From time to time, an industry or subject inspires us to create a best-of list. These are sites that produce out of this world coverage in a crowded arena. In case you’ve missed some of these, you can find them here. If you think your site should be considered, give us a holler and tell us why.
The alcoholic beverages market, which includes beer, wine, and spirits, is big business.
In 2017, total alcoholic beverage sales in the U.S. totaled approximately $234.4 billion.
There even are “internet holidays” for celebrating alcoholic beverages, including National Drink Wine Day (Feb. 18), National Margarita Day (Feb. 22), and National Beer Day (April 7).
With all of this in mind, we thought it would be a good time to compile some of the top news sites for this industry.
Don’t let the name fool you. This publication covers all things wine, of course, but also posts news from the spirits, beer, food, and travel industries.
If you’re looking for wine accessories, storage products, recipes, or wine tours, you’re in the right place.
The consumer-friendly posts provide plenty of useful tips and product rankings (click on “Read About Wine” at the top of the homepage).
As someone who loves wine, but knows next-to-nothing about it, I loved browsing the Wine Basics section.
the drinks business is a popular trade publication for industry professionals.
According to the site, “daily e-newsletters continue to grow in importance and almost 32,000 members of the drinks trade worldwide now read them.”
The company also hosts a series of wine competitions called The Masters. The series is judged by grape variety rather than country, setting these competitions apart from other international events.
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The Spirits Business, sister publication of the drinks business, is an international trade magazine for the spirits industry. It publishes The Vodka Yearbook and The Brand Champions.
“Our team of award-winning journalists strive to cover the issues most important to our readers through probing interviews, business news, brand updates and exclusive investigative articles,” the site says. “Our strength lies in our versatility and relevance to everyone in the dynamic spirits industry.”
Articles on the site cover everything spirits-related, from marketing and personnel to opinions and product news.
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Beverage Industry reports on just about anything and everything related to the North American beverage marketplace, including alcoholic beverages.
As the site explains, there is an “emphasis on beverage news and trends, new products, research and development, ingredients, packaging, production, distribution, and marketing innovations.”
In addition to industry news, visitors to the site also will find white papers, multimedia galleries, and much more.
The craft beer industry has exploded in recent years. CraftBeer.com is one of the leading websites for news in this field.
Published by the Brewers Association, the site posts news and features covering independent craft brewers across the country.
Looking to learn more about craft beer? The site provides 101 and food pairing courses, a beer glossary, and a list of beer schools for those looking to take it a step further.
BevNET, founded in 1996, is an authority in the beverage industry – it produces a website, print magazine, and a conference series.
The website includes industry news coverage, job listings, and reviews, as well as links to BevNET’s Taste Radio podcast and event registration pages.
In addition to covering the non-alcoholic beverage industry, BevNET has solid coverage of spirits news. Beer news is housed on the sister site brewbound.com.
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The Beer Street Journal site is a great resource for beer industry professionals and enthusiasts.
“Beer Street Journal has one of the largest online collections of original content dedicated to covering beer culture, education, and the advancement of the beer industry,” according to the site.
Curious about new and seasonal beer releases? This is the site to check out.
Press releases and videos also are available to round everything out.
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BeverageDaily, which has been publishing for over a decade, provides news, analysis, events, and podcasts focused on the beverage industry.
Content covers “everything from research and development, to commodities, retail and shopper insights, ingredients, manufacturing, market trends and regulation & safety,” the site says.
Posts are searchable by brand and trends like sustainability and future flavors.
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Wine Industry Advisor, published by Wine Industry Network, is a trusted site for wine industry professionals and businesses.
This site is a great resource for the latest updates on industry sales, personnel announcements, packaging news, etc.
The “Afternoon Briefs” provide a helpful breakdown of the biggest stories and job listings each day. And if you’re looking to attend a conference or register for a webinar, the site provides a thorough event calendar.
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The site for the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) is where to look for information on the regulation and sale of alcoholic beverages, policies, public health messages, and news.
News on the site covers recent state policies, study findings, and market updates. The section includes short abstracts and links to external sites where the original articles are posted.
NABCA also provides membership opportunities to industry members, law firms, and public health organizations. Members have access to an online survey database and other resources.
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Rocky Parker works in Audience Relations at PR Newswire. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines. When she’s not working, Rocky typically can be found cooking, binge watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson.