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To-go cocktails make it harder to enforce underage drinking laws

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states gave a boost to struggling restaurants by allowing cocktails to-go - but the expansion has strained understaffed alcohol enforcement agencies, which have been hard-pressed to prevent underage drinking.... Read more»

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Pima County sheriff's deputies on look-out for Thanksgiving DUI offenders

The Pima County Sheriff's Department will step up enforcement of Arizona's drunk-driving laws this weekend.... Read more»

Pima County COVID curfew blocked by judge

Pima County's nightly coronavirus curfew has been blocked by a judge, who found that the December resolution of the Board of Supervisors to mitigate the rise in COVID-19 cases was "not statutorily authorized," and violated Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's executive orders. ... Read more»

Arizona bars reopen under COVID-19 guidelines

As Arizona bars reopen after months of being shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, owners and managers are struggling to comply with state health department regulations that require logistical twists.... Read more»

Unhappy hour: Bar owners sue, call Ducey closure order unconstitutional

When he announced an extension Thursday of his order closing bars, gyms, movie theaters and more, Gov. Doug Ducey acknowledged that “businesses and employees have sacrificed” as the state fights the spread of COVID-19.... Read more»

Az bars crowded despite COVID-19 restrictions, Ducey curfew

Despite social distancing guidelines being impossible to enforce at establishments that exist for face-to-face socializing, bars that serve food have found loopholes allowing them to reopen and stay open past curfew.... Read more»

Pima County issues regs for restaurants reopening after CV-19 shutdowns

Pima County has adopted temporary measures for the reopening of restaurants, gyms, pools, spas and venues. The county vote established 15 mandatory health guidelines and two recommendations for restaurants, including allowing outdoor expansions.... Read more»

Ducey: 'Don't go to crowded bar' for St. Patrick's Day; COVID-19 should limit groups to 10

"Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. If you're thinking of going out to a crowded bar to celebrate, don't," Gov. Doug Ducey said, as Arizona's health chief suggested limiting public gatherings to just 10 people.... Read more»

Grape news: Verde Valley close to becoming a designated wine region

If local wineries and vineyards have their way, the Verde Valley will soon be designated as a federally recognized American Viticultural Area..... Read more»

Debate not bitter: Arizona Leg might declare lemonade as state drink

Lemonade is one step closer to becoming Arizona’s state drink. Four senators jokingly proposed amendments to change the state drink to pink lemonade, sun tea, the margarita or Jamaica, a drink created from hibiscus flowers.... Read more»

Tracing Baja California’s evolution, one bottle of wine at a time

Wineries in Baja California are attracting tourists with varieties that range from aromatic viogniers to deep cabernet sauvignons. There are more than 70 wineries in Valle de Guadalupe, all producing, bottling and distributing wines year-round.... Read more»

4 things to know about using vertical IDs to buy alcohol in Arizona

Vertical driver’s licenses are now accepted as valid identification in Arizona for out-of-state residents 21 years old and older who want to buy alcohol, ending a nearly 21-month ban and bringing relief to customers and business owners.... 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»

Flock to Arizona’s fall festivals

Take advantage of all fall has to offer in Arizona at one of these popular festivals.... Read more»

Report: Arizona craft beer has an economic kick, too

When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says “everything is improved by the presence of a brewery,” he’s talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind.... Read more»

Mexicans don't understand why you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo

South of the border, Cinco de Mayo is no big deal.... Read more»1

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