Beverage Journal

Beverage Journal The Maryland and Washington, DC Beverage Journals are the official trade magazines of the beverage alcohol industries of said markets. The Maryland and Washington, DC Beverage Journals are the official trade magazines of the licensed beverage industries of said markets and have been for 75 years.

Subscribers consider the publication the "Bible" of the industry. Who Reads the Beverage Journal? The Members of the Licensed Beverage Industry. Who are the Members of the Licensed Beverage Industry? Owners and managers of Restaurants, Package Stores, Bars, Taverns, Night Clubs, Hotels, Private Clubs, Caterers … anyone with the license to sell Beer, Wine, and/or Liquor. How many of the Members of the Industry receive The Beverage Journal Each Month? Almost 6,000.

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Kevin Shifflett is the third-generation owner and operator of S & W Liquors that has been in his family since the late s...
10/05/2020
S & W Liquors: Celebrating 50 Years

Kevin Shifflett is the third-generation owner and operator of S & W Liquors that has been in his family since the late summer of 1970. "I've been here my entire life," he said, during a recent interview with Teddy Durgin of the Beverage Journal.

How does a 2600 square foot store in the same strip with a Giant Food supermarket work to keep the beer and wine out of chain stores here in Maryland? "When the chain store legislation comes back this next legislative session, I will be fighting alongside the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association (MSLBA) on the issue."

S & W Liquors is celebrating 50 years in business and is, Still Fighting the Good Fight! Some journalists are just fated to write certain articles. September 2020 will mark my 50th year on this planet. August 2020 marked S & W Liquors' 50th year in business. A random assignment? Or … desti...

Antietam Spirits ... A Family Legacy Continues.  Teddy Durgin's article about this family beer, wine and spirits shop ex...
09/03/2020
Antietam Spirits

Antietam Spirits ... A Family Legacy Continues. Teddy Durgin's article about this family beer, wine and spirits shop explains how they keep their customers coming back as well as navigating legislation and protecting theirs (and others) businesses with the help of the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association.

A Family Legacy ContinuesJohn Holmes, proprietor of Antietam Spirits in Boonsboro, recently turned the store over to his son, Chase, after running the business since 1972. Holmes had taken over the store from his own father, who founded it (as Ye Olde Spirits Shop in Frederick) in 1960. Along the wa...

08/07/2020
Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association COVID-19 Response

Maryland’s beer distributors are local, family-owned, independent businesses that employ thousands of Marylanders in stable, high-quality jobs. In normal times, Maryland’s beer distributors are the people working behind the scenes to get your beer where it needs to go—from the brewer to the place you enjoy or buy it. Together, Maryland’s beer distributors employ almost 2,000 people across the state who work with local Maryland breweries to transport your favorite beers to neighborhood restaurants, bars, and package stores. Dawn to dusk, rain or snow, every week of the year, we work tirelessly to keep Maryland’s beer economy—and the thousands of jobs that depend on it—thriving.
But Maryland’s beer distributors are not only about business. Most of us are family-owned; we live, raise our families, volunteer, and socialize in the communities we serve. With our deep local ties and vast distribution networks, we have deployed our resources and expertise during this pandemic to help boost other local business owners, support first responders, and help vulnerable populations.
When COVID-19 hit and ground our local economies to a halt, Maryland’s beer wholesalers stepped up to serve their communities in immediate ways and to support frontline workers.
In Baltimore, Chesapeake Beverage saw first-hand the impact stay-at-home orders were having on local restaurants, so they gave $50 gift cards to all of their employees to use at local restaurants for carryout meals. B.P. Lesky Distributing started #takeouttuesday where they purchased lunch for their entire team at locally owned restaurants every Tuesday to help boost team morale, but more importantly, to support the local retail community. G&G Distributors on the Eastern Shore heard that many on-premise retailers needed cash to address immediate needs, so they offered to retrieve all draft and package beer that G&G represents and cut a check to the retailer within 24 hours.
Since Maryland’s beer distributors have long-standing relationships with first responders, they sprang into action to address their needs. With many first responders lacking sufficient supplies of sanitizing products, Prince George’s County-based Bob Hall Distributors purchased over 450 half-gallon bottles of hand sanitizer and donated them to police, fire, and EMT departments in Prince George’s, Calvert and Charles counties. Chesapeake Beverage worked with one of their partners, Patapsco Distilling Company, to make hand sanitizer from excess beer, which was donated to first responders in the area. B.P. Lesky Distributing and Wantz Distributors donated beer to Tenth Ward Distilling to aid in the production of surface disinfectants that have been donated to frontline facilities such as nursing homes, medical facilities and police stations.
On Cinco de Mayo, G&G Distributors provided a much-needed morale boost while also supporting a local business They sent meals from restaurant El Jeffe in Stevensville to the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Centreville Police Department. Another teamed up with Kooper’s Tavern in Baltimore and Guinness to provide meals to Johns Hopkins Emergency Room staff while at work. They also donated six-packs of Guinness Baltimore Blonde for the medical professionals to enjoy at home after their shifts—supporting frontline medical workers while boosting a local restaurant. And they’ve teamed up with a local restaurant group to hand out 500 food boxes to restaurant workers every Thursday.
Beer distributors’ commitment to their communities runs deep; it infuses everything they do. Western Maryland Distributing created a server and bartender GoFundMe campaign that raised more than
$17,000 for local hospitality workers in Allegheny County. Katcef Brothers in Annapolis got their employees in on the action when they purchased electric sewing machines and enough materials to make 5,000 PPE masks. They then gave all of their employees opportunities during the workday to sew masks. The masks, which are being made for local medical professionals and underserved communities, have been delivered to Anne Arundel Medical Center, George Washington University Hospital, So Others Might Eat (SOME), and the city of Annapolis.
And on the Eastern Shore, Carey Distributors gave a six-pack of St. Archer Beer to frontline workers to show their appreciation during these long, tough days. Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and hospital workers enjoyed a toast.
Beer distributors often say that our employees are not just staff, they are family. In this tremendous time of need, distributors are extending that notion of “family” to all of those who live, work, and serve in our communities and doing what we can to help them.
Matt Lesky, B.P. Lesky Distributing
President, Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association

