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All The News That’s Fit to Drink For The Week Ending 11/24/2012!

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The Glenmorangie Company Is Named World’s Best Distiller

Iconic Scottish whisky is crowned 2012 Distiller of the Year at the ‘Oscars’ of the wines and spirits industry

The Glenmorangie Company is also named UK Spirits Producer of the Year for second year running

The Glenmorangie Company was the toast of the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) this week after being named 2012 Distiller of the Year.

Glenmorangie was first named UK Spirits Producer of the Year and then went head to head with some of the biggest global distillers. The iconic Scotch Whisky distiller then emerged with the biggest prize of the night: 2012 Distiller of the Year.

Glenmorangie’s 25 Year Old was also the winner in the category for Best Single Malt over 15 years Old.

Since its foundation in 1969, the IWSC and its panel of judges have rewarded excellence in wines and spirits with entrants drawn from nearly 90 countries. London’s historic Guildhall played host to a banquet which drew over 450 aficionados from across the globe.

Paul Skipworth, President and Managing Director at The Glenmorangie Company, said: “Being crowned the Distiller of the Year is the icing on the cake in what has been a highly successful 2012 for Glenmorangie. This is the top prize for the whole international spirits industry.

“This award recognises the extra mile that Glenmorangie goes to deliver an exceptional quality of whisky. The IWSC judges have recognised the efforts made by everyone in our team and we are absolutely delighted”.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling & Whisky Creation at The Glenmorangie Company, said: “This accolade makes me very proud to be a part of such a highly regarded whisky company and its contribution to such a vibrant Scotch whisky industry.

“The superb quality of our whiskies has always been my top priority together with my team, and it is great to receive independent validation from the highly respected IWSC.

“Our attention to detail from the selection of raw materials, through careful distillation to the use of the finest quality oak casks for maturation, helps to ensure that all our whiskies provide an unparalleled taste experience”.

Allen Gibbons, IWSC Chief Executive, said: “2012 has been another very strong year for the whisky industry and the quality of products entered was particularly high. Glenmorangie’s success against such tough competition is a testament to the quality of their products.”

Glenmorangie Company whiskies have now won a remarkable total of 32 Best in Class and Outstanding Gold medals over the past six years at the IWSC – the most internationally recognised awards body.

This is more than any other single malt Scotch whisky, making Glenmorangie the ‘best of the best’.

About Glenmorangie

Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field uniting tradition with innovation to create Unnecessarily Well Made single malt whiskies.

About The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)

The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Each year the competition received entries from nearly 90 countries worldwide.


Iron Hill Brewery Bottled Reserve Gift Packs Make Great Holiday Presents!

WILMINGTON, DE – For the holidays, all nine Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations will offer Holiday Bottled Reserves Gift Packs, a perfect way to share craft beer with friends and loved ones. The gift packs will showcase Iron Hill’s Bottled Reserves series of award-winning and seasonal beers, brewed in small batches and available only in large-format, cork-finished 750 mL bottles.

“Our Bottled Reserves make a terrific gift. Whether purchasing three Belgian-style beers to sample side by side or our latest beer, Señor Chocolatoro, they’re great gifts for any beer lover,” says Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson.

Gift packs all feature complimentary beer tote gift packaging, and include:

