Drink

The bitters truth _ cocktail bitters are booming

The bitters truth _ cocktail bitters are booming

"We think of cocktail bitters as the spice cabinet of the bartender," he says.

Soda wars turn to another front _ sparkling waters

Last year, a small brand called Sparkling Ice saw sales more than double to $302.4 million from the previous year, according to IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm.

Craft beer reaches for the skies on US airlines

Craft beer reaches for the skies on US airlines

"We already had our drinkers on airplanes, we just didn't have the beer," says Jim Koch, co-founder of the Boston Beer Co., maker of Sam Adams. "They want to drink in the air what they're drinking on the ground."

Brewser of a work schedule: Mu-ving closer to suds in north Aurora

Brewser of a work schedule: Mu-ving closer to suds in north Aurora

The plan now is for Mu to open in early to mid April. Flatland said he has already turned some of his attention to the smaller details like picking glassware.

Broadcast Booze: TV shows get into the wine biz

Broadcast Booze: TV shows get into the wine biz

"We were thrilled," says Aline Baly, co-owner and director of marketing and communications for Chateau Coutet.

Female vineyard workers sharp in Napa contest

Female vineyard workers sharp in Napa contest

"There's been this perennial conversation about, 'Do we include women in the competition?' And the answer's always been, 'Not yet,'" explained Jennifer Putnam, executive director of the group. "This year we looked around the room and just thought, 'Yes, it's time.'"

Newcomer vintners shaking up Chilean wine scene

Newcomer vintners shaking up Chilean wine scene

"We need wines that are polemical, that are not liked by everyone, that generate controversy and spark conversations," said Bruchfeld, a Chilean of German ancestry who is owner and chief winemaker at the Polkura winery.

Calif. wine-grape growers celebrate bumper crop

Calif. wine-grape growers celebrate bumper crop

"Consumers are in a great position because of the amount of wine that is coming out of California," said Erica Moyer of Riverbank, a grape and wine broker for Turrentine Brokerage in Novato.

A pitcher-style margarita perfect for the holidays

A pitcher-style margarita perfect for the holidays

We start by infusing tequila with cranberries and fresh mint.

How to brew up holiday cheer with craft beer

How to brew up holiday cheer with craft beer

Today, craft beers have the respect they deserve, opening up tons of fresh ways to share the cheer this season.