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News Briefs for November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015

•Domaine Clarence Dillon, owner of Bordeaux’s Chateau Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion and Quintus, has opened a new restaurant and wine shop in Paris’s Golden Triangle. Both spaces are located at 31 Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a mansion now known as the Hotel Dillon. The restaurant, Le Clarence, is led by chef Christophe Pelé, formerly of two-star Michelin-rated La Bigarrade, while the retail shop, La Cave du Chateau, will focus on great French terroirs and fine spirits.

•Guinness is set to open an experimental brewery—known as The Open Gate Brewery—to the public for the first time next month. Located at Guinness’s St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin, the facility will showcase the brewer’s innovative Brewers Project series, which includes Guinness Nitro IPA, Hop House 13 Lager, Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter, as well as small-batch, experimental brews and a selection of Guinness offerings from around the world. Entrance to The Open Gate Brewery will be €6 per person, and includes a series of sample beers.

•Lucas Bols saw the U.S. market drive a 3.4% organic revenue increase within its North America region, to €7.6 million ($8m), in the six months through September, the Netherlands-based company’s fiscal first half. CEO Huub van Doorne said marketing strategies behind Lucas Bols’ brands—including Bols liqueurs, Bols genever, Damrak gin, Vaccari sambuca and Galliano liqueur—are paying off in the region. Last month, the Nolet family—co-owners of Ketel One (with Diageo)—increased its stake in Lucas Bols from 3.5% to 21%, according to local reports out of Holland.

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