Brew & Booze News

Northwest Brewery Makes Special Beer for Pride

BREWBOUND.COM – Hop Valley Brewing Co. has released Reveal, a pale ale brewed in collaboration with ambassadors from the LGBTQ communities in Oregon, Washington and California. Available on tap and in 12-ounce bottles throughout those states, a portion of proceeds from the sale of Reveal support local and regional LGBTQ nonprofit organizations. “When we realized no brewery had created a …

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Oregon Marine Veterans Find Their Next Calling in Beer

DEMOCRATHERALD.COM – Dean Howes, one of the founders of Vagabond Brewing in Salem, had noticed Albany’s evolving and expanding beer scene, as well as the area’s growing population. So when a storefront near Heritage Mall opened up, right in the epicenter of town, where people go to the movies or shopping for groceries and more, he and his business partners …

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Booze-Free Distilled Spirits?

OZY.COM – It’s an intoxicating idea. U.K. native Ben Branson can’t make Seedlip, distilled herbal concoctions that mimic the flavor of hard liquor without alcohol, fast enough. The notion of a botanical base for booze-free drinks that are complex and nuanced — and not pumped full of caffeine or sugar — is befuddling to many. But to non-drinkers or designated …

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NFL Greenlights Hard Liquor Ads on TV in 2017 Season

CNBC.COM – The National Football League is changing its policy on hard liquor this season, at least when it comes to its advertising spots. The NFL will now allow its television partners to accept advertisements from companies that sell distilled spirits, according to the Wall Street Journal. The league will accept no more than four 30-second hard-liquor ads per game …

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Oregon Plots ‘Largest Liquor Boost’ Since Prohibition

THESPIRITSBUSINESS.COM – In February the OLCC said it had approved three new stores, and had a further three under consideration. In addition, it says it plans to open another 43 stories over the next two years. There are currently 267 liquor stores in Oregon, with the Commission using net profits from distilled spirits sales for the state general fund, and …

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Five Myths About Beer

WASHINGTONPOST.COM – Summer for Americans is a time of backyard barbecues, baseball and beer. Memorial Day weekend is a perfect chance to sit outside with the season’s first sixer, and the varieties of beer you can pick up at the local grocer have multiplied. “This is a golden age for beer lovers,” as The Washington Post reported in 2016. Yet …

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The History of Moonshine Distilled

FREEBEACON.COM – The first time I tried moonshine was in the 1990s at a Fourth of July party in Washington, D.C. Someone handed me a mason jar filled with a clear liquid. The mere whiff of it made me wince—it smelled like paint thinner. But since everyone was giving it a try, I agreed to take a swig. It was …

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Oregon Summer Beer Fests

OREGONLIVE.COM – It might just be happening. Look out the window – right now – and decide for yourself. The long winter of our discontent just may be coming to a merciful end. And as the warm season arrives, you’re going to get thirsty. Thankfully, along with that sun comes our summer beer festival season. Bitter memories of six months – or was it …

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Is Craft Beer the New Wine?

MPRNEWS.ORG – Would you pay $10 for a bottle of beer? How about $20? Brewers are thinking that certain drinkers will. The recent advent of ambitious, complex flavors is placing some beer-makers in the same class as wineries. James Norton, founding editor of the Heavy Table, says that craft beer companies are trying to expand into new parts of the …

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Montana Brewers and Distillers Consider Exporting to Japan

GREATFALLSTRIBUNE.COM – Seven Montana brewers and distillers, including Lewis and Clark Brewing and Gulch Distillers in Helena, are considering exporting their products to Japan after attending a trade show in Tokyo in April. While no Montana businesses have exported alcohol to Japan yet, the Montana Department of Commerce said an existing trade relationship and Japan’s growing affinity for craft beer …

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