The Next Game of Thrones Beer Is On Tap
Cooperstown’s Brewery Ommegang will release its latest Game of Thrones-inspired beer in March. The beer, Seven Kingdoms, is promised as a hoppy wheat ale that’s “a marriage of a traditional Belgian-style wheat and a hop-forward American ale—but unlike so many of the marriages on the show, the resulting hoppy wheat is pleasant, playful and inspired.”
“This last season, the imaginativeness of the show was pretty astounding, so we aimed for a beer that could hope to match that,” says Mike McManus,
Ommegang’s innovation manager. “A fusion of two wonderful styles was an idea that really excited our team.”
Seven Kingdoms is Ommegang’s latest Game of Thrones brew, joining Three-Eyed Raven, Fire and Blood, Iron Throne, Valar Morghulis and Take The Black Stout. This latest brew has 6.9% alcohol and will sell for $10.
London’s Vinopolis To Close
According to Drinks Business, Vinopolis, London’s self-proclaimed “leading wine experience” is set to close after 16 years, nearly 1.3 million visitors and 560,000 bottles of wine served. It opened to great fanfare in 1999, devoting 2½ acres to wine and spirit tastings, wine-themed dinners, master classes and special events.
In 2012, the venue went through a major renovation costing several million dollars, adding interactive displays and an onsite winery.
“It is naturally a very sad day,” says Vinopolis managing director Samantha Anderson. “Vinopolis is something of a London landmark… but this is the best possible decision for the business and its shareholders. We have come to the end of what could reasonably be achieved with the wine experience and feel that it is time for new life to be breathed into the timeless space.”
That new life looks to be more high-end retail in the Borough Market.
If You Give Me Weed, Whites and Wine…
“Weed in every liquor store?” asks Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper. That’s a very real prospect given Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s stated goal of marijuana legalization. Now, liquor stores across the land are seeking a piece of the action.
It began with British Columbia’s private liquor retailers teaming up with the union representing workers in the province’s public system to call for marijuana sales in both types of liquor outlet. Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne have also shown interest.
This Holiday Season How About A Rolls Royce Cocktail Hamper?
For just under $40,000, you may be among the lucky 15 who land a custom cocktail hamper from Rolls Royce, according to The Spirits Business.
It’s handcrafted from American walnut and the same leather that lines its car interiors. Inside are four handmade decanters, four tumblers, a cocktail shaker, an ice bucket, ice tongs, bottle opener, knife, two plates, napkins, cocktail sticks, food containers, straws, stirring spoon, jigger, muddler, crusher, atomizer, strainer, glass serving tray and chopping board. The actual car must be purchased separately.
Don’t Clean Out That Man Cave Just Yet!
Drinks Business reports that a collection of 87,000 vintage beer cans, saved over more than 40 years, has an estimated value of $1.6 million.
The owner of the collection, Jeff Lebo, also owns a Pennsylvania vacation property he’s calling the Brewhouse Mountain Eco Inn. He rents it out to fellow brew lovers, and plans to convert it into a full time eco-resort. Though the entire beer can collection is not currently for sale, a few of the more valuable cans were sold to buy property in Costa Rica.
In the Trade
E & J. Gallo Purchases The Ranch Winery in St. Helena
E & J Gallo has completed the purchase of The Ranch Winery, a custom crush facility in St. Helena, California.
The Ranch Winery is located within 15 miles of Gallo’s Louis M. Martini and William Hill wineries. The property spans more than 70 acres, with a winery crush capacity of 30,000 tons.
In addition, the acquisition includes 4.6 million cases of bottling capacity and storage for approximately 8 million gallons. Gallo already owns 14 wineries throughout California and Washington. This purchase supports the company’s desire to have additional premium and luxury capacity in the Napa Valley.
“This purchase supports the company’s continued growth in the super premium and luxury wine segment,” says Roger Nabedian, senior vice president and general manager of Gallo’s premium wine division. “We look forward to integrating The Ranch Winery into our premium wine strategy and working with the existing customers.”
Regions Tackle Climate Change
Wine producers are in a unique position to understand climate change, say Linda Reiff and Vincent Perrin writing for The Hill, noting producers’ intimate connections to the land and the grapes.
It’s terroir that elevates the world’s finest wines, creating distinguishing characteristics. Citing Champagne and Napa as two leading examples, Reiff and Perrin point to decreasing carbon emissions in vineyards and wineries, the introduction of lighter bottles, reduced water usage and waste recycling as important long-term strategies.
“Champagne and Napa Valley are taking steps to fight climate change without hurting business,” the authors conclude. “In fact, many of the producers see these initiatives as having economic as well as environmental benefits.”
Sherry Now Has Its Own Domain—Sherry.wine
Sherry Wines has become the first company in the world to use a “.wine” domain name, replacing its sherry.org Web address. Cesar Saldaña, general manager of the Sherry Wine Council, says that the new site offers a perfect synergy with recent rebranding efforts.
“It makes sense to finish the year with yet more innovation, as the first wine region to use the dot-wine domain,” he says. Sherry.wine will publish interviews, events, recipes and news in English, Spanish, German and Dutch, along with articles by industry insiders and user-generated content.