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Approved products are not kosher for Passover unless noted as such on the individual label.


PLEASE NOTE: Not all energy drinks and alcoholic beverages such as certain lemonades are certified kosher.
Note: Consumer should be careful to purchase all liquor from a store that either sold their chometz or is owned by a non-Jew.


    From the cRc: All wines served at a cRc event, regardless of the location, host or caterer must bear acceptable certification and must be mevushal (cooked).
    Check bottles for an acceptable certification and a statement that the wine is mevushal. Many Israeli and French wines are not mevushal, so care must be exercised.
    Carmel Wines from Israel must bear the OU on the label; some wines produced during the shmita year will not have the OU on the label.
    Alfasi wine, from Chile, is under the OK but not all are mevushal. Each label should be checked.
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Articles on Issues of Kosher Liquor

Alcoholic Beverage News and Alerts

Liquor list updates from the Chicago Rabbinical Council:

February 7, 2019 - The following information is from the cRc:

The following is a list of recent changes to the cRc Liquor List.
Please note that products listed as Certified are preferable to those listed as Approved.

Newly Certified
Beer Dettling Vieille Kirsch OU logo required
Beer Jailbreak Brewing Check Liquor List Star-K logo required
Beer Kirkland Signature Check Liquor List KCOR certified
Liqueur Righteous Road Righteous Seven Liqueur OU logo required
Scotch Tomintoul Tlath OU logo required
Newly Approved (not certified)
Irish Whiskey Teeling Small Batch
Irish Whiskey West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt
Scotch Glen Moray 12 Year Old American Cask
Scotch Glen Moray 18 Year Old
Scotch Glenfiddich Fire & Cane
Scotch Glenlivet 12 Year Old First Fill (Only "First Fill" is approved.)
Scotch Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Scotch Glenmorangie 19 Year
Scotch Glenmorangie Allta
Scotch Glenmorangie Spìos
Scotch Highland Park Full Volume Single Malt
Newly Non-Recommended
American Whiskey Blackened Whiskey
American Whiskey Clyde Mays Alabama Style Whiskey
Beer 16 Mile Brewing Co All Varieties
Beer AleWerks Brewing Co All Varieties
Beer Great Lakes Brewing Company All Varieties
Bourbon High West A Midwinter Nights Dram
Bourbon Jim Beam Legent
Bourbon Noble Oak Bourbon
Brandy Clear Creek All Varieties
Irish Whiskey Jameson Signature Reserve
Liqueur Chase Liqueur All Varieties
Other Ginger Tipple All Varieties
Rye Angel's Envy Rye
Scotch Glendronach Revival 15 Year
Scotch Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
Scotch Glengoyne 18 Year Old
Scotch Glengoyne 21 Year Old
Scotch Glenlivet Cipher
Scotch Glenmorangie Signet
Scotch Highland Park Magnus
Scotch Johnnie Walker Wine Cask Blend
Scotch Lagavulin Distillers Edition
Tequila Qui Platinum Extra Añejo Tequila
Vodka Rain All Varieties

Liquor list updates from the Chicago Rabbinical Council:

February 15, 2018 - The following information is from the cRc:

Newly Certified: BEER: Angel City, Assorted Varieties (Star-K logo required), Cobra, King, Premium, Zebra (KLBD logo required), McKenzie River, Assorted Varieties (OU logo required), Traveler Beer Co., Assorted Varieties (Star-K logo required). BRANDY: Boukha Bokobsa, Fig Alcohol (OU-P logo required). GIN: Dripping Springs, Gin (HKA certified), Empress, 1908 (Kosher Check logo required). OTHER: Ginger Tipple, Assorted Varieties (OK-P logo required), Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Assorted Varieties (OK-P logo required). RUM: Richard Distilling, Assorted Varieties (AKC logo required), Cruzan, Black Strap Rum- Dairy (OU-D certified). SAKE: G Sake, Assorted Varieties (Oregon-K logo required), Momokawa, Assorted Varieties (Oregon -K logo required), Moonstone, Assorted Varieties (Oregon -K logo required). SCOTCH: Bowmore, No.1 (KLBD logo required). TEQUILA: Cava, White Tequila (OU-P logo required). VODKA: Dripping Springs, Vodka (HKA certified), 3 Kilos, Vodka (OU-P logo required), David’s Harp Vodka, Citron Lemon Flavored (OU-P logo required), Peacock, Vodka (OU-P logo required), The Metropolitan Martini Co., Vodka Martini (OU-P logo required), Zachlawi, Assorted Varieties (OU-P logo required), Barton Naturals, Vodka, (cRc logo required), Rodrigues Markland Cottage, Sedna Vodka (COR logo required).

