Utah karaoke lounge asks board for liquor license
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah state alcohol commission is deciding whether karaoke can be considered recreation as it evaluates a liquor license request made by a Salt Lake City...
Kentucky bar accused of over-serving driver in fatal crash
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky bar has been accused of over-serving the wrong-way driver who killed himself and five members of a vacationing Michigan family in a highway crash last month.
News outlets report that Horseshoes Kentucky Grill & Saloon was issued an order to show cause Thursday by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Alcoholic Beverage Control Office.
The bar is accused of serving 41-year-old Joey Bailey alcoholic drinks when he was already under the influence.
The Brewhouse finds new ways to stay ahead after 25 years
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — When Oklahomans passed updated liquor laws in 2016, many rejoiced at more freedom to purchase cold wine and full-strength beer at a wider variety of retail locations. But it meant tens of thousands of businesses needed to get ready for the new world of alcohol in Oklahoma.
Iowa-produced craft beers continue surge in popularity
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa-made craft beers are continuing to surge in popularity even as general beer sales decline, according to a new report from state alcohol regulators.
North Carolina city prepping for possible marijuana sales
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city's alcohol regulators say they're preparing to sell marijuana should it become legal in the state.
The Asheville Alcoholic Beverage Control board chairman told the City Council Tuesday that there's a national trend of marijuana legalization, and it's the board's job to anticipate changes.
Riverton council defeats proposed alcohol use ordinance
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The Riverton City Council has defeated a proposed ordinance barring "habitually intoxicated persons" from purchasing alcohol in city limits.
Family of woman who died at resort files civil lawsuit
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The family of a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman who drowned at a Mexico resort last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Abbey Conner's family is suing the resort in Playa del Carmen and the U.S.-based company which handles its bookings. The civil complaint alleges Hotel Iberostar Paraiso del Mar and Visit Us knew that alcoholic beverages served at the resort were tainted and unfit for human consumption.
Police: Mom fills son’s sippy cup with alcohol, gets drunk
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta say a woman filled her son's sippy cup with an alcoholic beverage, sneaked it into a movie theater and became so drunk she couldn't walk, talk or care for the 5-year-old.
News outlets quote a Cobb County police arrest warrant as saying Kristina Gibson is wanted on charges including public intoxication. Police say Gibson also possibly combined the drink with prescription drugs.
Trump says he’d be a ‘mess’ as a drinker
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump jokes he'd be a "mess" if he indulged in alcoholic beverages.
Trump spoke about his drinking habits Monday at a news conference as he discussed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's comments about drinking beer in high school and college.
The president noted that he is not a drinker, saying "I can honestly say I've never had a beer in my life" and "it's one of my only good traits."
New Jersey officials limiting activities at microbreweries
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has issued new rules limiting the amount of events microbreweries can host.
David Rible, director of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, signed a special ruling Friday that limits microbreweries to 25 on-site activities each year, such as trivia nights and live performances.
They also can't provide take-out menus from restaurants, host more than 52 private parties each year or show sports on television unless it counts as one of their 25 special events.
Oklahoma sees shortage as switch to stronger beer approaches
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is seeing a shortage of beer as convenience and grocery stores move toward switching to stronger beer in October as a new law goes into effect.
Officials: Large Mississippi moonshine operation shut down
KILN, Miss. (AP) — Officials say they've shut down a large moonshine operation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
WLOX-TV reports that agents with the Alcoholic Beverage Control division of the state Department of Revenue are questioning someone but haven't made any arrests related to the Kiln still.
Possession of untaxed whiskey is a misdemeanor in Mississippi while distilling is a felony.
Beer here! Fans at Dodger Stadium can buy suds in seats
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans attending Los Angeles Dodgers games can start buying beer at their seats beginning Monday at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers are joining other professional sports teams in California in re-introducing in-seat beer service following a recent modification to the stadium's liquor license by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Previously, fans who wanted to consume alcohol had to purchase their drinks at concession stands.
JASPER, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee county is letting voters decide this November if liquor by the drink will be allowed across the county.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the Marion County Commission voted 12-1 Monday to put liquor by the drink on the ballot.
BERLIN (AP) — Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall? Brewers in Germany would kindly ask you to return them when you're done passing them around.
The German Brewers Association said Wednesday that strong summer sales of beer and non-alcoholic beverages in recent weeks have left some drinks manufacturers high and dry.
Spokesman Marc-Oliver Huhnholz said some brewers have only limited supplies of bottles left: "It would be good if consumers brought their empties back to stores quickly."
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine 14-year-olds can bus tables at restaurants that serve liquor as the state's liquor bureau moves ahead with its plan.
The state Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations says the effort will address Maine's labor shortage in the tourism and service industries.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new panel of state officials and business leaders has approved a new grant to help train Virginians in making wine, cider, craft beer and hard liquor.
