Brew & Booze News

Investment Tip: Liquor Funds?

CNBC.COM – Want to cash in on the liquor boom? Savvy and well-educated investors may consider looking beyond individual liquor brands and companies to creative exchange-traded funds and their agricultural suppliers. “We believe we’re at year five of a 25- to 40-year super-cycle that could see continued growth in consumer demand for whiskey and spirits, much like what has occurred …

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Important Alaska Alcohol Legislation Reform Upcoming

ALASKAJOURNAL.COM – Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, is expected to be the key figure this year as long-awaited reforms to Alaska’s alcohol laws reach the Legislature. Since 2012, members of the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and stakeholders from across Alaska have been redrafting Title 4, the chapter of state statute that regulates “the manufacture, barter, possession, and sale of alcoholic …

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Boise Booze Brothers

IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM – Nampa native Tory Corson, 36, was working as a patent lawyer in Silicon Valley when he caught the startup bug. He began advising clients in Montana, and his dream only grew as he watched microbrewing and microdistilling businesses take off. His brother, Josh Corson, 27, was making a career in the Treasure Valley flipping houses and renovating the …

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New Show About Breweries on Amazon Prime

CRAFTBEER.COM – What does it take to open a brewery? With craft beer’s meteoric rise in the United States, a lot of you have asked that question — and with 5,000 breweries and counting, it is obvious that many have figured out an answer. Barely Beer Barons, a new series premiering in early February 2017 on Amazon Prime, shows how three friends …

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The Next Hot Spirit?

THEDAILYBEAST.COM – Statistically, Americans are now vodka drinkers. Traditionally, of course, we were whiskey drinkers—vodka, introduced here in the 1890s, became chic in the 1930s, widely popular in the postwar years and finally displaced whiskey as top-selling spirit in the bicentennial year of 1976. Before that, whiskey, widely available since the 1740s, had been our spirit of choice since at …

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Booze Trends of 2016

SEATTLETIMES.COM – We’re more discerning drinkers now. We even know which days our favorite bartender is behind the bar. There are more interesting products and cocktails in our happy-hour scene than ever. The drinking scene has evolved. For the better. Here’s how. Beer cocktails That term around Seattle used to mean a michelada, Mexico’s beer version of a bloody mary. …

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B.C.’s Craft Distillers Say Industry Set to Boom, But Red Tape Getting in the Way

CBC.CA – Dave Brimacombe is living his dream of distilling and selling his own made-in-B.C. gin, thanks to changes to provincial liquor laws brought in by the current government in 2013. But he says, that same government is unnecessarily dampening the potential explosion of the craft distilling industry, which he feels is poised to ignite faster than a flaming cocktail. …

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The Sale of Alcohol at College Sporting Events Debate

PHILLY.COM – To help colleges tackle a binge-drinking epidemic linked to 1,825 student deaths and 97,000 sexual assaults annually, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recently devised a set of remedies. Prominent among them was one that not long ago was standard policy – a ban on alcohol sales at sporting events. For a variety of reasons – …

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Pink Boots Society – Community for Women in the Beer Industry

  MYNORTHWEST.COM – Seattle is most definitely a beer city. It’s the reason Jen Nicosia moved here from Chicago. “I did, in 2014 to brew beer and get into the scene. The water here was good, the hops are obviously here, a lot of grain is soured here.” Nicosia is a brewer and a beertender at Lowercase Brewing in south …

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U.S. Hop Production Eclipses 87 Million Pounds in 2016

BREWBOUND.COM – As many craft brewers continued a shift toward brewing with more aroma hops in 2016, the average hop yield per acre declined even as total U.S. hop production hit a five-year high, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2016, farmers reported 87.1 million pounds of hops harvested, an 8.3 million pound increase …

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