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July 31, 2019

I’m sure you already have your calendar marked to crack open a cold one, but this Friday (August 2nd) is International Beer Day. A day that will be celebrated in pubs, breweries and homes all over the world. Of course the holiday is a good time to pour a cold one to celebrate, but also an opportunity to learn more about the beer we love drinking. Wanted to get the new documentary KINGS OF BEER on your radar, which is being released on International Beer Day (what perfect timing), as we think it is the perfect fit for any round-ups you are working on to help readers celebrate the day!

 

The documentary provides a never-before-seen look at the rigorous standards and intense competition that characterizes the brewing of the world’s most iconic American Lager -- Budweiser. The film centers on a diverse group of elite Brewmasters from 65 breweries and 23 countries, including Edmonton’s own lead brewmaster, and follows them as they battle it out in an intense competition to brew the best American Lager. As one of the hardest beers to brew, the documentary sheds light on the true labour of love that is put into crafting the amazing product though a time-honoured tradition for a perfectly blended taste. The documentary lifts the veil in front of macro beer and the length it takes to get a consistent lager each and every time globally and features renowned beer critics to the likes of William Bostwick and Dr. Charles BamForth.

 

You can view the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TTi_m6HTW4

 

“KINGS OF BEER” is a special film, not only because of Budweiser’s role in brewing history, but because for the first time we are able to offer audiences a seat in our tasting room for a firsthand look at our very personal and competitive process, Pete Kraemer, a fifth generation brewer and the Chief Global Brewmaster at Budweiser.

 

What better way to celebrate the unofficial holiday than with a cold one I hand and an exclusive glimpse into one of the most iconic challenges in the beer industry. KINGS OF BEER not only features behind-the-scenes interviews with Bud’s top brewmasters, beer experts, but also features cameos by beer aficionados such as Aisha Tyler, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Michael Voltaggio.

 
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July 29, 2019

The World’s 50 Best Bars is returning to London, UK, for the 2019 edition of the
prestigious awards ceremony.
 
Taking place at the iconic Roundhouse in Camden, north-west London, on the evening of Thursday, 3rd October, the event will count down to The World’s Best Bar Award, sponsored by Perrier, in what is the most exciting and highly anticipated event on the cocktail calendar.
 
In addition to the No.1, other significant awards to be announced on the night include the Industry Icon Award, celebrating an individual’s career and achievements in drinks, and the Campari One To Watch Award, which will acknowledge a global rising-star bar.

The Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award, voted for by bartenders from this year’s list, represents the ultimate tribute from fellow professionals, while the Legend of the List title goes to the bar that has performed most consistently in the history of the awards. Furthermore, the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award is given to the bar on the list that achieves the highest overall sustainability rating, as assessed by The World’s 50 Best Bars sustainability partner,
Food Made Good Global.

The ceremony will be preceded by an exclusive Bartenders’ Feast at German Gymnasium in King’s Cross and followed by an after party.
 
Please be sure to place this date in your diary – invitations to follow shortly.
 
For more information about The World’s 50 Best Bars, visit the website at www.worlds50bestbars.com. For the latest news, follow The World’s 50 Best Bars on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
 
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TORONTO, July 22, 2019 /CNW/ - Leading Australian wine producer, McWilliam's Wines Group, has today announced that Authentic Wine & Spirit Merchants, an affiliate of the Charton Hobbs Group, will be the exclusive Canadian distributor of McWilliam's range of premium Australian wines across Canada.

 

Authentic Wine & Spirit Merchants will distribute three of McWilliam's Wines Group core brands, McWilliam's Wines, McW and Mount Pleasant, sourced from some of Australia's greatest wine regions including New South Wales and the historic Hunter Valley. With an initial 10-year term, this partnership reinforces the mutual commitment of both businesses towards building strong brands over the long term.

McWilliam's Wines Group CEO, David Pitt says, "We are thrilled to partner with Authentic - a family-owned company like ourselves with aligned business values and a shared thirst for innovation. We are seeing a steady year-on-year increase of Australian wine exports1 and a growing consumer preference towards premium Australian wine in Canada, and this new distribution arrangement presents a significant opportunity for McWilliam's Wines Group to expand its footprint globally. With the great expertise of the team on the ground, we look forward to introducing more Canadian consumers to our exceptional range of Australian wines.

