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Bartender Article
Why Bad Things Happen to Good Bars   September 25, 2012

Doing something because “it’s the way it has been done in the past,” in reality, is to do something because it is familiar and may only serve to perpetuate a costly, inefficient or otherwise unfounded practice.More>>

Rum Article
Resurgent Rum on the Charts with a Bullet   September 25, 2012

Rum is once again on the charts with a bullet! Even in a relatively weak economy, the rum category continued to grow last year at an impressive 2.2%. More>>

Blended Drinks
Blended Adult Smoothies    September 11, 2012

There are a few of us roaming about who sip a smoothie and think how much better it would taste if it contained a little dark rum. If they can be customized with nutrients, why can’t you doctor them with some Kahlúa or Maker’s Mark? More>>

Tavern Uptown Article
10 Reasons to Walk Through Your Own Front Door   September 11, 2012

While entering the property through the back door may be expedient, it’s a practice that prevents us from appreciating what our guests’ experience when they approach the front of our establishment. More>>

Cognac Article
Cognac-Based Cocktails are a Marketing Bonanza   September 11, 2012

Steadily increasing sales of top-shelf spirits confirm that we as a nation have developed a taste for the good stuff. For those times when an ordinary cocktail won’t do, savvy mixologists are now reaching for the nearest bottle of cognac.More>>

BackBar Article
Hot New Backbar Prospects    September 11, 2012

People who appreciate world-class spirits are driven by the sense of discovery. The prospect of tasting something new is compelling and at the very heart of dynamic beverage marketing. Staying ahead of the curve is essential.More>>

Ice Tea Article
Iced Teas Atop America's Hit Parade   August 28, 2012

Where once there was only the Arnold Palmer, the timeless combination of iced tea and lemonade, there is now a burgeoning class of iced tea libations to tempt the parched and weary.More>>

Donna Hood Crecca Article
Donna Hood Crecca - The Queen of Information    August 28, 2012

If knowledge is power, than Donna Hood Crecca is a one-woman wrecking crew. When it comes to the on-premise business, few people have the depth of experience or ready access to industry information that she does.More>>

Tequila Article
Sizzling New Blancos    August 28, 2012

The surest way to assess the attributes of a tequila, mezcal, sotol or bacanora is to sample the distiller’s blanco, or unaged version. So in case you’ve missed the initial fanfare over their release, here is our take on new blancos destined for the fast track. More>>

Courtroom Gavel
Staying Off the Witness Stand    August 28, 2012

I recently sat in on the deposition of a bar owner embroiled in a liquor liability civil suit. At issue was whether the defendant’s bartender had acted negligently when serving alcohol to the defendant who subsequently caused an accident that resulted in injuries to innocent third parties.More>>



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