Anheuser-Busch was accused of watering down its beers and misrepresenting the alcohol content in Budweiser, Bud Ice, Bud Light Lime, Natural Ice and other lines. But after class-action lawsuits were filed in federal court, NPR commissioned a lab to test several samples. The lab found that while the ... More >>
While regular New Yorkers get waxed with ever-increasing parking fines, big corporations often get a pass from the city, Comptroller John Liu says in a report released today. The city has failed to collect more than $9 million in fines from these companies.
A Department of Finance official disputed ... More >>
Beer UP typically examines a craft beer from a small brewer somewhere in the United States. Among many others, I've written about the Left Hand Milk Stout, the Founders Red Rye, and the Troegs Troegenator, but before I continue forward on this quest to drink every brewer in the country, I decided th ... More >>
After years of working as a bartender and a marketing guy for Anheuser-Busch, Ted Kenny decided to test out his beer chops by opening up a store of his own on the Lower East Side, Top Hops Beer Shop (94 Orchard St., 212-254-4677), where you can grab a pint to stay or a growler to take home. Of cours ... More >>
You may have thought that the Village -- a hotbed of Belgian ales, saisons, barley wines, craft beers, and locavoric brews -- had become impervious to mass-marketed suds. But into that hoppy maelstrom Anheuser-Busch dives this evening, shooting a commercial near Horatio Street beginning at 8 p.m. an ... More >>
On the left, California beer selection at City Swiggers (click on image to enlarge to readable size).
Last Thursday marked the grand opening party of City Swiggers, a new beer store and tasting room on the Upper East Side -- although the place has apparently already been open for six weeks ... More >>
Where am I? Blind Tiger? Rattle N Hum? D.b.a.? (Click on image to enlarge.)
It wasn't that long ago that if you wanted to get a six-pack (I'm talking beer, not abs) around Union Square, you had to make do with Bud Lite or Colt 45 in cans. Then the beer revolution occurred, and suddenly every bodeg ... More >>
This is what democracy looks like! Pictured is Sixpoint's Ian McConnell, who is filling up kegs with what the company calls "Sixpoint Lite," a/k/a clean drinking water. Unlike Liberatos Pizza, which is selling OccuPie pizzas for $15, Sixpoint isn't looking to make a profit. Instead, president Shane ... More >>
Big beer companies are looking to tap the Hispanic market. MillerCoors is rolling out bilingual packaging and sponsoring a Mexican soccer league; Anheuser-Busch is spending more on Spanish ads and sponsoring Cuban-American rapper Pitbull's fall concert tour.
[Wall Street Journal]
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Breuckelen Distilling Co. and the Brooklyn Distilling Co. have settled their trademark-infringement lawsuit out of court, although the terms were not revealed.
A bottle of Rémy Martin cognac called the Louis XIII Grande Champagne Très Vieille Age Inconnu sold for 50,000 euros ($7 ... More >>
Wayne ChowaniecGood Beer NYC's David CichowiczThis Thursday is Saint Patrick's Day, which in New York is less of a celebration of Irish culture than it is an excuse to guzzle green beer and demand kisses from strangers. Might we suggest forgoing the tinted lager this year and instead opting f ... More >>
Thanks to establishments like Bierkraft, growlers -- 64-ounce glass vessels for transporting beer -- have become the accessory of the moment, and not just for beer geeks.
Brandy has always been the goal of the makers of Hangar One vodka. They've been aging brandy for the past 20 y ... More >>
Five cocktail trends to look out for in 2010 include pairing drinks with food, the proliferation of monk-made liqueurs a la Benedictine, the resurgence of vermouth, and orange-flavored tipples. Oh, and ice will continue to be fussed over.
[The Atlantic Food Channel]
The Angostura shortage i ... More >>
Following in the footsteps of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, Zagat has launched its own wine club in collaboration with Direct Wines. The Zagat Wine Club will deliver a new specially selected mixed case every three months.
With wineries being hit just as ... More >>
The Wall Street Journal looks at the absinthe releases and re-releases of the last couple years, since the "green fairy" has been re-legalized. Despite the interest in the wormwood liqueur, its flavor profile is new to the American palate and difficult to appreciate.
[Wall Street Journal]
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Gordon Ramsay's troubles continue as his restaurant group is forced to
renegotiate a multimillion-pound loan after breaching agreements with
[Times of London]In round one of the Washington Post's Beer Madness, Anheuser-Busch pulled off some surprise victories over microbrews.[Washington Po ... More >>
Al Capone's great nephew is marketing "Capone's Family Secret," a pasta sauce he claims is based on an 80-year-old recipe he found in his great gangster uncle's hidden archives.[NY Post/Page Six]Yes, today is the day we've all been waiting for: Starbucks begins serving its new "value" breakfasts as ... More >>