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09.2010

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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BLACK TOT RUM RATIONS RUN DRY

And then there was none. The last remaining stocks of the legendary Black Tot Rum, the original Royal Navy rum, were recently released for sale at HMS Belfast on the River Thames in London. On July 31, 197O, also known as Black Tot Day, the last rations were given out to serving sailors, ending a 3OO-year-old tradition. Sailors that day wore black armbands and conducted mock funerals to bid farewell to the rations. A reserve [...] Read More »

HEATWAVES, VODKA AND SWIMMING . . . NOT A GOOD MIX

Some things are just no brainers. Don’t play in traffic, stay off the golf course during a lightening storm, don’t swim when drunk . . . Apparently, many Russians have chosen to ignore that last one. A prolonged heat wave across their country combined with massive consumption of vodka led to well over a thousand drownings this summer as drunken swimmers attempted to cool off. More than 2OO people drowned in one week alone. Up [...] Read More »

WILLIAM GRANT BUYS C&C SPIRITS

William Grant & Sons has acquired the C&C Irish spirits and liqueurs business, which includes Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Carolans, Frangelico, and Irish Mist, for €3OO million (US $391.65 million). The newly acquired business will operate as William Grant & Sons Irish Brands Ltd and be based in Dublin and Clonmel. As a result of the deal, the 6OO,OOO case Tullamore Dew (the world’s second largest Irish whiskey brand) will become the company’s sixth core [...] Read More »

CLOSED FOR BUSINESS

Give him points for innovation. Travis Kevie, a California man, recently broke into a shuttered bar, reopened the business and started selling drinks to unassuming customers, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s department. Unfortunately for Kevie, it wasn’t long before his new business went belly-up. The Sheriff’s department arrested the 29-year-old after his 4-day stint as the barkeep of the historic Valencia Club in Penryn, which had been shutdown for more than a year. Detective [...] Read More »

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