Tag: Distilleries

Texas bars and distilleries rip Abbott for leaving them out of reopening plan

As Gov. Greg Abbott outlined his latest reopening plan this week, bar owner Greg Barrineau watched in disbelief. Abbott, who announced that Texas restaurants could expand dine-in service to 75% capacity, said bars must remain closed.

“Some bars and their associations have offered some very helpful ideas,” Abbott said of reopening, “and we will continue to work with them on that process.”

But Barrineau, who has laid off his 12 staff members and suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses at Drink Texas, a bar with locations in San Antonio and Boerne, said that assertion of collaboration is “insanity — he doesn’t care about small businesses.”

Party Time Bar outside of Temple was one of many bars closed during the coronavirus pandemic in March. Bar industry groups say Gov. Greg Abbott has not responded to proposals for how they can reopen safely during the pandemic. (Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar for

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Big Thirst Consulting Launches, Focused on Distilleries

AUSTIN, Texas — Introducing Big Thirst Consulting, a partnership to help distilleries achieve profitable growth by providing complete, integrated business services. Distilling industry veterans Matt McGinnis, Mark Shilling and advisory board member, Joseph Castillo, have combined their experience and expertise to facilitate operations, sales growth, and market expansion for distillery clients.Big Thirst Consulting offers regulatory compliance, distributor relations, pricing, sales optimization, and marketing to help distilleries grow to the next level, faster, with better margins.

Big Thirst Consulting partners have previously launched new distilleries, introduced new spirits and ready-to-drink cocktail brands, and have led major brands and craft distilleries to market growth. By combining their respective talents into one agency, Big Thirst Consulting helps distilleries streamline their business processes, cut through regulatory red tape, grab consumer attention with compelling marketing campaigns, and negotiate the best deals with distributors to expand retail footprint at the best margins.

“Many people in the

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