Beverage Dynamics

Beverage Dynamics - March/April 2017

Beverage Dynamics is the largest national business magazine devoted exclusively to the needs of off-premise beverage alcohol retailers, from single liquor stores to big box chains, through coverage of the latest trends in wine, beer and spirits.

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84 Beverage Dynamics • March/April 2017 oak Vasyma puncheon sherry seasoned in Jerez, Spain. This whisky is bottled at a natural cask strength of 49.4% ABV. Aromas include apple, dried fruit and vanilla, followed by ginger, nutmeg and almonds. On the palate are sweet spice, raisin and fi g. SRP: $10,000 per 750-ml. bottle URL: ANCHO REYES VERDE Following a New York launch last ywar, Ancho Reyes Verde has announced additional distribution in California, Tex- as, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois and Florida in 2017. Poblano chiles used to makeit were harvested earlier in the maturation process while still green, then fi re roasted. The result is an herbal brightness which works well in margari- tas, gimlets and daiquiris. SRP: $32.99 per 750-ml. bottle. URL: SWEETWATER BREWING SPRING RELEASES Four new beers will roll out from the Atlanta brewery this spring. Grass Monkey is a hoppy pale wheat with lem- ongrass; a big stash of Le- mondrop hops were added to the kettle and dry hop. The spring "Dank Tank" release, Old Man Johnson's Farm is an imperial stout with rasp- berries. Single Hop Mosaic IPA features Mosiac hops and is the fi rst release from Sweetwater's pilot 5-barrel brewhouse. The 20th Anniversary Ale is a hop-forward Brettanomyces. URL: SPYTAIL BLACK GINGER RUM Imported from France by Biggar & Leith, Spytail is based on a 19th-century recipe of ageing Caribbean Rum with fresh ginger and spices in the barrel. The rum is distilled in the Caribbean and then aged, spiced and blended at a distillery in the Cognac region of France. The Spytail brand "celebrates the French deep-sea pioneers and the subma- rines within which they plunged to terrifying new depths," the company says. Bottled at 40%-42% ABV. SRP: $21.99-$23.99 per 750-ml. bottle URL: EZRA BROOKS STRAIGHT RYE Bottled at 90 proof, this rye offers slightly sweet and oaky tones with a warm, spicy fi nish, the company reports. A new look for the brand includes a new corked bottle with a matte-fi nish closure capsule, plus a higher-end label for a "craftier feel," the company says. SRP: $18.99-21.99 per 750-ml. bottle URL: LUSTAU VERMUT SHERRY VERMOUTH First launched in its native Spanish market last year, this sherry vermouth debuts in the U.S. this spring. Combines sherry wines and botanicals. The base wine is a blend of a sweet Pedros Ximenez and a dry nutty Amontillado, both aged separately for 10 years in their own soleras at the House of Lustau cellars in Jerez. The botanicals are macerated separately for aroma extraction. Wormwood, gentian, coriander and orange peel notes stand out. SRP: $22 per 750-ml. bottle URL: OLE SMOKY OUTSIDERS FARRELL SHINE Joint release with WGN America in support of the second season of the network's "Outsiders." The limited-edition Ole Smoky Outsiders Farrell Shine is inspired by the fi ction- al "Farrell Wine" featured in the show and contains similar ingredients, the company says. Ole Smoky Outsiders Farrell Shine is a 70-proof ginger and ginseng-fl avored moonshine, housed in a commemorative mason jar. SRP: $24.95 per 750-ml. jar URL: CASTELLO DI GABBIANO DARK KNIGHT 2015 Italy's Castello di Gabbiano winery estate, located in Tus- cany's Chianti Classico region, has launched its fi rst vintage of Dark Knight, an IGT red blend. Crafted by Tuscan-born winemaker Federico Cerelli, it's a blend of Cabernet Sauvi- gnon, Merlot and Sangiovese. It's imported into the U.S. by Treasury Wine Estates. SRP: $17 per 750-ml. bottle URL: TOM GORE VINEYARDS 2014 RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON A full-bodied, supple-tan- nin wine with aromas of dark fruit, caramel and tobacco. In the mouth are concentrated blackberry and plum fl avors with a sweet fruit entry and full body. Grapes were sourced from Alexander Valley vineyards, including Hoffman Ranch in Geyserville. The 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is 14.71% ABV and aged 18 months in oak barrels. SRP: $40 per 750-ml. bottle URL: MODELO CHELADA TAMARINDO PICANTE A ready-to-serve chelada, Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante contains traditional Mexican ON THE Shelf

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