Cheers April/May 2018

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Page 2 of 59 3 April/May 2018 • CONTENTS April/May 2018 • Vol. 29 No. 2 On The Cover : Cover art by Dodi Vessels 20 18 48 26 features xx 3 April/May 2018 • 18 NRA Show 2018 preview What's coming at the National Restaurant Association's annual convention By Melissa Dowling 20 The Appeal of Tequila Why the agave-based spirit continues to thrive on-premise By Jack Robertiello 26 Wine & Spirits Growth Brands Presenting the 2018 fastest-growers in the U.S. By Jeremy Nedelka and Kyle Swartz 48 Curative Cocktails Operators fi nd that healthful ingredients can add tonic to drinks By Thomas Henry Strenk COVER STORY 26 • April/May 2018 PRESENTING THE 2018 FASTEST-GROWERS IN THE U.S. FAST TRACK BRANDS pg 30 ESTABLISHED GROWTH BRANDS pg 32 RISING STARS BRANDS pg 31 COMEBACK BRANDS pg 34 ESTABLISHED GROWTH BRANDS pg 38 FAST TRACK BRANDS pg 39 RISING STAR BRANDS pg 42 COMEBACK BRANDS pg 46 SPIRITS WINE SELECTING THE WINNERS & INTRO pg 28 SELECTING THE WINNERS & INTRO pg 28

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