Weekly Restaurant and Beverage News

The Check Out: Weekly News Bites for Restaurants December 16th

Every Friday Uncorkd compiles the top restaurant and beverage industry news and opinions that had us talking. Here are the must-read stories from December 10th – December 16th.

Cocktail and Spirits

Cocktails are becoming more approachable again with amazing concoctions being stirred and shaken in every type of bar and restaurant around. These Cocktail Trends for 2017 can change how you run your bar.

Gin is in. As millennial drinkers turn away from vodka in favor of gin, distillers are responding. Craft distillers in the U.S. and Scotland are producing more gin than eve,  and the Brits have grown their gin exports to the U.S. by 533% over the last 5 year.

The craft spirits market has seen incredible growth over the last half-decade. With a growth rate of 27% in volume and value since 2010, craft spirits reached $2.4 billion in retail sales alone in 2015. Another growing trend in craft spirits is the increasing number of female distillers. Women are starting to make their mark in a world long labeled a boy’s club. It’s great to see some diversity in an industry that severely lacks it. Hopefully it will bring a quick death the term “girlie drink.”


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Stressing over what to get your friends and loved ones for the holidays? Give them the love that only a bottle of wine can show. Here are 10 Gifts for Wine Lovers.

Results from the Third Annual Survey of American Wine Consumer Preferences show wine tastes have changed.

Can craft wine have the same success of craft beer? Wine and beer are two very different products when it comes to means of production with wine facing limitations that beer doesn’t. But with the wine market in the U.S. valued at $40 billion, there is a lot of money to be made in wine and that provides a lot of motivation for wine producers.

Restaurants and Food

These flavor trends might just take over menus in 2017.


In case you missed it last week, here was Uncorkd’s most read post: Beer Trends for 2017.


Kyle Thacker