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Purity Vodka received the top honor at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge by winning the Chairman's Trophy in the unflavored vodka category and also received the highest vodka rating in the competition.


NEW YORK, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The hand-crafted ultra-premium vodka, Purity Vodka, has received the top award – The Chairman's Trophy "2017 Best Unflavored Vodka" – and a 97 point rating as the highest rated of all vodkas in the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. 




"Everyone at Ultimate Spirits Challenge is delighted that Purity Vodka won the Chairman's Trophy for unflavored vodka in a field of world class brands from around the world. This was no small achievement. Tasted blind by multiple panels, Purity out-pointed them all. We congratulate them," said Paul Pacult, Chairman of Judging at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.


As a world-renowned sprits competition, the Ultimate Spirits Challenge is committed to create and establish a new and higher standard of evaluation for spirits and wine. The competition provides accurate and meaningful results to recognize and promote the quality of world-class sprits.


This incredible honor continues to set Purity Vodka apart from competitors; not only for its unique 34 time distillation process, but for the recognition it's received in the category. Purity Vodka has won more than 130 gold medals by experts in the top international blind tasting competitions around the world and its master blender, Thomas Kuuttanen was recently named International Master Blender of the Year at The Spirits Business Masters.

 "I am greatly honored by having The Ultimate Spirits Challenge and America's most renowned experts selecting Purity Vodka as the best vodka. Winning such an extensive blind tasting is truly a recognition that each and every one of Purity Vodka's 34 distillations makes a difference in creating an exceptional organic vodka with both character and elegance," said Thomas Kuuttanen, Purity Vodka's Master Blender.

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The event is served at HostMilano: training, sustainability, format innovation and multi-sensoriality are the key topics

Hundreds of events from performances and show-cookings to championships and tastings as well as round tables and competitions between professionals will welcome the visitors during the five-day event now in its 40th edition


Milan, 28th March 2017 – The global kitchen of HostMilano rolls out hundreds of events for each edition. Unsurprisingly, the event is experiencing steady growth. The upcoming edition, which will take place at fieramilano from Friday 20 to Tuesday 24 October 2017, already sees 1,437 companies (41%foreign from 48 countries) in attendance. They will be greeted by over 1,500 hosted buyers who, thanks to increasing investment in profiling and an increasingly closer collaboration with the ITA - Italian Trade Agency, will include new names and an ever-growing type of companies.

Today, the International Hospitality Exhibition is not simply a showcase of machinery and some of the most innovative solutions on the market within all the various Ho.Re.Ca sectors, but it’s also a place where training and learning opportunities abound. It is an opportunity to explore a multi-sensory experience, thanks to the demonstrations at the stands and to the show-cooking events held by today’s top chefs, as well as the extraordinary creations crafted by pastry chefs and cake designers and performances by the most talented baristas and bartenders. All of this amidst the subtle and seductive aroma of coffee drifting from hall to hall and the fragrance of freshly baked pizza and bread. These events enrich the offers of all the various branches taking part at Host, from catering and the art of baking to the bar, furnishing and tableware sectors and ice-cream and pastry industries. They are important for two main reasons: some of the events are more engaging and include training, marketing and aspects of sensoriality, without neglecting the valuable technical insights for those in direct contact with the consumer, barista, baker, pastry chef or restaurant owner, whoever they may be. Whilst, other events are of economical interest, allowing for a broad vision of the hospitality sector with in-depth insights, round tables, data presentations, growing trends and a focus on the various markets.

In addition to the specificities of the various sectors, the events taking place will focus on today’s “hot” topics: training and apprenticeships for the young (or not so young) entering the market, competition between top professionals on an international level, process and layout sustainability and format innovation.

With over 6 months still to go, many big events have already been confirmed.

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LAS VEGAS – The ribbon is cut and attendees got their first look at hundreds of exhibitors on the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show expo floor. Throughout the day, thousands learned new tips of the trade through speaker sessions, reveled in off-site boot camp tours and explored the expo floor featuring a variety of vendors from around the world, where many discovered new products and services never before seen in the nightclub and bar industries.


The morning began with conference sessions that lasted throughout the day, including a panel discussion, Monetizing Cannabis, focusing on the recent legalization of marijuana in Nevada and the ripple effect that it has for the rest of the United States in money-making opportunities. Guests also had the chance to catch a keynote speaker session that featured Lee Cockerell, executive vice president (retired & inspired) of the Walt Disney World Resort, sharing tips on customer service magic and how to be a top business leader.


