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TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Province Brands, a Canadian R&D company and an emerging brewer of alcohol-free beers recently announced the filing of a provisional patent around technology to create "world's first beers brewed from the cannabis plant."  The provisional patent's filing date of July 11, 2017 capped months of development on company's novel technology to replace grains with cannabis during the brewing process & laid groundwork for the recent surge of industry partnerships and investment into the company.

While Canada was the first country in the world to legalize medical marijuana in 2001, edibles and beverages have never been legal, leading many to speculate that they would not become legal even under the government's pending recreational legalization.  This all changed in early October, 2017 when the Canadian Government made it clear that edibles and beverages would become legal for the first time in Canada.

Since the government's announcement, Constellation Brands— a multi-billion-dollar alcoholic beverage firm known for top brands such as Corona—has partnered with Canopy Growth, one of only 84 licensed cannabis producers in Canada. These new developments have brought forth a flush of new investments into the Canadian cannabis sector, which benefits companies like Province Brands.  Dooma Wendschuh, CEO of Province Brands, eagerly welcomed the news.

"The fact that the first Fortune 500 company to invest in the cannabis space was not a tobacco giant like so many had predicted but was, in fact, Constellation Brands, one of the largest and best run adult beverage businesses in the world, truly validates our efforts and proves the market for beverages like those Province has been brewing," Mr. Wendschuh said. "We started our company in 2016 when it was not known whether alcohol free beverages which intoxicate using cannabis or its phytocannabinoids would ever be legalized in Canada. The government, just a few months ago, made it clear they'd allow [these types of products], and I'd suspect that's what made Constellation Brands step up."

"We have developed great-tasting beers, but we also have valuable intellectual property, incredible developments in the pipeline, and a world-class team with decades of combined experience in the adult beverage industry, and, importantly almost two years working together," explains Wendschuh, reiterating Province's mission to bring a "safer and healthier alternative to alcohol" to market.

Province has the head start it needs to compete with juggernaut newcomers like Canopy and Constellation. Rather than seeing these newcomers as hostile, Wendschuh firmly believes that more competitors entering this market can only be a good thing. "Building a product category takes time, money and creativity," says Wendschuh.  "And that's one thing we can all work on together."

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (January 30, 2018) — Nestor Daniel Can Jones has been named head Mixologist of the “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Grand Velas Los Cabos. In his new position, he oversees the AAA Five Diamond resort’s craft cocktails and signature beverage offerings at its four bars, including the new Tequila & Mezcal Bar opening in early February. The appointment is effective immediately.

Jones has spent over 18 years in mixology, most recently as Beverage Manager at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Prior to that, he acted as Corporate Mixologist for Karisma Hotels & Resorts heading up the beverage program and new openings in Riviera Maya, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Croatia and Colombia. During his career, he has trained under Master Mixologist, Sommelier and Diageo Ambassador Steve Olson and Master Tequilier Ricardo Cisneros. In 2017, he was a semifinalist in Bacardi’s Legacy Cocktail Competition and Tequila Patron’s Perfectionists, which bring together the best bartenders from around the world in pursuit of the perfect cocktail. Additionally, he was a semifinalist in Diageo’s World Class Cocktail Competition in 2014 and 2015. Jones is originally from Mexico City.

For reservations or additional information on Grand Velas Los Cabos, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit

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Las Vegas— David Grutman, the “King of Miami Nightlife,” will keynote “To Dominate, The David Grutman Experience,” during the 2018 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday, March 28 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Grutman’s keynote willhighlight how innovation, perseverance and life lessons helped him build his nightlife empire and turned his name into a brand of its own.

As one of the leading brand and hospitality developers in the industry, Grutman continues to identify global trends within the nightlife, restaurant and music industry while setting the bar with innovations and ‘buzz’ style tactics. Raw and unfiltered, Grutman will highlight his years as a green bartender who fought to build a world-renowned nightclub, LIV at Fountainebleau, and to becoming one of the most influential and respected leaders in the industry. Following the cornerstone of his empire, ten years and five brands later – Grutman’s keynote offers students, brand owners and business leaders the tools needed to rise in the industry.

“In the last decade I have seen all sides of the nightlife and hospitality industry, and have been fortunate enough to learn a variety of tactics to create global brands that are not only successful, but make others think outside the box,” said Grutman. “At the end of the day, the opportunities in the nightlife and hospitality industry are endless, and I look forward to offering the tools to help others maximize and excel while setting their own bar.”

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, March 26 - 28, is the world’s largest gathering of bar, nightlife and beverage professionals and offers the best educational series in the industry. The show offers industry professionals the opportunity to network, learn about new trends and products, and gain critical skills to ensure their success in the eternally-evolving bar and nightclub industry. For those interested in attending the show or for more information, please visit

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WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 25, 2018 /CNW/ - Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. is honoured to announce that it has been named Distillery of the Year at the Canadian Whisky Awards, held on January 18th in Victoria, BC. In addition, a number of whiskies proudly produced at Hiram Walker & Sons took home top accolades including J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old, which won Whisky of the Year.

The Canadian Whisky Awards recognize very best in Canadian whisky, and are held annually in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival. The competition is judged by an independent panel of whisky experts that selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind.

"Hiram Walker & Sons was the clear winner as Distillery of the Year at this year's Canadian Whisky Awards because its products truly outperformed, both in quality and range," says Davin de Kergommeaux, Chairman of the Judges, Canadian Whisky Awards. "Not only did the distillery produce the Whisky of the Year award winner, J.P. Wiser's 35 year old, but it also submitted a broad variety of other whiskies that performed very, very well in their categories."

"We're incredibly proud to be named Distillery of the Year, especially as we mark 160 years since Hiram Walker himself started this business in 1858," says Patrick O'Driscoll, President of Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. "This award is a true testament to our capacity and passion for innovation and experimentation, and of course the dedication and creativity of our fantastic employees."

In addition, Jim Stanski, who is retiring in March from his role as VP Operations at Hiram Walker & Sons, was also bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

"It's a huge honour to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Whisky Awards," says Jim Stanski, VP Operations, Hiram Walker & Sons. "I have been very fortunate throughout my career to work with a great number of individuals – colleagues and industry peers alike – who are bold, innovative, and passionate about Canadian whisky, and they have inspired me every day. With my upcoming retirement, I am confident that those coming after me will continue to uphold the traditions of quality and innovation." 

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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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