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WINNIPEG, June 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Reliable liquor delivery is now available in Vancouver thanks to SkipTheDishes, the city's leading restaurant delivery app. Canada's own SkipTheDishes already boasts the most advanced delivery technology in the industry, and now applies its world-leading tech to delivering top-selling wines, beers, and spirits to consumers in Vancouver. Vancouverites will be the first in Canada to access SkipTheDishes liquor delivery through the app or website which offer a number of stores such as Firefly Fine Wines & Ales and Berezan. SkipTheDishes' proprietary GPS order tracker enables customers to see every move their order makes from pick-up to delivery on a map, along with a live delivery time. The delivery fee for all liquor stores is only $1.99.

"We've noticed that of all Canadians, Vancouverites tend to be early adopters of technology – especially mobile tech that saves time and offers this level of convenience," says Andrew Chau, SkipTheDishes Co-Founder and liquor delivery lead. "We deliver more restaurant meals than anyone in the city so it made perfect sense to add liquor stores to our network. Now you can order a meal and your favourite bottle of wine all within the SkipTheDishes app. Whether you're having a get-together with friends or a couple's night in, SkipTheDishes liquor delivery has you covered."

To order, customers must download the SkipTheDishes app for iOS or Android or go to the website, and input their address to get a list of liquor stores that deliver to them.  There are no minimum order requirements, and payment is made directly on the app or website. Customers must be of age to order and provide ID at the time of delivery.

With multiple liquor store partners on the SkipTheDishes network, the service currently covers Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam and Surrey with more areas in British Columbia to come throughout the summer.  A nationwide roll-out of liquor delivery to other Canadian and US markets is planned for the coming months.

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AMSTERDAM, June 13, 2017 /CNW/ - Diageo Reserve, the luxury portfolio of Diageo, has announced the creation of a new Global Cocktailian role - the first of its type in the industry - in order to forge more meaningful relationships between the Reserve business and the wider luxury industry. The role will be filled by award-winning Canadian mixologist, educator and industry advocate, Lauren Mote.




Announcing the appointment, Cristina Diezhandino, Managing Director Diageo Reserve, said the role of Global Cocktailian was a significant appointment for the business and a step forward in placing Reserve brands into culture and lifestyle through knowledge, passion and storytelling.


"Diageo Reserve was founded on breaking new ground and is globally recognised as a benchmark in the luxury industry. Therefore we need to be at the forefront of trends - transcending the drinks category to draw learnings from other categories in order to deliver our vision of making luxury experiences available, accessible and aspirational to everyone," Diezhandino said.


"From our 2016 World Class: Future of Cocktails[1] report we know that people now value experiences over possessions and we are seeing the rise of the emotional economy with people looking for deeper connections to brands. Therefore we are very excited to appoint Lauren - a hugely respected contributor to the global drinks industry with an exceptional mix of passion, skills and experience - as a storyteller and trendsetter who will help us bring these deeper connections to life."


"As an award-winning bartender, business owner and drinks authority, Lauren will be a passionate advocate for luxury craftsmanship and our Reserve portfolio, working with influencers and the media, and her expertise will help support our commercial development and innovation streams. In addition, she will be a figurehead for our industry-leading World Class program, working alongside our World Class Bartender of the Year to promote the craft of bartending and inspire people across the globe to drink better."


Speaking of her new role, Lauren Mote said: "Having won the 2015 World Class Bartender of the Year National Final in Canada, I'm hugely passionate about the role this program plays in heroing the craft of bartending and great drinks - so I'm really looking forward to taking a greater advocacy role. But more widely, I am looking forward immensely to working with the Diageo Reserve community and other industry pioneers to help create luxury drinking experiences for consumers."


1. World Class: Future of Cocktails 2016 in association with The Future Laboratory


Diageo Reserve focuses on the global luxury opportunity and brings together brands built on strong legacy, craftsmanship and authenticity. Its award-winning portfolio includes Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Cîroc, Don Julio, Bulleit, Tanqueray No. Ten, Ketel One, Zacapa and a fine collection of Single Malts.


