Enjoying the recent Sailor Jerry Boat Cruise aboard the Nautica Queen in Cleveland are (l-r) Trever Winters‚ Stephanie Yanky‚ Courtney Koenig of RNDC/General, Wesley-Anne Bock and Jim Ellers of William Grant & Sons.

Fireball Dispels Internet Rumors About Safety

Published: 11/18/2014

NEW ORLEANS — Fireball cinnamon whisky last month issued a statement to assure consumers that the product is safe to drink and that there is no recall in North America.

According to the statement, Sazerac, the makers of Fireball, was contacted last month by its European bottler regarding a recipe-related compliance issue in Finland. Fireball had shipped its North American formula to Europe and found that one ingredient was out of compliance with European regulations. Finland, Sweden and Norway asked to recall those specific batches, and Sazerac complied.

Legal Groups Oppose Interlocks Bill

Published: 11/18/2014

COLUMBUS — A pair of legal entities this month came out in opposition to proposed legislation which would require first-time OVI offenders who receive limited driving privileges to install ingition interlock devices in their vehicles.

Both the Ohio Judicial Conference and the Ohio State Bar Association voiced their opposition to House Bill 469, which allows a judge to grant limited driving privileges during a first-time OVI offender’s driver’s license suspension only if the offender’s vehicle is equipped with an approved interlock device.

Minimum Wage Goes Up Jan. 1

Published: 11/18/2014

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to automatically increase on Jan. 1 to $8.10 per hour for nontipped employees and to $4.05 per hour for tipped employees.

The increased minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $297,000 per year.

The current 2014 Ohio minimum wage is $7.95 per hour for nontipped employees and $3.98 for tipped employees. The 2014 Ohio minimum wage applies to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $292,000 per year.

Purity, Absolut Settle Disputes

Published: 11/18/2014

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (PRNewswire) — Purity Vodka AB and The Absolut Company AB have settled a number of ongoing court cases in the U.S. and Sweden involving the use of the term “purity.”

Both companies last month withdrew their claims over the use of the trademark “Purity vodka” and its validity in Sweden and the U.S., as well as the right to use the descriptive word “purity” — to describe the quality to be “pure” — in marketing.

Brewers Association Publishes Beer, Food Course

Published: 11/18/2014

BOULDER, Colo. — To better integrate craft beer into culinary curriculums, the Brewers Association has published the Beer & Food Course.

Co-authored by chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association culinary consultant, and Julia Herz, craft beer program director at the Brewers Association, the curriculum is the definitive beer and food course for culinary institutions, food establishments, beverage students and beer educators.

Diageo Honored For Commitment to LGBT Equality

Published: 11/18/2014

NORWALK, Conn. (PRNewswire) — Diageo was recognized as a Corporate Ally by the Connecticut chapter of Lambda Legal for its longtime support of the LGBT community.

Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

New Hilton Wine Lab Completed

Published: 11/18/2014

HOUSTON (PRNewswire) — Construction recently concluded on a new $750,000 wine-tasting lab at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

The state-of-the-art Spec’s Beverage and Food Appreciation Lab, made possible by a donation from the Spec’s Charitable Foundation and the Rydman Family, seats up to 80 people for wine appreciation classes and industry training and is the only one of its kind in the region.