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

Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine Raises the Proof

Ole Smoky Moonshine announced today the national launch of a higher proof Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine. The product was originally created at 20 percent ABV (40 proof). However, the company decided to take things to the next level by raising the proof to 70 proof (35 percent ABV).

House Spirits Distillery Announces New Appointments

House Spirits Distillery, now celebrating more than a decade as a leader of America’s craft distilling community, welcomes Austin, Texas bartender and beloved cocktail consultant Travis Tober, who joins the company today as a full-time member of the Brand Supporter team.

Deep Eddy Vodka Names Eric Hund Vice President of Sales

Hund has over 19 years of experience on both the distribution and supplier side of the spirits industry. Prior to joining Deep Eddy Vodka, he held various leadership positions with Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) in Texas.

Stillwater Spirits Announces Third Release of Moylan’s American Whisky

Moylan’s Double-Barrel Cask Strength Single-Malt Whisky is aged for at least 4 years in new and used American White Oak barrels and finished in French Oak and Orange Brandy barrels. The American Single-Malt Whisky is the same blend of 5 different barrels from our collection of whisky casks.

Sugarlands Distilling Company Announces Rye Apple Moonshine

Rye Apple is an 80 proof, apple infused rye moonshine born from a collaboration between Sugarlands Distilling Company and legendary distillers Mark Ramsey and Digger Manes. The two moonshiners and long-time friends rose to national fame with appearances on the well-known Discovery Channel show, Moonshiners.

William Grant & Sons CEO Stella David Steps Down, Simon Hunt Takes the Reins

Global premium spirits business and independent family distillers, William Grant & Sons has today confirmed that Chief Executive, Stella David, has decided to step down as CEO at the end of February 2016 and will be succeeded by current Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Hunt.

Austin Cocktails Releases Two New Craft Offerings

Austin Cocktails – a family-owned company and leader in the category – is pleased to announce the launch of two new small-batch, craft cocktails. The offerings, Fred’s Ruby Red Cocktail and Bergamot Orange Margarita, will launch with a newly updated label in California, Colorado, Texas and New York/Tri-State Market in Q4 2015.

DeKuyper Crowns 2015 Cocktail Master

Throughout September, DeKuyper called upon talented and inventive bartenders in all 50 states to submit a short video highlighting their skills behind the bar using one of the over 70 cordial flavors from the DeKuyper portfolio.

Venus Spirits Expands into Southern California

The Santa Cruz based distillery has opened up distribution in Southern California with Southern Wine & Spirits, and Venus has been working to gain key placement in Los Angeles and San Diego.