Award Finalist

Todd Hager (right) of Heidelberg Distributing accepts a "Stave Award" on behalf of the company from Fred Bueltmann, vice president of Brand & Lifestyle for New Holland Brewing. The award was presented to Heidelberg for being one of the finalists for the Michigan brewery's "Distributor of the Year" award.

Ohio Breweries Win GABF 5 Medals

Published: 10/21/2014

DENVER — Four Ohio breweries were awarded medals earlier this month at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival competition here.

Court Gives OK To Challenge BAC Test Results

Published: 10/21/2014

COLUMBUS — The Supreme Court of Ohio last month ruled that the accuracy of the results of alcohol breath tests may be challenged in court by those charged with drunken driving.

According to the court’s decision in Cincinnati v. Ilg, certification of a breath-analyzer machine by the director of the Ohio Department of Health does not prevent an accused from challenging the “accuracy, competence, admissibility, relevance, authenticity or credibility of specific test results or whether the specific machine used to test the accused operated properly” at the time of the test.

NRA Performance Index At 2-year High In May

Published: 07/15/2014

WASHINGTON — Driven by stronger sales and traffic levels and an increasingly optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index rose to its highest level in more than two years.

Quality Ingredients, Creativity Fuel Cocktail Culture

Published: 10/21/2014

A combination of quality ingredients and creative people behind the bar is fueling a boom in the cocktail industry like never before.

No matter which spirit is in question, people in the industry are taking notice of the resurgence of the cocktail culture and trying to find ways to capitalize on that popularity. They’re also noticing the cocktail trends are starting to spread in new ways.

“Social media has greatly affected cocktail trends. The discovery of new exciting cocktails is a tweet away,” said Adrian Molina, Davos Brands communications manager.

DeWine Certifies Bottle Bill Petition

Published: 10/21/2014

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine earlier this month certified a petition for the proposed “Bottle Bill for Ohio” amendment to the Ohio Constitution.

DeWine’s office on Oct. 8 certified that the bottle bill petition contained the necessary 1,000 valid signatures and a a “fair and truthful” summary of the proposed amendment. A previous submission of the amendment was rejected in March because the minimum petition signatures could not be validated.

Federal Study: Underage Drinking Hits Record Lows

Published: 10/21/2014

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Underage drinking among America’s youth is at record lows, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Lawsuit Challenges Templeton Rye Claims

Published: 10/21/2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Chicago law firm has filed a class action lawsuit claiming the makers of Templeton Rye are misleading consumers regarding the whiskey’s origins.

According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit, filed in Illinois on behalf of consumers who have purchased Templeton Rye, claims the distiller broke consumer protection laws by stating on bottle labels that the whiskey originates in Iowa, but actually is distilled in Indiana. It also claims the company uses misleading ads about the whiskey’s ingredients and that it is produced from a Prohibition-era recipe.

Sazerac Forms New Spirits Company

Published: 10/21/2014

NEW ORLEANS — Sazerac Co. last month announced the formation of Bond & Royal Spirits Co., which will focus on developing brands within the specialty and craft spirits space.

Restaurant Industry Ranks No. 1 Gallup Poll

Published: 10/21/2014

WASHINGTON — The restaurant industry is regarded as the top business sector in America according to the results of the annual Gallup Work and Education poll released last month.

Restaurants have remained one of the most highly viewed industries since Gallup started its annual poll of consumer perception of industries in 2001, re-claiming the top spot last held in 2007. In addition, this year’s poll recorded the most positive rating on record for the industry

Bevintel Becomes Sculpture Hospitality

Published: 10/21/2014

NEW YORK — Bevintel, a hospitality loss control company, announced this month it has changed its name to Sculpture Hospitality.

“The transformation of our company to Sculpture Hospitality reflects our industry leadership as profit solution experts, who customize solutions for our clients utilizing world class tools and solutions to ensure they are running their businesses as effectively and efficiently as possible,” said CEO Daniel Smith. “We work with our clients through Sculpture franchisees located in every local market who provide high quality service face to face.”

Stone Picks Richmond, Va., As Site For New Brewery

Published: 10/21/2014

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. this month announced it has selected Richmond, Va., as the site of its new East Coast facility.

Richmond beat out Columbus and Norfolk, Va., the two other finalists announced in August by company co-founder Greg Koch, a Central Ohio native.

Beam Suntory Completes Reorganization

Published: 10/21/2014

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Beam Suntory Inc. announced this month it has completed the organizational integration of Suntory Holdings’ spirits businesses.

Suntory’s international spirits operations are now part of the Beam Suntory family. Businesses integrated into Beam Suntory include Morrison Bowmore Distillers in Scotland, Mozart Distillerie in Austria, Louis Royer in France, Suntory Mexicana, Suntory in Australia and Suntory Taiwan.

Additionally, the company’s Japan spirits business has been separated from Suntory’s beer business and merged into Beam Suntory.