Newly Recommended (Not Certified): Beer: Goose Island, Four Star Pils, Ommegang, Art of Darkness, BPA, Gnomegang, Hop House, Soothsayer. IRISH WHISKEY: Bushmills, Red Bush. SCOTCH: Ancoc, 16 Year Old, Balvenie, Peat Week 14 Year 2002 Vintage, Kilchoman, 2006 Vintage (5 Year), 2007 Vintage (6 Year), 2008 Vintage (7 Year), Old Pulteney, 12 Year Old, Noss Head, Speyburn, Bradan Orach.

 Newly Non-Recommended: AMERICAN WHISKEY: Clyde Mays, Whiskey, Slaughter House, American Whiskey. BEER: Mackeson, XXX Triple Stout Milk Beer, Sweetwater Brewing, All Varieties, Branchline Brewing Co., All Varieties, Summit Brewing, All Varieties, Veil Brewing Co. , All Varieties. BOURBON: Angel's Envy, Bourbon, Jim Beam, Distiller’s Masterpiece, Kelsey Creek, Unflavored (Only acceptable if purchased before Pesach 1992/5752), Rock Hill Farms, Unflavored (Only acceptable if purchased before Pesach 1992/5752), Straight Edge, Bourbon, Trader Joe's, Kentucky Bourbon Straight Whiskey, Zackariah Harris, Unflavored (Only acceptable if purchased before Pesach 1992/5752), CANADIAN WHISKY, All Varieties (Reliable Hechsher Required). IRISH WHISKEY: Bushmills, Black Bush, Kilbeggan, Single Grain Irish Whiskey. RYE: Basil Hayden's, Dark Rye. SCOTCH: Glengoyne, 21 Year Old, Glenlivet, 25 Year Old, Ardbeg, An Oa, Auchentoshan, 12 Year, Bowmore, 10 Year Old, Bruichladdich, 16 Year, First Growth Series, CUVÉE "C", Buchanan’s, 18 Year Special Reserve, Glenfarclas, 21 Year Old, 25 Year Old, Glenfiddich, Project XX, Winter Storm, Glenlivet, 21 Year Old, Highland Park, Magnus, Jura, 10, Kilchoman, 2009 Vintage (8 Year), Speyburn, 10 Year Old.

London Beth Din information on whisky

May 7, 2017: From the London Beth Din:

Please note the following changes to our guidelines for Irish whiskey and new advice regarding whiskey produced in other countries, as printed in The Really Jewish Food Guide 2017. Our guidelines for Scotch whisky remain unchanged.
All Irish Whiskey is now approved. As a direct result of the work of the KLBD with the distillers, Irish legislation has been changed and it is no longer permitted to add flavour enhancers (including those which are wine based) to Irish whiskey. This applies to all whiskey bottled in Ireland since mid 2009.
Other whiskies produced overseas (American, Japanese, Norwegian etc) are not necessarily subject to the above mentioned controls and only those kosher certified or approved can be recommended.

Shmitta Alert: Recanati Wine

February 16, 2017- from the the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:

2015 Recanati Wine does not have OU certification (shmita concern). The AKC does not recommend purchasing this product, and has asked local stores to remove it from the kosher sections.

Kashrus information: Richland Dark Aged Rum

February 16, 2017- from the the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:

Richland Dark Aged Rum is now AKC approved, even without the AKC logo.

