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Study: Bourbon elevates status as economic powerhouse

Jan. 19, 2022 14:55 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky bourbon has elevated its status as an economic powerhouse, with distillers pumping nearly $9 billion into the state's economy each year, a new study showed Wednesday. Distillers employ more than 22,500 people with $1.23 billion in annual payroll in...

Low spirits: Supply chain issues impact Virginia ABC stores

Jan. 16, 2022 09:07 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia ABC stores in South Hampton Roads and on the Peninsula are gradually recovering from distribution problems that have caused many shelves to go bare. “I was amazed at how many blank spaces there are on the shelves of ABC stores,” said Stephen King,...

St. John considering vacant land for riverfront district

Jan. 15, 2022 11:46 AM EST

ST. JOHN, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a northwestern Indiana city are considering a possible riverfront district designation for a stretch of vacant land to attract restaurants and other development. The St. John Town Council was told this week during a meeting that businesses could...

Maine might permanently let restaurants sell to-go alcohol

Jan. 11, 2022 12:15 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker has proposed to permanently allow restaurants and bars to sell alcohol on a to-go basis. The businesses have been able to sell alcohol through takeout and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic if it's accompanied by a food order. Distilleries...

Thirsty Dog plans to revamp north Belmont with dog bar

Jan. 03, 2022 09:00 AM EST

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — Belmont business owner Jay Pithwa wants to create a one-stop shop of fun for the doglovers of north Belmont with the Thirsty Dog bar. Pithwa and his fiancé Jen Colangelo opened the Thirsty Dog bar, located at 508 Woodlawn St., in December 2020. ...

Tequila byproduct spill fouls Mexican reservoir, kills fish

Dec. 22, 2021 09:05 AM EST

AYOTLAN, Mexico (AP) — When Jesús Solís noticed the waters of the reservoir where he had spent his entire life beginning to darken and a rotten odor taking hold, he was overcome with fear. Within weeks those initial concerns were confirmed as tens of thousands of dead fish floated to the...

Liquor distribution exec sentenced to prison in college scam

Dec. 16, 2021 16:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The chief executive of a California liquor distribution company who authorities say paid $500,000 to get her son into college as a bogus athletic recruit was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment on Thursday. Marci Palatella, 66,of Hillsborough, California, was...

Industry veteran named to lead NC alcohol commission

Dec. 08, 2021 08:41 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A longtime alcohol industry manager has been chosen by Gov. Roy Cooper to lead the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Hank Bauer, a former general manager for Empire Distributors, is the new commission chairman, succeeding A.D. “Zander”...

Four Roses Distillery opens new visitors' center in Kentucky

Dec. 08, 2021 04:06 AM EST

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) — The Four Roses Distillery in Kentucky has opened a new and expanded visitors’ center to welcome bourbon fans from across the world. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear joined Four Roses officials on Tuesday to celebrate the center’s opening at Lawrenceburg in...

Corn meal, whiskey help save Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch

Nov. 27, 2021 10:18 AM EST

TOWAOC, Colo. (AP) — Drought in much of the West, 22 years running, has struck Colorado’s Four Corners tribal lands with bitter force. This year, the Ute Mountain Ute’s celebrated 7,700 acre farm and ranch operation had to lay off half its workers as thousands of acres lay fallow. ...