Despite a year filled with challenges, nothing can keep our irrepressible hospitality clients down. From hotels to restaurants and spirits, our clients run the hospitality gamut, and no matter the category, we’re equally impressed by what they’ve all been able to do to innovate and grow during this time. While this barely begins to cover it, these are the highlights you should know about now and in the months ahead.
Glamping in the Catskills
Eastwind Hotel & Bar in the Catskills has introduced four new A-frame Lushna Cabins. They’re the first and only hotel in the US to offer Lushna Suites, among many other glamping experiences, which you should try for yourself this winter.
Moonshine Lives On
Dutch’s Spirits, a farm-to-bottle distillery in the Hudson Valley, started producing moonshine on the 88th anniversary of the FBI raiding the bootlegging operation of Dutch Schultz, a legendary mobster. Buy it on Drizzly.
Blast from the Past
Studio 11 Design co-founder Kellie Sirna has been renovating a 1970s home in Dallas known as Tophill. Studio 11 recently debuted The Beeman Hotel in Dallas, and they’ll debut a fully-renovated Generator DC later this fall. Be sure to check them out and give them your support, even if it’s just a “like” on Instagram.
A New Gin From Across the Pond
The UK-based Salcombe Gin is newly available in New York, Connecticut, and throughout New England. Pick up a bottle of their Start Point, a classic, citrus-forward London dry gin, or the Rosé Sainte Marie, a bright, all-natural dry pink gin with no added sugars, flavors, or colors.
Combating COVID One Restaurant a Time
Scientific Fire Prevention‘s NPBI by GPS, an air purification technology proven to combat COVID-19 particles, announced new installations in acclaimed Manhattan restaurants: Le Bernardin, Philippe by Philippe Chow, and Avra Madison Estiatorio.
Perfecting the Canned Cocktail
In August, Social Hour launched a line of bar-quality craft canned cocktails created by two of the world’s most respected bartenders: industry legend Julie Reiner and bartending veteran Tom Macy. Any hour can be social hour when you buy their Gin and Tonic, Whiskey Mule, or Pacific Spritz.
Blending Whisky and Music
BLACKENED American Whiskey, the masterful collaboration between rock legend Metallica and late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, recently announced Batch 106, which used a 17-song playlist from the Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M 2 album for the BLACK NOISE™ sonic-enhancement process. Batch 106 also marks the debut of BLACKENED’s Cask Strength program, in which they bottle the whiskey at 110.7 rather than its standard 90 proof.
Mezcal with a Sustainable Twist
Ojo de Tigre, a new artisanal mezcal in the US as of September, is a collaboration between Luis Gerardo, a renowned Mexican actor/producer, and Casa Lumbre. A perfect intro mezcal, Ojo de Tigre features a signature blend of two types of sustainably cultivated agave: Espadín from Oaxaca and the rarer, premium Tobalá from Puebla.
Where an Iconic Distillery Meets a Boutique Hotel
El Tequileño, the premium Mexican tequila brand created in 1959 by Don Jorge Salles Cuervo, recently opened Casa Salles, a 25-room boutique hotel. Located on the grounds adjacent to the distillery, La Guarreña, the property is set on stunning grounds amidst 150-year-old mango trees.
Hit the Road in a 1978 G20
Hochstadter’s Slow & Low rye teamed up with Monster Children to host the travel category of its 10th annual photo competition. The winner will receive AUD 5,000, while an additional US-based entrant has the chance to win a two-week contract position that will allow them to explore the west coast in the brand’s “whiskey van,” a 1978 Chevy G20 they transformed into a rolling cocktail lounge.
A New Tasting Room for the Mile-High City
Stay tuned for the debut of a new tasting room from Laws Whiskey in Denver. The new space will allow visitors to experience the diverse Laws portfolio of expressions, including bottled-in-bond rye and bourbon.