Kashrus information on Monday Night Brewery

May 25, 2016 from the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:
We are proud to announce that Monday Night Brewery is now AKC certified! Any of their year round beers including: Slap Fight, Nerd Alert, Blind Pirate, Fu Manbrew, Drafty Kilt and Eye Patch Ale are now Kosher Certified whether in a bottle, can, or by draft! The beer is Kosher even when not bearing an AKC symbol.
Although regular beer does not require a hechsher, beers produced in microbreweries or that have flavors added, do. Feel free to show Monday Night Brewery that it was worth going Kosher, and that they are appreciated by the community, by buying their beer. These beers can be purchased at Kroger, Publix, and many other locations.

British Kashrus info on Thunder Toffee Vodka

February 23, 2016: From the London Beth Din: Thunder Toffee Vodka now certified KLBD Parev only when bearing the KLBD logo. Currently sold at Kosher Kingdom, BKosher, Mendy's and Sussers.

Bushmills Distillery (Ireland) newly certified

February 11, 2016: From the OK Kosher Certification Twitter Feed: Bushmills Distillery (Ireland) is now OK kosher certified. They produce Irish whiskey.

Tanqueray Gin Kashrus Alert

From the Beth Din of Johannesburg on January 15, 2016: Please be aware, that we have received correspondence from the Federation of Synagogues in London (KF), whom used to certify "Tanqueray Gin", letting us know that this product is no longer certified and therefore is no longer an approved kosher product for consumption in South Africa.

Kosher Standards on Kosher Spirits Continue to Evolve

from the Chicago Rabbinical Council on January 26, 2016: Based on the findings of a recent AKO Liquor Committee Meeting, the cRc has decided to update the following liquor policies, as follows:

  • Tequila: Unflavored tequila, regardless of class and category, is recommended without hashgacha unless the label indicates that it was aged or finished in wine casks.
  • Rum: Unflavored rum, regardless of color or class, is recommended without hashgacha unless the label indicates that it was aged or finished in wine casks.
  • Canadian Whisky: Canadian Whisky is recommended only if it is known to only contain kosher ingredients or has reliable certification.
  • Gin: Standard gin is recommended without hashgacha (even when containing juniper berries and other botanicals) unless the label states that it is produced from grapes, wine, milk, lactose, or whey. Special attention should be paid to gin from France, New Zealand, and Australia. Flavored gin (e.g. Lemon-flavored gin) requires hashgacha. Sloe Gin is a liqueur and requires certification.
  • Beer: The current beer policy remains the same but please be aware that flavored beer requires hashgacha, even if only flavored with spices, botanicals, and fruit.

Baltika Beer is no longer certified by OK kosher

From the OK Kosher Certification on January 20, 2015: Baltika Brewery, St. Petersburg, Russia: Please be advised that Baltika Beer is no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification.

Minhas Craft Brewery Products no longer cRc Certified

From the cRc on January 4, 2016 with additional information on January 7, 2016:

Effective immediately, all products from Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe, WI, are no longer certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc).

Additional information from the cRc in response to the editor's questions: These products did not bear a cRc. The cRc did not certify any tequila, distilled products, or flavored beer.

Hortinos 100% Pro Agave Tequila is now certified kosher

From KMD Mexico on October 23, 2015: Hortinos 100% Pro Agave Tequila Las siguientes Bebidas Alcohólicas de la marca Hornitos están autorizadas como Mehadrin Parve

  • Licor de Tequila 100% Agave - Honey
  • Tequila 100% Agave - Añejo
  • Tequila 100% Agave - Plata / Blanco
  • Tequila 100% Agave - Black Barrel
  • Tequila 100% Agave - Lemón Shot
  • Tequila 100% Agave - Reposado

Translation from Google translate: The following Liquor mark the Hornitos are authorized as Mehadrin Parve

  • Liquor Tequila 100% Agave - Honey
  • 100% Agave Tequila - Añejo
  • 100% Agave Tequila - Silver / White
  • 100% Agave Tequila - Black Barrel
  • 100% Agave Tequila - Lemon Shot
  • 100% Agave Tequila - Reposado

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