January 24, 2012 |
Starbucks customers are about to get a different kind of buzz. Already a go-to for morning commuters and afternoon pick-me-ups, the coffee giant is aiming to expand the happy hour crowd by offering wine and beer at select Southern California locations. Starbucks said it would bring booze to four to six new or remodeled stores in the region by the end of this year and planned to do the same to a small group of locations in Atlanta and Chicago. In addition, patrons could order "premium food" such as savory snacks, small plates and hot flatbreads.
April 13, 2011 |
Reporting from San Francisco In response to an assault in the Dodger Stadium parking lot that critically injured a fan on opening day, the Dodgers have cancelled plans to sell alcoholic beverages at half price at six midweek day games this season. "As we said last week, we wanted to take a look at all our policies regarding to alcohol," Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said. "In taking a look, we decided it was the right thing to do. " County Supervisor Mike Antonovich on Tuesday called for the Dodgers to cancel the half-price alcohol promotion, which was scheduled for April 21, May 4, June 15, June 22, Aug. 10 and Aug. 31. Ted Lilly isn't at peace with his performance in 4-3 loss to the Giants Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said last week that he believed alcohol consumption contributed to problems at Dodger Stadium and that police officials were pushing the Dodgers to raise prices and stop sales at an earlier point in the game.
December 17, 2010 |
The brightly colored poster for the annual fundraiser at an elementary school in this quaint town tucked into Tasman Bay advertised face painting, a bouncy castle ? and a fully licensed bar. Principal Don McLean said the gala has offered drinks for years without problems. "There's always that challenge of where is it appropriate to have alcohol and where is it not," McLean said. "You could argue that at a primary school festival maybe it's not. " In a country where more than two decades of business deregulation has left booze sometimes cheaper than bread or milk, alcohol has moved to the center of New Zealand's public debate, with almost daily media and police focus on its effect on public safety.
November 18, 2010 |
Caffeinated alcohol drinks like Four Loko and Joose are being whisked off store shelves faster than college kids can stock up. The fallout from the Food and Drug Administration's safety warning Wednesday on what amounts to a ban on such beverages remains to be seen. "I'm afraid that horse is already out of the barn," columnist Nicole Brochu writes in the Sun Sentinel in Florida . "And in fact, some drinkers, taking a cue from a trend that started in European bars, were already mixing their own alcoholic energy drinks when fashionable labels like Four Loko, Joose and Max hit the scene.
November 17, 2010 |
Caffeinated alcoholic beverage manufacturers received official word Wednesday from the Food and Drug Administration that caffeine added to their products is considered an "unsafe food additive. " The FDA sent warning letters to four companies, including the makers of popular fruit-flavored alcoholic drinks Four Loko, Joose and Max. "FDA does not find support for the claim that the addition of caffeine to these alcoholic beverages is 'generally recognized as safe,' which is the legal standard,” Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner said in a statement.
November 16, 2010 |
Caffeinated alcoholic drinks that have been making college kids sick on campuses in several states may not be around much longer -- if news report of their proposed demise are correct. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has supported such a ban, reports Tuesday on his website that the Food and Drug Administration plans to ban caffeinated alcoholic drinks like Four Loko and Joose as an "unsafe food additive to alcoholic beverages. " The statement also says the Federal Trade Commission will tell manufacturers that selling these unsafe alcoholic drinks is illegal.