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January 31, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
As the economy turns down, Americans are cutting back on their liquor -- with a major exception: whiskey. Sales of bourbons such as Jack Daniels and Maker's Mark are bucking a slump in demand for distilled spirits that set in during the final months of last year, according to industry officials.
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March 21, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
ALAMEDA - In a 65,000-square-foot structure that once housed Navy fighter jets, Lance Winters of St. George Spirits makes popular Hangar One vodka, along with gin, bourbon, rum, whiskey, liqueurs and even absinthe. Unlike vast distilleries in Kentucky and Tennessee that make and bottle hard liquor by the millions of barrels, Hangar One is produced by one of a growing breed of small-batch, craft distillers. There are already more than 30 of them in California, and - like wineries and microbreweries - they want to charge for tastings and sell bottles for their visitors to take home.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET
The owner of a Van Nuys liquor store that police say is known to local teenagers as an easy place to buy booze will face multiple charges of selling alcohol to minors, the Los Angeles district attorney's office said. Ghassan Sayej, 33, owner of At Express Liquor, 5658 Sepulveda Blvd., was charged with 10 counts of underage liquor sales, Deputy City Atty. Laura Van Eyk said. Store clerk Katarzyna Oszszyk, 36, was charged with nine counts.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
As liquor sales boom, Beam Inc. is expanding its spirits empire, paying $605 million in cash to buy the Pinnacle Vodka and Calico Jack rum brands from White Rock Distilleries. Beam's long list of products already include Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon, Courvoisier cognac, Canadian Club whiskey and Skinnygirl Cocktails (which saw a 388% boom in volume sales last year, according to research group Technomic). What it doesn't have are vodka flavors such as Atomic Hots, Cake, Gummy and Whipped Cream.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The Lost Hills sheriff's station will join forces with state Alcoholic Beverage Control investigators in August to determine whether area merchants are complying with laws on selling alcohol to minors. According to Deputy Kelly McMichael, investigations will be conducted in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Malibu and Westlake Village, as well as unincorporated county areas patrolled by the Lost Hills station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1997 | VERONIQUE de TURENNE
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is launching a covert operation in the Ojai Valley it hopes will be a complete failure. The Undercover Decoy Program, which runs through the end of this year, will test sales clerks on how carefully they screen minors who try to buy alcoholic beverages. Decoy customers who are 18 or 19 years old will attempt to buy beer, wine or liquor from licensed establishments, according to Sheriff's Capt. James Barrett.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1996
Community representatives of the West Adams district are upset that a planned grocery store on the ground floor of a 52-unit senior citizens housing complex was awarded a permit to sell beer and wine. The market and the housing complex, located at Western and Adams avenues, are part of a $5.9-million project of the Community Redevelopment Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A restaurateur vowed Tuesday to file a legal challenge to a new ordinance adopted by the San Fernando City Council that will ban liquor sales by most new businesses. Regina Sancho-Bonet, owner of the Saraerrols Greek Restaurant on Maclay Avenue, said she decided to challenge provisions limiting the proximity of liquor businesses to some public buildings after the council Monday rebuffed a last-minute plea to relax restrictions on restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Residents may yet be able to buy liquor at the Thrifty-Payless store on Harbor Boulevard. City Council members narrowly defeated a request last month to grant the store a liquor permit, saying the area already has enough outlets selling alcohol. But a lengthy memo from Thrifty management to the council persuaded members to reconsider.
NEWS
December 8, 1988
Thirty protesters outside Ynez Elementary School last Saturday called on city officials to toughen restrictions on businesses that sell or serve alcohol. "No booze by schools," read one of the group's placards. Phyllis Rabins, a protest organizer, complained that the City Council has been slow to prohibit liquor sales near parks, schools, churches, hospitals and drug and alcohol treatment centers.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2011 | By Christopher Keating
From a distance, Jay Hibbard has been watching the emotional, never-ending debate on Connecticut's ban on the Sunday sales of alcohol in supermarkets and package stores. As the eastern regional vice president for a national liquor manufacturers association in Washington, D.C., Hibbard came to Hartford this month for a key public hearing in an attempt to persuade legislators to lift the ban. Despite watching the issue closely, Hibbard would not make a prediction on whether 2011 will be the year the ban is lifted.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2009 | By Jerry Hirsch
The people running the nation's large liquor companies may need a few stiff drinks right about now. Typically this is the best season for the industry as we toast another year of accomplishments and look ahead to the next with a vodka martini or a fifth of Scotch. Consumption of alcoholic beverages typically kicks up from Thanksgiving through Jan. 1 as households and companies entertain more. But this year the business has been plagued by a slump in the bar and restaurant trade, frugal consumers who are trading down to less expensive brands and stiff price-cutting to boost sales.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
As the economy turns down, Americans are cutting back on their liquor -- with a major exception: whiskey. Sales of bourbons such as Jack Daniels and Maker's Mark are bucking a slump in demand for distilled spirits that set in during the final months of last year, according to industry officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
More than 150 people were arrested Saturday on suspicion of buying alcohol for minors as part of a widespread sting in Southern California that authorities say was the largest in state history. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, alongside several law enforcement agencies in 20 cities in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties, asked minors to stand outside liquor stores and ask adults to buy alcohol on their behalf. Those who agreed were cited, authorities said.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2008 | From Reuters
The distilled spirits industry expects its U.S. revenue to increase 4.6% in 2008, down from last year's growth rate, a trade group said Friday, as the weaker economy forces people to tighten their budgets for going out. The Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. expects spirits makers to post $19 billion in revenue in 2008. Revenue rose 5.6% to $18.2 billion in 2007. Sales by volume are expected to go up 1.9% in 2008, the trade group said, reaching 185 million cases. Volume sales advanced 2.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
U.S. prosecutors are probing possible counterfeit wine sales, auction houses Christie's International and Sotheby's said Tuesday. The New York office of Christie's said it had received a subpoena requesting information on wine sales and had been cooperating with authorities. The London-based auction house sold $58.6 million of wine last year. "We have been cooperating with officials and will continue to do so," spokesman Toby Usnik said.
NATIONAL
February 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
Bottles of bourbon and Bordeaux were for sale in Pennsylvania on Sunday for the first time since Prohibition. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board opened 61 stores across the state Sunday -- roughly 10% of Pennsylvania's 638 stores -- under a program that won legislative approval last year. Many consumers welcomed the start of the two-year trial program, but critics said Sunday alcohol sales would only widen the damage alcohol can do.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stepping up its campaign to curb excessive drinking by students, California State University issued an order that eventually will bar its campuses from selling alcoholic beverages during intercollegiate sports contests played in facilities owned or operated by the university. Cal State officials said six to eight campuses would be affected when contracts with vendors expire over coming years.
NATIONAL
September 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Beginning this weekend, Pennsylvania beer distributors are allowed for the first time to sell beer by the case on Sundays. In July the Legislature relaxed the state's complex blue laws to give 1,303 beer distributors the option of opening on Sunday afternoons. Nearly 800 have applied for a permit.
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