NEW: Seattle Cider Company coming to Illinois


Chicago, IL – Seattle Cider Company and Wirtz Beverage have announced a new partnership to bring Seattle Cider’s unique selection of craft ciders to Illinois, beginning August 15. Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition, Seattle Cider is known for its handcrafted collection of flavorful ciders while Wirtz Beverage is regarded as a leading wholesale distributor of beer, wine and spirits. The agreement between the two company’s comes as alcoholic cider sales continue to boom across the U.S.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Wirtz Beverage to bring a new type of cider to the cider lovers of Illinois,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company. “You’ll taste something different when you try our ciders. We’ve created flavorful, small-batch ciders with limited sweetness using all natural ingredients and fresh pressed Washington apples, making for a truly unique product.”

When Seattle Cider launches in Illinois with Wirtz Beverage, it will be available statewide at restaurants, bars and retail stores with a variety of products available in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft, including:

Dry: One of the SeattleCider_4driest ciders on the market, the golden glow of the unique unfiltered cider lends way to notes of lilac, blood orange and green apple on the nose. Pleasantly acidic, flavors of nectarine, under ripe peach and tart cherry hit the palate with no residual sweetness. 0 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can.

Semi-Sweet: A light, crisp cider with just a touch of sweetness, this cider is honey in color with notes of bergamot orange, lemon and apple. A refreshing cider, it reveals hints of citrus and cinnamon on the palate. 3 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can.

PNW Berry: This summer seasonal cider is crafted with locally-grown raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Softly tart with a flavor of young raspberries at the start and softly sweet on the finish, it’s a cider that is both refreshing and full-flavored. 1.8 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Pumpkin Spice: This semi-sweet cider is copper in color and perfect for cooler weather as the cidery’s fall seasonal. Fermented with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, it offers hints of the season’s favorite spices followed by just a touch of pumpkin. 3 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Three Pepper: A small-batch, limited-edition cider, the Three Pepper features an aroma of fresh, green jalapeños. Paired with a unique flavor profile, it combines the taste of poblano, habanero and jalapeño peppers, giving this cider a kick followed by a subtly sweet finish. 3.2 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.


DRIZLY – A cold beer on your doorstep


Have you heard about this? Drizly will deliver LIQUOR to you doorstep. And yes they call themselves the “Amazon of Alcohol”.

First launched in Boston in 2013, Drizly currently operates with local retailers in L.A., Chicago, NYC (including Brooklyn and the Hamptons) and Denver this smartphone app will deliver, beer, wine and sprits to your doorstep.

In Chicago Drizly delivers to the South Loop, Loop, West Loop, River North, Gold Coast, Streeterville, Wrigleyville, Old Town, LIncoln Park, Wicker Park and Bucktown. Hmmm. Well they are just getting started. There is a $5 delivery fee and a tip is automatically added for the delivery person. Minimum order is $20.

ChicagoInno recently reviewed their services along with four other apps. READ MORE

But keep in mind just like your local bartender, the driver/delivery person can “cut you off” if you are already intoxicated.

NEW: el Jimador Mango Mango and Mexican Lime












el Jimador announces the launch of its first two flavor extensions, Mango Mango and Mexican Lime. These new offerings not only leverage the trend in flavored spirits, but also the popularity of mango and lime margarita flavors. The product will be available at chain liquor and grocery stores locations throughout CA, FL, GA, IL, MD, OR, TN, TX and WA, as of July 24, a date celebrated as National Tequila Day.

Mango Mango features an exciting blend of ripe mango, rich tropical fruit, and a hint of crisp citrus paired with creamy vanilla notes. On the other hand, Mexican Lime infuses the citrus and tangy flavor of the popular fruit, with el Jimador’s signature agave aroma. el Jimador Mango Mango and Mexican Lime are inspired by the beautiful fruit trees grown on the grounds at the hacienda. The Casa Herradura distillery has over 15 different types of fruit trees. Both of these flavors are available in 750 ml bottles at a suggested retail price of $19.99.


1 oz. el Jimador Mexican Lime
Grapefruit soda
Pinch of Salt

Method: Shake, top with soda.
Garnish: Salt rim

1 oz. el Jimador Mango Mango
½ oz. Lime Juice
½ oz. Grenadine
Dash(s) Tabasco

Method: Layer Grenadine, el Jimador Mango Mango, Lime. Add Tabasco before you shoot

July 27 – National Scotch Day


We look across the pond for today’s food holiday. The Scots have been making whiskies since at least the 15th century, and it’s that tradition we celebrate today: Happy National Scotch Day!

Scotch whisky (generally not “whiskey”; Scotch and Canadian whiskies tend to be spelled without the “e”, while Irish and most American whiskeys use it) by law must be distilled and aged in Scotland from malted barley and, sometimes, other grains. If it’s made with just malted barley and water and bottled as whisky from one distillery, it’s one of the famous “single malt” Scotch whiskies. If a Scotch is made with other grain, it’s referred to as “single grain.” There are also blended Scotches – such as the top-selling Johnnie Walker – that use whiskies from multiple distillers.