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NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Questex, the parent company of Nightclub & Bar Show, today announces the event will be forced to cancel, as the Las Vegas Convention Center has declared no large-scale events can take place in the building for the rest of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nightclub & Bar Show was scheduled to run October 19-21, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in Las Vegas, NV.

Nightclub & Bar Show has been the hub for bar, restaurant, and nightlife professionals to come together with their passion for hospitality to learn, grow their businesses, and network with their peers, while building lasting partnerships and friendships. The 2021 edition is scheduled to take place June 28-30, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. This will be the first time in 34 years the event has been forced to cancel. Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by the current situation and our number one priority remains keeping our entire community safe.

Our team is working through all the logistics that are involved with cancelling an event. We understand that you will have questions and concerns. All attendee registration tickets purchased for the original Nightclub & Bar Show 2020 dates will be honored for a full credit towards the 2021 event. Exhibitors will be contacted soon with information. Please contact Tim McLucas, Vice President, Hospitality Group, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." rel="nofollow">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with immediate exhibitor inquiries.

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TORONTO, Aug. 20, 2020 /CNW/ - When you drink a Polar Ice Vodka Arctic Extreme, you are drinking one of the best vodkas in the world.

More than a thousand vodkas from around the world are submitted annually for consideration by the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), but only 10 are bestowed the IWSC Gold Outstanding, the highest medal given to the best vodkas in the world.

One of the 10 this year is Polar Ice Arctic Extreme.

"We've always put quality and taste first, so we're so proud that a Canadian vodka not only wins prestigious international recognition year after year, but takes home a spot in the top 10 vodkas of the world," says Amy Liu, Polar Ice Vodka Brand Manager for Corby Spirit and Wine. "Significantly, Polar Ice beat out all of the global brands that are typically atop the best-selling lists and every American vodka."

The IWSC is the world's largest and most influential international spirit awards company. They have more than 50 years' experience with the most eminent spirit professionals, including Stephen Beal, Dawn Davies MW, Joel Harrison, Arthur Nagele and Richard Paterson.

Polar Ice Vodka also won Gold at the San Francisco Wine and Spirit Competition.

The Arctic Extreme Vodka is a quadruple distilled, three-time filtered vodka produced at Corby's Hiram Walker and Sons Distillery in Windsor. The drink is inspired by Canada's pristine Arctic areas and utilizes a unique 6°C chill filtration process to ensure a finished vodka that is exceptionally smooth.

Judges at the IWSC said it is, "Supremely clean nose with unctuous liquorice, anise, and the tiniest touch of chocolate and walnut evolving on the palate. Sublimely complex with exquisite texture and balance. Stylish, bold and absolutely superb."

For more information on the IWSC Awards, please visit

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PRINCETON, Minn. – August 13, 2020 – With summer in full swing, Prairie Organic Spirits, the #1 USDA Certified Organic spirits brand, is expanding its portfolio of farm-crafted spirits with the launch of its first-ever vodka botanicals collection, Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons. Packed with sustainably sourced ingredients that are USDA certified organic, each bottle bursts with uniquely flavorful combinations that makes it easy to create a delicious cocktail right at home – simply add soda water and ice. 

Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons are crafted with sustainability in mind, incorporating organic ingredients that are selected at their peak, allowing for unique flavor profiles within each expression. From tart grapefruit to crisp apple and even sweet, refreshing watermelon, the inspiration for each flavor combination was carefully selected based on the sustainable ingredients available. Each 60 proof bottle is naturally-flavored and free of chemicals, pesticides and gluten, contains zero sugar, carbs or fat and has only 75 calories per every 1.5 fluid ounce serving.

 The new Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons are available in three refreshing flavor combinations:

  • Grapefruit, Hibiscus & Chamomile – Infused with crisp and clean grapefruit and hibiscus flavors that are balanced by notes of earthy and floral chamomile, this natural flavor combination is not too sweet, not too sour, but tastes just right. Each bottle bursts with unique grapefruit flavor that encompasses the perfect amount of refreshing taste. And now is the first time this citrus fruit has been planted on U.S. soil in 10 years, making it more sustainable than ever.
  • Watermelon, Cucumber & Lime – Watermelon flavor is a sweet complement to crisp cucumber and zesty citrus notes of lime in this expression that is a truly one-of-a-kind, refreshing experience. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found more than 35 pesticide residues in conventionally-farmed common cucumbers, which can be harmful when ingested – luckily, Prairie Organic spirits contain only organic ingredients, so you can feel good about what you’re drinking.
  • Apple, Pear & Ginger – An unexpected, but delicious trifecta, this botanical vodka radiates with a crisp apple flavor that is perfectly balanced with juicy pear and finished with the subtle spiciness of ginger. Both apples and pears found their way on Environmental Working Group’s 2020 “Dirty Dozen List,” which annually highlights fruits and vegetables that have the highest pesticide residues when not grown organically; Prairie Organic Spirits sources only high quality fruit and herb ingredients that are free from chemicals, pesticides and herbicides.

