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What We’re Reading: From Haneda to Happy Hour, Serving Alcohol Past 2AM, Liquor-Label Icons, Part 2, Big Red: Grenadine for the Grown-Ups

March 22nd, 2013 — 12:47pm

“From Haneda to Happy Hour” 3/8/2013 – Wall Street Journal
When Tokyo boomed in the ’80s and early ’90s, the city’s nightlife surged along with it. But even when the bubble burst and expense accounts shrank, after-hours spots continued to thrive. Today’s Tokyo still offers a wide array of bars where the whiskeys are served neat and the cocktails are made by men in tuxedos who have devoted decades to the art of mixology. Check out the guide to the best drinking and nightlife in the city. Read more!

“San Francisco Bars Open Late? New Bill Would Let California Venues Serve Alcohol Past Two A.M.” 3/14/2013 – The Huffington Post
Enter State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), armed with a bill that would change the lives of partygoers throughout the Golden State forever. SB 635, a measure Leno introduced on Wednesday, would allow restaurants and bars in local jurisdictions to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., pending a full public approval process. “Many cities in California have dynamic social activities that are vital to their economies, but they lack the flexibility to expand their businesses,” Leno said in a statement. “This legislation would allow destination cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego to start local conversations about the possibility of expanding nightlife and the benefits it could provide the community by boosting jobs, tourism and local tax revenue.” While a handful of venues in San Francisco keep their doors open long past the 2 a.m. booze cutoff (we’ve all slunk out of the Endup at sunrise once or twice), under current law, bartenders are strictly prohibited from serving alcoholic beverages during the wee hours. Many restaurant and entertainment groups support the proposal, including the California Restaurant Association, Golden Gate Restaurant Association, California Music and Culture Association and San Francisco Council of District Merchants. Read more!

“Liquor-Label Icons, Part II” 3/11/2013 – Liquor.com
While we’re fascinated with how spirits taste, the stories and people behind them can be equally interesting. For the second installment of our Liquor-Label Icons series, (you can read the first one here), we’re featuring the creators of some of our favorite brands. Cheers! Read more!

“Big Red: Grenadine for the grown-ups” 3/11/2013 – Tasting Table
Most grenadine is so sticky-sweet that only a child might find it appealing (hence, the genius invention of the Shirley Temple). But the brightly colored syrup actually has a long history in adult beverages. Traditionally made with pomegranate juice and orange-blossom water, it is a requisite in drinks like the Jack Rose and the El Presidente. To make its version, the Jack Rudy team tapped a small pomegranate farm in Northern California called Home Grown Cellars, which uses a custom press to juice its fruit. “The machine juices the pomegranates whole, so you get the flavors of the seeds and pith, all those tannins, in the juice,” Jack Rudy founder Brooks Reitz told us. The resulting grenadine is surprisingly tart, with a deliciously bready aroma. Read more!

What We’re Reading: Diageo Profit Soars, A Craft Chemist Making Over Big Bear, Junipero Gin, Liquor Stors NA Ltd About To Put More Money In Your Pocket

February 8th, 2013 — 5:41pm

Diageo Profit Soars, Bolstered by U.S., 1/31/2013 – Wall Street Journal
LONDON—Diageo PLC is making headway in the U.S. market by raising prices across its portfolio of liquors, a move that has helped the London-based spirits maker offset its beleaguered business across Southern Europe. The maker of Johnnie Walker scotch, Smirnoff vodka and Guinness stout began raising prices last May in the U.S., its biggest and most profitable market. The push continued into the latter half of the year, with the company boosting its U.S. prices by 2% to 3%. Read more!

A Craft Chemist Making Over Big Beer, 1/25/2013 – Wall Street Journal
Rebecca Reid makes small batches of beer for the world’s largest brewer in search of the next big thing as brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch InBev’s ABI.BT +4.18% pilot brewery in St. Louis, the 29-year-old chemical engineer experiments with new beers in a scaled-down replica of the main brewery next door. Each batch of beer is just 10 barrels, barely a drop in the bucket for a company that ships 100 million barrels in the U.S. each year. Almost all of the 500 recipes she and her team brew each year never make it out of the building. But Ms. Reid’s efforts are increasingly critical for Anheuser-Busch, which has watched a growing number of Americans drop its giant domestic brands such as Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob in favor of small “craft” beers sprouting across the country. In recent years, other types of alcohol such as liquor and cider also have swiped restless U.S. beer drinkers. Anheuser-Busch’s beer shipments in the U.S. rose 0.6% last year but its share of the U.S. beer market dipped to 46.3% from 46.8%, estimates Beer Marketer’s Insights, a trade publication and data provider. Read more!

Junipero Gin By Anchor Distilling Company Is Getting Us Through Winter, 1/31/2013 – Huffington Post
We know it’s wintertime. We know that gin cocktails are generally meant to be harbingers of spring and summer. But it’s always around this time of winter that we like to just go ahead and pretend like spring is right around the corner. With that in mind, let’s talk about Junipero gin.
Junipero is made by the Anchor Distilling Company out of San Francisco, and they call it “San Francisco’s original craft gin.” First introduced in 1996, Junipero is — to put it plainly — a bit like gin on steroids. This stuff is high proof (at 49.3% it is nearly 100 proof), high flavor and high intensity. We love it, in case that wasn’t clear. If you’ve tried gin and thought, “I don’t like how it tastes like a Christmas tree,” Junipero is probably not for you. If you prefer your martinis to be made with gin, however, and have begun to fall in love with the herbaceous, bracing quality of the spirit, this is your logical next step. Read more!

Liquor Stores NA Ltd About To Put More Money In Your Pocket, 1/25/2013 – Forbes
On 1/29/13, Liquor Stores NA Ltd (Toronto: LIQ) will trade ex-dividend, for its monthly dividend of $0.09, payable on 2/15/13. As a percentage of LIQ’s recent stock price of $19.23, this dividend works out to approximately 0.47%. Read more!

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