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Arizona ‘beer bill’ would lift production cap for microbreweries

Local breweries face a dilemma: They can produce more beer. But if they do, they would have to close their restaurants. One state lawmaker wants to change that. ... Read more»1

Free rides home for tipsy drivers - and cars

If you are planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve and have a few too many, AAA will give you and your car a free ride home. ... Read more»

Portugal is shaking up the wine world

In a region known for port, winemakers along the Douro Valley are taking top prizes for reds and whites.... Read more»

They say 'drink responsibly,' but what does it mean?

The “drink responsibly” or “enjoy in moderation” messages tucked into liquor and beer ads don’t impress Jennifer Romo. “Nobody actually takes that seriously,” said Romo, a UCLA student. She added: “‘Drink responsibly,’ what does that even mean?”... Read more»

'Everyone's a Celt' at Tucson Highland games

Highland dancing, caber tossing, bagpipers and drummers, skilled dogs, kilts a-plenty and even a dram or two of whisky can be found at this weekend's Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games. The revelry takes place this Friday—Sunday at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.... Read more»

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Haunted roundup: Where to celebrate Halloween

Pumpkins, candy and costumes: Halloween is almost upon us and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in Tucson this year.... Read more»1

Az traces alcohol sources in underaged drinkers' accidents, deaths

TRACE, or Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergency, is the investigation unit of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. The investigators are called when underage drinking is involved in a serious accident or death, and their job is to work backward from the time of the incident to find out who supplied the alcohol.... Read more»

Bear down, or bottoms up?

Playboy ranks UA as one of nation's top party schools

The University of Arizona's making news for something other than President Ann Weaver Hart's imperious ways, with Playboy ranking the "wet and wild" college as the No. 4 party school in the United States. The magazine's staff may have also been partaking: the report refers to Tucson's "Fourth Street bar scene."... Read more»2

New Az law lets microdistilleries sell directly to public

A new craft distiller license gives microdistilleries the freedom to reach customers in ways they couldn’t before. In addition to selling directly to the public, microdistilleries can now have offsite tasting rooms. ... Read more»

Sun Link opening: Local businesses all aboard with streetcar events

Stretching from the University of Arizona, down 4th Avenue and through Downtown to the Mercado District on the West Side, restaurants, clubs and businesses along the line of the new Sun Link streetcar will mark the opening of the route with a weekend of dozens of events, from the family-friendly to more adult pursuits. Here's a run-down of all the fun:... Read more»

Ban lifted, tequila pours into China

A whiff of tequila may conjure images of blue-green agave fields in the Mexican countryside, a raucous Texas dance hall or even a college frat house after a homecoming game. But there’s a new tequila haven emerging across the globe, and it’s the most populous city in the world — Shanghai.... Read more»

Mexicans squeezed by soaring lime prices

The citrus fruit has become such a precious commodity that gangs of thieves are even stealing 'green gold' by the ton.... Read more»

Hard times hit Margaritaville: Lime prices double after Mexico storms

The lime, a staple in many of Arizona’s Mexican eateries and grocery stores, has doubled in price over the last two months after heavy fall storms in Mexico knocked blooms from trees.... Read more»

Move over, craft breweries: Microdistilleries on the rise in Az

Arizona Distilling Co. adds a little bit of Arizona to its products. Copper City Bourbon honors a Prohibition-era brewing company in Douglas. Desert Dry Gin incorporates a different set of Five Cs in its flavor profile: coriander, cumin, cinnamon, citrus and cardamom.... Read more»

Lifting spirits: Bill would allow winemakers to distill leftover grapes

Many wineries beyond Arizona are allowed to distill wine byproducts, known as fruit pomace, into spirits such as brandy, cognac, cider and grappa, an Italian brandy. Now an state lawmaker is trying to let wineries here to get producer's licenses that allow them to follow suit. ... Read more»

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