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No One Is Safe From Counterfeit Wine

No One Is Safe From Counterfeit Wine

Buying quality wine has never been more fraught. Global food and beverage fraud is reportedly a $40 billion industry. (Art theft, on the other hand, is valued at $6 billion per year.) The Interprofessional Council of Bordeaux Wine believes that 30,000 bottles of counterfeit imported wine are sold every hour in China alone. For wine […]

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Two Texans Are Distilling Excellent Whiskey on an Abandoned Fort Worth Golf Course

Two Texans Are Distilling Excellent Whiskey on an Abandoned Fort Worth Golf Course

Once associated almost exclusively with Kentucky and Tennessee, American whiskey is now being made coast to coast, and many places in between. This proliferation, and the popularity of brown spirits in general, led to an 8.1 percent increase in American whiskey sales in 2017, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Helping lead that charge is […]

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Hop Take: Flagship Beers Are Failing Because Consumers Get Bored Quickly

Hop Take: Flagship Beers Are Failing Because Consumers Get Bored Quickly

Off-premise sales of craft flagship brands are in steep decline, according to a recent report from IRI Worldwide. Boston Lager declined more than 14 percent last year. New Belgium’s Fat Tire fell more than 19 percent. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, despite being the second-best-selling craft brand in the country, is also in decline, although that […]

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Fireman Capital Isn’t Disrupting Craft Beer. It’s Sustaining It.

Fireman Capital Isn’t Disrupting Craft Beer. It’s Sustaining It.

Last month, the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective announced the launch of a brewpub that will take over the Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB) in Asheville, N.C. Dubbed the CANarchy Collaboratory, the space promises to be a one-of-kind brewery and creative hub where brewers, chefs, artists, and musicians will cocreate under one roof.

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With Unregulated Draft Lines and AB InBev Investments, Chinese Craft Beer Is at a Crossroads

With Unregulated Draft Lines and AB InBev Investments, Chinese Craft Beer Is at a Crossroads

When AB InBev, the world’s largest beer company, acquired Shanghai-based pioneer Boxing Cat Brewery, it sounded an alarm for China — and the world. Ever since, every single member of China’s craft beer community has been debating how to respond. Some secretly hope that a conglomerate will come knocking on their doors with a large […]

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Cocktails At Kroger? Why Supermarket Bars Are Going National

Cocktails At Kroger? Why Supermarket Bars Are Going National

Spend 10 minutes in a supermarket the week of any major holiday, and you quickly understand why 52 million Americans embrace food shopping apps. We might hire a TaskRabbit for a one-off pick-up, or enroll in a subscription-based service like Blue Apron. Either way, outsourcing our grocery shopping is a win for consumers and tech […]

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Being a Woman Winemaker of Color Means You ‘Have to Work Harder and Smarter Than Everyone Else’

Being a Woman Winemaker of Color Means You ‘Have to Work Harder and Smarter Than Everyone Else’

There’s nothing like family. Especially the family that finds you, fully grown and ready to help you build your dreams. Robin McBride and Andréa McBride John grew up on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, Robin in Marlborough, New Zealand and Andréa in Monterey, Calif. They each thought they were only children. But in 1999, […]

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