Takeout cocktails have saved many businesses. Some states want to make them permanent offerings.

Jun 25, 2020
Takeout cocktails have saved jobs in the restaurant and bar industries.
A bartender sells a frozen margarita to go in New York City. Offering alcohol for takeout  has helped keep restaurants and bars afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Craft spirits and craft brewers compete for thirsty consumers

May 9, 2019
It's a hard-fought battle for market share.
A customer sips on a glass of craft beer at a California brewery.
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As cider market grows, a push to appeal to higher-end consumers

Dec 12, 2018
Cider sales in the U.S. have grown over the past decade. But some cider makers say the the market still isn’t valuing their product for what it’s worth.
Orchards in Lebanon, New Hampshire belonging to Steve Wood, of Farnum Hill Ciders, where he grows apples specifically for cider making.  
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Rosé is becoming a year-round trend

Aug 20, 2018
Rosé wine was long dismissed by wine buffs as cheap and cheerful. But the popularity of rosé is surging in the United States, where sales doubled in 2017. The biggest rosé region is in Provence, France. The French still tend to drink rosé in summer but a survey by United Kingdom-based consultancy Wine Intelligence says most […]
Rosé: You can drink it past Labor Day.
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The cannabis brand wars: which companies will come out on top?

Apr 20, 2018
There are more than 60,000 cannabis companies in North America alone.
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Inside the booming black market for bourbon

Jun 14, 2017
High demand and short supply mean some labels are all but unavailable in stores.
During the early 1920s, Old Pogue Distillery, (Mason County, Kentucky) sold limited quantities of its whiskey for medicinal purposes under the Old Jordan brand.
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Jose Cuervo to go public amid political uncertainties

Feb 8, 2017
The company has more than 25 percent of the U.S. tequila market.
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Whiskeys have to age for years, so how do distilleries make money?

Mar 7, 2016
Distillers have to find another way to make money while whiskey ages.
Barrels of whiskey aging at the Kings County distillery.  Colin Spoelman, Kings County’s master distiller says when it comes to aging whiskey, a barrel can be like a tea bas. “The first time you use it, you get a lot of spice, a lot of infusion, flavor.”
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Hard cider sales bubble up

Dec 31, 2015
A new bill will likely help cider makers boost sales and expand the market.

Work hangovers cost billions in productivity

Oct 16, 2015
All your crazy keggers are taking a toll on the economy.