Brown spirits are continuing to comfortably out-perform most white spirits in the US on-trade, according to latest figures. 

In this year's third-quarter, Bourbon volumes grew by 16% in bars and restaurants, while Irish whiskey was up by 6% year-on-year, tracking firm Guestmetrics revealed today (30 October). Volumes of brandy and Cognac fell 2%, while Scotch was down by 5% in the three months.

On-trade gin volumes dropped by 4%, Tequila 3%, Canadian whiskey 7% and vodka by 8% in Q3, Guestmetrics said. 

Overall, all three alcohol categories had their weakest performance of the year in the latest quarter. Spirits volumes fell 3.1%, but the sub-category is still gaining share in the alcohol market, primarily over beer, the figures showed. Spirits gained 0.2 percentage points, while beer lost nearly 0.6 percentage points.