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Making, drinking arak a source of national pride in Lebanon

Sep. 20, 2018 9:16 AM EDT

TAANAYEL, Lebanon (AP) — Every part of Lebanon's national drink, arak, is infused with tradition — from distilling the aniseed-tinged liquor to the ritual of mixing it at the table, when the transparent liquid suddenly turns milky white as water is added. Arak is a staple of big Sunday meals. With a...

Newcomers bring decaying Kentucky distillery back to life

Sep. 19, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

MILLVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The whiskey quit flowing decades ago from a landmark Kentucky distillery housed in a picturesque castle. Nearly a half-century of neglect reduced the one-time tourist draw to a decaying relic. Now, two newcomers to the whiskey business have resurrected the Old Taylor distillery and...

Port wine? Feta? Brexit may spell trouble for famed EU names

Sep. 19, 2018 6:17 AM EDT

PINHAO, Portugal (AP) — The scorching late summer sun of northern Portugal is ripening the black, super-sweet grapes that will go to make what European Union rules say is the only wine in the world that can be called port. Winemaking has for centuries been a way of life for many families here in the...

A green beer that looks like algae? It's all for clean water

Sep. 18, 2018 5:56 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — There are spicy beers and even peanut butter beers, made to stand out on crowded shelves. Then there's a murky, green brew that looks a lot like algae. It's making a statement on the one ingredient brewers can't do without — clean water. The ghastly-looking "Alegae Bloom" beer...

Virginia winery loses grape harvest in nighttime heist

Sep. 13, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

ELLISTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia winery has lost almost its entire crop of grapes in a nighttime theft, just hours before it was to be harvested. Firefly Hill Vineyards co-owner Allison Dunkenberger told The Roanoke Times on Wednesday that the more than 2 tons (1.8 metric tons) of grapes were worth up to...

Japan's crown prince opens France trip with children, museum

Sep. 8, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — Crown Prince Naruhito, Japan's next emperor, has met with Japanese schoolchildren and toured a world-renowned textile museum during a nine-day goodwill visit to France. The crown prince spent the first full day of his trip in Lyon, a city in southeastern France known as the capital of...

Alaska's Iditarod race gains new sponsor after others leave

Sep. 6, 2018 6:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Organizers of Alaska's 1,000-mile Iditarod say an Anchorage business has become a sponsor of the famed sled dog race. The addition of Anchorage Distillery follows a challenging time for race officials who have faced the loss of major sponsors, financial hardships and the first-ever...

Champagne trying to defeat heat amid another early harvest

Sep. 1, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

CHOUILLY, France (AP) — Jean-Pierre Vazart has more than a dozen weather apps on his phone. But the winemaker, who grows Chardonnay grapes in France's Champagne region, is still stressed out. Temperatures have risen 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.16 F) in 30 years, and pickers are scrambling to bring in yet...

Drought vs Draught: Dry summer takes toll on Czech hop crop

Aug. 31, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

ROCOV, Czech Republic (AP) — A drought in central Europe this summer could inspire beer drinkers to savor their favorite lagers and pilsners even more: production of the prized hops that give Bohemian-style brews their distinctive flavors is down 30 percent or more in the Czech Republic. At first glance,...

Bardstown Bourbon Company added to Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Aug. 30, 2018 5:03 AM EDT

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Bardstown Bourbon Company has become the newest distillery to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The Kentucky Distillers' Association says the Nelson County distillery becomes the 14th destination on the trail, which hosted more than one million visits for the second year in a row in...