BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana prosecutors have charged a bar at a Montana ski area with over-serving alcohol to a man who killed himself and another driver in a head-on collision.
House approves wine shipment legislation
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has passed legislation allowing residents to purchase wine and have it shipped directly to their house.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California Legislature (all times local):
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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...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — House lawmakers in Texas have voted to protect the right of kids to run lemonade stands without fear of being shut down by police.
More than 50 companies showcased at Illinois Products Expo
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 50 food producers, wineries and agricultural groups will showcase their Illinois-made products at the Illinois Products Expo this weekend.
House OK allowing wine, mixed drink sales from golf carts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana residents would be able to sell wine and mixed drinks like margaritas from golf carts on the state's golf courses under a bill that's cleared the Indiana House.
The chamber approved the legislation Thursday on a 92-4 vote, sending the measure to the Senate for consideration.
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.
Bar patrons won’t have to go home quite as early in Oxford
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Bar patrons won't be able to buy alcohol any later in one Mississippi college town, but they will get a little longer to finish their drinks.
The Oxford Eagle reports that aldermen have approved a resolution allowing patrons at bars near the Oxford square to consume alcohol until 2 a.m. most nights, although they won't be able to buy alcohol after 1 a.m. The city will complete a change to its ordinances later.
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.
College brewing up new recipe for hospitality success
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona State College is brewing up the only program of its kind in Florida: one in which the classroom is a pub, and the froth-filled lessons, a recipe for success.
In January, the college will offer a 30-credit hospitality beverage science associate of science certificate, which DSC President Tom LoBasso said was one of just a handful in the nation.
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.
Wawa partners with brewery to create limited edition beer
CHADDS FORD, Pa. (AP) — The convenience store franchise Wawa says it is partnering with a suburban Philadelphia brewery to create a limited edition beer.
Wawa's Winter Reserve Coffee Stout, brewed by 2SP Brewing Co., blends Wawa's Winter Blend coffee into a stout beer. The beer will be launched on Dec. 6 at a Wawa store in Chadds Ford — the only Wawa in Pennsylvania that sells beer.
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.
Dunkin’ taking on Starbucks with improved espresso drinks
First, Dunkin' dropped the "Donuts" from its name. Now it's adding fancy espresso drinks to its menu.
Dunkin' says U.S. customers will be able to buy upgraded lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso-based hot and cold drinks at most of its 9,200 U.S. stores by the holiday season.
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Herbalist takes on apprentice to carry on plant traditions
KERENS, W.Va. (AP) — One small step or wrong turn in Marion Harless' garden, and you might never find your way out.
But losing yourself in Harless' array of plants means you'll likely gain something else — like an understanding of how scouring rush horsetail, a plant that belongs to the equisetaceae family, can be used as a toothpaste or mouthwash when dried.
Michigan bans marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to immediately prohibit marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks in Michigan.
The law enacted Tuesday bars the use, possession or sale of marijuana-infused beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks.
Supporters say the bill is a pre-emptive move in case Michigan voters next month legalize marijuana for recreational use. They say marijuana-infused alcohol could exacerbate intoxicated driving.
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.
Michigan Legislature votes to ban marijuana-infused beer
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation going to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature would prohibit marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks in Michigan.
The state House approved the bill Tuesday, on a 101-4 vote. The measure would bar the use, possession or sale of marijuana-infused beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks.
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."
Beer lovers, listen up: New book has some life hacks for you
NEW YORK (AP) — Beer snobs, turn away, Ben Robinson has some hacks involving your favorite, foamy beverage.
The editor in chief of The Observer has written a handy little every guy's illustrated guide of 100 tips, tricks and projects involving beer.
Heading to Munich for Oktoberfest, or perhaps just out to the ball park? He has the best ways to partake. Oops, forgot that bottle opener. Robinson's got you covered. Want to stash some for later? You can do that under the right conditions.
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.
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Las Vegas dispensary selling variety of pot-infused beers
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas marijuana dispensary has begun selling a variety of pot-infused beers made without alcohol.
The Las Vegas Sun reports Two Roots Brewing Co. released its line of marijuana beers Thursday at the Las Vegas ReLeaf Dispensary.
The dispensary is offering Two Roots' lager, stout, new west IPA, blonde ale and wheat style beers.
Artist brings beer and sculpture garden to Norman
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Repurposing just got a lot more interesting.
Norman's emerging arts district and Second Friday Art Walk are bringing out some creative concepts for the city's near future, like Trailer Garden planned for 105 W. Comanche west of the tracks and The Depot.
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."
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls has added beer drinking while hurling axes to the city's list of entertainment options.
The Sioux Falls City Council on Tuesday approved Escape 605's request to sell beer and wine at its new location, where customers will be able to throw axes at targets, the Argus Leader reported.
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The caregiver of a 19-year-old man with muscular dystrophy has been charged in Dakota County with neglect after taking him to a party where he consumed alcohol and died.
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.
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-based beer company that makes popular brands such as Angry Orchard and Sam Adams will pay New York nearly $1 million over a product labeling violation.
Officials said Thursday American Craft Brewery, a subsidiary of Boston Beer Co., has agreed to pay a $975,000 fine to the New York State Liquor Authority over charges that it sold unregistered beer and malt drinks in the state.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Vendors could soon sell hard liquor at events in two major city parks under a proposal coming before the Salem City Council on Tuesday.
The Statesman Journal reports the proposal would allow hard liquor sales at Salem's Riverfront Park and Bush's Pasture Park.
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.
About the same time each year for one week, Pittsburghers will commemorate craft beer. The ancient beverage that has brought people together for thousands of years will be celebrated as Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week — April 20-29.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A brewery based in Virginia plans to expand. But another based in Oregon says it will likely scale back plans for a facility in the Old Dominion.
Craft brewers expand their selections by dialing back alcohol, heavy ingredients
To celebrate National Beer Day and the seasonal launch of its summer ale one Saturday earlier this month, Lift Bridge Brewing Co. hosted a party with a Hawaiian luau theme. The brew of the day: Mango Blonde, a light-bodied ale that’s symbolic of how craft brewers are now trying to grow.
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.
Denver outfit buys three bars in Billings, re-brands them as ‘entertainment complexes’
Three is a nice, round number, and if your goal is to jump-start a lively drinking and nightlife scene on the West End, it's a good number to start with.
"Maybe we can come in here with new ideas," said Fred Liske.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Members of the Alaska Alcohol Beverage Control Board have been told that their January vote forbidding distilleries from serving alcoholic mixed drinks is invalid.
The vote has been deemed invalid due to a mistake made by a board member, the Juneau Empire reported Tuesday. That means the state's distilleries can continue serving cocktails through at least the first half of this summer.