What’s Shakin’ in the Bar & Nightlife Business: Week of September 25

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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.


Offering a helping hand to the next generation of operators.

BACK BAR USA announces University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) 2017/2018 scholarships - What's Shakin' week of September 25
BACK BAR USA's Flor Bernal, a UNLV alum.
BACK BAR USA, a full-service marketing, consulting and design firm operating out of Las Vegas, has announced that it will be awarding scholarships to students of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) throughout 2017 and next year. The BACK BAR USA scholarship program was established last year with UNLV, and the 2017/2018 scholarships will be awarded to students of the university’s Hospitality Management program. Those interested in learning more about this great hospitality industry-focused scholarship program should contact the Honors College Scholarship Committee at UNLV by phone at (702) 895-3011 or visit the UNLV website.


A powerful impact from powerful women.

The Family Coppola announces launch of Great Women Spirits gin, vodka and brandy - What's Shakin' week of September 25
The Family Coppola, wildly successful in the worlds of cinema and wine, has scored a craft spirits license. Having done so, they’ve announced their plan to launch Great Women Spirits, small-batch, house-crafted vodka, gin and brandy made in classical styles. The Coppola family has long worked towards gender equality, and Great Women Spirits will honor famous but lesser known women in history.

Pristine spring water from the Coppola family’s Inglenook property located in Napa Valley and select artisanal spirits are proofed with the pristine spring water of Coppola's historic Inglenook property botanicals and grapes from other family-owned properties will enhance each Great Women spirit. Guests of Francis Ford Coppola Winery's  RUSTIC restaurant and Pool Cafe can try Great Women Spirits cocktails now; the line will launch officially on October 10 – Ada Lovelace Day – at Cafe Zoetrope.


Mind your A’s and P’s.

Boardroom Spirits releases 'A' and 'P' American apple and pear brandies - What's Shakin' week of September 25
Award-winning distillery Boardroom Spirits has launched a pair of American brandies made in the eau de vie style. Kicking things off alphabetically, “A” is an apple-centric brandy distilled from Red Delicious apples grown a mere 20 miles west of Boardroom Spirits’ distillery at Frecon Farms. Staying true to the European method of distillation, each whole apple is used after passing an inspection and having impurities removed. This American apple brandy is clear with subtle, sweet and crisp apple on the nose, a silky smooth, mineral feel that’s light and dry on the palate, and a clean, smooth finish with spice fall apple notes.

“P” is available in two distinct versions, Barlett and D’Anjou, each made with their namesake pear varietals. Barlett is the bolder of the two pear brandies, with a nose of fresh cut hay, crisp morning air and classic pear. D’Anjou is soft and subtle on the nose with notes of late harvested pears. Whereas “P” Bartlett is light and medium-dry with bright, crisp and fresh-cut pear on the palate, “P” D’Anjou is light-bodied, semi-dry and juicy, and delivers flavors of autumn spices. All three brandies are expected to sell out, so make your inquiries and purchases now.


Liquid alchemy made simple.

rokz Bloody Mary, Margarita, Mojito and Gin & Tonic spirit infusions - What's Shakin' week of September 25
rokz, a past Nightclub & Bar Show exhibitor, has crafted four new spirit infusions, and you’re going to want to get your hands on them. Born of a desire to enjoy cocktails that weren’t made with mixers loaded with sugar, artificial ingredients and preservatives, rokz infusions give you the ability to experiment with spirit infusions at your bar while offering guests next-level cocktail creations. The four new flavors are:


Everything is bigger in Iowa.

Templeton Rye 4-Year-Old Whiskey now available nationwide in 1-liter bottles - What's Shakin' week of September 25
In addition to breaking ground on a 34,500-square-foot distillery and a 54,688-square-foot barrel aging warehouse, Templeton Rye Whiskey, producer of The Good Stuff, has released a 1-liter bottle of their 4-Year-Old Whiskey. Until now, this rye was available only in 750ml bottles. Contact your local distributor to order these new 1-liter bottles – available nationwide – for your bar. Expect additional bottle-size announcements in the future!


Would a cherry wood if a cherry wood could?

2017 Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Cherry Wood Smoked Barley - What's Shakin' week of September 25
Since 2006, whiskey aficionados have salivated over Woodford Reserve’s annual Master’s Collection creations. We suggest you grab a handkerchief because you’re going to drool over the 2017 Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection: Cherry Wood Smoked Barley. This release represents one of the first Kentucky bourbon expressions to be made using malted barley exposed to cherry wood smoke.

The result of Master Distiller Chris Morris’ selection of this modified grain and expert craftsmanship is deep caramel, brown sugar and dark chocolate layered with notes of cherry jam and “nutty crumbles dusted with wood spice” on the nose. On the palate, Cherry Wood Smoked Barley delivers intense flavors of smoked almond and malt with cherry pie filling and a bit of caramel, finishing long with the smoked almond notes fading to cherry jam. Weighing in at 90.4 proof, Cherry Wood Smoked Barley will be available in select markets in the United States and overseas starting in November.


“Wild” is an understatement.

Heineken Lager Explorations H41 Wild Lager - What's Shakin' week of September 25
Heineken has always seemed restless to us, but in a good way. They’re constantly seeking to innovate and better the beer world, and they’ve now brought a first-of-its-kind beer style to the United States. Heineken has launched a limited edition Wild Lager called H41, brewed using a rare yeast discovered in the forests of Patagonia. The biggest part of the story is that this rare yeast, found in the beech forest of Patagonia, is the “mother” of Heineken’s A-yeast. As the most dedicated of beer world students will tell you, A-yeast’s make up is a secret closely guarded by Heineken.

H41 is a win-win proposition for your bar as it will appeal to beer drinkers who are constantly on the lookout for what’s new and what’s next and guests who are less keen to step out of their comfort zones. This limited edition Wild Lager, part of Heineken’s Lager Explorations series, is characterized by a fuller, more intense taste, and flavors of spice balanced by subtle fruit notes.

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