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News Briefs for October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

•WhiskyFest San Francisco is coming up on Friday, November 2. With over 425 whiskies being offered from around the world, the event will have something for even the most seasoned whisky drinkers—including new releases, rarities like Pappy Van Winkle, and drams poured by the master distillers. Click on this link to ensure your ticket purchase before the event sells out. Plan to attend one of the evening’s seminars as well, as they’re included in the cost of the ticket and feature some of the most exciting whiskies of the night. Click here for recommendations from the editors of Whisky Advocate.

•Beam Suntory has released Laphroaig 28-year-old, a new limited edition of the Islay single malt. The 44.4%-abv whisky is blended from various casks before spending a final year marrying in ex-Sherry barrels. Laphroaig 28-year-old is now available in limited quantities across the U.S. for a suggested price of $800. Laphroaig is the sixth-largest single malt Scotch brand in the U.S., according to Impact Databank, at 72,000 cases in 2017.

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has appointed Ryan DeVecchio as vice president and general manager for the company’s New England region. DeVecchio has two decades of drinks industry experience. Most recently, he was trade development director for SGWS’s American Liberty division, charged with developing strategic direction for the state of Florida. In his new role, he will report directly to Kirt Clemens, executive VP in charge of the company’s East Control Region.

•Bill Coors, the grandson of Adolph Coors and chairman of his family brewery from 1959 to 2000, has passed away at the age of 102. Under his leadership—including his creation and development of the recyclable aluminum can—the company grew into a 45-million-barrel per year powerhouse before merging with Canada’s Molson in 2005. Coors’ nephew Pete Coors currently serves as chairman of Molson Coors.

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