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To the dismay of drinkers across town, the Austin-based liquor chain did Twin liqueurs announced that its hugely popular August dollar sale will not go ahead as planned. According to a press release, the promotion, which offers wine and liquor bottles from 750 ml at retail prices and adds a US dollar, was canceled out of concerns for the safety of customers and staff. “Twin Liquors has worked diligently throughout the year to provide safe and intelligent customer service,” said David Jabour, President of Twin Liquors, of the release. “We have expanded our virtual profile so that all stores can now offer online orders for in-store pickup or delivery.” As a consolation, Twin Liquors is currently holding a sale of fine wines with a 25 percent discount on wines over US $ 50 through August 31 Dollar store or online. The retail chain will continue to offer similar flash sales as well as free virtual tastings and events. Twin Liquors currently offers two hour delivery from all locations in the neighborhood as well as online and in-store service.
Despite the shutters closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the southern restaurant increased Olamaie still has a lot to celebrate. Shortly before the sixth anniversary of the popular brick-and-mortar store, Olamaie’s roadside take-out, Little Ola’s, is launching a special “Golden Biscuit” campaign. The new company, which works in the kitchen of the restaurant on San Antonio Street, launched in early July with a limited selection of cookies, sandwiches, side dishes, desserts and take-away cocktails. On one page of beloved children’s author Roald Dahl, Little Ola’s hides a golden leaf in one of the 2,600 original or spicy fried chicken biscuits to be sold this weekend. The paper grants its lucky finder a free fried chicken biscuit sandwich every week for a year. In addition, Olamaie has partnered with Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice and will donate 10 percent of sales to the organization on Saturday. Little Ola’s is currently taking orders for this weekend through its online system at olamaieaustin.com.
Chris Brundrett, co-owner and winemaker William Chris Vineyards was included in Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2020 40 Under 40 list, making it the first Texan winemaker to receive this award. A 2008 graduate of Texas A&M University, Brundrett founded William Chris Vineyards with industry veteran William “Bill” Blackmon. The vineyard is located in a historic pioneer settlement in Hye, Texas, where the duo produce 100 percent Texas wine. “It is a great honor to be on this year’s 40 Under 40 list on behalf of the entire William Chris Vineyards crew and the entire Texas wine region,” Brundrett said in a press release. “Hats off to Wine Enthusiasts for finding wine and talent in newer regions like ours, and cheers to the other flavor makers on this year’s list!” The full list of Wine Enthusiast 2020 40 under 40 will be published in the upcoming October issue. This is the second time Brundrett has been featured in the publication. The winemaker had already been recognized in 2018 as a producer who “redefined American wine”.
Waterloo, the popular Austin-based bottled water company known for its colorful flavors, has announced a new partnership that is expected to grow its business significantly. According to a press release, the brand was recently acquired by a private equity firm Flexis Capital and global investment firm Eurazea, along with Moore Strategic Ventures. Together they will support Waterloo in the next phase of growth, adding operational resources, branding know-how and capital.
Hard kombucha company based in San Diego JuneShine is now offering direct delivery to the Austin consumer. Customers can visit the brand’s website to order 12 and 24 packs of the JuneShine flagship beers, including Honey Ginger Lemon and Midnight Painkiller, as well as the low-calorie 100 series – all for next day delivery for a shipping fee of 4 .99 USD available. 24-pack samplers are also available, including six-packs with four different varieties of kombucha. Customers who subscribe to a recurring monthly order receive a 10 percent discount on purchases as well as free delivery and early access to specialties. Austinites wishing to purchase the libation in smaller quantities can search for local stores selling the brand on JuneShine’s Where to Buy.