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Week 13 in Review

Barrel recycling, Admiral vs The Captain, New York spirits and more in this week’s news.


imageDiageo has launched a lawsuit in Canada against Heaven Hill Distilleries, claiming that the packaging for the US group’s spiced rum brand Admiral Nelson’s is too similar to Captain Morgan. Get full details at

From Green Biz: Bacardi is ensuring green cocktails are always on the menu with an innovative scheme to recycle old barrels used in the rum brewing process. The American white oak barrels that give the spirit its particular flavor are used for about 20 years before they have to be retired.

“Nearly a century after the United States imposed prohibition, small distilleries are finally making a comeback in Brooklyn and the Bronx, crafting batches of gin, rum, rye, bourbon and vodka.” Yahoo covers the New York craft spirits movement.

From SH Online: Since its heyday as a 19th century whaling port, Sag Harbor has built a reputation as a hard-working town with a penchant for spirits — in more ways than one. So perhaps it was inevitable in this day of micro-brews and locally sourced food stuffs that someone would produce a drink that evokes the flavor of yesterday – Sag Harbor Rum.

Ron Jeremy makes a stop at Crown Spirits in Fort Lauderdale, FL to talk business, meet with fans and sign bottles of his signature rum. New Times was there for all the action.