Written on June 22, 2016.

If you read our BevNet article about the trends and challenges of hard sodas, then you already know that the “next big thing” in hard sodas will be a move from malt-based sodas with nostalgic flavors like root beer and hard lemonades to more neutral spirit-based sodas with craft flavors.

Generally, craft flavors pair a familiar flavor with a more unexpected flavor to create a new, refreshing taste. Sometimes, though, it can result in something you just have to try.

So let’s dive into some flavor combinations from Louisville area chefs and foodies that have passed the high standards set by Flavorman’s acclaimed Beverage Architects.

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Written on April 8, 2016.

Dave | Headshot | Flavorman | SBA

Louisville’s David Dafoe wins Kentucky’s SBA top honors

In Kentucky, Mr. David Dafoe, Founder and Chief Operating Officer for Flavorman and Distilled Spirits Epicenter in Louisville, was named the SBA Kentucky 2016 Small Business Person of the Year. Mr. Dafoe founded Pro-Liquitech International in 1992 after being employed at the Brown-Forman Beverage Company, where he developed highly successful new products. Pro-Liquitech evolved into Flavorman, an international custom beverage production company. Its impressive client list includes internationally known brands and some of the world’s largest distilleries. Flavorman secured three SBA loans to grow the business and relocate near downtown Louisville, kick starting a revitalization of the area. In 2012, David founded Flavorman’s sister company, the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, on the Flavorman campus. The Distilled Spirits Epicenter is made up of three distinct and collaborative parts: Moonshine University, Grease Monkey Distillery and Challenge Bottling. Leaders attribute their success to the team. Flavorman and the Distilled Spirits Epicenter currently have 30 full time and four part time employees.




Written on March 25, 2016.

If you’ve been reading BevNet recently, you may have seen our article about the trends and challenges with cold-brewed coffee. The tl;dr version of the article is that cold-brewed coffee sales are up, but if you’re considering selling cold-brew coffee then you’ve got to watch out for short shelf lives, refrigerated distribution logistical nightmares, and limited manufacturing options. In other words, you’ll be better off using cold-brew as an ingredient in an RTD product.

Written on February 15, 2016.

Written on February 11, 2016.

WDRB | Flavorman | Ballotin | Whiskey | Chocolate

Chocolate plus whiskey.

What could be a more winning combination?

Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey has got you covered.



Written on February 3, 2016.

Peerless Distilling is a state-of-the-art craft distillery in downtown Louisville with a rich family history of bourbon making. This grain to glass distillery makes flavored moonshines, bourbon, and rye whiskey all under one roof, including barreling product in their own rack house. Discover the history and vision of the Peerless Team, and learn about their experience at Moonshine University and Flavorman.

Written on February 3, 2016.

Flavorman team members examine New Year’s traditions from around the world. Interpretations vary; hilarity ensues.

Written on February 3, 2016.

The flavor of Cola has evolved drastically since it was first introduced in the late 1800’s. Learn how the soda was originally made, what gives it its unique taste, and how the flavor is made today!

Written on November 20, 2015.

Bourbon Expert
Bourbon Expert | Courier Journal | Class | Flavorman

One of the most common questions I’ve received since officially taking on beverages reporting earlier this year is also my most feared: What do you recommend?

It’s a difficult question for someone who was perfectly fine drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon (and admittedly still is) until about two years ago, when I moved to Louisville and learned there’s more out there than bottom shelf liquor and $10 12-packs.

But it hasn’t been made any easier by breweries and distilleries that are always growing and pushing out products that attempt to fill the vast range of preferences.

How am I – or anyone – supposed to keep up?

Well, everyone, I’m ready to accept it: I’ll never know everything. But I’ve also acknowledged that I need to know more. So to further my own spirits education, I enrolled in this month’s Stave & Thief Society bourbon certification program. { KEEP READING }


Written on September 18, 2015.

3000 | Flavorman | Milestone | Drinks

Veteran beverage development lab Flavorman has been a flavor authority since 1992 and celebrates its 3000 custom formulations hitting the final testing stage this month.

Every type of drink imaginable has spent time in shelf-life testing at the Louisville-based company led by David Dafoe. The milestone number includes juices, energy drinks, teas, shooters, drops, liqueurs, spirits, ciders, malts, protein drinks and even beverages for horses, dogs, cats and birds.

“We guide companies from start-ups to industry leaders through the entire development process ‘from start through finish,’” said Dafoe. “By offering in-depth shelf-life testing, we set ourselves apart as the most thorough developer in the business.”
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1950's Flavorman
The Development Process
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