News from the spirits, craft spirits, and beverage alcohol categories.

Guotai Spirits Enters U.S. Market with a Modern Twist on Baijiu

As China’s national spirit, baijiu (pronounced bye, joo) is a clear liquor made primarily from sorghum and wheat. It’s the world’s best-selling liquor with an estimated 10 to 17 billion liters being consumed annually.

Luxco Announces Plans for Bardstown Distillery

Luxco has chosen to build the distillery on a 70-acre site off state highway KY-245 in the heart of Bardstown and Bourbon Capital of the World. The company announced preliminary plans for the distillery in late 2015, and the distillery is expected to be fully operational by late 2017.

Painted Stave Distilling to Release Double TroubleD Whiskey

The first release of 200 bottles will be made available to the public to sample and purchase on Saturday April 23 at Fordham & Dominion’s 5th Annual R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival in Dover as well as at Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna.

DISARONNO International Announces New Leadership Changes

Disaronno International is pleased to announce William Mickel has been promoted to the position of Vice President, National Sales Manager. Mickel was promoted from Regional Director of Control States into this newly created role, in efforts to further bolster the Disaronno International team supporting its U.S. Distribution network.

Alacran Tequila Launches Alacran Reposado

Alacran Reposado Tequila uses 100% Weber Blue agave from 7-10 years old harvested in the highlands of Los Altos in Jalisco. It is matured for 4 months in American Oak barrels from bourbon generating a rich, caramel and oak flavor with a hint of vanilla.

Luxco Releases Blood Oath Pact No. 2 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Blood Oath combines rare, top-notch bourbons, blended and bottled by hand for a distinctively exclusive and unimagined Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Pact No. 2 is a masterful union of three well-bred bourbons ranging in age from seven to 11 years.

MGP Introduces Till American Wheat Vodka

“Till Vodka is a brand that represents timeless and aspirational values, which are tied to the region that embodies them,” said MGP President and CEO Gus Griffin. “Till captures the hard work and passion of the people involved in making it, and reflects the pride they take in doing their best.”

Wyoming Whiskey Hires Area Sales Manager for Midwest

Wyoming Whiskey, maker of award-winning Small Batch Bourbon, has hired Brett Bauer as area manager for the Midwest territory. Bauer will be responsible for managing on-premise and off-premise accounts and key chain accounts in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota & Indiana.