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US Wine Consumption At 'All-Time High'

September 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Beverage Information & Insights Group | News | Comments

U.S. wine consumption has expanded for the 20th straight year, surpassing France as the largest wine market.  Relaxed restrictions on direct winery shipments contributed to the wine industry's success in 2013.        

Monarch Beverage Co. Keeps Up Indiana Liquor Law Fight

September 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co., the state's largest beer distributor, has filed documents seeking a liquor wholesaler's permit for a separate corporate entity.                  

Diageo Taps Tech Start-Ups to Tackle Irresponsible Drinking, Retail Theft

September 8, 2014 1:00 pm | by Diageo | News | Comments

Diageo, the world's largest maker of spirits, has created a technology to help find solutions to some of the liquor industry's most pressing problems.                             

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Bud Light's 'Whatever' Contest Winners Left Stranded, Angry

September 8, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said the travel delays stemmed from a large number of people trying to depart the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport after the two-day event.                         

The World's Most Valuable Soft Drinks Brands

September 8, 2014 9:56 am | by Canadean | News | Comments

A look at the top end of the global top 20 most valuable soft drinks ranking for 2013 reveals no surprises, with the Coca-Cola brand in pole position, followed by Pepsi-Cola on the strength of their global reach.         

Anheuser-Busch Converts Trucking Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles

September 8, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The CNG conversion comes as the 2014 football season kicks off one of the company’s busiest shipping periods of the year with 17 million cases of beer shipped by the Houston fleet during the third quarter.               

Do No-Calorie Sweeteners Help or Hinder Diet Choices?

September 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Dick Jones Communications | News | Comments

New research from Texas Christian University suggests that no-calorie sweeteners may lead to diet-sabotaging choices. The study measured cognition, snack choices and responses to sugary foods.                

Legislators Discuss Relaxing Wine-Shipping Laws

September 4, 2014 9:45 am | by KEVIN BURBACH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislators on the Alcohol Distribution and Shipping committee met in Pierre to discuss a proposed bill that would allow residents to buy up to 12 cases of wine per year directly from wineries, which is currently illegal in South Dakota and eight other states.

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Penn. Liquor Board Reports Record Revenue

September 4, 2014 8:40 am | by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board | News | Comments

In a new report, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said the total for the year ending June 30 is $13 million, or about 2.5 percent, higher than the previous year's transfer.                      

VIDEO: What Coffee Does to the Brain

September 4, 2014 8:00 am | by AsapSCIENCE | Videos | Comments

It's easy to understand why coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world, after oil. For many, it keeps us awake and moving through our busy days. But, how does it actually work?                 

Not Your Average Campus Life: 18th Century Brewery Found at Va. College

September 3, 2014 11:45 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The remains of what is likely an 18th century on-campus brewery were discovered just outside of the nation's oldest college building when campus officials were looking to widen a sidewalk.                 

Iowa Firm Selling New Pure Vodka in the State

September 3, 2014 9:30 am | by Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa | News | Comments

OZ Spirits, an Iowa company, hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor. The IngeniOz vodka started selling for $24 a bottle about a month ago.         

Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Business to Crown

September 3, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Heineken sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the US for $1.23 billion to reduce its debt. Heineken had acquired the business in 2010 as part of a deal to buy the Mexican company Femsa, which owned the Dos Equis brand.

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Colbert: Vapshot Alcohol Vaporizer Because 'Lungs Don't Vomit'

September 3, 2014 8:45 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

There's nothing like a stiff drink to take the edge off a rough day. Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" provides his take on the Vapshot Alcohol Vaporizer, which allows consumers to drink alcohol and feel the effects almost immediately.  

Va. Couple Creates Book That Pairs Fine Beers With Food

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVID A. MAURER, The Daily Progress | News | Comments

There are more than 60 microbreweries operating in Virginia. The breweries have become so popular that August was designated Virginia Craft Beer Month. Perfectly timed to coincide with this monthlong celebration is the release of a book on melding fine beers with good eats.

In Quake, Wine Barrels Became Quarter-Ton Projectiles

September 2, 2014 2:22 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about a lightly regulated threat to safety in fault-riddled wine country.            

American Born Moonshine Launches in Texas

September 2, 2014 2:14 pm | by American Born Moonshine | News | Comments

American Born Moonshine is expanding into Texas, marking the brand's first foray into the Lone Star State. The family of products includes three flavors — Original, Apple Pie and Dixie — and honors the tradition of authentic mountain moonshine and the patriotic American rebel spirit. 

Beer Gardens Helping Milwaukee County Budget

September 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beer gardens weren't terribly hard for people to accept in Milwaukee County, which has one of the highest numbers of people with German ancestry in the country. While the big breweries moved years ago, beer is still ingrained here, with smaller breweries like Sprecher Brewing Co. 

Colorado Town OKs Bud Light 'Whatever' Promotion

September 2, 2014 11:25 am | by The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado | News | Comments

Some residents of Crested Butte, Colorado are upset after local officials gave the go-ahead to Bud Light to take over the town, fence it in and literally paint it blue for an upcoming weekend event.                 

Photo: 7-Eleven Celebrates 50 Years of On-the-Go Coffee

September 2, 2014 10:30 am | by 7-Eleven, Inc. | News | Comments

7-Eleven, Inc., the first national retailer to offer fresh-brewed coffee in to-go cups, celebrates 50 years of on-the-go coffee with 50-cent coffee from Sept. 3 through Sept. 14.                   

Coors Light Continues its Commitment to Historically Black Colleges

August 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by Coors Brewing Company | News | Comments

Supporting the HBCU Classics for more than 25 years, Coors Light maintains its commitment as a community leader that supports higher education, civic leadership and economic empowerment. This year, Coors Light is awarding each participating school $10,000 in scholarships.

US Current Leader in Wine Segment

August 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Investorideas.com | News | Comments

According to recent research from Smart Research, the US is the market leader in the wine segment but China is projected to take the leading position by 2016-17.                     

Bronze Age Wine Cellar Found

August 29, 2014 10:20 am | by PLOS | News | Comments

Little archaeological evidence about Bronze Age wine is available to support the role wine played during this period. But a excavation of the Middle Bronze Age Canaanite palace in modern-day Israel found 40 large storage vessels.     

Chiquita Brands Sued For Deceptive Advertising

August 28, 2014 12:45 pm | by WASH | News | Comments

The lawsuit, filed by Seattle-based Water and Sanitation Health (WASH) claims that Chiquita "advertises that its bananas are farmed in an ecologically friendly and sustainable manner."               

Utah Approves Winery in Town With Polygamous Sect

August 28, 2014 9:45 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Utah town largely controlled by a polygamous sect moved one step closer to opening its first commercial winery, a signal of yet another lifestyle choice that separates the sect from mainstream Mormon teachings.          

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