“As we looked to grow our Prairie Organic Spirits portfolio and add a botanicals expression line, we wanted to ensure that it stayed true to our roots and mission of using only sustainably sourced ingredients grown on organic farms, and the Sustainable Seasons line does just that,” said Meghan Murray, VP of Marketing at Phillips Distilling Company. “By infusing our award-winning organic vodka with the perfect balance of fresh fruit and herbal flavors, our new botanicals line is the perfect accompaniment to any cocktail – and a true farm-to-bottle experience that tastes just as delicious as it sounds.”

Simply serve Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons with soda water over ice to enjoy the fruit-forward flavors or show off your mixology skills by using these vodkas to elevate any classic or altogether new cocktail creation, such as these tasty recipes that you can try right at home:

Blooming Screwdriver

  • 1.5 ounces Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons Grapefruit, Hibiscus & Chamomile Flavored Vodka
  • 0.5 ounces organic orange juice
  • Lemon or lime sparkling soda water

 Pour Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons Grapefruit, Hibiscus & Chamomile Flavored Vodka and orange juice into a champagne flute. Top with lemon or lime sparkling soda water.

 Watermelon Cucumber Mojito

  • 2 ounces Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons Watermelon, Cucumber & Lime Flavored Vodka
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Soda water
  • Mint
  • Cucumber, for garnish

Muddle mint, simple syrup, and lime juice in a collins glass then add your ice. Pour in the Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons Watermelon, Cucumber & Lime Flavored Vodka and top with soda water. Garnish with mint leaf and cucumber wheel slice.

Harvest Mule

  • 1.5 ounces Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons Apple, Pear & Ginger Flavored Vodka
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 0.5 ounces lime juice
  • Lime, for garnish

 Pour Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons Apple, Pear & Ginger Flavored Vodka and lime juice into a mug. Add ice cubes and ginger beer. Stir to combine, then garnish with a lime wedge.

In addition to providing a great tasting product that consumers can trust, Prairie Organic Spirits is giving back to the community that harvests the corn to produce these spirits – the organic farmers. In partnership with the Rodale Institute, Prairie Organic Spirits created the Spirit of Change Fund that champions the next generation of organic farmers by helping more farmers go organic. By donating one percent of all sales, Prairie Organic Spirits is advancing its mission to help make a better future for our land and farmers.

Prairie Organic Sustainable Seasons will be available nationwide and has an SRP of $21.99 per 750 mL bottle. Avg. Analysis per 1.5 fl oz: 75 Cals, 0 Carbs, 0 Protein, 0 Fat. For more information, visit

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Baltimore – August 12, 2020 – Few cocktails evoke the warm feeling and flavors of fall quite like a Manhattan. To welcome the season and pay homage to a recipe that’s stood the test of time, Sagamore Spirit introduces a new limited-edition rye whiskey inspired by the classic cocktail: Sagamore Spirit Distiller’s Select Manhattan Finish. At a substantial 103-proof, Manhattan Finish rye whiskey is equally enjoyable mixed in its namesake cocktail or savored on its own.


Sagamore Spirit’s latest limited release deconstructs the flavors of a Manhattan cocktail, finishing straight rye whiskey in separate 53-gallon cherry brandy, vermouth, and bitters barrels. The final result hints at the fresh cherry sweetness, herbaceous vermouth and botanical spice of the classic cocktail, while preserving the gentle yet full-bodied character of Sagamore Spirit’s Maryland-style rye.


This standout bottle is the first in Sagamore Spirit’s “Distiller’s Select” line, an ongoing collection of Maryland-style rye whiskies aged in barrels formerly used to age other spirits. “Distiller’s Select” complements Sagamore Spirit’s “Brewer’s Select” line, a newly launched collection of barrel-aged beer-finished whiskies.


“Whiskey enthusiasts want to be challenged, and we’re always up for a good challenge too. It led us to try something that’s never been done before, which ultimately became Manhattan Finish,” said Brian Treacy, Sagamore Spirit’s president. “The process started with breaking down the flavors of a Manhattan cocktail and then building them back up again. Our distilling team spent weeks testing different combinations of our straight rye whiskey aged separately in cherry brandy, vermouth and bitters barrels to find just the right blend. The result turned out to be exactly what we wanted: a full-proof whiskey with character – not a cocktail – and one that was well worth the risk.”

