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Tag Archives: Prohibition in the United States

• Vinegar Cocktails: A New Way To Get Pickled

Vinegar Cocktails: A New Way To Get Pickled

The New York trend for drinks with a sharp edge arrives in London. A Chelsea bar has become the first in London to offer drinkers a menu of vinegar-based cocktails. Ingredients include balsamic vinegar, home-made balsamic jam and a cherry-infused apple vinegar to give the drinks an unusual kick. The trend has spread from New […]

• Tasting At Distilleries May Soon Be Reality In California

Tasting At Distilleries May Soon Be Reality In California

What does California have in common with Nevada, Alaska and Mississippi? If you’re stumped, don’t worry, because there may actually only be one thing: A prohibition against distilleries selling tastes and bottles of their product at the actual distillery. Yep, it’s true. When it comes to certain liquor laws, California is about as progressive as […]

• California bars rejoice as infused alcohol ban lifted

California bars rejoice as infused alcohol ban lifted

In this city famous for food and drink experimentation, so-called “craft” bartenders have fought for three years to overturn a Prohibition-era state law that banned bars from infusing flavors into alcohol. Bartenders, worry no longer. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law repealing the ban on imbuing alcohol in bars and restaurants with fresh […]

• Canadian media personality to challenge wine law

Canadian media personality to challenge wine law

A Prohibition-era law restricting wine importation across provincial boundaries is under fire as a well-known B.C. broadcaster is planning to partake in civil disobedience to get it struck down. Terry David Mulligan has announced that on May 13 he will challenge the law by taking B.C. wine to Alberta. “The liquor people are just bullies,” […]

• Bring it on! Law change will bring new era for Tennessee whiskey

Bring it on! Law change will bring new era for Tennessee whiskey

For the first time since before Prohibition, whiskey is legally being made here. But you can’t tour the micro-distillery where the artisan spirits are brewed or have a sip in its tasting room just yet. Corsair Artisan Distillery, the city’s first small-batch craft distillery, is waiting on a last piece of permitting so it can […]

• From Prohibition to Microdistilleries: Changing How America Drinks

From Prohibition to Microdistilleries: Changing How America Drinks

Strong drink is as American as the Fourth of July, and dates back a few years earlier. In fact, U.S. distilleries and their potent products have been part of the national culture since long before the War of Independence and have played a major role in the country’s history. But America’s troubled relationship with liquor […]

• Immigrants take a gamble starting distillery in desert

Immigrants take a gamble starting distillery in desert

George Racz is in high spirits one recent afternoon as he stands inside a Henderson warehouse, surrounded by the fermenting tanks and brown barrels that soon will be distilling the fruits of his labors. The Romanian-born family man is in the liquor business. Or, at least, he’s taking a shot at it. After nearly two […]

• Just a hip trend? Moonshine’s profile rises in L.A. bars

Just a hip trend? Moonshine’s profile rises in L.A. bars

Once a homemade concoction in the backwoods, the clear whiskey is moving into the hippest bars in town. Moonshine is having its day in the sun. Once a back-road country cousin, it is taking on a new life as a city slicker. And now that it’s out of the barn and into the bar, mixologists […]

• A history lesson about booze by way of a little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition

A history lesson about booze by way of a little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition

When the government poisoned booze it was a national experiment gone awry. Science journalist Deborah Blum recounts the little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition … and may have killed more than 10,000 Americans.