Latest Liquor News

Growth in licensed products gives NMSU athletics an assist

Oct. 03, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Pete’s Most Wanted Salsa, a new product bearing the image of New Mexico State University mascot Pistol Pete, celebrated its launch Wednesday with a party at La Posta de Mesilla; and the university says more branded products will soon be joining a growing family of...

Pumpkin Spice Martini? Autumn cocktails can get creative

Oct. 03, 2022 08:42 AM EDT

Apple pie! Pumpkin spice! Buttered rum! This is how we embrace autumn at our home bar. Despite the drop in temperatures, cocktails flavored for fall don’t need to taste deep, brooding or heavy. There are plenty of ways to harness the ingredients we associate with the season to...

California to add wine, liquor bottles to recycling program

Sep. 28, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will add wine and liquor bottles to its recycling rebate program under a law taking effect in July 2024. “California’s bottle bill recycling program has needed fixing for 40 years,” Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins said Wednesday....

Kentucky hits record number of bourbon barrels: 11.4 million

Sep. 28, 2022 04:18 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The number of bourbon barrels in Kentucky reached a record number this year, the Kentucky Distillers' Association said. As of January, the state reached 11.4 million barrels, or 12 million when other aging spirits are included, the group said in a news release...

Jim Beam outlines expansion to ramp up bourbon production

Sep. 14, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

Jim Beam plans to ramp up bourbon production at its largest Kentucky distillery to meet growing global demand in a more than $400 million expansion to be powered by renewable energy. The project will increase capacity by 50% at the Beam plant in Boston, Kentucky, while reducing...

California may add wine, liquor bottles to recycling program

Sep. 01, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would add wine and distilled spirits containers to its struggling recycling program, while giving beverage dealers another option to collect empty bottles and cans, under a measure lawmakers approved Wednesday. But critics say the bill would also give hundreds...

Asheville brewery breaks into distillery business

Aug. 22, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A WNC brewery is tapping into the spirited industry of distilling. In 2016, UpCountry Brewing Company opened in West Asheville, and a Brevard taproom opened two years later. This year, a collaboration motivated reintroduction as not only a craft brewery but...

Kentucky bourbon distillery expanding, adding 50 jobs

Jul. 29, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Spirits maker Beam Suntory is investing $400 million to expand a bourbon distillery in central Kentucky and will create 50 full-time jobs, Gov. Andy Beshear announced. The expansion is at James B. Beam Distilling Co.'s Booker Noe Distillery in Boston in Nelson...

Up in the Bavarian Alps, rugged trails with German cheer

Jul. 20, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

SCHÖNAU AM KÖNIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — At 23 minutes before midnight, at 1,703 meters (5,600 feet) above sea level, the lashing rain and furious winds outside the darkened bunkroom prompted two questions to turn over in my head: Will the roof of this hut be ripped off in the dead of night? Will I...