Inventory for September 25th, 2016

Welcome back to the first official autumn inventory! This week we take a look at Sierra Milenario relaunch and line extension, the 2016 Barcelona Rum Congress, Sipsmith’s new gin subscription service, Australia’s Bar Week and Bartender Magazine Bar Awards, and Cocktails of Copenhagen’s free e-book on aquavit cocktails. Enjoy!

October is filled with fantastic things (Bar Convent Berlin! Don’t forget, buy your tickets here, and the month begins with the second Stadt Land Food festival held at the Markthalle Neun. On October 1-3rd the Markthalle, and the surrounding area, will play host to countless panels, workshops, podium discussions, and dinners. The complete program is now online. Go, create, and bring us back some kimchi!

Sierra Milenario’s Relaunch und Line Extension

Sierra Milenario Tequila’s look has gone through a complete overhaul. Though the new bottle retains its form (meant to remind the consumer of Middle America’s pyramids), it’s now sleeker and offers better handling. Consumers can read up on the tequila’s history on the new label, that’s filled with detailed information on the producion process and tasting notes. Three new qualities have joinged the range: Sierra Milenario Tequila Añejo, Sierra Milenario Café, and Sierra Milenario Tequila Fumado. Sierra is making use of the current global tequila trend.

Barcelona Rum Congress 2016

The majestic Llotja de Mar in Barcelona will be home to this year’s International Congress dedicated exclusively to rum culture. It will be divided into three main areas: exhibition, education, and experience, all led by the industry’s greatest professionals. Guests include: Dave Arnold, founder and president of the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), who will explain how to use lab instruments in the bar; Salvatore Calabrese, “The Maestro,” bartender, entrepreneur, educator and a living legend in the world of cocktails, and Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador and founder of the the UK RumFest. The congress will take place on October 24th – 25h, from 17:00 to 00:00. For more information, visit their website.

Sipsmith Kicks Off Gin Subscription Service

“Following a successful crowdfunding campaign and sell-out trial, Sipsmith is to launch its gin subscription service this month along with a new Lemon Drizzle Gin”, so The Spirits Business reports. Gin aficionados will now have the chance to taste four bespoke gins, accompanied by a cocktail recipe card, every three months. The subscription service includes “unique and season flavors such as the Christmas Tree gin, Hot Cross Bun gin, Strawberries and Cream gin, and The Phantom Negroni”. Yowza, things quickly took a turn for the worse there, didn’t they? In a ludacris move Sipsmith also announced the launch of its new Lemon Drizzle Gin, which was created for the inaugural Sipping box, it’s tasting notes include “biscuity sweetness on the nose, reminiscent of the golden crisp top of a lemon drizzle cake, followed by a fresh, zesty, warming zing and a beautiful liquorice-laced finish”. An annual Sipsmith Sipping Society costs £160 and is available now via  

Australia’s Bar Week and Bartender Magazine Bar Awards

While our side of the hemisphere is gearing up for autumn and, subsequently, winter, Australia is headed into spring. Just recently, the Australian bar industry celebrated their version of the Oscars. The Australian Bar Week culminated in its flagship event, the Bartender Magazine Bar Awards. State awards were quickly followed by several new awards dedicated to speciality spirit bars. “The multi-award winning crew from Swillhouse were recognized again as the Bar Operators of the Year for their stellar effort with venues such as the hot new restaurant and bar, Hubert (which also won New Bar of the Year) Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice, Baxter Inn and Shady Pines. Long-time Bar Manager, Toby Hilton, was also the well-deserved winner of the Bar Manager of the Year for his work across all their venues”. This event marked the 16th year that Bartender Magazine handed out their awards. See all winners here.

Cocktails of Copenhagen: Aquavit Cocktails

Cocktails of Copenhagen is a blog dedicated to the city’s’ cocktail culture. “A tribute to craftsmanship and a testament to the fact, that the unique skills and creativity characterizing the recent movement within new nordic kitchen is also manifesting in the leading cocktail bars of Copenhagen”. As the Nordic cuisine becomes more important globally, so does its counterpart: the spirit culture. The blog recently released a free ebook that will teach the reader “everything you need to know about aquavit and how to use it in cocktails”, aptly titled Aquavit Cocktails. A (free!) must read for anyone willing to familiarize themselves with the cult Scandinavian spirit.  


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