Gov. Ralph Northam's office announced Wednesday the GO Virginia board had approved a $250,000 grant for Piedmont Virginia Community College and Germanna Community College. The funds will be used to establish two new training centers and to develop a new curriculum to help train candidates in making alcoholic beverages.
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BOSTON (AP) — State officials say they'll be cracking down on bars that over serve patrons this Memorial Day weekend.
Treasurer Deb Goldberg said the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission will be focusing enforcement over the holiday weekend on bars in summer communities that have been most identified as the last bar to sell alcohol to a convicted drunk driver.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature offered an amendment that preserves the ability of the state's craft distilleries to serve mixed drinks.
The Juneau Empire reports mixers must be nonalcoholic, but the amendment, offered by Democratic State Rep. Adam Wool, nullifies a legal ruling that would have canceled distilleries' cocktails this summer.
Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts soup and pumpkin spice samplings to encourage visitors to learn about and patronize downtown merchants.
From 3 to 5 p.m. May 12, a new event, the Ligonier Wine Walk, will offer samples of Pennsylvania wineries' varieties, along with creative wine beverages local restaurants will prepare, according to the chamber's website.
Ticket holders will visit participating businesses in downtown Ligonier to sample the various beverages.
Dino’s Ristorante Italiano is celebrating 20 years of offering Italian cuisine in downtown Roseburg.
The DeNino family is inviting the public to come celebrate the 20th anniversary with them from 2 to 5 p.m. April 29 at the restaurant. With a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages, the open house celebration will feature giveaways and door prizes. No-host beer and wine will also be available.
DeKalb District Park Board approves ordinance amendment on alcohol sales
DeKALB – An ordinance amendment to give exceptions, through a permitting process, for alcohol sales on Park District grounds was unanimously approved during Thursday’s DeKalb Park District Board meeting.
Amy Doll, executive director of the district, said this has been discussed for several months, and a change in the park code is the first step to allow for public and private events to serve alcohol.
Latrobe City Council on Monday voted 5-2 in support of Sheetz's plan to sell beer and wine at its store at Ligonier Street and Route 982.
The Altoona-based convenience store chain's request to transfer a restaurant liquor license from a former Pizza Hunt franchisee in neighboring Unity now will be considered by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Michigan's oldest winery, St. Julian, will open a tasting room at Oakland Mall next month.
The retail space will sell the full line of products made at the Paw Paw, Michigan-based winery and distillery, and will have a tasting bar for samples. Shoppers can order wines by the glass, too.
St. Julian sells a variety of vino made from Michigan grapes, including red, white, pink, sparkling and dessert wines. The longstanding company also makes cider, brandy, gin, vodka and nonalcoholic beverages.
American adults consumed 17.5 billion binge drinks in 2015, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers found 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drink about once a week. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more alcoholic beverages for men and four or more drinks for women in a two-hour period.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's capital could soon be home to a spirited new attraction.
Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day - one of the few days a year Metro-North bans booze on its trains, stations and platforms.
The other alcohol-free days are New Year’s Eve and SantaCon in early December.
Metro-North says the ban is to maintain orderly travel for customers.
“Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on trains, platforms, or stations. Any alcoholic beverage observed or found will be confiscated by MTA police. People violating the ban could also get a ticket that carries a fine.
14 Oklahoma counties could lose right to sell beer
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Up to 14 counties in Oklahoma might lose their right to sell beer after a new law taking effect in October replaces low-alcohol beer with stronger beer.
Counties will be required to have liquor-by-the-drink sales approved in order to sell beer in restaurants and bars once 3.2-percent beer is unavailable beginning Oct. 1, The Journal Record reported.
Proposals seek to spur growth in state distillery industry
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia distillers may soon be toasting the General Assembly after the Senate passed a bill to let liquor manufacturers keep more of the money from selling their spirits in tasting rooms.
Currently, distilleries must sell their bottles to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, then buy them back at full retail price before pouring samples inside their tasting rooms. The markup averages 69 percent and can be as high as 93 percent, according to ABC.
Proposal would restore mixed drinks at Alaska distilleries
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed law would allow Alaska distilleries to once again serve cocktails and mixed drinks in tasting rooms.
Members of the public talked to legislators on Saturday about the bill that would reverse regulations enacted by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the Juneau Empire reported .
Alcohol board approves ban on distilleries serving cocktails
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board upended the state's distilleries by approving new regulations that forbid them from serving mixed drinks.
The board's decision came Tuesday at the end of a daylong meeting, the Juneau Empire reported .
Move to scrap limits on liquor licenses stirs opposition
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Alcohol regulators in Kentucky have filed a proposal that would repeal rules limiting the number of licenses available for retail package liquor stores and by-the-drink liquor sales.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the proposed administrative regulations are stirring opposition. The Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Board filed the proposal last month.
The first local Taco Bell Cantina – the chain's fast-casual concept with an expanded menu and alcoholic beverages – is now open in downtown Royal Oak.
