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Put a Cork in It or Screw It: The Practicality of Wine Closures

Natural corks, often used as wine enclosures, have been used for centuries by winemakers and have been shown to contribute to the sustainability for habitats of certain endangered species. The Cork Quality Council reported that conservation and development of cork forests can inhibit desertification of cork forests through North Africa and the Mediterranean region. Cork […]

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When May A Brewer Market Its Beer As “Craft Beer”?

When May A Brewer Market Its Beer As “Craft Beer”? The Brewer’s Association defines a “craft brewer” as being “small, independent, and traditional.” “Small” meaning with “annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less.” “Independent” meaning “less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member […]

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In The News: West Coast Brewers Expand To East Coast Locations

Some of our favorite West Coast breweries have made the news recently as they continue pursuing plans to expand their operations across the country. Stone Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company and 21st Amendment Brewery are just some of the California-based breweries that will open East Coast locations in the near future. The advantages of […]

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Wine, Beer and Distilled Spirits Tastings at Your Local Grocery Store

Have you ever seen wine tastings being conducted at a local grocery store or beer samples being offered at a local package store? That is because off-sale alcoholic beverage retailers in the state of California may apply for a license allowing them to have “instructional tasting events” for consumers on their licensed premises “on the […]