08/06/2020

DING DING DING! We have a winner. Congrats @casey.g.irwin and thank you for playing.

No correct answers yet (No Trace, Not from Kentucky, No Grass ingredient, Not a Vodka, Is Made in The USA!!! Same rules ...
08/05/2020

No correct answers yet (No Trace, Not from Kentucky, No Grass ingredient, Not a Vodka, Is Made in The USA!!!

Same rules apply, first correct identification of the brand wins some Journal attire. Must be a Beverage Journal Instagram follower to win. Good Luck!

Giving Back (Not Giving Up)… I recently touted my certainty that the good people of the local beverage alcohol trade wou...
08/04/2020
Coronavirus: Chain Reaction

Giving Back (Not Giving Up)… I recently touted my certainty that the good people of the local beverage alcohol trade would impress us all with heart-warming stories of successes amid this health and economic crises. Well, Teddy Durgin, Beverage Journal staff writer, has uncovered one such story that had it's humble beginnings with the members of the Baltimore County Licensed Beverage Association. and then quickly spread via the members of the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association

The IMC Unit of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is very appreciative of the crab cake platters prepared by Costas Inn and paid for by Drug City Liquors.Off-Premise Establishments Help Front Line Heroes by purchasing Meals from On-Premise Establishments to then be delivered to Healthcare, Law....

Here we go....want to win some Beverage Journal swag? Be the first to correctly identify this image, including what it i...
08/04/2020

Here we go....want to win some Beverage Journal swag? Be the first to correctly identify this image, including what it is, where it resides and on what brand. More hints will follow if no correct answers. (Must be a Beverage Journal Instagram follower to win.). GOOD LUCK!

An important letter to Governor Hogan signed by 15 Senators is encouraging him to continue resisting calls to re-shut do...
07/27/2020
Maryland’s Republican senators back Gov. Larry Hogan on refusal to close businesses, attribute coronavirus spike to protests

An important letter to Governor Hogan signed by 15 Senators is encouraging him to continue resisting calls to re-shut down restaurants and bars because of recent rises in positive COVID tests among adults under 40.

It's important to note that many of the same people calling for shuttering bars and restaurants again were recently encouraging protests and large gatherings ... ???

The Maryland Senate Republican Caucus has thrown its support behind Gov. Larry Hogan’s refusal to reenact statewide restrictions on businesses, issuing a letter to him that claims Democratic officials are “scapegoating” businesses and casts blame for rising rates of COVID-19 positivity on youn...

