Craft breweries are popping up everywhere, but a dozen stand out for working with a special ingredient: rice. That’s because they’re brewing saké, not beer; the taproom conversation revolves around rice milling ratios and koji rather than hops and malt.
Hotel Bars are undergoing transformation. As the craft cocktail scene becomes more prevalent, more thought is being put into these bar programs. Alia Akkam interviewed Shel Bourdon of Two Roads Hospitality about her perspective on this evolution.
In a bit of a plot twist, Blanc de Bleu—the naturally fermented bubbly that enhanced with a gemlike turquoise hue—is going pink as well as blue. New from winemaker Bob Stashak, the sparkler’s pleasant yeasty character is coupled with the fruitiness of its Chardonnay (91%) and Pinot Noir grapes. Balanced acidity and refreshing, lively bubbles help Blanc de Bleu de Rosé Brut pair well with a wide variety of foods, including fish, pork loin, chicken, vegetarian dishes and salads. Marketed by Bronco Wine Co.
Saturday, October 6th from 3:30pm-6:30pm Maui Brewing Company Waikiki will be hosting Oktoberfest 2018. The term Oktoberfest is a nod to the famous 16-day celebration of food and beer indulgence held annually in Munich Germany.
The House of Suntory introduces Haku Vodka exclusively in the U.S. in October 2018. This premium craft vodka is made from 100% Japanese white rice which is used to make a rice spirit that is distilled and ultimately filtered through bamboo charcoal, a process unique to Suntory that preserves and enhances the rice's delicately sweet and subtle flavors. Suggested retail price: $27.99.
The Roku Rickey Cocktail photo credit: Beam Suntory
The House of Suntory introduces Roku Gin in the U.S. in October 2018. Roku, which translates as “six” in Japanese, is made with six traditional Japanese botanicals - Sakura flower, Sakura leaf, Yuzu peel, Sencha tea, Gyokuro tea and Sansho pepper - along with eight traditional gin botanicals that are infused, distilled and blended by the Japanese artisans of Suntory Spirits. Suggested retail price: $27.99.
Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new marketing partnership agreement with Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum, in which the distilled spirits brand will serve as the organization’s first-ever