Beer Brackets

Beer Bracket

With the huge upsets in this year’s college basketball tournament, chances are your bracket’s busted. So why not focus on a beer bracket instead? Plenty of cities and breweries have created craft beer tasting tournaments with beer bracket lineups. Washington Post’s Beer Madness The Washington Post is sponsoring its eighth rendition of a beer tournament […]

High-end Tequilas

high end tequila

It’s not too early to start Cinco de Mayo preparations, and offering high-end tequilas should be part of your plan. Whether it’s for sipping, shooters, or Margaritas, tequila popularity growth in the U.S. is noteworthy. That growth is predominantly spurred by high-end and premium tequilas. A study by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United […]

Distilled Spirits Tastings

distilled spirits tastings

Before anyone plops down cash or a credit card to purchase a liquor product, they’d probably like to verify that they like it. Distilled spirits tastings are an effective marketing tool, and the majority of, but not all, states allow it. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), 44 states allow […]

Overtime Law’s Impact on Restaurants

overtime impact on restaurants

President Barack Obama’s plan to change the overtime law can impact restaurants and other small business. Depending on who you listen to, the impact could be positive or negative. Even the economists are divided on the overall effect of the change to the law that would make more workers eligible for overtime compensation. Currently, a […]

Sour Beer is Trending

Sour Beer is Trending

From the Big Apple to the City by the Bay, sour beer is trending. The beer that would have been deemed skunky and undrinkable a few years ago is now all the rage. Bitter is making way for sour. While sour beer is one of the oldest styles of brewing in the world, it has […]

Alcohol Advertising Regulations

Alcohol Advertising Regulations

As the saying goes, bad publicity is better than no publicity at all. Legal battles over alcohol advertising regulations seem to have borne that out. John P. Connell, P.C. pointed that out in his recent blog (Certain Advertising Practices in the Alcoholic Beverage Industry Prohibited): “Throughout the nation, alcohol industry authorities have made the news […]

March Madness and the Underdog Ale

New Castle Underdog Ale

With “Selection Sunday” making it official, the annual NCAA March Madness Tournament is underway. If you make a habit of picking underdogs for your bracket, there’s a beer to go with that: Newcastle Brown Ale. With its “Unofficial Beer of the Underdog” program, Newcastle is encouraging fans to root for those teams way down the […]

Using Bitcoin in Restaurants and Pubs

Using Bitcoin in Restaurants and Pubs

A long time ago, cash was king. Then along came credit cards and the ability to pay without cash. Now bitcoins are starting to show up in increasing numbers of pubs and restaurants. Bitcoin is digital currency. Bitcoin.org defines it as “Bitcoin is a consensus network that enables a new payment system and a completely […]

Changing Laws that Affect Brewers

Changing Brewery Laws

There’s a push to place control of liquor licenses at the local rather than the state level, and craft brewers are speaking up to change the laws that affect them. In addition to switching liquor license control from the state to local jurisdictions in Massachusetts, there was also a push to change laws regarding the […]

Home Delivery of Alcohol

Home Delivery of Alcohol

You can order a pizza to be delivered to your door, so wouldn’t it be great if you could order the beer to go with it? Home delivery of alcohol is on the rise, depending on where you live. The concept isn’t entirely new as there are many liquor stores that offer delivery by special […]