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Camus Cognac's Rarissimes Borderies 2004

Rarissimes Borderies 2004 is said to be the only Borderies vintage on the market. TheBorderies appellation is the smallest of the six Cognac growth areas, representing 5% of the total Cognac AOC. READ MORE>>

Nitro coffee is the cool new brew

We don’t want to overhype the impact nitro coffee could have on some restaurants’ cold coffee sales this summer. But it’s catching on so fast in the specialty coffee house segment that its handful of makers can barely keep up. It’s wildly profitable if you brew it in house, but even canned and kegged versions purchased from outside vendors can add buzz to a restaurant’s bottom line. READ MORE>>

Build a Better: Ice cube

Innovative cold stuff—including ice—is hot these days. Not only have ice shapes evolved, creative mixologists are infusing ice with flavors as well. What's cool? READ MORE>>

Tech in a box: How Dickey's uses big data to target marketing strategies

Using tablets to enhance the customer experience isn't new, but Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants is putting them in the hands of its c-level executives and staff as opposed to only its customers, said Paula Suarez, director of software analysis and development for Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, a franchise with more than 500 units. READ MORE>>

Drought Plagues Winemakers in Northern Chile

For vintners in any country, drought is a bad word. California’s water issues have dominated the news cycle recently, forcing painful discussions of water restrictions and whether vineyard acreage in the Central Valley will shrink dramatically. But in the Southern Hemisphere, northern Chile’s Limarí and Elqui valleys have been dealing with their own severe drought for several years now, and that has dramatically impacted vintners, with some forced to watch as their vines die from a lack of water. READ MORE>>

MillerCoors Taps New Marketing, Sales Heads In Shake-Up

MillerCoors is reshuffling its senior executive team, naming new leaders for its sales and marketing units late last week. The brewer has appointed David Kroll as its new chief marketing officer, replacing Andy England, who is leaving to pursue other interests. Kroll joined MillerCoors in 2012 as vice president of innovation, and has also held commercial and marketing roles with Dyson, Wrigley and Procter & Gamble. READ MORE>>

Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. Completes Acquisition of 18 Buffalo Wild Wings

Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BAGR) (“DRH” or the “Company”), the creator, developer and operator of the unique, full-service, ultra-casual restaurant and bar Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern® (“Bagger Dave’s”) and one of the largest franchisees for Buffalo Wild Wings® (“BWW”), announced today that it has closed on its acquisition of eighteen Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in the St. Louis area for $54 million. Read MORE>>

Did This Federal Study Just Imply That Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol?

Is marijuana really safer than alcohol when you're behind the wheel? That's the question three federal agencies attempted to answer in this study. READ MORE>>

Pennsylvania: McIlhinney Comments on Veto of Liquor Privatization Bill

Senate Law and Justice Committee Chairman Chuck McIlhinney (R-10) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Wolf's veto of legislation to privatize the sale of liquor and wine in Pennsylvania: "Governor Wolf's veto of House Bill 466 is a serious blow to the ongoing efforts to privatize the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania. Although many lawmakers and state residents support the idea of getting the state out of the liquor business, the governor's strong opposition to this concept makes it extremely difficult to envision a scenario in which further consideration of privatization proposals would be fruitful.” READ MORE>>

Why beer is a better drink to serve with food than wine

Beer is a better drink to serve with food than wine, Britain's Beer Sommelier of the Year has claimed, as she advises hosts to serve it a Champagne flute or brandy snifter rather than traditional pint glasses. Jane Peyton, who was named Sommelier of the Year by The Beer Academy in May, said that there was too much snobbery around pairing beer with food. READ MORE>> 

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