There was lots of booze (and some coffee) in the news last week:
A couple of Midwest microbrews announced expansions, and a macro-brew announced some new packaging. Politics mixed with product in the coffee world, and the wine world continued to deal with fallout from the Great Counterfeiting Scandal. Some new canned cocktails hit the market and Bacardi added some Irish whiskey to their empire.
Check out all of the news and links below.
- Watch out Dogfish Head! Chicago’s Field Museum and Off Color Brewing just released their take on ancient Chinese beer.
- Over in Kalamazoo, Bell’s Brewing announced a seven million dollar expansion to build out infrastructure and increase sustainability.
- In an attempt to look local themselves, Budweiser just rolled out new cans featuring the states where the brew is produced.
- A minor museum in Union, New Jersey, discovered a secret stash of Madeira dating back to 1796.
- One centurion credits wine for her long life, and pleads for more.
- And, a Delta flight attendant used a wine bottle to save passengers’ lives.
- LVMH notched up a win over Acker Merrall on the wine counterfeiting front.
- The crew behind Scrappy’s Bitters rolled out Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails, a canned product line.
- Holyrood Distillery announced a dream team to facilitate their plans to distill black malt in Edinburgh.
- Bacardi is eying the Irish whiskey game. This week, the mega-corp purchased a minority stake (and the US distribution rights) to Teeling Whiskey.
- Alaska now has their own distillery. Skagway Spirits began selling gin and vodka last week.
- Famed Kona coffee farmer, Andres Magana Ortiz lost his deportation battle with the US government and will return to Mexico.
- Experts are warning that a year of overcast weather could mean that Colombia’s coffee yield will be significantly down in 2017.
- And, if you happen to be in Bali soon, Sprudge offers this great guide to coffee on the island.
- The suits over at Barron’s say that the suits over at Starbucks are not worried about the rise of indie shops.