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WINDSOR, ON, June 12, 2017 /CNW/ - How often does following your true passion lead to the highest benchmark of success? One Canadian experienced the ultimate professional validation by way of an impressive win at the 2017 World Whiskies Awards.

Dr. Don Livermore - J.P. Wiser's Master Blender and one of few in the world with a PhD in Brewing and Distilling - developed his rye thesis in 2005 at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, which examined how the flavour profile of a whisky can be drawn out through the quality of a barrel. The resulting liquid, aptly named J.P. Wiser's Dissertation, was just crowned World's Best Blended Limited Release & Best Canadian Blended Limited Release at the awards.

J.P. Wiser's Dissertation is the result of Livermore's study in how the wood character from a barrel can extract the richest notes of vanilla, toffee and spice. Traditionally, the practice of whisky blending involves a great deal of nosing, or smelling, to determine the char level of a barrel and how it could impact the liquid. But, by introducing infrared sensor technology, an innovation pioneered by Livermore, he was able to determine exactly how much wood would be extracted into the whisky after just 30 seconds, and thus removing much of the guess work.

"Barrels play an incredibly important role in shaping the flavour profile of a whisky, but they have always been the biggest frustration of even the most expert blenders," says Don Livermore. "Using cutting edge technology and incorporating science into the art of blending changed the practice altogether."

The World Whiskies Awards, presented by Whisky Magazine, selects, rewards and promotes the very best whiskies in various categories from around the world. This year marks the first time J.P. Wiser's has won in the World's Best Blended Limited Release & Best Canadian Blended Limited Release categories.

Available exclusively at the LCBO ($64.95) as part of the J.P. Wiser's Rare Cask Series, whisky lovers can now get their hands on a bottle of J.P. Wiser's Dissertation, just in time for Father's Day. With only 12,000 bottles ever produced, the whisky will be available only for a limited time.

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NEW YORK, June 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In anticipation of its July 1 release in the United States, Victoria Distillers of British Columbia announces its latest addition to their craft portfolio, Empress 1908 Gin. Empress 1908 Gin is a hand-crafted, all-natural, indigo blue spirit. During the distillation process, it is infused with the vibrantly tinted butterfly pea blossom, which creates a distinctive, indigo blue hue. With the addition of citrus or tonic, Empress 1908 Gin is transformed from its breathtaking indigo blue hue to monarch purple and then rose petal pink.


Inspired by the renowned tea and cocktail programs of the Fairmont Empress Hotel of Victoria, Empress 1908 Gin is an original, shaping its own story as a fearless provocateur, a mystery in a bottle. Hand crafted in small batch copper-pot stills, this is a gin with phenomenal depth and boldness of spirit. Gently refined, nuanced and enduring.


"We are thrilled to be launching Empress 1908 Gin in the United States," remarked Peter Hunt, President of Victoria Distillers, "and will be announcing our distribution partnership details shortly. Empress will launch this summer in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida and California, with other states to follow."


This innovative product has the full capacity to inspire and captivate. Empress 1908 Gin is timeless yet ever-changing, and preparing to make its mark in the spirits sector. Our motto sums up our ideals perfectly: "Live Colorfully." <

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CHARLOTTETOWN (June 8, 2017) – PEI Brewing Company is proud to announce that they have received three awards in three separate categories at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Gahan Patience won Silver in the Belgian-Style Brett Beer category. Patience was released in the spring of 2017 as a seasonal brew. Dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic, this farmhouse style beer was PEI Brewing Company's first bottle-conditioned beer and took 6 months to brew. 

Gahan Vic Park APA won Bronze in the Session India Pale Ale category. The award marks back-to-back wins for Vic Park, which took home gold at the 2016 awards. 

Hell Street Doppelbock won Bronze in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer category. A winter seasonal beer, Hell Street was first released in 2015 and the popular brew was re-released in the winter of 2016. 

Jeff Squires, President of the PEI Brewing Company, is thrilled.  "To have our beers recognized at a national level again this year is something we are very proud of. Our brew team puts their heart and soul into their work and it is an honour to have it recognized by the industry, our peers and supporters". 
Vic Park is available year-round in 473ml cans and on select taps in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Manitoba. 


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