July 30, 2008 |
THE HALF-DOZEN visitors gathered in Ballast Point Brewing's tasting room bar are sipping Wahoo Wheat and Black Marlin Porter and dunking pretzels into a crock of bubbling house-made beer cheese. Jack White, the 41-year-old owner of the San Diego brewery, refills the pretzel bowl and nods toward a large rectangular window behind the bar. He smiles like a proud father and offers a closer look at the new 600-square-foot distillery tucked inside the brewery.
November 16, 2007 |
Here's a sobering thought: Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, might be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license. Officials seized 2,400 bottles late last month during warehouse raids in Nashville and Lynchburg, the southern Tennessee town where the whiskey is distilled. "Punish the person, not the whiskey," protested Kyle MacDonald, 28, a Jack Daniel's drinker from British Columbia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2007 |
SACRAMENTO -- A group of California teenagers working to curb underage drinking scored a victory Tuesday when state officials voted to impose a steep new tax on sweet alcohol drinks, such as Smirnoff Ice, Seagram's Coolers, Bacardi Silver and Mike's Hard Lemonade. The state Board of Equalization decided to treat flavored malt beverages as distilled spirits rather than as beer, a move that will boost the tax on a six-pack of the drinks by nearly $2.
August 17, 2006 |
Bacardi Ltd. said Wednesday that it would defend itself vigorously against a lawsuit by Pernod Ricard for the U.S. rights to the Havana Club rum brand, the subject of a 10-year legal battle. Pernod, the Paris-based maker of Stolichnaya vodka, said Aug. 8 that it would appeal a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling barring the company from selling the rum in the U.S. Bacardi said in a statement Wednesday that it had applied to register the brand in its own name.
July 16, 2006 |
Organic ales, lagers and pilsners are increasingly squeezing their way into retail coolers alongside non-organic beers. When Jon Cadoux launched his line of ales under the Peak Organic label this spring, he figured making them organic would distinguish them from the multitude of other beers on the market. At the same time, he wanted to put out a product that he believes is healthier for people and the planet. Cadoux, founder of Peak Organic Brewing Co.
May 9, 2006 |
Beer sales had gone flat, while wine was flying off the shelves. So beer makers decided to steal a page from wine's marketing manual and create new packaging, flavors and drinks. Now beer is coming back. The major brewers "blended, became the same," said Nick Lake, beer expert at ACNielsen, the marketing information company.