liquor

Spirited Startups: Colorado's Microdistilleries Follow an All-American Path

The boom in U.S. microdistilleries comes in part from many Americans reinventing their careers in a dire economy. That entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in some of Colorado's newly minted microdistilleries. And industry giants, like Jim Beam, are also welcoming these new makers of American liquor.

Microdistilleries Are Changing How America Drinks

The country's troubled history with alcohol -- particularly Prohibition -- had a huge impact on what consumers expect from their alcoholic beverages. The bland, blended spirits that became popular after Prohibition ended are finally giving way to today's thirst for unique and locally made alcoholic beverages.

How New York Lifted the Microdistillery Industry's Spirits

Following on the success of a 1976 farm-winery law that paved the way for a strong winery industry, the state legislature created a distilling permit in 2002 and expanded it in 2007. New York now has 18 microdistilleries that are pumping new life into the local economy.

Legal Briefing: Banking on Liquor Tastings

States are liberalizing liquor laws to allow stores to allow liquor tastings, reports the Chicago Tribune. Virginia recently became the 43rd state to ease its laws. Apparently tastings lead to greater sales of expensive brands, something that makes both companies and states happy. States make a lot of money off sin taxes. And what does it take to be named "New York's Most Obnoxious Lawyer"?