Traveling the southern Maryland wine trail

2018-09-26T13:43:24+00:00September 26th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Hope Holland
With a full year of unusual and persistent rains that followed late spring cold snaps, any farmer in Maryland could not be blamed for feeling a little put upon. Add to that the threat of having the tail end of a large hurricane threatening you with more rain, and being darn well discouraged is almost a given, especially when it comes right in prime harvesting time. (more…)

A Nordic staple with New World flavor

2018-09-26T13:19:03+00:00September 26th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Courtney Llewellyn
Mead has been made across the world, from ancient China to ancient Greece, from the savanna of Africa to the tundra of Scandinavia. King Harald Fairhair united Norway back in the ninth century, and today one of his descendants, through many generations, is working toward uniting lovers of drink through his passion for authentic mead. (more…)

A growing craft

2018-09-26T13:08:32+00:00September 26th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Karen Van Wyk
Nine years ago, Bittercube, a slow crafting bitters production company, was birthed. Two gentlemen, Ira Koplowitz and Nick Kosevich, left well paid bar managing careers to explore an exciting adventure in the creation and distribution of bitters. What kind of unique venture have they developed? (more…)

Under vine cover crops

2018-09-26T13:03:45+00:00September 26th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Tamara Scully
In many vineyards, the prevalent practice is to have a grass alley with an herbicide strip under the vines. A focus on enhancing vineyard sustainability, through the implementation of practices that promote soil health, decrease nutrient and chemical leaching and minimize erosion, has led to research trials on the use of under vine cover crops. (more…)

Customers and Intention

2018-09-26T12:53:44+00:00September 26th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

Intention is often used to describe what a person is thinking or feeling, but it more readily defines a person’s aim or plan. Customers visit your business with a plan – to visit, tour, check out the surroundings and, hopefully, purchase a product or service. You and your employees are responsible for determining a customer’s intention and helping to fulfill their expectations. (more…)

NC brewer offers something better than beer – water before the hurricane

2018-09-13T08:54:41+00:00September 13th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Courtney Llewellyn
DURHAM, NC – On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Hurricane Florence sat lurking off the Atlantic coast. Carolinians, both North and South, were weighing their options. Should they evacuate? Should they stay and try to weather the storm? More importantly, how could they stay, with food staples and precious water already cleared from store shelves? (more…)

Cidermaker-turned-consultant helps startup and growing cideries in changing market

2018-08-20T08:25:50+00:00August 20th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Catie Joyce-Bulay
What Nick Gunn of Benchgraft Cider Consulting loves even more than making cider is helping others make it. “I like teaching and I like to consult,” said Gunn, who has over 14 years of cider making and orcharding experience. “I enjoy the startup phase of businesses and I get to help grow the industry.” (more…)

Avoid these five perils to ensure a great customer experience program

2018-08-20T08:23:26+00:00August 20th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Chad Storlie, Adjunct Professor of Marketing, Creighton University
What is customer experience? Customer experience has exploded over the past several years as a concept in Google searches as well as business literature. Broadly, Customer experience (CX) is the totality of interactions (good + bad + indifferent) that a customer has with a business’s products, services and supporting functions.  (more…)

Baird Brewing’s Harajuku Taproom a Pacific partnership

2018-08-20T08:22:19+00:00August 20th, 2018|Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Courtney Llewellyn
CULVER CITY, CA – Adam Guttentag and Bryan Baird met in the 1980s while playing rugby and attending Williams College in Western Massachusetts together. Guttentag traveled to Japan right after college to teach English for a year … which turned into five years. Baird studied in Japan and fully intended on moving there after finishing his graduate studies. (more…)