Team Ohio

Members of the newly formed "Team Ohio" of the American Liberty Division of Pernod-Ricard USA gather in Chicago during the kickoff of the division formed as part of the expanded relationship between Southern Wine & Spirits and Pernod-Ricard.

3 Ohio Breweries Named To 'Best' List

Published: 08/19/2014

NEW YORK — Three Ohio breweries were selected among the “50 Best Craft Breweries in America” by The Daily Meal, a website that covers food and drink topics.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. of Cleveland ranked 29th on the list and was recognized for its “environmental conscience and sustainability practices,” including using “local, organic farming for the harvest of raw materials” and “alternative fuels in their factory.”

Deschutes Bring 'Base Camp' To Columbus Aug. 25-31

Published: 08/19/2014

COLUMBUS — The fourth annual Deschutes Brewery’s Base Camp for Beer Fanatics is set for Aug. 25-31 in Columbus.

The event features a series of specialty beer tastings, beer and food pairings, and appearances by Woody, Deschutes’ giant beer barrel on wheels. Deschutes brewers and ambassadors will be on hand at events to provide insight into the Oregon-based craft beers.

The week will kick off with Six-Pack Mondays Aug. 25 at Whole Foods Market in Dublin. Woody will be pouring Deschutes beers on the patio, while beer and food pairings will be featured throughout the store.

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.

Cincinnati Company Among New Belgium Distributors

Published: 08/19/2014

FT. COLLINS, Colo. — An Ohio-based wholesaler is among New Belgium Brewing’s wholesalers for Kentucky.

Stagnaro Distributing of Cincinnati was among 10 new distributors named by the Colorado brewer to represent its products in Kentucky. The new market will open once the brewer’s secondary brewery in Asheville, N.C., comes online in late 2015.

Warsteiner Splits Sales, Marketing

Published: 08/19/2014

CINCINNATI (PRNewswire) — Warsteiner USA recently separated its sales and marketing responsibilities, creating two new leadership roles.

As part of the new structure, Steve Montano was promoted to vice president sales responsible for sales efforts across the U.S. Previously vice president sales-Eastern Division, Montano has nearly 30 years of industry experience.

Warsteiner USA is currently conducting a national search for the vice president marketing position.

Cleveland Native Symon To Headline Fabulous Food Show

Published: 08/19/2014

CLEVELAND — Cleveland native chef Michael Symon is scheduled to headline the ninth annual Fabulous Food Show Nov. 14-16 at the I-X Center here.

The Fabulous Food Show, the nation’s largest consumer-oriented presentation of fine food, fine art, craft breweries, wineries, restaurants and purveyors under one roof, will feature more than 100 live presentations scheduled across six different customized stages. Symon, co-host of ABC’s lifestyle series “The Chew,” will appear at the event each day.

NRA Performance Index Drops In June

Published: 08/19/2014

WASHINGTON — Due in large part to softer customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index registered a moderate decline in June.

The RPI, a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry, stood at 101.3 in June, down from a level of 102.1 in May and the first decline in four months. Despite the drop, the RPI remained above 100 for the 16th consecutive month, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.

Barenjager Bartending Contest Underway

Published: 08/19/2014

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (PRNewswire) — Professional and amateur mixologists from across the country are invited to submit their most innovative original cocktail creations incorporating Barenjager brands for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Germany and $1,000.

Brewers Association Reports Sustained Growth Craft Brewers

Published: 08/19/2014

BOULDER, Colo. — Craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association.

According to the BA, American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent during the first half of the year. From January through the end of June, approximately 10.6 million barrels of beer were sold by craft brewers, up from 9.0 million barrels over the first half of 2013.