Those who were hoping for a cold beer with their Crunchwrap Supreme, however, will have to wait a bit longer. The sit-down, fast food restaurant is still waiting on its liquor license. Employees at the restaurant weren't sure exactly when the booze will start flowing, but they expected it to be in the next few weeks.
Making the Case for Higher Excise Taxes on Alcohol
The National Toxicology Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen. The research evidence indicates that the more alcohol a person drinks -- particularly the more alcohol a person drinks regularly over time -- the higher his or her risk of developing an alcohol-associated cancer. These include head and neck cancers (mouth, throat and voice box) and cancers of the esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast.
STAMFORD — In this last installment of holiday tips, Stamford police Chief Jon Fontneau offers his advice for holiday party goers during the Christmas and New Year’s season.
1. Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.
2. Eat high-protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
WESTPORT—A Bridgeport man was charged with speeding and drunk driving on the Sherwood Island Connector early Saturday morning, police said.
Officers utilizing radar caught Christian Ulisse, 48, traveling at 67 mph on the connector and, upon pulling Ulisse over, detected an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and learned he’d consumed alcohol that evening.
Survey: Underage drinking a big problem in Montana
Montana has a drinking problem.
The state consistently ranks among the country's worst states for rates of binge drinking and alcohol-related fatalities. In 2012, Montanans reported driving drunk at nearly twice the rate of the national average, and more than 20 percent of residents admitted to drinking excessively within a 30-day period.
Most of us overdo it with turkey and trimmings on Thanksgiving. Nothing wrong with that.
But some revelers might seek avenues to eat healthier or push the plate away before filling up. Here are some tips for staying on track this holiday season from Elizabeth Dubovi, clinical nutrition coordinator at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
Question: Can you name a few tips to avoid overconsumption during the holiday?
Alaska ski area expects to serve alcohol next winter
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Juneau government approved an ordinance this summer allowing a local ski area to serve alcohol, but skiers will likely have to wait until next winter to partake in an alcoholic beverage.
GROTON -- Pete and Therese Braudis walked into the Groton Market on a frigid Friday evening and asked the clerk for a recommendation.
They were looking for something that would pair well with fresh seafood. A few minutes later, the Braudises walked out with a $9.99 bottle of crisp Italian white wine.
They walked next door, wine in hand, into Filho's Cucina.
Board votes to expand wine options for Arkansas grocers
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has voted to issue new wine permits for grocery stores in the state.
The board voted Wednesday after a federal judge rejected an effort by some Arkansas liquor stores to block expanded wine sales by grocers, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported .
DES MOINES — State policymakers toasted another year of higher alcohol sales in Iowa.
The 2017 annual report by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division won’t be released officially until the agency’s oversight commission approves it, but division administrator Stephen Larson gave Gov. Kim Reynolds a taste of the numbers during a budget presentation on Monday.
Survey: Utah high school seniors are drinking more alcohol
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Alcohol use among some Utah high school seniors has increased — the first time the state's teen drinking survey has shown higher alcohol consumption rates in 10 years.
The Student Health and Risk Prevention survey also showed a slight uptick in drinking among sixth-graders, while alcohol consumption among eighth- and 10th-graders dropped.
Wisconsin wineries will go toe-to-toe in a competition Monday on the campus of UW-Madison.
The university's Department of Food Science is hosting an inaugural "Wine is Wisconsin" competition that will include 85 wines from 18 wineries throughout the state. The alcoholic beverages will be judged by eight food writers, restaurateurs, wine experts and retailers.
Honey and fruit wines, such as from cherries and cranberries, will accompany their traditional grape-made counterparts in the competition.
POCATELLO - On Friday, Aug. 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Shoshone Bannock Convention Center, the Pocatello High School Class of 1967 has been invited to join Highland Class of 1967 for the evening. Poky and Highland classes will provide a nice selection of finger food at no charge to all alumni. A no host bar will provide a complete selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. There will be good music, dancing and great conversations.
The Downtown Development Authority will send Chairman Steven McDowell to a meeting with the Rome Alcohol Control Commission Monday night with recommendations regarding changes to the city alcohol ordinance. The ACC meets Monday night at 6 p.m. in the commission chamber on the second floor of City Hall.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Welcome back to Margaritaville: Singer Jimmy Buffett's childhood home on Thursday backed off a short-lived ban on the sale of pitchers of the drink he made famous.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Buying alcohol on Sunday mornings could soon be reality in some North Carolina locales now that the General Assembly has approved legislation laying out how cities and counties could move up sales times for beer, wine or mixed drinks.
The Senate agreed Wednesday night to slight changes in a wide-ranging alcoholic beverage bill. The measure now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk.
Provided they have 50 or more rooms, Statesboro hotels with package alcohol licenses may now sell bottles or cans of beer and wine for patrons to drink in their rooms or elsewhere in the hotel.
An ordinance amendment, previously given a first reading, was approved June 20 by City Council. Previously, the city’s Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance, as enacted by the council in 2016, allowed hotels to be licensed to sell beer and wine, but not for someone to drink in a room at the same hotel.