Sagamore Spirit’s team of distillers have mastered the art of experimentation. All of the brand’s finished whiskeys first exist as an idea, inspired by the curiosity of their distillers then informed by months – and years – of trial. But in a world where there are no rules or roadmaps, success is never guaranteed. Manhattan Finish represents an experiment gone deliciously right.

As the latest innovation from Sagamore Spirit’s distilling team, Manhattan Finish follows other popular limited time offerings released earlier this year: Rye Ale Finish (aged in Sierra Nevada beer barrels) and Calvados Finish. While Manhattan Finish will only be available for a limited time, fans can enjoy Sagamore Spirit year-round with Signature Rye Whiskey and Cask Strength, the distillery’s core offerings that are leading the Maryland-style rye revival across the country.


Sagamore Spirit Distiller’s Select Manhattan Finish will be available nationwide this fall, in 750ml bottles at a suggested retail price of $69.99. To find a bottle near you visit</a>.</p>"

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August 12, 2020

Purity was awarded TWO gold medals at this year's International Wine & Spirit Competition. The IWSC is recognized as one of the most prestigious competitions in the wine and spirits industry.

The NEW Purity Mediterranean Citrus Spritz as well as Purity Navy Strength Organic Gin, both earned a 95 point score and Gold Medal in their respective categories.

I am very honored to be awarded two gold medals at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition for our new Purity Mediterranean Citrus Spritz and Purity Navy Strength Organic Gin. When you start with an outstanding base spirit, it allows you the opportunity to create innovative, flavorful, complex, and versatile spirits", says Mathias Tonnesson, Master Blender at Purity.

IWSC judges describe Purity Spritz was “Bright, clean aromas bud in succession on the nose then bloom like a splendid, unkempt Mediterranean garden on the palate. Big, fresh, pink grapefruit and blood orange lead, accompanied by brushes of rose petal. Balanced with a lengthy, vibrant finish.”

The Spritz starts with Purity’s award-winning Signature 34 Edition Organic Vodka which is then enhanced with natural Mediterranean Citrus flavors of Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Orange. With no artificial flavors or sweeteners, the low-calorie Spritz has everything you need to create delicious versatile cocktails and memorable moments.

Mathias further explains, “The secret to making a great spritz is having a fantastic base to start with. It’s like cooking, you can’t create a great meal if you start with a poor cut of meat. Your foundation spirit must be exemplary, fortunately, we already have a perfect base spirit.

The award-winning organic vodka is unusually flavorful and smooth because it is not made in the usual way. Purity distills the heart of the vodka a whopping 34 times (and 51 times for their Purity Connoisseur 51 Reserve Organic Vodka) to make a spirit that is exceptionally smooth and flavorful. 

Mathias says, “We distill our spirit very, very slowly, many times, in a specially designed copper still. It can be compared to when you slowly cook your food at a low temperature. It brings out the most taste, character, and depth to the spirit and it’s a process that other brands don’t bother with.

We want to make it easy for everyone to make a great cocktail at home — with natural ingredients and free of artificial flavors. Just add your favorite bubbles with Purity Spritz for a perfect cocktail, be it Champagne, cava, prosecco - or plain sparkling water. Fill your Copa glass with lots of ice and garnish with a grapefruit wheel and you’ll have the best tasting summer drink," concludes Tonnesson. 

Purity was also awarded a gold medal for its newan><strong>Purity Navy Strength Organic Gin</strong><span class="apple-converted-space"" </span>which scored 95 points out of 100 in the very competitive gin segment. The judges described<span class="apple-converted-space">"</span><strong>Purity Navy Strength</strong><span class="apple-converted-space">"</span>as "Well balanced with poise, demonstrating lovely fresh citrus notes which complement the understatedly present juniper. Dry, woody and spicy undertones add further complexity and boldness to deliver an excellent enduring finish<strong>.</strong>"</span></p> <p>This uniquely Nordic gin expresses flavors of organic juniper, Nordic berries, and natural botanicals. The backbone of the gin comes from a higher proof Purity Signature 34 Edition Vodka. At 57.14% alcohol, this Navy Strength Gin has explosive flavor while still maintain the smoothness you expect from Purity. </p> <p><strong>What makes a Gin Navy Strength?</strong></p> <p>Technically, gin with more than 57.14% alcohol is considered Navy Strength. The reason for the high alcohol content is a practical one. Historically, gin and rum were stored in wooden barrels together with gunpowder. If either of the barrels started to leak and soaked into the gunpowder, the alcohol content had to be at least 57.14%. Anything below that and the gunpowder wouldn’t burn. The “proof” of the spirit meant the powder was safe and the gin good enough to be served to the officers.</p> <p><span>For more information, please visit <span><a href="" target=""blank">www.puri"</a></span></span></p>""


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