Each year the Texas Whiskey Festival hosts a competition to determine who has the best Texas Bourbon, Rye, and Malt Whiskey. With a panel of judges, we conduct the competition with a method known as blind judging. The brands and specific whiskeys they are tasting are unknown to the judges. Our panel of judges smell and taste their way through each whiskey, rating the aroma, taste complexity, and finish.
Other Whiskeys: includes whiskeys aged in used barrels, blended whiskey, and light whiskey.
Austin 101 Light Whiskey (made grain to glass in Texas)
Associate Member: noun: a trusted partner with mutual understanding and collaboration to grow and support the industry.
WSWA Associate members bring great value to the WSWA Wholesaler membership by providing access to new and established brands,industry knowledge and support, the latest beverage alcohol trends, guidance on brand development, unique services to improve efficiency, and enhanced connections between the tiers.
Thank you to our associate members for their continued support and participation!
Thank you for joining us virtually for Bizwomen Mentoring Monday. We hope you enjoyed the program, made some valuable connections and left with new inspiration. If you would like to learn more about this year’s mentors, we have made the Mentor Bio Book available for your use.
WASHINGTON, D.C., 02/25/2021 – Today, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) announced the craft, startup and small production Brand Representatives joining the 2021 WSWA Advisory Council. Eleven emerging brands from across the country have joined the initiative that will feature expert guidance, resources and best practices to help brands navigate industry challenges and identify opportunities to get to market.
WSWA welcomes the 2021 WSWA Access Advisory Council Brand Representatives:
Our tasting room is a great way to experience our craft spirits and handcrafted cocktails. We have a simple, rotating menu that always has something new and exciting. We’ll take you on an in-depth, fun and educational tasting of our core products, enjoy a cocktail of your choice and take home a bottle to enjoy.
To accommodate safe social distancing, all private tastings are limited to Fridays, an hour and up to 10 people. Reservations are Required.
SPRING 2020 JOHN BARLEYCORN TASTE AND MARKETING + DESIGN AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Dallas, TX — John Barleycorn Society of Spirits Writers & Marketers today released results for the Spring 2020 John Barleycorn Awards Taste and Marketing + Design competitions.
TheJohnBarleycornAwardsisadifferentkindofawardsprogramwhichwascreatedbywritersand marketers to honor creative excellence in all aspects of the spirits industry – from formulating and distillingproducts–throughinnovativeimaging,promotion,saleoftheproducts,andsupportingthe industry.Duetothepandemichittingdistilleriesandbartenders particularlyhard,halfofallSpringTaste entryfeesweredonatedtotheUnitedStatesBartenders’GuildCOVID-19ReliefFund.
Inthe2020competition,therewereseveralhundredentriesfromthroughoutthespiritsindustry.Entries camefromawiderangeofdistillersfromhugeconglomerateslikeBrown-FormanandBeam-Suntoryto newupandcomerslikeSagamoreSpiritandOak&Eden.BrandsrangedfromoldmainstayslikeFour Roses, Jim Beam, and Corazon to new products from Black Button Distilling, Hollystone Distilling, and Distillery291.
Caffe Del Fuego GOLD MARKETING + DESIGN | Social Media Engagement
Remington Family Distillers GOLD MARKETING + DESIGN | Charitable Campaigns
A complete list of winners and comments from judges can be found at www.barleycornawards.com. Best of winners will be determined in December following the Fall competition. The Taste judging was conducted under the leadership of noted author and spirits writer John McCarthy who oversees some of the world’s top spirits writers. Judges include well-known journalists Leslie Sbrocco, Fred Minnick, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Robin Robinson, Wayne Curtis, Frank Caiafa, Jack Robertiello, G. Clay Whittaker, Rachel DelRocco Terrazas, Brad Japhe, and Tony Sachs.
RSVP to reserve a free cocktail kit* from Remington Family Distillers that can be picked up at the Austin Monthly office from noon-5 p.m. on July 20.
On the evening of the event, visit Austin Monthly’s Facebook page, IGLive or YouTube channel to listen and sip along!*Limited quantities are available. Must be 21+ and have a valid ID available at pickup.
Opening Reception with the Artist
Saturday, June 8th 7-9pm
Brandon Snow is a self-taught Austin-based printmaker, and the youngest artist represented by Ao5 Gallery. Snow merges his original film photography with a large format silkscreen process. This hand-pulled printing method allows for unique and serendipitous characteristics to develop in each piece. His newest body of work is inspired by the struggle to find balance in all aspects of our lives.