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Give the gift of citrus this holiday season for pop of cheer

Oct. 19, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When life gives you lemons, get gifty. Dayna Isom Johnson, the trend expert at, sees a turn toward “cheerful citrus” this holiday season. “It's an escape from traditional themes for the holidays,” she said. “It's really allowing you to add a pop...

Virtual Kentucky Bourbon Festival opens Thursday

Oct. 14, 2020 4:06 AM EDT

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — This year's Kentucky Bourbon Festival that was postponed then moved online gets underway this week. Registration is free and open for online programs on topics ranging from food and whiskey pairing to the art of whiskey making and putting together cocktails with ordinary supermarket...

Former Navy captain opens restaurant following tragedy

Oct. 11, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Some who switch careers midstream and get into restaurants on a lark flounder. Others seem well-suited for the transition. Bob Byron falls into the latter category. The Naval Academy graduate and retired Navy captain once commanded the guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney, named...

This photo provided by Brown-Forman Corporation/Lack Daniel Distillery shows Chris Fletcher, the new master distiller at Jack Daniel's.  The Tennessee distillery introduced Fletcher as master distiller for the flagship brand of Kentucky-based Brown-Forman Corp., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.  Fletcher spent six years as assistant master distiller and assumes the top role following Jeff Arnett's departure after 12 years of leading the powerhouse brand.   (Ed Rode/Brown-Forman Corporation/Lack Daniel Distillery via AP)

New Jack Daniel's master distiller keeps up family tradition

Oct. 7, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

In a business where family tradition tends to matter, Chris Fletcher stepped up Wednesday to follow in his grandfather's footsteps to lead production of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand. The Tennessee distillery introduced Fletcher as master distiller for the flagship brand of Kentucky-based Brown-Forman...

A collection of spirits and cocktail recipe books are displayed at a home in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 4, 2020. Since the pandemic hit the United States, a lot of social drinking has moved back home. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)

Cocktails get the home treatment in several new books

Oct. 6, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

Cocktails are having a moment, and because of the pandemic, that moment is happening most often at home. Many restaurants have responded with cocktails to go, approved in more than 30 states, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, an industry trade group. Liquor stores offer cocktails-in-a-can, like those...

New Orleans bars serving drinks to go as virus cases wane

Oct. 4, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of the sacraments of New Orleans life, buying a drink to go, is again on offer. City officials on Saturday allowed bars to begin selling takeout alcoholic beverages, as part of the city's gradual reopening from COVID-19. Go-cups had been allowed during a temporary loosening of...

FILE – In this May 20, 2009, file photo, Jeff Arnett, the master distiller at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn., drills a hole in a barrel of whiskey in one of the aging houses at the distillery. After 12 years of leading production of the powerhouse Jack Daniel's whiskey brand, Arnett is stepping down as master distiller at the Tennessee distillery, the company announced Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Jack Daniel's master distiller stepping down after 12 years

Sep. 3, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After 12 years of leading production of the powerhouse Jack Daniel's whiskey brand, Jeff Arnett is stepping down as master distiller, the company announced Thursday. Arnett stewarded the brand's continued global growth and executed a strategy that expanded the Jack Daniel's lineup...

Distillers funding scholarship program to promote diversity

Sep. 3, 2020 5:40 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Distillers' Association says it will fund scholarships at the University of Kentucky in a push to increase diversity in the distilled spirits industry. The scholars program fund will support full tuition each year for up to four students in UK's distillation, wine and...

A drinks-to-go table is set up outside the Old Crow bar on Greenville Avenue in Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Some states and cities in the U.S. are allowing cocktails to-go due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

To-go drinks an elixir for public, a lifeline for business

Aug. 24, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The coronavirus is shaking up America's liquor laws. At least 33 states and the District of Columbia are temporarily allowing cocktails to-go during the pandemic. Only two — Florida and Mississippi — allowed them on a limited basis before coronavirus struck, according to the...

This January 2020 photo shows a selection of hard seltzer on a counter in New York. The most recent

KITCHEN SMARTS: Hard seltzer remains an 'it' drink

Aug. 24, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

I know I am revealing my age when I say that the last time I remember an alcohol craze like this it was wine coolers. I was barely scraping legal when they were super-hot in the 1980s, but I knew there was an “it drink.” The most recent “it drink” is hard seltzer, served on plenty of...