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Barbata is a downstairs addition to chef Tyler Fenton's restaurant, BATA, serving European-inspired appetizers, desserts and craft cocktails. Read more»

Las Hermanas beer is available on draft at Borderlands Brewing Co.

Last Friday night, Borderlands Brewing Company's taproom opened it's doors for the release party of the 2nd edition of Las Hermanas beer. Read more»

Female brewers work together to pour grains into the mill.

In 2020, women from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border made history with the first collaboration between all-female brewers. Two years later, they were back in Tucson, creating a second edition of "Las Hermanas" beer. Read more»

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»

Pima County sheriff's deputies will be out to nab driver's under the influence.

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

Pima County Superior Court

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»

The patio at Thunderbird Lounge lends itself to social distancing. Some owners and managers of other bars are struggling to comply with state regulations.

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»

Most Arizona bars have been closed since June 29, along with gyms, water parks, movie theaters and more, under an executive order aimed at checking COVID-19. But more than 40 bars have sued Gov. Doug Ducey over the order that they claim is 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»

People lined up to enter Varsity Tavern on Mill Avenue in Tempe on June 6, 2020.

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»

Huckelberry at a meeting of a task force reviewing guidelines for restaurants in April.

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»

"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»

Grapes on the vine in a 2016 file photo from Page Springs Vineyards, one of the members of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium that is seeking to make part of Yavapai County a federally designated American Viticultural Area.

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

A very parched lemonade stand in South Australia.

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»

Visitors tour the L.A. Cetto Winery aging room on an April Sunday. The winery, in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico, is the largest winery in the country at 1,200 hectares (about 2,965 acres).

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»

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»

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