Contest time ... Where is @bphillips424 in this photo?  First correct answer from a Beverage Journal Instagram follower ...
07/18/2020

Contest time ... Where is @bphillips424 in this photo? First correct answer from a Beverage Journal Instagram follower wins some Journal swag.

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales likely surpassed $120 billion during the first three months of t...
07/13/2020
Restaurant sales remain well below normal levels, despite May uptick

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales likely surpassed $120 billion during the first three months of the pandemic.

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales likely surpassed $120 billion during the first three months of the pandemic.

Chief's - Your Neighborhood Bar is the kind of place people REALLY miss going to when there is a snowstorm, a tropical s...
07/01/2020
The COVID-19 Crisis Hasn't Dented Chief's Bar

Chief's - Your Neighborhood Bar is the kind of place people REALLY miss going to when there is a snowstorm, a tropical storm, when they're traveling … or when there's a global outbreak of a coronavirus. Teddy Durgin recently spoke with David Dent about Chief's history and the place it has in people's hearts, as well as how the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association has been an integral part of Chief's success.

Chief's Bar is the kind of place people REALLY miss going to when there is a snowstorm, a tropical storm, when they're traveling … or when there's a global outbreak of a deadly coronavirus. The business has been a community hub in Tall Timbers, Md., since 1927. David Dent is the second generation ...

As the on-premise side of the industry reopens, what precautions are restaurateurs taking to help their patrons be more ...
06/23/2020
Reopening: Clearing The Air

As the on-premise side of the industry reopens, what precautions are restaurateurs taking to help their patrons be more comfortable in the age of COVID-19? Teddy Durgin recently spoke with the owner's of Greenmount Station, Martin's Tavern, Black Forest Tap House and Oliver's Old Towne Tavern and posed that exact question. Their answer's led to some interesting solutions from Bianchi Carpet Cleaning's Tony Anzelone and Vollara ActivePure's Wade Gowl.

On-Premise Establishments Are NavIgating The Fog of ReopeningNationwide, restaurants, taverns, and bars are gradually reopening in the pandemic era. And to ensure the return of nervous customers concerned with their health and exposure to a virus still active in the population, some are taking some....

06/11/2020
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Jägermeister is donating 50% of each Shotmeister sold to local not-for-profits in your state that are aiding in the fight against COVID19 and/or providing direct relief to those whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by COVID19. Use one of the three promo codes on the product page to choose which type of not-for-profit in your state you’d like to support.

Limit one per customer. Void to licensed retailers where prohibited. Program runs through 06/30/20 or while supplies last.

Ridgely Wines & Spirits is a beloved neighborhood store in the Lutherville-Timonium community ... it is also a large por...
06/03/2020
Marty Kutlik: A Cut Above the Rest

Ridgely Wines & Spirits is a beloved neighborhood store in the Lutherville-Timonium community ... it is also a large portion of the life story of owner-operator Marty Kutlik (also a past-president of Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association). Teddy Durgin's piece in this month's Beverage Journal is a look at some history and how current events have changed operations.

Martin Marty Kutlik got into the beverage alcohol business right out of high school in 1977. While others his age were watching Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star that summer or the Bandit run circles around Smokey, Kutlik was working long hours as a cashier/clerk at Dutch Liquors in Parkville. F...

Congrats @thewinesource  !!!  Nailed it in record time.  The buckle of the strap/belt around a bottle of Basil Hayden’s ...
05/15/2020

Congrats @thewinesource !!! Nailed it in record time. The buckle of the strap/belt around a bottle of Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Here we go.  First Instagram beveragejournal follower to correctly identify this Beverage Alcohol Industry item, wins so...
05/14/2020

Here we go. First Instagram beveragejournal follower to correctly identify this Beverage Alcohol Industry item, wins some Journal swag. Please share and if you add followers you’ll be awarded accordingly (more swag, even if you don’t win). Anyway, here’s clue ONE. You must identify the item (not necessarily the brand.....🤔)

Kim Lawson is proprietor of Fishpaws Marketplace in Arnold, MD.  Teddy Durgin recently interviewed Kim about her busines...
05/04/2020
Fishpaws Marketplace Is Off the Hook

Kim Lawson is proprietor of Fishpaws Marketplace in Arnold, MD. Teddy Durgin recently interviewed Kim about her business and her affiliation with the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association. Lawson says her biggest challenge since the crisis began has been making decisions for the safety of her employees and just staying open to keep her staff employed and Fishpaws customers served. "We are so looking forward to returning to business as usual!" she said...

