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Craft brewer Bell's Brewery sold to Australia's Lion

Nov. 10, 2021 14:35 PM EST

The U.S. beer industry has one less independent brewer. Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery said Wednesday it is being acquired by Australian brewer Lion, a subsidiary of Japan’s Kirin Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. Lion will join Bell’s...

Voters say 'yes' to early closing time for South Beach bars

Nov. 03, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Last call could come three hours earlier in Miami Beach, where a majority of voters fed up with nighttime violence chose “Yes” to rolling back the 5 a.m. closing time for alcohol sales. The voter referendum was held Tuesday in response to...

Minnesota liquor sales soared in 2020 for a record year.

Oct. 30, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sales at municipal liquor stores in Minnesota soared in 2020 for a record-breaking year. Sales at the state’s 213 “munis” jumped 10% during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released this week by State Auditor Julie...

Puerto Rico to lift pandemic curfew, ban on alcohol sales

Oct. 12, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced Tuesday that he would be lifting a curfew and a ban on alcohol sales as the U.S. territory reports a drop in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. Current restrictions prohibit certain...

Head of North Carolina alcohol board resigns, cites stress

Sep. 20, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has resigned from the board, citing anxiety over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the agency’s recent challenges with liquor distribution. A.D. “Zander” Guy submitted...

Report: COVID-19 pandemic driving alcohol sales in Wisconsin

Sep. 08, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report suggests people are buying dramatically more alcohol as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. Revenue from state excise taxes on alcohol during the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled $73.8 million, up almost 17% from $63.3 million the...