  • Señor Chocolatoro ($40), (pictured above) featuring a bottle of the limited-release chocolate stout and two etches Rastal glasses. Señor Chocolatoro is an English sweet stout with an irresistible chocolate character.
  • Winter Wheat Wine Ale ($35), featuring a bottle of winter wheat wine and two etched 18-oz. Iron Hill wine glasses. Winter Wheat Wine Ale is a hybridization of barleywine and American wheat ale with strong, rich, malty flavors balanced by subtle sweetness.
  • Belgian Abbey ($50), featuring one bottle each of Abbey Dubbel, a mahogany ale with the sweetness of dark Belgian candi sugar and a distinct aroma of plum and pears; Belgian Tripel, a traditional Belgian-style golden ale with complex aroma and flavor of plums, spice and bananas; and Belgian Quadrupel, rich, dark, malt-y and very complex.
  • Gold Medal ($65), featuring one bottle each of The Cannibal, a Belgian-style golden ale with a complex, dry sweetness, balancing bitterness and a spicy finish; Russial Imperial Stout, a full-bodied stout with a complex, malt-y sweet and high-roasted character balanced by citrus-y American hops; Saison, a classic Belgian-style farmhouse ale that is unfiltered, bright and light-bodied; and Wee Heavy, a full-bodied Scotch-style ale with distinct Malt-y sweet and fruity aroma and flavor. All are among Iron Hill’s most award-winning beers.

Another great gift idea for an Iron Hill lover is a King of the Hill rewards club membership. For $25, recipients will receive a one-year membership and perks that include: a $25 credit for every 250 points earned; 150 free points at sign-up (and at each annual renewal); 1 point per dollar spent, excluding alcohol, tax, tip and the purchase of gift cards; 10 points for each visit to Iron Hill; 25 additional points for every five visits in a single month; a hand-made mug; a free birthday gift; invitations to exclusive King of the Hill events; and direct email contact with head brewers about upcoming releases and events. To purchase a membership, visit any Iron Hill restaurant. King of the Hill rewards cards are valid at all Iron Hill locations.

Finally, Iron Hill Gift Cards make a thoughtful present and can be purchased online. Gift cards will be shipped either to the recipient directly or to the purchaser, meaning that friends and family across the country can give each other the gift of Iron Hill, in any denomination (minimum $10), all season long.

Founded by home brewers Mark Edelson and Kevin Finn and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to nine locations across the mid-Atlantic. Each is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Their acclaimed beers have accumulated a wealth of awards from the nation’s top beer festivals, and their restaurants have earned more than 100 “Best of” nods from local and national publications.

Locations include: Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000); Wilmington, DE (710 South Madison Street, 302-472-2739); Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000); West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600); North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000); Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333); Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800); Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300); and Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600). A tenth location, in Voorhees, NJ is scheduled to open in 2013.

For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit, follow them on Twitter (@ironhillbrewery) and like them on Facebook.


Prohibition Ends With Repeal Day Celebration At Xfinity Live! Philadelphia On December 5

Tickets Available Now At

Philadelphia, PA – Toast the 21st Amendment! In celebration of Prohibition coming to an end, a 1933-themed Repeal Day party will take place at XFINITY LIVE! Philadelphia on Wednesday, December 5 beginning at 8 p.m. Created in partnership with the National Constitution Center’s world premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, the Repeal Day party is a soiree fit for bootleggers and flappers alike.

A general admission ticket ($40) to the event includes food, cocktails and free parking (after 8 p.m.). VIP tickets ($60) additionally allow early entry at 7 p.m., valet parking and a special menu tasting from the Chef.

Pre-Prohibition style lager served up by Batch-19 will be served to the sounds of a live jazz band. Period attire is encouraged.

XFINITY Live! Philadelphia is a dining and entertainment district centered in the heart of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The one-of-a-kind venue features over a dozen restaurant and entertainment choices, including six main venues: Broad Street Bullies Pub, PBR Bar & Grill (Professional Bull Riders), Philly MarketPlace, Spectrum Grill, Victory Beer Hall and the first-ever NBC Sports Arena. XFINITY Live! is a joint partnership between Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor and Baltimore-based The Cordish Companies.

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Through April 28, 2013, the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation come vividly to life in the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this first comprehensive exhibition about Prohibition explores America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. For more information and to buy tickets, visit


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  1. I buy a couple of Iron Hill Brewery Reserve bottles every time I go. Also, my boss gives us our x-max bonus right before lunch at Iron Hill and I blow it all on 5 bottles right then. I have about 10 aging and I’ll probably bust a bunch out this year.


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