Cask & Vine’s What’s On Tap: Rodney Vermeulen from Southern Wine & Spirits
SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS OF AMERICA, INC.: A TRADITION OF SERVICE, A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE, A RECORD OF GROWTH
Since its founding in 1968, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), is a nationally recognized wine and spirits distributor known for its historic commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service and creative marketing programs and partnerships. The Company is also known for its best-in-industry sales and marketing professionals; its efficient and effective and well-trained sales, operational and support staff; its ongoing investments in and contributions to hospitality and beverage education for this staff its customers and to many national educational institutions. In addition, Southern is justly respected for its deeply held belief in the importance of giving back, for being a socially responsible corporate citizen and for making generous contributions to national, state and local charitable organizations.
Today, Southern operates in 35 states, including its original Florida market, where its corporate headquarters is located in Miami.
Pursuing a determined strategy to expand through internal growth as well as through the acquisition of established wholesalers, Southern expanded its Florida operations into California in 1969, Nevada in 1976, Arizona in 1992, South Carolina in 1993, Pennsylvania in 1995, Hawaii in 1996, Kentucky in 1998, New Mexico in 2000, Colorado in 2001, Illinois in 2002, New York in 2004, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia in 2005. In 2006, Southern began operations in Alabama. In 2007, Southern entered Ohio, the country’s third largest Control jurisdiction, followed in January 2008 by its entry into Delaware.
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Kettle to Keg’s In the Kettle: The Right Gear
1. The most expensive ingredient in beer? It’s not hops, it’s taxes.
Whether you like craft beer brewed in small batches or the mass-produced variety, the most costly ingredient that goes into every pint of beer in the United States is taxes. With federal, state and local levies, taxes make up, on average, more than 40 percent of the cost of beer purchased in the United States. In an effort to reduce the excessive tax bite, two competing bills have been proposed this month on Capitol Hill, along with legislation at the state level.
One proposed bill, the Small BREW Act, would, if passed, provide targeted federal excise-tax cuts for beer made by domestic brewers, with tax relief based on volume. This bipartisan bill would change the definition of a small brewer.
The federal government now levies a $7 tax on each of the first 60,000 barrels produced by small brewers. After that, the tax spikes to $18 a barrel. Businesses not defined as small brewers — those that produce more than 2 million barrels annually — must pay the $18 federal tax on every barrel they make. Read More
2. Here’s A Fake Baby You Can Fill With Booze To Make Drinking In Public Adorable
Move over American Sniper, there’s a new fake baby in town. Who’s the new diaper-wearing kid on the block? Simon Philion‘s Cool Baby, that’s who. According to the adorable little devil’s Kickstarter page, ‘The Cool Baby” is
An expressive, customizable, hands-free beverage insulator that looks like a baby. Drinking in public is now adorable.
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Philion has created a masterwork of bro ingenuity, a public means of drinking alcohol of any form, shape, and size — so long as it fits within the Cool Baby’s 36-ounce bladder. So whether you’re looking for an easy way to transport cheap booze into a ballgame, or need something to help you between bars on a bar crawl, the Cool Baby is your baby.
However, if your skin complexion doesn’t match Philion’s prototype, it’s not because the baby-maker has run out on you. READ MORE