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

Valentine Distilling Company Reveals First Television Commercial

The commercial features a visit to Vladimir Lenin’s tomb in Moscow. When the “World’s Best Vodka” is announced a tear is shed by Lenin, Russian communist revolutionary and politician, as it is made clear the “World’s Best Vodka” comes from Detroit.

Michter’s Releases First Celebration Sour Mash in Three Years

To make this 2016 Celebration Whiskey, Mr. Pratt selected his very favorite stocks of Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Kentucky Straight Rye from Michter's entire inventory and blended portions of them together. The six barrels chosen for blending the 2016 Celebration release range from over a decade to nearly 33 years old. The 2016 release is 116.8 proof (58.4 percent alcohol by volume).

MGP Announces Acquisition of George Remus Whiskey Brand

MGP, a leading U.S. supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches, today announced the acquisition of the George Remus whiskey brand from Queen City Whiskey LLC, Cincinnati. Terms of the cash transaction were not disclosed.

Old Elk Distillery Launches, Introduces Dry Town Vodka and Dry Town Gin

Celebrating the city of Fort Collins and its legacy of craft beverage, Old Elk Distillery introduces Dry Town Vodka and Dry Town Gin. These high-quality spirits are the first products from Old Elk Distillery, an endeavor by Fort Collins’s Curt and Nancy Richardson, founders of OtterBox and Blue Ocean Enterprises. Production on its exclusive spirits started nearly three years ago, and Old Elk is proud to introduce its first sips in Colorado.

Mulholland Distilling Launches with Signature Whiskey, Vodka and Gin

Walton Goggins, Matthew Alper and Mulholland Distilling Inc. are proud to introduce a new portfolio of premium spirits reflecting the vibrant and rich culture of Los Angeles. The company introduces American Whiskey, Vodka and New World Gin to select retailers and restaurants in Los Angeles, with plans for larger distribution in the near future.

Blackwater Distilling Introduces Sloop Betty Caramel Vodka

Following the launch of Sloop Betty Honey, Sloop Betty Caramel is the second flavor in Blackwater's line of craft premium vodkas. Sloop Betty Caramel possesses an elegant quality and a smooth finish, making it the perfect delight on the rocks or in a variety of mixed drinks.

Mount Gay Releases Limited Edition XO Cask Strength

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Barbadian Independence, Mount Gay Distilleries, the makers of the world’s oldest rum which has been distilled, blended and bottled in Barbados since 1703, releases 3,000 bottles of XO Cask Strength, a limited-edition of its award-winning spirit XO.