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Tag Archives: Maryland

• How to Drink a Cask Strength Whiskey

How to Drink a Cask Strength Whiskey

The idea of tasting a whiskey that comes straight from the barrel has been an enticing selling point in recent years, but the growing popularity of “cask strength” spirits is a bit more than just a nebulous term meant to conjure images of tough men, dark wood, and stiff drinks. If we put you on the spot, […]

• Good news! Daily glass of wine aids memory (if you’re over 60)

Good news! Daily glass of wine aids memory (if you’re over 60)

Older people who consume between one and six alcoholic drinks a week have a ‘significantly’ better ability to recall memories. Drinking almost one glass of wine a day can sharpen the memory of people over the age of 60, research has found. Older people who consume between one and six alcoholic drinks a week have […]

• 17-Year Cicadas Could Bring Swarm of New Cocktails

17-Year Cicadas Could Bring Swarm of New Cocktails

While some may view the coming onslaught of cicadas as a nuisance, others see it as a new opportunity to drink—creatively. Every 17 years, the Magicada Brood II cicadas swarm some portions of Maryland. Last seen in 1996, these black-bodied, red-eyed, orange-winged flying creatures are expected to begin emerging from their Rip Van Winkle-like slumber […]

• Ready to revive National Premium beer brand?

Ready to revive National Premium beer brand?

Easton man owns brand name and formula, hopes to join beer revival. For decades, National Premium has been a hazy, distant memory. Stored-away memorabilia and faded beer ads were all that remained of its once-storied legacy. But Tim Miller, an Easton real estate agent, has acquired the trademark and plans to bring the beer back […]

• Sierra Nevada looking to open its East Coast plant

Sierra Nevada looking to open its East Coast plant

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. flexed its muscles last Tuesday by holding two simultaneous beer dinners, at the Clyde’s of Gallery Place and Ripple in Cleveland Park, with mostly different lineups of beer. The Ripple event featured Sierra Nevada Vienna Lager, a light, clean, malty little cousin of the Oktoberfest beers that are storming the market […]

• Michigan Surrenders! Raging Bitch Beer Can Be Sold In State

Michigan Surrenders! Raging Bitch Beer Can Be Sold In State

Michigan liquor regulators have switched their position and will allow sales of a Maryland-based beer with a name that?s offensive to some people. Flying Dog Brewery has received approval to promote and sell a popular India pale ale called Raging B—- in Michigan. Julie Wendt of the Liquor Control Commission said the agency on Tuesday […]

• Sorry Delaware. No direct wine sales for you

Sorry Delaware. No direct wine sales for you

Legislation again will not be released by a House committee that would allow Delawareans to have wine shipped to their home.   By not releasing the bill, House Bill 78 cannot be debated by the full chamber.  37 states and the District of Columbia allow their residents to order wine directly from the producer – and […]

• Maryland: Alcohol tax among bill signings today

Maryland: Alcohol tax among bill signings today

In a little over a month, Marylanders will be digging deeper into their pockets to pay for beer, wine and liquor, after Gov. Martin O’Malley today signs into law the first tax increase on alcohol in at least a generation. The sales tax on alcohol will rise from 6 to 9 percent July 1, a […]

• Maryland lawmakers allow wineries to ship direct to residents

Maryland lawmakers allow wineries to ship direct to residents

UPDATE: A measure that allows wineries to ship directly to Maryland residents has passed the state Senate. Wineries across the state — and country — soon might be permitted to ship bottles directly to Maryland homes. Shoppers could pick up local wines at more farmers’ markets. And diners might one day be able to bring […]

• Maryland: Direct wine shipment bills pass key hurdles in legislature

Wine aficionados in Maryland may soon be able to order their favorite vintages directly from vineyards under bills overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by two legislative committees. The effort to legalize direct wine shipment has long been opposed by the powerful alcohol industry in Annapolis. Under pressure from consumers this year, however, lawmakers have embraced a compromise […]

• Rye whiskey was once synonymous with Maryland

Rye whiskey was once synonymous with Maryland

Blackwater Distilling is set to begin bottling Sloop Betty vodka in Stevensville next month, marking the resumption after nearly 30 years of the proud tradition of distilling spirits in Maryland. “There’s something about bringing that industry back that means something,” Christopher Cook, a partner with his brother Jonathan in Blackwater, told Baltimore Sun reporter Jill […]

• Hooray! ‘Corkage’ Bill Passes in Virginia

Hooray! ‘Corkage’ Bill Passes in Virginia

Yesterday, by a vote of 78-18, the Virginia House of Delegates approved SB 1292, a bill that will allow restaurant patrons to bring their own bottles of wines to restaurants. If the bill is signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, as expected, any Virginia restaurant with a liquor license will be able to charge customers a […]

• A Tangle of Corkage Laws Around The Nation

A Tangle of Corkage Laws Around The Nation

Virginia and Maryland debate whether to overturn bans on restaurant BYO; a Wine Spectator survey finds laws around the country remain a confusing tangle. As more Americans drink wine regularly with meals, more are asking their favorite restaurants that perennial question: Can I bring my own bottle? Like most practices created in the aftermath of […]

• Potential Regulations Ahead for the Wine Industry in 2011

Potential Regulations Ahead for the Wine Industry in 2011

Few industries labor under a more complex and multi-layered set of regulations as does the wine industry. This is the case because Americans have endorsed and accept the idea that alcohol ought to be taxed in greater amounts than other commercial products and because Americans accept the idea that the inherent danger of alcohol is […]

• Maryland: Growers report best harvest ever

Maryland: Growers report best harvest ever

The extreme weather that has hammered the region over the last year created a headache for Marylanders but created a boon for the state’s grape growers and winemakers. Grape growers from around Maryland are reporting “one of the best harvests on record” for 2010, officials with the Maryland Wineries Association said in a statement. This […]