What I’m Drinking Now: Nicole Quist and the Oaxacan Sunshine

Nicole Quist is beverage director of Bartaco There’s all this beautiful mint, believe it or not, still thriving right now outside in my gardens that we’d planted a few years ago, like this lovely winter surprise. It inspired me to shake up some Oaxacan Sunshines, a Suze/tequila inspired cocktail I had created last year for Bartaco’s Margarita March.  I was very fortunate to travel to Oaxaca a couple of years ago with William Grant &…

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Yuengling Distribution Expands into Texas

D.G. Yuengling & Son has taken the first step in its westward expansion with beer distribution into Texas later this year. The expansion is part of a joint venture with the Molson Coors Beverage Company to increase Yuengling’s reach outside of its 22-state East Coast footprint, providing access to the brewery’s portfolio to beer fans in the Lone Star state. Yuengling’s beers will be brewed locally at the Molson Coors Ft. Worth brewery. The Yuengling family and…

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Country-music Star Thomas Rhett Launches Dos Primos Tequila

The trend of celebrities creating their own spirits brands continues with reigning ACM Awards “Entertainer of the Year” Thomas Rhett launching Dos Primos Tequila. Dos Primos is Spanish for “Two Cousins.” Rhett built the brand with his cousin Jeff Worn, a pecan magnate. Dos Primos is a blanco tequila made from 100% blue agave sourced from estates in Los Altos and the valley area of Jalisco, Mexico. The finished product is clear with earthy herbal notes on…

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Niche Import Changes Name to Marussia Beverages USA

Niche Import Co., a member of the Marussia Beverages Group, has  changed its name to Marussia Beverages USA. The change, announced by its parent company at the beginning of the year, takes effect immediately. The new name is meant to strengthen the global footprint of The Marussia Beverages Group, which was founded in 2004 by Dr. Frederik Paulsen and is headquartered in The Netherlands. Today the Marussia Beverages Group includes nearly 1,000 employees in 10…

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Balcones Releases New American Single Malt, Lineage

Balcones Distilling, an American single malt pioneer based in Waco, TX, has announced its newest release: Balcones Lineage. Lineage marries traditional Scotch single malts with “innovative approaches to grain and maturation to celebrate Texas provenance,” the company says. This American single malt is made from both Scottish and Texas-grown barley, and aged in both refill and new oak barrels. The nose is sourdough starter and cream soda, mulled cider, bruised bananas and peaches, tea tree, the…

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