Tropical Wines

Tropical Wines

Earlier we reviewed some of the world’s great wine-tasting destinations, but what if the tropics are your destination of choice. Not to worry, tropical wines are gaining popularity. Grape production in tropical climates has changed from a “horticultural curiosity to grapevines becoming the most widely grown temperate fruit in the tropics,” according to International Society […]

Great Wine-Tasting Destinations

Great Wine Tasting Destinations

Enotourism – travel based on visiting vineyards and tasting wine – started about 40 years ago with Napa Valley’s marketing effort to bring visitors to the region, but there are other great wine-tasting destinations across the country and around the world. California Destinations Since Napa Valley defined enotourism in the mid-70s, it still leads many […]

Try Rye… in Your Beer

try rye in beer

The bold flavor of rye complements taste palettes that are trending in that direction. Earlier we looked at the rye whiskey comeback, but let’s not overlook the popularity of rye in beer. Rye beer substitutes malted rye for a portion of barley malt and dates back centuries. It started with Roggenbier (literally German for rye […]

Rye Whiskey Comeback

rye whiskey comeback

Palettes are becoming more prone to bold flavors, and with that, rye whiskey is making a comeback. Unlike its smoother, sweeter counterparts including bourbon and scotch, rye is bolder in the same way rye bread has a distinct flavor compared to other bread choices. Price also plays a role in rye whiskey’s comeback. New York […]

Beer Popularity by State

Beer Popularity by State

There’s no denying the popularity of beer. In fact, watch any sporting event and be inundated with beer commercials. So let’s look at beer popularity by state. Craft beer sales are increasing and this segment of the brewing industry is shoring up beer’s overall market share. (See Craft Beer Growth for more information.) Whether it’s […]

Health Benefits of Wine and Beer

Health Benefits of Wine and Beer

The paradox between the French’s consumption of high fat foods and low rates of heart disease has been attributed to red wine. However, there are certain health benefits to wine and beer. The Harvard School of Public Health (Is Wine, Fine or Beer Better?) notes that studies have suggested that red wine consumed with a […]

Mixing Food and Beer

Mixing Beer and Food

Food and wine pairings have long been a part of the tasting experience, and food pairings with craft beers are following suit. But what about actually mixing food and beer together? Culinary brewing is moving to the forefront of craft brewing. It’s no longer a matter of “Hey, this beer would go great with… insert […]

Cocktail Trends to Increase Sales

Cocktail Trends to Increase sales

Despite the troublesome news of alcohol sales in restaurants and pubs declining and remaining challenging for 2014 (“Restaurant Alcohol Sales Decline”), capitalizing on some of the cocktails trends can help increase sales. We covered the boom of Irish whiskey (“Sales of Irish Whiskey Booming”) in depth; however, there is more on the horizon than simply […]

Sales of Irish Whiskey Booming

DISCUS Irish Whiskey

Earlier this week, we noted the decline of on-premise alcohol sales (“Restaurant Alcohol Sales Decline”) with experts suggesting that properly positioning spirits could be the way to combat this worrisome trend. That said, sales of Irish whiskey are booming. In 2013, over 2.5 million 9-liter cases of Irish whiskey were sold in the U.S., according […]

Restaurant Alcohol Sales Decline

restaurant alcohol sales decline

Despite a harsh winter and less-than-stellar economic news (both reasons to drink), restaurant alcohol sales declined in 2013. This consumer soft spot is affecting restaurants, bars, and pubs to a greater extent than the retail arena, although off-premise sales also declined. Technomic, a leading research consultant for the food service industry, reported these trends in […]