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Virginia Brewery Taps 300-Year-Old Beer Recipe

December 4, 2014 9:44 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment it with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia's prominent Reynolds family.             

Looking for a Cup of Joe? Martha Stewart Dips into Coffee Business

December 4, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A spokeswoman for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. confirmed that plans are in place for the company to open a New York coffee shop. The shop wil be in the Chelsea neighborhood, within the same building that holds the company's headquarters.

Consumer Trends: A Drink For All Seasons and Reasons

December 3, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Harris Poll | News | Comments

When it comes to alcoholic beverage choices for American adults (aged 21 and up), how much does the "when" of it factor into the type of drink one chooses? As it turns out, quite a bit. Beer is the top drink choice to consume throughout the year. 

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Nostalgia Plays Big Role in Limited-Time Holiday Flavors

December 3, 2014 11:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Limited-time flavors are a proven way to attract customers throughout the year. But flavors like candy cane and gingerbread are particularly popular because of the power scents and flavors have to evoke time spent with loved ones.     

Brown-Forman Reports Slightly Higher Net Income

December 3, 2014 11:30 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. said Wednesday its second-quarter net income rose slightly because of sales growth for its flagship Jack Daniel's brand along with its tequilas and pricier premium whiskeys, offsetting declines for some of its other staples.

Business Groups Push to End Indiana's Ban on Sunday Alcohol Sales

December 3, 2014 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some business groups have started a new push aimed at ending Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday alcohol sales at retail stores. Liquor store owners have opposed lifting the Sunday ban, arguing the change would benefit large chain grocery and convenience stores.

VIDEO: Flavor On Tap With Personalized Beer

December 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

It might look like a coffee machine, but this technology is designed to enhance the taste of your favorite beer. Now, beer-drinkers could have the opportunity to personalize the taste of their favorite brew if pubs adopt new technology at the pump.

VIDEO: Climate Change Means Saying Goodbye to Coffee, Caviar

December 2, 2014 10:15 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Climate change talks kick off today in Lima. We’re used to seeing images of ice caps melting but one other very real consequence could be a change to the food we eat. Unless ambitious targets can be reached, these are four foods most likely to go missing from store shelves. 

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Not Your Average Retirement Home: Oregon Community Brews Up Beer

December 2, 2014 9:53 am | by MAC MCLEAN, Bend Bulletin | News | Comments

In search of an activity that didn't fit the traditional retirement-community vibe, Aspen Ridge's managers reached out to the Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization two years ago about setting up a homebrewing demonstration at their Purcell Drive facility.

Food Gifts Fill Up Consumers' 2014 Holiday Wish Lists

December 1, 2014 1:05 pm | by Omaha Steaks | News | Comments

Food gifts top the wish list for many consumers this holiday season according to a recent study of holiday food gift trends conducted by Omaha Steaks. The survey indicated nearly 86 percent of gift recipients would enjoy receiving a food gift. 

Arizona Brewing Companies Fight to Hang Onto Business

December 1, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of Arizona's most successful microbreweries are brewing for a legislative battle to hang onto their business. Four Peaks and San Tan brewing companies are in danger of losing their restaurants that aren't attached to brewing operations once they surpass a production cap.

In Wisconsin, Black Friday Shoppers Came For Beer

December 1, 2014 9:21 am | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 800 people were in line by 8 a.m. Friday outside of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee to buy a limited edition Black Friday brew. In less than four hours, the brewery was sold out of its 5,000 22-ounce bottles, each of which sold for $15. 

US Tea Sales Increased 5.9 Percent Last Year

November 26, 2014 2:15 pm | by American Botanical Council | News | Comments

Tea is the world's second most-consumed beverage after water. According to a new report published in the current issue of HerbalEGram, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated, and herbal tea in the United States increased by 5.9 percent in 2013.

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Infographic: Drink in the Opportunities

November 26, 2014 12:40 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

In an infographic by PMMI, it is revealed that nearly one-third of the top 100 CPG companies in the United States are located within a 200 mile radius of Philadelphia. PMMI will bring its latest packaging and processing solutions to the East Coast in February.

Kentucky Whiskey Maker Fetches More Than $28K For 1st Bottle of Bourbon

November 26, 2014 9:20 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bottle appeared to rank among the most expensive bottles of bourbon ever sold. Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association, said he doesn't know of any other bottle that sold for that amount or higher. All of the money will go to a local charity.

Vermont Auditor Questions State's Role in Liquor Business

November 25, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont state Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is questioning the state's role in the liquor business, and says complete privatization likely would have a neutral revenue impact. Hoffer acknowledges that privatization could result in higher liquor prices to consumers.

VIDEO: Ban on Half-Gallon Beer Jug Growlers Heats Up

November 24, 2014 9:33 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Craft beer fans love capped jugs known as growlers. They are an efficient way to bring fresh beer home, but in Florida, they are banned, even though it's fully legal to fill jugs that are smaller and larger. Vicente Arenas reports.     

Construction Begins on North Dakota's Micro-Distillery

November 24, 2014 9:23 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction has started on a micro-distillery in downtown Fargo that will produce whiskeys, bourbons, gins and vodkas and feature a century-old bar from a small North Dakota town. Proof Artisan Distillers, Inc. will use Red River Valley barley, corn and potatoes to make its booze.

VIDEO: Diddy Enters the Tequila Business

November 21, 2014 2:43 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Diddy has already had a huge success in the vodka world and now is dipping into tequila. Like many celebrities, Diddy has now entered the tequila world by partnering with Diageo and purchasing the luxurious DeLeon brand.       

Snack Tax: Navajo Lawmakers OK Price Hike on Junk Food

November 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The sales tax on cookies, chips and sodas sold on the Navajo Nation is going up. Tribal President Ben Shelly signed legislation Friday to impose a 2 percent sales tax on junk food starting next year. It will remain in effect until 2020. 

VIDEO: What is Luxury Beer?

November 21, 2014 11:43 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

There is a new term being used in the beer world: luxury beer. These may be two words you don't expect to hear together, but it is a thing. So what is it that makes a beer luxurious?                   

Research Reveals Promise For Expanding Hard Cider Industry

November 20, 2014 2:25 pm | by Hort Technology | News | Comments

Hard cider consumption is trending steeply upward in the region surrounding food-conscious Seattle, and Washington is part of the nation’s hard cider revival. The amount of cider produced in the state tripled between 2007 and 2012.     

VIDEO: 'The United States of Drinking'

November 20, 2014 10:42 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A new Smithsonian Channel special called "United States of Drinking" looks at some of America's favorite drinks. Award-winning food writer and host John Ozersky joins "CBS This Morning" to talk about his spirited trip across the country.   

'Booze Traveler' Host Explores How the World Drinks

November 20, 2014 9:52 am | by WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. Part travelogue, part drinking diary, "Booze Traveler" takes viewers with Maxwell as he travels to Louisiana, Tennessee and 13 foreign countries, including Armenia and Nepal. Each episode is a quest to distill the essence of a place through its beer, wines and spirits. 

Cost of Thanksgiving is Going Up

November 20, 2014 9:37 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year, clocking in at $49.41. That's 37 cents higher than in 2013. For that, you can blame dairy products, coffee and marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole.

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