What’s Shakin’ in the Bar & Nightlife Business: Week of August 7

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Bar, nightclub and restaurant operators, managers, bartenders and other staff members have a lot to keep tabs on. From every day operations tasks to new product releases to spirit, beer, wine, cocktail and food trends, keeping on top of bar and nightlife news each week can be a project in and of itself.

That’s where we come in. To make things that much easier for you we’ve put together a detailed rundown of what happened this week that you should know. You need to know what international products are finally being distributed throughout America, what innovations are being made in glassware and bar and kitchen products, what and when music streaming services are featuring a new album, and so much more. In life, knowledge is power. In this business, knowledge is dollars.


Future legend of the fall.

MOZART Chocolate Cream Pumpkin Spice Liqueur - What's Shakin' week of August 7
Attribution/Copyrights: MOZART Distillerie GmbH

Like it or not, it’s time for you to consider your fall menu. We know, we know – it’s only August. But that means we’re just weeks away from September, and that means summer is just over a month from ending. Sure, it can be sad to wave goodbye to summer but Niche Import Co. has just the thing to turn frowns upside-down: MOZART Chocolate Cream Pumpkin Spice Liqueur. This delicious Austrian liqueur is made with chocolate, caramel, natural pumpkin juice, cinnamon, clove, vanilla and a touch of chili, resulting in notes of high quality chocolate, pumpkin and a touch of heat on the palate. This news almost makes us want to shove summer out the door now.


Not exactly a unicorn, but pretty close.

The Dalmore 25
Attribution/Copyrights: The Dalmore

If you’ve wanted to add luxury single malt The Dalmore 25 to your collection but have thus far been unsuccessful, your luck may be about to change. The Dalmore has announced their intention to expand the distribution of The Dalmore 25, one of the single most desirable expressions within the distiller’s Principal Collection. Master Distiller Richard Paterson’s creation is matured in casks that once contained a grape that creates a sweeter style of sherry. This sought-after luxury whisky is characterized by exotic fruits, marzipan, vanilla pods, treacle toffee, fig cake and sweet balsamic on the nose; orange peel, chocolate truffles, liquorice, sweet damsons and sherry soaked raisins on the palate; and demerara sugar, maple syrup, bitter chocolate and spiced gingerbread on the finish.

Just 1,000 bottles will be available, so contact Kahlil Spurlock at [email protected] to secure one as soon as possible. And then make sure to invite us to enjoy a dram with you…


Pair this with a Dominican cigar to really do it right.

Ron Barceló Gran Añejo 6 year old Dominican rum - What's Shakin' week of August 7
Attribution/Copyrights: Ron Barceló

It isn’t always easy to come up with profitable promotions, but one of the best things about this business is how there’s no shortage of holidays to celebrate. A fantastic and timely example is National Rum Day, which takes place next week, August 16. To attract rum fans to your bar for this spirited holiday, you’re going to want to have some high quality, intriguing rum on your menu. The only Dominican rum produced directly from sugar can juice, Ron Barceló, has an expression that will certainly attract people through your doors. Ron Barceló Gran Añejo is an award-winning blend of rums that range in age up to 6 years. The rum is aged in American bourbon oak barrels, resulting in a rich, golden amber color that has notes of sweet spice, mocha, toffee and coffee beans.


How ‘bout some vanilla with that bourbon?

Jim Beam Vanilla flavor - What's Shakin' week of August 7
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A new addition to Jim Beam’s flavored portfolio has been announced, and the brand is confident it’s going to step up your Bourbon & Cola game. Jim Beam Vanilla blends a classic Kentucky straight bourbon with Madagascar vanilla bean liqueur. The aroma of sweet vanilla and flavors of vanilla bean, oak and caramel are just begging for cola and a cherry garnish. This 70-proof liqueur-and-bourbon blend is available now, so ask your reps for a taste.


Always Finnish strong.

Altia and Infinium Spirits launch Koskenkorva Vodka in the United States - What's Shakin' week of August 7
Attribution/Copyrights: Koskenkorva Vodka

Altia, a Nordic wine and spirits producer, has entered into a distribution agreement with family-owned spirits distributor and brand accelerator Infinium Spirits to launch Koskenkorva Vodka in the United States. The Finnish vodka is already available in nearly 30 countries, and the initial launch in the US will be the original 80-proof expression available in 750ml and 1-liter bottles. Koskenkorva is made using fine local barley and pure local spring water, and the producer utilizes a continuous distillation process to create a smooth, pure vodka. We’re eager to give this vodka a sip and try it out in cocktails!

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