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TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2018 /CNW/ - Corby Spirit and Wine is pleased to announce that 21 of its whiskies were recognized with prestigious honours at the eighth annual Canadian Whisky Awards, which took place on Thursday, January 18th during the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, British Columbia. J.P Wiser's 35 Year Old won the coveted title of "Canadian Whisky of the Year", and the distillery where it is proudly produced – Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. – was named "Distillery of the Year".

Canadian Whisky of the Year winner J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old is one of the oldest Canadian whiskies ever produced. Launched in 2017 as part of Corby's Rare Release Northern Border Collection, it represents a traditional blended rye whisky that has experienced 35 harsh Canadian winters and 35 hot summers throughout its ageing period, while housed in oak barrels at Hiram Walker's maturation facility in Windsor, Ontario. J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old has sold out in nearly all markets within three months of its release in the fall of 2017.

"We are ecstatic to win a number of top honours at the Canadian Whisky Awards, including J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old as the Canadian Whisky of the Year for 2018," says Chris Bhowmik, Brand Director, Corby Spirit and Wine. "It demonstrates Corby and Hiram Walker's commitment to producing quality whisky, and to continue innovating diverse products for an ever-changing market."

"We absolutely could not be prouder to take home the title of Distillery of the Year", says Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender. "Hiram Walker and Sons is well known for being one of the largest distilleries in North America, but our size isn't what makes us exceptional – instead, it's the fact that each and every one of our employees is passionate and dedicated to creating the very best whisky that Canada has to offer, and sharing that spirit from coast to coast and beyond."

Located in the city of Windsor, Hiram Walker & Sons distillery is the only "grain to glass" operation in Ontario and boasts the largest distillery capacity in North America with 37 fermenters. The manufacturing process distills 180,000 litres of alcohol every 24 hours and operates 24 hours a day, five days a week, to produce a variety of quality Canadian products including vodka, rum, and whisky. The majority of Corby's owned and represented brands are bottled and blended by Hiram Walker & Sons.

Select list of awards:

  • Whisky of the Year – J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old
  • Distillery of the Year – Hiram Walker & Sons distillery
  • Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Domestic – J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old
  • Lifetime Achievement Award– Jim Stanski, Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery

Gold Medals

  • Gooderham & Worts Four Grain
  • Lot No 40
  • Lot No 40 Cask Strength 12 year old
  • J.P. Wiser's 150th Commemorative
  • J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old
  • J.P. Wiser's Dissertation
  • J.P. Wiser's Last Barrels
  • J.P. Wiser's Triple Barrel Rye
  • J.P. Wiser's Union 52
  • J.P. Wiser's Vanilla

For a full list of winners, please visit:

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Las Vegas— On Wednesday, March 28 at 11 a.m., the 2018 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show will feature a riveting keynote panel discussion, The Bar of Tomorrow: e-Sports, Streaming & Innovation, with industry leaders from across the country. With the introduction and exponential growth in the popularity of e-Sports, streaming and cutting edge social applications, attendees will learn crucial insider knowledge on how this ever-evolving and “disruptive innovation” is impacting the bar and nightclub business – and what your business needs to capitalize on theses explosive trends.

Moderated by Thom Greco, chairman of the advisory board of Nightclub & Bar and world-celebrated entrepreneur, the discussion will present unique challenges and opportunities facing all generations. Speakers included on the panel are:

  • Bill Dever, Chief Strategist of Harena Holdings LLC
  • Nick Fotheringham, Owner of The Nerd in Downtown Las Vegas
  • JT Gleason, Director of Integration Success and Developer Success with
  • Armando Lanuti, President of Creative Works, Inc.
  • Shawn Smith, President of Harena Data

Each panelist will present their unique perspective of how the introduction of e-Sports and social media into the bar space can attract and more importantly retain Millennials, attract Generation Z, and capture  up-and-coming generations who will all be increasingly plugged into the expansive world of social media. They will present strategies and tips to best capitalize on these new opportunities for enticing a new customer base into your venue while optimizing repeat engagement. For a full bio on each of the panelists, visit the NCB Show Keynote website.

The keynote is open to all attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors. Additional keynote sessions will be announced soon and are sponsored by Revention. Please visit Nightclub & Bar Show’s website for keynote updates and here for a full list of speakers.

The Nightclub & Bar Show returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center Monday, March 26 through Wednesday, March 28, offering attendees an unparalleled learning experience with a variety of keynotes, speaker sessions, networking events and more. Registered attendees will explore the expo floor, which will feature new products, services and more, which will ensure guests have the skills, tools and knowledge they need to exceed in their current endeavor. For those interested in attending the show or for more information, please visit

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BOSTON, January 18, 2018 – Drizly, the rapidly expanding and largest alcohol ecommerce platform, today announced appointments to three senior leadership posts with executives that bring deep experience from major technology, consumer products, publishing and marketing companies, among them Apple, Procter & Gamble, Time Inc. and Arnold Worldwide.

