson, Russell Menkes, Ricky Lehmenkuler, Bawe Shinholster and Seth Pennington.

Jacqueline Williams Named New Commerce Director

Published: 04/21/2015

COLUMBUS — Gov. John R. Kasich this month named a new director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, while giving the previous director a new gig at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Kasich named Jacqueline T. Williams to lead the Commerce Department, which oversees the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, among other duties. Her appointment was effective April 11.

House OKs Powdered Alcohol Ban

Published: 04/21/2015

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House of Representatives recently passed legislation banning powdered alcohol in Ohio, while a federal regulator last month gave its approval for the product.

Great Lakes 23rd On List Of Top Craft Brewers

Published: 04/21/2015

BOULDER, Colo. — Only one Ohio brewery found its way onto the Brewers Association’s annual list of the top 50 brewing companies for 2014.

Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Co. was ranked 23rd on the association’s list of top 50 craft brewers, down from 20th in 2013. Among all U.S. brewing companies, the Cleveland brewery ranked 29th, down two spots from the previous year.

The annual ranking is based on 2014 sales.

Columbus To Host New Belgium 'Clips' Tour

Published: 04/21/2015

FT. COLLINS, Colo. — Columbus will be one of 20 stops on New Belgium Brewing’s upcoming 2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour.

The free Clips event, which kicks off next month, offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s beer offerings, pairing them with short films created by New Belgium fans. Up to 16 beer varieties will be on tap, including some of the more hard-to-come-by beers from the Lips of Faith series, as well as brewery classics, available in 3-ounce samples, 12 ounce pours or cans.

Craft Beer Reached Double Digit Market Share

Published: 04/21/2015

BOULDER, Colo. — For the first time, domestic market share for the craft beer segment topped 10 percent, according to data released last month by the Brewers Association.

In 2014, craft beer accounted for 11 percent of the U.S. beer market, up from 7.8 percent in 2013. Craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels, an increase of 18 percent from the previous year. The retail dollar value was up 22 percent to an estimated $19.6 billion, which represented a 19.3 percent market share.

Diageo Puts Alcohol Facts On Labels

Published: 04/21/2015

NORWALK, Conn. (PRNewswire) — Diageo announced last month it will provide macronutritional information for its products on its website and on its labels where possible.

Since 2006, Diageo has provided serving facts information about its brands on the website and plans to make changes to its labels in coming months as brands change or update their labels. Including such information on labels is voluntary on the part of manufacturers.

Molson Coors Acquires Indian Brewer

Published: 04/21/2015

DENVER (PRNewswire) — Molson Coors Brewing Co. earlier this month announced it has acquired Mount Shivalik Breweries Ltd. of New Delhi, India.

The transaction includes Mount Shivalik’s entire brand portfolio, including the leading strong beer brand, Thunderbolt, and gives Molson Coors direct control over brewing operations in Haryana and Punjab, as well as distribution for Thunderbolt in Bihar.