According to the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics, Polish vodka exports were down 20% in 2012. Leszek Wiwała, president of the Employers Association of the Polish Spirits Industry, says that the drop is due to reduced marketing due to a decline in profits.
NorwichBulletin reports that Connecticut vodka maker KC Brang’s Food & Beverage LLC, maker of Kra-ze Vodka, is under fire from Casella Wines, maker of Yellow Tail wine, over the use of brackets around their product name. KC Brang and Casella Wines are negotiating a solution, but KC Brang has exhausted its funds during the legal battle. This has prevented the family-owned company from growing their brand and forcing the company to run on the $180,000
If you like vodka and scantly clad women in Victorian-era undergarments (and who doesn’t?), check out Snow Queen’s latest calendar shot by Ellen Von Unwerth. GQ has the photos online if you want to take a look. For a mere £150, you can get a copy of the calendar on Snow Queen’s website.
According to RT, Russians will drink 1.5 billion liters of vodka over the holidays. While RT claims that “elite” liquors like whisky are growing in popularity, KyivPost indicates that vodka is still king with 50.2% of total sales. Even if you don’t believe vodka originated in Russia, the fact that vodka is ingrained in Russian history, both as a blessing and a curse, is undeniable. Zhanna Gagarinova, administrator of the Vodka History Museum, told RIA
Wine Enthusiast Magazine has some tips for drinking with Russians. Gestures include extending your thumb and pinky to signify to your friends that you want a drink, scratching your neck to signal to the bartender that you want vodka, and putting the number of fingers on your tie for the number of vodkas you want. The article also outlines some drinking games. Interestingly, they aren’t like American drinking games where the loser drinks. Instead, these
William Chase, founder of Chase vodka, is irritated that many vodka and gin producers are conning their customers by claiming their product is homemade or by charging more simply for packaging. In an article at Real Times, he comes just short of naming names. “It’s time to expose the fakes. If it’s factory-produced then don’t advertise it as ‘homemade’. If it’s the same beverage, don’t change the label just to increase the price,” he said.
Serious Eats posted on a new hop-based vodka out of San Francisco called, naturally, Hophead. The brew created by Anchor Distilling is said to be “a floral, aromatic spirit with rich texture and a wide range of hoppy flavors.” Anchor Distilling makes many other adult beverages, including whiskey and gin, but this vodka is a unique take on the spirit.
The internet is buzzing about Shaq’s new vodka, Luv Shaq. Shaq is set to join the gobs of celebrities getting on board with the vodka industry. The coconut flavored vodka will be sugar free and is intended to compete with Ciroc but carry a lower price tag according to the producers of Shaq’s vodka. The vodka is scheduled to launch in early 2013.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Russia is set to increase the minimum price for 500mL bottles of vodka from 125 roubles to 170 roubles (about $5.60), a gain of $1.49. The goal is to curb counterfeiting and alcoholism.
We posted before about Absolut Elyx, but Marc Roland Rosales, Pernod Ricard Philippines commercial director, had a little more to add to the small batch copper stills used in the beverage in an article at inquirer.net. Its latest product, Absolut Elyx, is created using a copper rectification still—“basically, a big pot of copper that distills the different ingredients into vodka,” said Rosales. “We use copper because it’s believed to be the metal that best purifies