From 2010 to 2012 Oskar Blues Brewery grew by 198 percent, landing it on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list for the fourth year. The 2008 addition of a 35,000-square-foot brewing facility in Longmont, Colo. and continual infrastructure improvements fueled the brewery’s growth in existing markets, until 2012, at which time the makers of Dale’s Pale Ale expanded distribution for the first time in four years to include Ohio, Illinois, Alabama and Kentucky.
As a combination of the premiumization phenomenon and the growth of craft distilling continue to accelerate, luxury wine marketer Terlato Wines has announced the creation of a new artisan spirits division.
After weeks of discussion, liquor commissioners on Tuesday declined to make a rule governing when imbibers in restaurants may legally order a drink, opting instead to allow eateries to decide how to comply with a new law. The law, HB240, which went into effect in May, clarifies that restaurant patrons may order an alcoholic drink as long as they show an "intent" to buy food. Commissioners with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control typically establish rules after legislation is enacted but decided that in this instance restaurants can police themselves. (The Salt Lake Tribune)
A south Alabama company has opened what's being described as the state's first legal distillery. High Ridge Spirits is making legal moonshine in the Stills Crossroads area of Bullock County, Ala. It is now bottling Stills Crossroads 'Shine. (News Observer)
Sobieski Vodka has renewed its commitment to the Fisher House Foundation, a unique public-private partnership that supports the U.S. military and their families. One component of the on-going relationship is Sobieski's Save and Donate program. Consumers will be eligible for a refund on bottles of Sobieski Vodka purchased now through the end of March 2014. For every mail-in refund processed, Sobieski Vodka will match that amount up to $5 as a donation to Fisher House.