New CMO Scott Braun brings over 20 years of experience in consumer marketing with a long track record of translating consumer behaviors and preferences into strong, actionable marketing programs. Braun served as Global Marketing Director for Proctor & Gamble owned Gillette, where he led a team focused on new product innovation and marketing for the company’s emerging market razor portfolio. As Vice President, Marketing at Vistaprint he was integral to the company’s drive to become more consumer centric, leading both physical and digital product. He most recently served as CMO at Auto Europe Group, restructuring the marketing team and elevating the brand’s positioning, leading to rapid growth.

Chief Financial Officer Joe Grabmeier has over 30 years of experience in finance and operations, most recently at digital marketing platform Adelphic, now a Time Inc. subsidiary. He previously headed Finance for the mobile advertising business at Apple, Inc., and served as Chief Financial Officer at mobile advertising platform Quattro Wireless and global advertising agency Arnold Worldwide. Grabmeier brings deep expertise in developing and implementing complex business plans, building corporate infrastructure, raising capital and overall financial management.

As Drizly’s first Head of People Operations, Gabriela McManus is focused building a best in class team and establishing Drizly as the best place to work in Boston. She’ll own HR, recruiting and talent development. McManus worked with over 100 Boston-based companies as Executive Director at, a leadership development company dedicated to helping startups invest in the next generation of leaders. Prior to, she was part of the inaugural People team at Infusionsoft, where she led the charge on talent development as the organization grew from 180 to over 600 employees. During that time, Infusionsoft went from Honorable Mention to #13 on the Forbes Great Place to Work list for Small and Medium sized businesses.

“Scott, Joe and Gabriela bring precisely the experience and discipline that will set the stage for sustained growth and operational excellence at Drizly,” said Nick Rellas, CEO and co-founder of Drizly. “At the same time, they bring a big, healthy dose of energy and fresh perspective that help fast-moving technology companies like Drizly thrive.”

Drizly had a record-setting year in 2017, expanding to over 70 cities across the United States and Canada, surpassing one million orders by mid-year, launching the Drizly Data Distillery to surface key insights to suppliers and retailers, developing the next generation of tools for decision-makers in the industry and much more.

Drizly is a one-stop shop for beer, wine, and spirits (and even a range of popular soft drinks, juices, ice and other mixers), allowing consumers to arrange fast, on-demand or scheduled delivery or in-store pickup through their favorite local liquor store. Shoppers are able to scroll through the ultimate endless-aisle experience on iPhoneAndroid, or, and utilize helpful tools like quick search, favorites tagging, and price comparison across multiple retailers. Follow Drizly on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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 January 10, 2018 — Innis & Gunn today unveiled a brand new look for its core barrel-aged and craft brewed ranges. The launch of the new packaging – which provides a unifying look across the Scottish brewer’s line-up of beers – also coincides with a return for Innis & Gunn to using 100% barrels in what used to be known as the brewer’s “oak-aged” beers.

Until 2010, Innis & Gunn matured 100% of their brews in oak barrels, mostly first-fill bourbon barrels - which could each only be used once. In 2010, the popularity of Original eclipsed the availability of barrels and Innis & Gunn’s Founder and Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp designed the ‘Oakerator’ tank - a new method that gave the same flavour results but didn’t rely 100% on filling barrels with beer. Between 2010 and 2017, their oak-aged beer was matured in the Oakerator over oak chips.

As of today, Innis & Gunn Original is once again 100% barrel-aged, using an innovative method developed by Innis & Gunn which enables the brewer to ‘put the barrel into the beer’.  

“At Innis & Gunn, we see it as our mission to continually push the boundaries of craft beer, to keep evolving and developing new ideas and techniques,” explained Gunn Sharp. “We’re now in the privileged position of being able to barrel-age using both traditional and modern techniques. As we head into 2018 – our 15th anniversary year – we’re going to be bringing some incredibly exciting beers to the market that truly showcase the incredible flavour possibilities of barrel-ageing beer.”

Through this new method, barrels (which could include bourbon, rum or Irish whiskey) are broken down and the staves then broken into pieces. The pieces are toasted to open up the wood, unlocking layers of incredible flavours and aromas. The barrel pieces are then placed into the ‘amplifier’ - an updated iteration of the ‘oakerator’ - and the beer is circulated through it to achieve the rich depth of flavour that the barrel brings to the beer. To-date, the brewing team has discovered five different ‘toast’ levels, each of which brings a unique flavour to the finished brew.

Innis & Gunn Original and the brand’s new rum barrel red beer, Blood Red Sky (coming to Canada in 2018) are both now brewed using the ‘barrel into beer’ method. Other limited-edition beers (which often require lengthy maturations, or have fruits or hops added to develop maximum flavour) will still be brewed using the traditional ‘beer into barrel’ technique, matured in Innis & Gunn’s bespoke, temperature controlled barrel store at their brewery in Perth, Scotland.

“Beer usually has 4 ingredients - malt, hops, yeast and water,” concludes Sharp. “For us, the barrel is the 5th ingredient. When used in the right way and when matched against the right beer style, barrel-ageing can create an explosion of flavours and aromas in the beer.”

All beers in the core Innis & Gunn line-up in Canada - including IPA, Session IPA and Innis & Gunn Lager - will transition to the new branding in the coming weeks.


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