Why Growlers Are Good

craftbeer.com/craftbeermuses I remember handing a growler to the food editor of a major newspaper asking him to hold it for a moment while I organized a few belongings. He asked, “What is this?” Yikes, in my mind he is a food editor. He should know what a growler is, but maybe that is hoping for […]

A Fading Promise

By The Denver Post Editorial Board What if they opened up retail marijuana stores and nobody came? OK, that hasn’t happened in Colorado. We exaggerate. But the point is that something unexpectedhas occurred in terms of marijuana sales during the first six months of retail stores: Medical marijuana purchases have held strong and easily outpaced the […]

Craft Beer Industry Taps Profits of “Big Beer”

What do growlers, taps, Busch Gardens and the Florida legislature have in common? Beer.  Laws regulating the brewing and distribution by small or “craft” brewers in the Sunshine State have become a flashpoint for efforts to change liquor laws in other states.

The Danger of Teens “Vaping” Alcohol

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Experts are warning parents of a new, dangerous way for teenagers to get drunk and fast. It’s a dangerous new high that’s getting teens drunker, faster and the consequences could be deadly. The new underage drinking trend putting teens at risk is called “vaping” which is not to be confused with a […]

3 Critical Steps

Spring cleaning is a long-revered tradition of discarding unnecessary clutter to make way for a more productive year. Applying this same concept to alcohol policies and procedures can yield tremendous long-term benefits, reduced risks and protection against liability. The keys to cleaning up your alcohol service program include a strict, and easily understood written policy; […]

Powdered Alcohol — for real?

Putting a can of beer in a brown paper bag is about to look like child’s play. A new product that’s somehow been approved by US regulators makes booze as discreet as a packet of sugar. It’s called Palcohol, and it transforms a shot of vodka or rum into a pocketable pouch of powder. Tear […]

Which State Drinks the Most Wine?

While you may think of the U.S. as a nation of beer drinkers, we’re drinking increasingly more wine in this country. According to the California-based Wine Institute, in 2012 Americans drank 2.7 gallons of wine per person, which was up from around 1.5 gallons in the 1970s.  

A Wake Up Call to Parents

Hidden cameras reveal adults buying alcohol for underage ‘teens’ Source: TODAY Jeff Rossen and Avni Patel Feb. 26, 2014 Spring break is coming up, and that means underage kids looking to score alcohol. Underage drinking can turn tragic. Each year, 4,700 people under the age of 21 die from causes related to drinking, from alcohol poisoning to […]

Sweet Wine Sales on the Grow

Sweet-wine sales continue to grow. So much so that Americans are drinking more Italian wines than Italians themselves, according to a Reuters report, and owing to the popularity of sparkling wines from the southern European country and millennials. Italian varieties are the top imported wine in the United States, which is the world’s largest consumer […]