To kick off the opening of the expo floor, guests made their way to a red carpet for their chance to see their favorite celebrities, chefs, DJs and more. Celebrity appearances included cast members of Aussie Heat; ABSINTHE Las Vegas, Melody Sweets; pro BMX rider, Ricardo Laguna; comedians Ron White and Alex Reymundo; celebrity chefs; industry CEOs and more. Immediately following the red carpet, guests joined chairman of the Nightclub & Bar Show Advisory Board, Thom Greco, and celebrity guest Tom Sandoval of Vanderpump Rules, to cut the ribbon and officially open the expo floor.


In addition, the Shake It Up Classic & Flair Competition took over the expo floor's main stage as 20 of the top bartenders from around the country competed for their chance to represent the United States at the World Cocktail Competition. Another new addition was the Nightclub & Bar Pitch Tank where vendors had the opportunity to present their new and innovative products or services to a panel of sharks to gain valuable feedback and a potential investment from one of the judges. Attendees also visited F&B Innovation Center, new to the convention this year, to witness live cooking demonstrations by chefs with over 150 years of combined experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries.


Today's events also brought news of exciting partnerships, product launches and new services from participating vendors. Harbortouch, the leading point-of-sale system company, announced a partnership with Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer.


Partender Inc. announced their newest celebrity investor, world-renowned DJ and producer, Diplo, who joins the company's other investors such as the Winklevoss' and the Zuckerbergs. The company unveiled an entirely new feature to their inventory tracking program on the expo floor that will allow bars and nightclubs to send their inventory orders directly to suppliers within minutes.


Tuesday's Platinum Party takes over OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesars Palace with a special performance by Kaskade.


To see the complete schedule of events, visit the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show website <> . 

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Propeller Brewing Company




March 28, 2017

Brew Patriot Love - Craft Beer + Canada150

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - March 28, 2017) - Propeller Brewing Company is calling on brewers (and home brewers!) across Canada to join together as a community and mark Canada150 through The Great Canadian Lager Challenge. As a craft beer community - we want to mark this milestone through "Lager": the beer that unites us all.

Canadians drink more lager than any other kind of alcohol. From ball parks to brew pubs - sometimes you just want a nice "beer-flavoured-beer". It's fizzy. It's yellow. It's easy drinking. When you drink Canadian icons like Molson, Labatt, and Moosehead - you're drinking a North American Lager.

For CANADA 150 - we're challenging every brewery (and home-brewer!) in the country to make their best - most CANADIAN - lager and release it on July 1. Let's unite around the beer that Canadians drink most - and collectively raise a glass to "Canada".

Beyond a Canada 150 toast on July 1, brewers can send sample six-packs to the celebrity-judged "Great Canadian Lager Challenge", held July 14th & 15th as part of Propeller Brewing Company's 20th Anniversary celebration in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Awards will be given for:

(1) Most Patriotic Lager; and

(2) Best use of local ingredients/icons/story.

"Craft beer is more than an industry - it's a community. To mark the milestone of Canada 150, we want to bring that community together around a common expression of the Canadian experience. We want to bring people together around a crisp, clean Lager." - John Allen, Founder, Propeller Brewing Co.

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March 28, 2017

PEI Brewing Company to Support Charlottetown Fire Department with New Ale

The PEI Brewing Company announced a new limited edition Coffee Belgian Blonde Ale that is now available at the PEIBC Taproom and select PEILCC locations for a limited time. Fifty cents from every beer sold is being donated to the Charlottetown Fire Department. 

“We are very excited for this opportunity to support the Charlottetown Fire Department for the tireless effort they make in our community each day” said Jeff Squires, President of the PEI Brewing Company. “Community involvement is an important part of our philosophy and we felt this partnership was the perfect opportunity to give back those who serve our community.”

Charlottetown Fire Chief Randy MacDonald is also excited about the opportunity. “We’re really happy about this partnership and are extremely grateful for what the PEI Brewing Company is doing to support us,” said MacDonald. “We make ongoing investments in training, education, staffing, heritage restoration and equipment for the department and any assistance we can get is very much appreciated."

The name of this ale traces its roots to Kent Street, in front of the Charlottetown Fire Hall. Here lies a large fire bell nicknamed Big Donald. The bell was crucial for alerting the town and volunteers when there was a fire or disaster. It did this effectively up until 1966 when the Fire Department started using an air horn and the bell was retired to the front lawn of the Firehouse.

This is where the bell sits to this day, as a monument to the rich history of Charlottetown’s Fire Department. What better way to show respect to the bell’s legacy than to release a one of a kind beer in its name.

Locally roasted coffee brings a new-world twist to an old-world favourite with PEI Brewing Company’s take on a Belgian Blonde Ale. Their brewers worked with local coffee roasters, Receiver Coffee Company, in the selection of a bean variety and roast that accentuates the fruity and spicy aromas of the brew, while adding citrusy and chocolatey flavours to the finish.

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