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Can You Buy Alcohol on Memorial Day?

Can You Buy Alcohol on Memorial Day?

In New York, where VinePair HQ is located, we’re privileged to live with relatively lax liquor, wine, and beer laws. Alcohol laws vary aggressively by state, though. Every state has its own set of allowances and restrictions,  some of which are really weird. (In Oklahoma, shop owners cannot sell ”low-point beer” — beer 3.2 percent […]

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Appellations, Lush Farmland, and Talented Growers. Welcome to the Napa of Weed.

Appellations, Lush Farmland, and Talented Growers. Welcome to the Napa of Weed.

In Mendocino, California, on the same grounds formerly occupied by Fetzer Vineyards, there is now a cannabis retreat institute called Flow Kana. Equipped with a processing plant to show visitors how fresh bud gets cured and ready for sale, as well as onsite workshops, yoga classes, and tours of nearby farms, Flow Kana prides itself […]

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Repealing NYC’s 91-Year-Old Cabaret Law Is a First Step, Not the End of an Error

Repealing NYC’s 91-Year-Old Cabaret Law Is a First Step, Not the End of an Error

Crowds were dancing in the streets Tuesday as NYC lifted a 91-year-old law that prevented dancing in most bars, lounges, restaurants, and nightclubs. Revelers saw this as a victory of the young and woke over the forces of old and evil. The law seemed racist when it was first launched in 1926 and used against […]

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The Need for an NYC Nightlife DON

The Need for an NYC Nightlife DON

Last month, New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill to create a director of nightlife. The aptly acronymed DON will oversee the Office of Nightlife with the express purpose of promoting growth of “jobs and wages in the music industry,” according to the mayor. This is an “office that’s really going to […]

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7 Times Big Beer Was Sued for Misleading the Public

7 Times Big Beer Was Sued for Misleading the Public

Beer companies are good at marketing their products in ways that touch people’s hearts. Take the Budweiser puppy that plays with Clydesdales, for instance, or the heartwarming immigrant story of Adolphus Busch. But sometimes, that marketing can get breweries in trouble — like when breweries try to convince someone that a beer is brewed in […]

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Here’s Why the Drinking Age Is 21 in Every State

Here’s Why the Drinking Age Is 21 in Every State

Turning 21 in America is a rite of passage. It represents the day when finally, after so many years of illegally sipping from alcoholic beverages, a citizen can legally order a drink. But why the seemingly arbitrary age of 21? Is there some magical transformation that happens to the human body after a person has been […]

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Were Bootleggers Released When Prohibition Ended?

Were Bootleggers Released When Prohibition Ended?

In 2012, Americans were surprised to see the first legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington. In the years that followed, a handful of states followed suit, including Alaska and Oregon, in 2014. And on Nov. 8, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all voted in favor of legalized use, sale, and consumption of […]

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