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Wholesalers Recognized

Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio General Counsel Dave Raber (right) and Counsel for Legislative Affairs Jacob Evans accept the 2020 John T. Fleming Wholesaler of the Year award, which was presented by Ohio Tavern News to the entire WBWAO membership.

ORA Golf Classic

Among the participants in last month’s Ohio Restaurant Association Golf Classic at New Albany Country Club was the team from Roosters (l-r), Tanny Freerer, vice president of Purchasing; Denise Carlisle, director of Operations; Nicole Cox, director of Marketing & Public Relations; and President Dan Ponton. The event benefits ORA and National Restaurant Association advocacy, as well as ORA’s Ohio ProStart program.

BrewDog ootBox

BrewDog’s alcohol-free ootBox bar sits outside the brewer’s Franklinton location west of downtown Columbus.

Aviation Acquisition

Actor Ryan Reynolds is a happy camper after Diageo recently reached an agreement to acquire the portfolio of Davos Brands, which includes Aviation gin, of which the “Deadpool” star is a co-owner. Under the $610 million deal, Reynolds will retain an ownership interest in the American gin brand.

Barrel Buy

Kerry Janke (center), owner of 35ºBrix in Green who purchased a Maker’s Mark Private Select barrel, is congratulated on his purchase by Jim Campisi (left), Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits sales representative, and Tim Alexis, SGWS northern sales director.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (right) toasts Collin Castore (left), co-founder of Seventh Son Brewing Co. and president of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, and Tracy Ireland, director of Marketing for Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati, at last month’s launch of the Raise a Glass to Democracy voter registration campaign.

Cowboy Cocktails

Arron Lind, owner of Medina’s Thirsty Cowboy and pop-up bar Thirsty’s County Fair, gets ready to kick off summer with a menu of Ole Smoky flavored whiskey cocktails, including Ole Smoky Watermelon Margarita, Ole Smoky Peach Tea and the Ole Smoky Salty Caramel Funnel Cake cocktail.

Listening To The Ocean

Tina Rutledge, liquor department associate at Agency 902 in the Sheffield Giant Eagle store, “listens to the Ocean” — Ocean vodka, an organic, non-GMO spirit made in Hawaii.

Maker’s Mark At Minotti’s

Getting excited about the arrival of the four Maker’s Mark Private Selection state barrel picks at Minotti’s Rock River Wine Shop, Agency 994, are (l-r) Chad Nagy, agency manager Jim Guzay, Carver McClure and owner Joe Minotti.

Masked For Your Protection

In a sign of the times, Nicholas Bryan, sales representative for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, is masked up as he builds a display of Skyy vodka and Casamigos tequila at Agency 747 in the Stringtown Road Giant Eagle in Grove City.