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Durham Distillery proudly announces selection by Constellation Brands, Inc. for minority investment in its craft gin distillery co-founded by Melissa and Lee Katrincic in 2013.


“We set out to create a world-class gin brand – CONNIPTION Gin – and view this investment by Constellation as recognition that we have what it takes to lead in our category, and as the critical next step towards CONNIPTION Gins’ growth,” explained Melissa Katrincic, who, with her husband and partner, Lee, will continue to be the majority owners, executive team, operators, and decision makers.


Strategic investment from Constellation enables Durham Distillery to rapidly increase production, streamline efficiencies – especially as it relates to equipment, hire more employees locally under their Certified Living Wage designation, and ultimately, gain access to new markets across the United States. “With Constellation’s support, I’m now able to devote my full attention to the distillery’s strategic goals and to the CONNIPTION Gin brand and also, our burgeoning leadership in the premium ready-to-drink cocktail category,” explained Lee Katrincic, a careered pharmaceutical chemist, and Durham Distillery’s Head Distiller, who transitioned to full time at the distillery earlier this month


No doubt, an American gin renaissance is underway, with Durham Distillery and its CONNIPTION Gin serving as a fine example of the future of modern, super premium gin. Last year, global consumption of gin grew faster than any other beverage alcohol category and sales of gin were 8.3% higher over 2017. The worlds’ spirit makers are showing a focus on gin, including Pernot Ricard’s completed acquisition of Malfy gin in June 2019, as well as celebrities, such as Ryan Reynolds, who purchased Aviation Gin in 2018. “We have created a modern gin that upholds the international standards of gin, while also showcasing it as staple cocktail spirit for U.S. consumers,” co-founder Lee Katrincic. Melissa and Lee Katrincic continue to trail blaze for gin in the U.S., and are the only distillers in the American South to be inducted into The London-based Gin Guild.


Co-Founder Melissa Katrincic Chosen for “Focus on Female Founders” Program

As President and CEO, Melissa Katrincic is also the newest addition to Constellation’s “Focus on Female Founders” Program. In 2018, Constellation Brands, Inc introduced this initiative in support of their goal to “make meaningful investments in female-founded and female-led businesses doing disruptive and innovative work across beverage alcohol.”


Melissa Katrincic promotes female entrepreneurship, served as Vice President of the Distilling Association of North Carolina, lobbied for the industry to the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C. and spoke as an invited expert on gin for the American Distilling Institute. She is also a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and Women of the Vine & Spirits and is recognized as an authority on North Carolina spirits. As a physics graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Katrincic supports education for women, especially “STEM” education.

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August 29, 2019

Say hello to E&J Brandy, remastered. For the first time in the brand's 45 year history, E&J Brandy is launching its first holistic packaging change for each of its expressions.


The move stems from E&J's belief that there’s always a new level to reach. The new label captures the brand's spirit, sporting an iconic sunburst illustration over premium metallic paper and featuring vibrant colors and an ink-embossed E&J logo. With the E&J crest proudly displayed on the cap, the new bottle’s elongated shoulders and curved base also gives the new design a more premium, elevated look.

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August 28, 2019

PEI Brewing Company has announced a new Oktoberfest event on October 4th and 5th. Okto-beer-feast puts a PEI twist on tradition with two days of local beer, food and festivities.

The celebrations begin on Friday, October 4th with beer stein happy hour, German-inspired food stations, food demonstrations, live entertainment and activities. Those attending Friday’s festivities will be among the first to try Gahan’s newest seasonal beer release, Scarlet Race Helles Lager, which will be launched at the event.

On Saturday, October 5th  the celebrations continue with happy hour, food trucks in the parking lot serving up local favourites, photos booths and more. Attendees can sign up in advance for washer toss, cornhole and axe throwing competitions for a chance to win gift cards towards PEI Brewing Company product.

The day wraps up with a live Hollerado show at 9pm.
Ryan Feldman, PEI Brewing Company Taproom General Manager, says “We have been wanting to do an Oktoberfest event at the brewery for some time now. With the planned release of our new German-style Helles Lager the timing was perfect. We’re excited to get beer and food lovers out for Oktoberfest with a PEI twist.”
Ticket Information:

  • Entrance $10 per day
  • Beer Lovers Ticket $15 per day *includes a full 32oz beer stein
  • Hollerado Show Ticket $30 *includes a full 32oz beer stein + entry to the show
  • Event food tickets are required to purchase food items on both Friday & Saturday

Tickets are on sale now at

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partners for the first time with United Way

September 1st to September 7th



Winnipeg’s Le Burger Week, presented by Saputo and now in its seventh year, will present 120 restaurants featuring new and fan favourite burgers, from September 1st through September 7th, all in support of the community and its charity partner, United Way.


A partnership whereby $1 dollar for each burger sold goes to feed thousands of hungry kids across the city at United Way Winnipeg agencies.


In 2012, Charcoal Collaborative, a Winnipeg-based food blog, who, alongside running Le Burger Week and La Poutine Week, seeks to promote the culinary scene in Winnipeg, was approached by Le Burger Week to organize the culinary event here in their city.


As the festival is set to kick-off, participants can expect to participate in voting of their favourite burgers similar to some of last year’s winners: The Krakow Burger (Brazen Hall & Kitchen Brewer),  Burgers, Beets, Battlestar Galactica (Nuburger Stradbrook) and The Purple Rain ( The Grove Pub & Restaurant).

For those who have never experienced the festival, organizers share a few tips: attend as a group, try many burgers and experience as many new restaurants as possible, and wear your comfy pants!

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August 13, 2019

We all have that one main person in our lives that deserves something extra special around the holiday season – a spouse, partner, parent, work husband/wife, or best friend. From being by your side during the biggest milestones of your life, to being your scotch sipping partner when you needed it the most, crossing them off your holiday shopping list this year will be as simple as raising a dram!  


This year, give the main person in your life the gift of luxury, style and prestige with a bottle of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old. Boasting notes of creamy butterscotch with a hint of apple, candied orange, vanilla custard, and newly felled oak, it truly is winter in a bottle! 


The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old marries the classic Macallan style and the unmistakable sweetness of American oak; aged in 100% sherry-seasoned European and American Oak casks, the liquid comes together as a harmonious single malt with a warm character. Hailing from one of the most respected single malt distilleries in the world, sharing a bottle of The Macallan this holiday season with that special someone in your life will not soon be forgotten. 


The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is available in liquor stores across Canada and retails for approx. $100.


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