- Venezuelan rum industry succeeding despite country's woes Updated: May-05-15 9:49 am
CARACAS, Venezuela - Ever since he was a young man, one of Guillermo Matos' small pleasures has been a mid-month round of cocktails with friends.
- Classes resume in Donna school district after water trouble Updated: May-05-15 8:29 am
DONNA, Texas - Parents of some students in South Texas have been told to send bottled water to school with their children following a main break.
- Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space Updated: May-04-15 1:52 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista.
- Questa fights to survive after mine's closure Updated: May-04-15 12:05 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - From a bird's-eye view, it's easy to trace how the barren terraces and hulking piles of rock from a century-old mine have marred the Red River valley where the village of Questa is nestled.
- Arizona wineries fear decline in grapes after cold snap Updated: May-03-15 6:04 pm
ELGIN, Arizona - Freezing temperatures may put a chill on this season's grape harvest for several southern Arizona wineries.
- Kenai Peninsula goat-sharing program grows in Alaska Updated: May-03-15 4:52 pm
KENAI, Alaska - At feeding time Monday morning on Karluk Acres, a gang of Nigerian Dwarf and Nubian goats darted over gravel to claim scattered corn and grains.
- Lost River Trading Post offers eclectic experience Updated: May-03-15 9:47 am
WARDENSVILLE, West Virginia - For years, Paul Yandura and Donald Hitchcock had passed through this small dot of a town on the way to their vacation home in Lost River about 20 miles away. The Hardy County town, with a population of about 250 people, really only has one main drag, but it's a classic Main Street, which had been a sleepy one for many years.
- Beer by the barrel: A conflict of interests for NC lawmakers Updated: May-02-15 12:58 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A major campaign donor's interests. Upstarts changing the established market. Arm-twisting lobbyists. An anonymous web site urging legislation's defeat as a job-killer.
- 29th annual music and craft beer fest being held in Conway Updated: May-02-15 4:34 am
CONWAY, South Carolina - Beer, bands and classic cars are on the schedule for the Rivertown Music and Craft Beer Festival being held in downtown Conway.
- Craft beer distributor charged with unfair trade practices Updated: Apr-30-15 6:14 am
BOSTON - State regulators say a company that distributes much of the craft beer to Massachusetts bars and liquor stores has engaged in unfair trade practices that stifle competition.
- Brewers tasked with turning sewage into suds Updated: Apr-29-15 7:23 am
PORTLAND, Oregon - Some companies boast of making beer with spring water from majestic mountains.
- Japanese state dinner surprises with haiku, sake and R&B Updated: Apr-29-15 3:43 am
WASHINGTON - The first White House state dinner in more than a year served up some surprises: a president reciting haiku, toasts using sake instead of champagne and the leader of Japan describing relations between the countries using the words of a popular R&B classic.
- China now has more vineyard land than France Updated: Apr-28-15 8:16 am
PARIS - China now boasts more land dedicated to wine-making vineyards than France as it tries to satisfy a rapid rise in local demand.
- EXCHANGE: Whiskey Acres toasts local grains for spirits Updated: Apr-27-15 8:19 am
DEKALB, Illinois - Nick Nagele was cooking up a lucrative future at Whiskey Acres last week - about 500 gallons worth.
- Old companies thrive in brand-loyal Japan adapting to times Updated: Apr-27-15 3:34 am
KYOTO, Japan - Successful businesses shine for a few years, then nimbler competitors outwit them in a constant cycle that spans being feted to forgotten in less than a generation. But Japan has something different: thousands of companies that have prospered for centuries.
- Trial May 12; woman accused of providing alcohol to teens Updated: Apr-26-15 3:35 pm
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi - A May 12 trial date is set for a woman accused of providing alcoholic drinks to six teenagers, three of whom died in a car wreck.
- Lawmakers pass bill to aid craft brewers, end growler war Updated: Apr-24-15 3:04 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida's "growler war" over craft beer may be ending under legislation passed by the state House Friday and ready to go to Gov. Rick Scott.
- BYOB: It's Brew Your Own Beer at some colleges Updated: Apr-24-15 2:20 am
POMONA, California - A bachelor's in beer? A master's in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as part of their studies.
- New Kona Brewing facility in Hawaii to produce beer in cans Updated: Apr-23-15 5:40 pm
HONOLULU - Kona Brewing Co. plans to invest in a new $15 million Hawaii brewery that will boost its annual production capacity from 12,000 barrels to 100,000 barrels.
- Reno business connects breast milk buyers, suppliers Updated: Apr-23-15 4:03 pm
RENO, Nevada - Twenty-first century technology has opened the door for an ancient practice.
- Germany beer consumption up in 2014, helped by World Cup Updated: Apr-23-15 4:16 am
BERLIN - Germany saw a slight uptick in beer sales last year, boosted in part by the country's run to the soccer World Cup title.
- Nashville Zoo inviting beer lovers to event Updated: Apr-23-15 3:34 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Nashville Zoo is selling tickets for its fourth annual Brew at the Zoo, and officials say you don't want to monkey around and wait for it to sell out.
- Indiana Senate backs bill loosening rules on wine sales Updated: Apr-22-15 6:19 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana residents will have an easier time having wine shipped to their homes under a bill approved by state lawmakers.
- Nebraska senators advance package to help craft breweries Updated: Apr-21-15 9:22 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Craft breweries, cider drinkers and beer aficionados could benefit from alcohol legislation that cleared first-round debate Tuesday in the Nebraska Legislature.
- Neighborhoods: Street art and shopping in Miami's Wynwood Updated: Apr-21-15 9:31 am
MIAMI - There are two must-have selfies for any visitor to show off from Miami: one on the sands of South Beach, and one against the bold murals of Wynwood.