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Pulque: What Mexico's hipsters are drinking now

Long the province of peasants and poor townfolk, pulque — say "pool-kay" — the mildly sour, slightly slimy and gently fermented nectar of agave, has been reborn this century as a buzz of choice among young, forward-leaning and better-heeled urbanites. It's about $1.65 a pint, and a nearly hangover-proof means of getting hammered.... Read more»


How beer explains NAFTA’s devastating effects on Mexico

Analysis: The North American Free Trade Agreement was the poster child for the wonders of free trade. The reality is another story.... Read more»

Beer wars, Guatemala edition

The centerpiece of Cerveceria Centro Americana’s headquarters and brewery here is a chapel constructed in 1946, when it still held an absolute monopoly on the Guatemalan beer market. This is where Guatemala brews Gallo — a pale lager with a mean rooster crowing on its label. For many in this impoverished Central American country, beer was Gallo, and Gallo was beer. That was until 2003, when the Cerveceria’s more than a century-old monopoly was broken by AmBev, the Brazilian division of what’s now beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev.... Read more»1

Wine shortage refuted, but Az vintners say demand still high

Though national officials are refuting reports of a global wine shortage, Deb Wahl of Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery says increasing demand is pressuring her, and other Verde Valley winemakers, to produce more. “We can’t plant enough, we can’t produce (enough),” said Wahl, Oak Creek’s owner. “Even with my small winery, I’m always under the gun to produce more (and) produce better. That’s a good problem to have, right?”... Read more»

Growing a workforce: Students cultivate wine-making careeers

Launched in 2009 in collaboration with the Verde Valley Wine Consortium and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, the Yavapai College’s viticulture and enology program offers certificates in viticulture, focusing on the science, production and study of grapes, and in enology, the study of wine and winemaking.... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: Tucson awash with new downtown biz

New investment finds a home downtown: A new wine bar is opening in downtown. No, not Good Oak Bar; that opened at the beginning of the month. This newest place is Unplugged, opening Saturday 118 E. Congress, joining the more than 150 new businesses that have opened downtown in the last 60 months. ... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: Toasting the Downtown food scene

Downtown Tucson is becoming a heaven for diners craving creative restaurants. The newest addition to the scene, St. House, focuses on rum beverages and food from the rum-producing regions of the world.... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

What's cookin' Downtown?

Two new restaurants open Downtown with more on the way, plus 2nd Saturdays and many other events this weekend. Plus, Downtown’s population is also poised to increase with new housing projects.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson summer air travel preview

Ready for another cup of coffee? Coffee is on our agenda with Victoria Maizes, MD, executive director of the UA Center for Integrative Medicine. Also, a preview of the summer air travel season with Richard Gruntzel, CFO of the Tucson Airport Authority. Plus, Dr. Robert Hendricks, Buckmaster education contributor, on a cheating scandal that is rocking the education world.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Restaurants get cookin' Downtown

Sami Hamed of the National Federation of the Blind, PCC alum Kelly Ponzio and student Joe McGrath, Carlos de Leon of the city Department of Transportation, developer Richard Studwell, Downtown Tucson Partnership's Michael Keith, and Prof. Stephen Zunes.... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown: Folk fest, Cinco de Mayo and more

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, check out the The Tucson Folk Festival and enjoy some of the many family-friendly (and some not so family-friendly) events in downtown this weekend.... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

Weekend events, new restaurants cookin' Downtown

New restaurants moving in - and a weekend roundup of Downtown events. In the new Downtown Lowdown column, the Downtown Tucson Partnership's Caitlin Jensen keeps you up to date with the latest business moves and things to do in Tucson's city center.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: TUSD still facing $12 million in cuts

An interview with Cam Juarez, TUSD governing board member. Then, the Reporters' Roundtable with Dylan Smith, editor and publisher of TucsonSentinel.com, and Mari Herreras, staff writer for the Tucson Weekly. Plus, Weekend Watch with Matt Russell.... Read more»

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»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Az winemakers celebrate big harvest

The Monday Political Face-Off with commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom, followed by, Lisa Bates, president of Tucson Wildlife Center, and Kent Callaghan, owner of Callaghan Vineyards in Elgin, Ariz.... Read more»

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