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Jack Robertiello

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Jack Robertiello

Frequently writing and consulting about spirits, Jack Robertiello also judges at events including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the International Rum Fest, and Spirits of Mexico.


Beer Styles Article
Hops Are The New King   December 10, 2013
By: Jack Robertiello

Recent data shows that the hoppy IPA beer styles are becoming one of the country's favorite styles - how many do you carry?

Trends in 2014 Blog
4 Things To Look For In 2014   December 9, 2013
By: Jack Robertiello

Making predictions is a game anyone can play, and this is the perfect time of the year to do so as the light of 2013 begins to fade. Here, then, are some trends that will emerge in 2014 in bars and restaurants.

Cocktail Trends Article
Sales May Be Flat, But Adult Beverage Dollars Are Up   December 9, 2013
By: Jack Robertiello

A major report on on-premise activity in alcohol reveals that 2013 when done will likely show fuller registers even though total volume is slow growing.

Brandy / Armagnac Article
The Next Brandy...   November 26, 2013
By: Jack Robertiello

Armagnac has been around for centuries, but despite its artisanal nature and robust flavors, it gets little respect at the bar.

Snifter Article
Nobody Asked Me But…    November 25, 2013
By: Jack Robertiello

Some things are easy to predict, and it's fairly clear that beer quality is what consumers want, strong rye, too, but who will drink the new vodkas is anyone's guess.

Industry Report Article
Recent Reports Depict On-Premise Trends    November 25, 2013
By: Jack Robertiello

Three recently released reports are leading to optimism among restaurant execs, while beverage pros wonder which flavored vodkas to drop and how many more Pinot Noirs they can add.

Square One Brewery and Distillery Article
Are Still Pubs The Next Brew Pubs?    November 12, 2013
By: Jack Robertiello

Making your own spirits is certainly an attention getter, and visiting places like Square One in St. Louis suggests the concept has legs.

Cocktails Blog
Everything Old Is New Again   November 11, 2013
By: Jack Robertiello

What's new, what works, and more importantly, how the new can inform and invigorate the tried and true is important. Flavor trends are worth watching, because if you don't, your customers will leave you behind.

Beer Article
More Bad News For Beer?   November 11, 2013
By: Jack Robertiello

Consumer trends are shifting when it comes to beverage alcohol, and some causes for beer's slow slide - as well as potential bright spots - can be found in a recent survey.

Tequila Article
Tequila Learns A Lesson From Whiskey   October 29, 2013
By: Jack Robertiello

Barrel finishes have been tried with great success in Scotland, Kentucky and Canada for years. Only recently has the trend been tackled in Mexico, and now Herradura is back with their second try. It's a sign of changes in Jalisco.



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