Fishpaws Marketplace in Arnold, Md., features a unique tag line both in store and on its website: It's not a shopping trip … it's an experience! And that is truth in advertising. This independently owned business has operated at the same location since before Prohibition. Today, it offers an exten...

Teddy Durgin has done a fantastic piece for our May Beverage Journal covering what's going on locally in the beverage al...
04/29/2020
Coronavirus and the Local Market

Teddy Durgin has done a fantastic piece for our May Beverage Journal covering what's going on locally in the beverage alcohol industry in this era of coronavirus.

Boordy Vineyards is taking orders and payments over the phone and will bring your wine to your car.Some are getting by with a little help from their friends. Or, in the case of Jimmy Spiropoulos, operator of Town Center Market in Riverdale Park, a few special customers. We're now working behind shee...

This is pretty cool.
04/29/2020
National Superhero Day: Celebrating the Superheroes in our communities

This is pretty cool.

While the term “superhero” is commonly associated with the iconic characters that many of us grew up admiring, today we acknowledge the real-life Superheroes in our own communities that are taking supportive action during this unprecedented time.

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04/25/2020

Well done !!!! Ms. Pancakes !!!! You will need to DM me with your size, and mailing address so we can send you your Journal Swag!!!!. Well done !!!!!

More help.... anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?
04/24/2020

More help.... anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Here we go!  Be the first to correctly identify the Beverage Alcohol industry object/item in this pic and you will win y...
04/24/2020

Here we go! Be the first to correctly identify the Beverage Alcohol industry object/item in this pic and you will win yourself some Journal swag! *Must be a Beverage Journal Instagram follower to win. So, “What am I?”

Hey all.  Haven’t been out for any “Where am I?” Shoots to earn yourself some Journal swag. Sooooo, I thought I’d try a ...
04/24/2020

Hey all. Haven’t been out for any “Where am I?” Shoots to earn yourself some Journal swag. Sooooo, I thought I’d try a “What am I?” photo contest. I will post a photo of a Beverage Alcohol Industry item/object and the first Beverage Journal Instagram follower to correctly identify said item will win some Journal swag. We have Ts, polos and sweatshirts... get ready, get set ....

Check out Teddy Durgin's piece on B.K. Miller Meats & Liquor and why their membership in the Maryland State Licensed Bev...
03/31/2020
B.K. Miller Meats and Liquors

Check out Teddy Durgin's piece on B.K. Miller Meats & Liquor and why their membership in the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association is so important.

Miller Continues to Blaze a Family TrailThere is a special kind of pressure that comes with running a legacy business, a family business, a business that has been in operation in one form or another for over 100 years. Many people aren't able to handle that pressure and cash out. The Millers of Prin...

Town Center Market's Jimmy Spiropoulos is Fighting to Protect the Independent Store Owner.  Check out Teddy Durgin's Mar...
03/06/2020
Town Center Market's Jimmy Spiropoulos

Town Center Market's Jimmy Spiropoulos is Fighting to Protect the Independent Store Owner. Check out Teddy Durgin's March Beverage Journal article for more info on how the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association helps places like Town Center Market stay apprised of legislation that affects all of Maryland's licensed beverage establishments.

I graduated from Clemson University in 1990. I graduated on Saturday, I drove home Sunday, and went to work Monday … and I haven't stopped since!The Clemson alum is Jimmy Spiropoulos. His home is Maryland. His place of work? Town Center Market in Riverdale Park, a store his father Pete started in ...

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The Maryland and Washington, DC Beverage Journals are the official trade magazines of the beverage alcohol industries of said markets and have been for over 80 years. Subscribers consider our publication the "Bible" of the industry.

Who Reads the Beverage Journal? The Members of the Beverage Alcohol Industry. Who are the Members of the Beverage Alcohol Industry? Owners, managers and employees of Restaurants, Package Stores, Bars, Taverns, Night Clubs, Hotels, Private Clubs, Caterers … anyone with the license to sell Beer, Wine, and/or Liquor. How many of the Members of the Industry read The Beverage Journal Each Month? Approximately 14,000 (we have over 4,000 subscribers with a pass-along readership of 3.5)

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