Hoby Wedler, 27-year-old PhD student who is also an expert on sensory/taste perception. He is also completely blind. Each month, he conducts wine tastings at Coppola Winery in complete darkness in Geyserville, Calif., Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Jose Luis Villegas)

DAVIS, Calif. | Hoby Wedler was born blind and curious 27 years ago. He’s used those two traits — and a refined sense of smell and taste — to develop an expert palette that is garnering rave reviews in California’s wine region. The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday (http://tinyurl.com/kpy9yzc ) that Wedler’s monthly “Tasting in the Dark” series at […]

Peak to Peak Tap Room owner Gordon McKennon poses for a portrait in front of a handful of the 20 taps that are featured at the tap room. McKennon built and installed  the copper backsplash himself as well as used repurposed White Oak for the bar top, not pictured. (Philip B. Poston/Aurora Sentinel)

“We’ve worked with several breweries to-date that don’t distribute except for at small locations. That’s benefited us,” he says. “We felt like there was a black hole for tap rooms and hard-to-find beers in Aurora.”

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 2, 2011, file photo, Budweiser cans run through a filling machine at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles. After several years of losing ground to smaller craft brewers, Anheuser-Busch, the country's biggest brewery is aiming its marketing at its core consumers, the folks who likely wouldn’t reach for a craft beer in any case. And they’re doing it with a playful wink and nod that says, “We didn’t want their fancy-schmancy beer anyway.” (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

“A prevailing misperception in beer is that small must be good, and big must be bad. This spot, if you like, is us saying we categorically don’t accept that,” Brian Perkins, Budweiser’s vice president of marketing, said in an interview. “This is about us owning who we are without apology.”

This undated image provided by Virgin America airlines on Feb. 3, 2015 shows a cucumber vodka mojito cocktail available on the company's flights. Anthony Caporale, writer and host of the Off-Broadway musical comedy, "The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking." expects drinks options in the sky to continue to improve as customers used to the cocktail revolution that has swept through bars and restaurants bring their high expectations on board. (AP Photo/Virgin America)

“You can actually get a decent drink,” says Anthony Caporale, director of beverage studies at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. “I started a few years back seeing small-batch bourbons on flights. Now I think it’s uncommon for me to get on a major airline that doesn’t have some sort of craft American whiskey.”

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 […]


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