"Our pioneering spirit has been fundamental to McWilliam's Wines Group success over the past 140 years and it still guides our business today as we premiumise our wine portfolio and invest in key markets like Canada. We are committed to capturing the evolving tastes of wine consumers globally while still embracing our strong family winemaking heritage in Australia."

Over the past two decades, Authentic Wine & Spirit Merchants has established a strong reputation as brand builders, with a focus on family brands, and is a clear leader in fine wine and spirits importation and distribution across Canada. With growth year-on-year since it began operations in 1998, Authentic Wine & Spirit Merchants now sells over 1.2 million cases a year nationally.

Duncan Hobbs, President and Owner of the Charton Hobbs Group, says, "We are extremely pleased to have Authentic Wine & Spirit Merchants partner with McWilliam's Wines Group and add such iconic Australian wines to our existing portfolio of global wine and spirit brands. We look forward to helping McWilliam's Wines Group build strong and established brands across Canada and we are confident that Canadian consumers will enjoy their range of premium Australian wines."

Under the new partnership, Authentic Wine & Spirit Merchants will continue its current distribution of McWilliam's Wines Group JJ and Hanwood brands in market, as well as exclusively introduce new McWilliam's Wines Group ranges to Canada.  

McWilliam's Wines Group offers an extensive portfolio of wines that draw on six generations of family winemaking experience. One of Australia's most respected and awarded wineries, and a leading producer of Australian cool climate style wines, McWilliam's Wines Group has been awarded a Five Red Star2 rating by James Halliday – a world renowned Australian wine critic. Additionally, Mount Pleasant Wines, a historic Hunter Valley winery, received the coveted James Halliday Winery of the Year Award in 20173 in recognition of the innovative and award-winning wines they have been producing in recent years.  

References:
1 Wine Australia Export Report: 1 Apr 2018 to 31 Mar 2019. Available here [Accessed 4 Jul. 2019]
2 Wine Companion. (2019). McWilliams. [online] Available here [Accessed 4 Jul. 2019]
3 Wine Companion. (2019). 2017 Winery of the Year. [online] Available here [Accessed 5 Jul. 2019]

 
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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, CROWN ROYAL PEACH FLAVORED WHISKY RETURNS TO STORE SHELVES NATIONWIDE THIS SUMMER, JUST IN TIME FOR PEACH SEASON!

 

Each limited-edition bottle is bursting with the sweet and juicy flavor of fresh Georgia peaches combined with the signature smoothness of Crown Royal Canadian whisky

Crown Royal is thrilled to announce this summer’s return of the mouth-watering and delicious fan favorite, Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whisky

Whether soaking up the sun at a backyard BBQ or enjoying an impromptu Sunday brunch at the trendiest rooftop patio in town, there’s nothing better than enjoying the warmer weather and celebrating the peach season with a delicious cocktail in hand.

 

Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whisky mixed with iced tea for the refreshing tasting Royal Peach Tea, with orange juice and champagne for the delicious Royal Peach Fizz or enjoyed on the rocks.


Royal Peach Tea
- 1.5 oz Crown Royal Peach
- 6.0 oz Iced Tea
- 1 Slice of Lemon or Peach

 

Fill a mason jar with crushed ice. Add Crown Royal Peach and iced tea. Stir gently then garnish with a lemon or peach slice (or both!)

 

Royal Peach Fizz
- 0.5 oz Crown Royal Peach
- 0.5 oz Orange Juice
- 4.0 oz Champagne 
- 1 Mint Sprig

 

Add Crown Royal Peach and orange juice to a stemless champagne glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a mint sprig.

 

On the Rocks

- 1.5 oz Crown Royal Peach
- Fresh ice

 

Fill a highball glass with fresh ice and pour in Crown Royal Peach.

 

Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whisky is being re-released as a limited-time offering this July and is available in stores and in bars nationwide while supplies last. Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whisky is perfect for the summer, especially during National Peach Month in August. Make sure you enjoy it before peach season is over!

 

See HERE for photo assets and fact sheet.

 

 

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