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Bacardi Blender

Bacardi Blender

Bacardi recently named Astrophel “Troy” Arquiza as its new global master blender. Originally from the Philippines, Arquiza has spent more than two decades with Bacardi, honing his craft as a rum blender and training for many years under, José “Joe” Gomez, who is retiring after 41-years with Bacardi.

Thanksgiving Giving

Thanksgiving Giving

The family, owners and operators of Jeff Ruby Steakhouse in Columbus last month provided 100 turkeys to the Columbus Police Department. Participating in the event are (l-r) Jeff Ruby Columbus General Manager John Davis, CPD Officer Anthony Johnson, Chip Mullen, CPD Chief Elaine Bryant, Dillon Ruby, Brandon Ruby and CPD Assistant Chief Lashanna Potts.

Deadly Style

Deadly Style

El Jimador tequila recently teamed up with celebrity makeup artists Mariana McGrath (left) and Andrea Ortega Costigan of Salt Spell Beauty, as well as Mexican American beauty and lifestyle influencer Blanca Garcia (EvetteXo), to raise awareness about the cultural meaning of the traditional Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), celebrated annually on Nov. 1-2. As part of the campaign, el Jimador is donating $25,000 to the Latino Community Foundation.

Guinness In Chicago

Guinness In Chicago

Celebrating the announcement of the Guinness Chicago Taproom, slated to open in 2023, are (l-r) Hakan Kulturlu, director of Transformation for Diageo Beer Co.; Danielle Robinson, director of Alcohol Policy and Reputation Management at Diageo; Nuno Teles, president of Diageo Beer Co. USA; Allison Miller, head of Facilities and Real Estate for Diageo; Jay Sethi, chief marketing officer for Diageo Beer Co.; and Michael Donilon, general manager of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore.

Volumes of Vodka

Volumes of Vodka

Roger Cronin, store manager at Agency 216 in the Hilliard Giant Eagle, shows off the agency’s display for Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Wholesaler Of The Year

Wholesaler Of The Year

James P. LaRose (center), president of the Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio, is congratulated by WBWAO General Counsel Dave Raber (left) and Counsel for Legislative Affairs Jacob Evans after receiving the 2021 John T. Fleming Wholesaler of the Year award. The award was presented to LaRose, president and COO of Akron’s House of LaRose, last month during the annual WBWAO fall convention in Columbus.

Still Cappers

Still Cappers

Ned Vickers (left), president, co-owner and founder of Sugarlands Distilling Co., co-owner Kent Woods and master distiller Greg Eidam prepare for a pot still capping ceremony at the company’s newest distillery, barrelhouse and production center in Kodak, Tenn. The new still has a capacity of 4,500 gallons and is touted as the largest pot still in the U.S.

Distillery Dinner

Distillery Dinner

Jay Dickerson (right), brand ambassador for New Riff Distilling, participates in a New Riff Single Barrel dinner at The Bridge in Sidney with (l-r) Doug Smith, manager of The Bridge; Rachel Jensen of RNDC; Kent Wolters owner of The Bridge; and Jennifer Flora, of The Bridge.

‘Keep The Dive Alive’

'Keep The Dive Alive'

Seagram’s 7 teamed up with comedian Iliza Shlesinger to support small businesses and dive bars across the country with its “Keep the Dive Alive” campaign. As part of the campaign, Seagram’s 7 donated $7 (up to $77,000) for every share of the “Keep the Dive Alive” content from the brand’s Instagram and Facebook to Main Street Alliance, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting small businesses.

ORA Awards

ORA Awards

Joining to recognize Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (center) as the Ohio Restaurant Association’s “Outstanding Public Official of the Year” are (l-r) Tod Bowen, ORA managing director of External Affairs & Government Relations; Jeff Ruby, owner of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment Inc.; Britney Ruby Miller, CEO of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment Inc.; and John Barker, ORA president and CEO.