Beam Suntory to relocate HQ to NYC

Maker’s Mark owner Beam Suntory will move its global headquarters from Chicago, Illinois, to New York City by mid-2022. Beam Suntory, owner of brands such as Jim Beam and Courvoisier Cognac, has entered into a long-term lease agreement for around 100,000 square feet of space at 11 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The site will also serve as a joint office with Beam Suntory’s Japan-based parent company, Suntory Holdings. “As one of the world’s greatest global…

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Coronavirus lockdowns force whisky festival cancellations

Norway’s Trondheim Whisky Festival and Canada’s Wonderful World of Whisky Show have been cancelled amid growing restrictions on public gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak. Whisky festivals around the world have been forced to cancel or postpone as a result of the disease, which has also brought about the closure of distilleries in Scotland, the US and Mexico, as well as pubs and bars in Ireland. Norway’s Trondheim Whisky Festival was due to take place on…

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Cocktail Stories: The Fogcutter

Invented by one of the tiki movement’s founding fathers, Trader Vic, The Fogcutter has been shaken into the 21st century by Chicago’s Lost Lake. When you’re talking tiki, two names come to mind – Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic. The two American bartenders are widely credited with bringing the Polynesian-themed tiki style to the masses. Although there is debate about who should be named the father of tiki, there are few who would doubt…

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Alice in Chains launches Tequila barrel-finished Bourbon

Chicago-based distillery Few Spirits has partnered with American rock band Alice in Chains on a new Bourbon finished in ex-Tequila barrels, called All Secrets Known. Few spirits master distiller Paul Hletko collaborated with Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney, Layne Staley, Mike Inez and William DuVall from the band to create the Bourbon, which was finished for six months in ex-Tequila barrels. Hletko said: “There are no two spirits that have a closer association with rock and…

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Top Americas bars to visit in 2019

The Americas has long pioneered the cocktail boom. Tyler Wetherall highlights the bars that will be taking things to the next level in the coming months. Nearly a quarter of all Americans choose to drink a cocktail when out with friends. That’s as good a sign as any that US bar culture is still exploring the possibilities of the well­-mixed drink. That said, consumers are drinking differently than they did in the first zenith of…

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