DENVER | Colorado lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores. Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned the product, which is pending approval from federal regulators. A bill to join those states will be considered Monday in a Colorado House committee. The product called “Palcohol” is […]

This Jan. 5, 2015, photo shows pairing wine and Chinese takeout food in Concord, N.H. The bold flavors of Chinese takeout require an equally bold spirit to commend wine pairings. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

“Having a Chinese wife and spending holidays eating my mother-in-law’s cooking has given me plenty of opportunities to experiment matching wines to Chinese food, and it’s not so easy,” says Alder Yarrow, San Francisco-based founder of the popular site Vinography.com and author of “The Essence of Wine.”

This Oct. 20, 2014, photo shows Auchentoshan single malt Scotch in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)

“We are attracting a more open-minded and younger audience who really aren’t used to drinking scotch but would like to try it,” says Chris Bauder, general manager of whiskeys at Beam Suntory, which has the unpeated single-malt Scotch whiskies Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch in its portfolio, both of which offer a smooth and mellow approach to scotch.

Artist Dan Sorensen has a wall full of art displayed at Mu Brewery Jan. 5 as part of the brewery's gallery series. Since September, Mu has teamed closely with a handful of artists from the Aurora Cultural Arts District, allowing painters and other visual artists to display and sell their work as well as help create batch of beer unique to their taste and style, with the final product being tapped for a one-night-only launch event at the pub. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“What we usually do is talk to the artist in advance to try to kind of get an idea of what beers they like, so then we know kind of how to create a flavor,” said Nathan Flatland, president of Mu

FILE - In this June 6, 2008 file photo, a row of freshly poured draft beers are seen in Pittsburgh. Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don't know _ or even think about _ how many calories they are drinking.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Alcoholic beverages are a key contributor to the calories Americans are consuming, and most of the time when people have a drink they have absolutely no idea what its caloric impact is,” says Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.


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