Glass fire engulfs over 60,000 acres of Wine Country, chars more homes
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Firefighters stood guard outside some of the country’s most renowned vineyards and the homes that surround them Friday as the Glass fire continued to encroach on the communities of Calistoga and St. Helena — the heart of California’s famed Wine Country.The blaze has engulfed more than 60,000 acres, burning most actively in the hills north of Calistoga and east of St. Helena. As a layer of hot, dry air helped to fuel the flames overnight, the blaze caught onto any fuel it could touch, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday. But the wind stayed c...
The Mercury News
Column: Let's toast the architecture of Chicago's beer buildings, even if this isn't happy hour for some of them
Raise a glass to Chicago’s architecturally alluring beer buildings. Their ornate brickwork, fanciful turrets and other decorative flourishes make them a savory alternative to less-is-more design sobriety.From the mansions of brewing magnates to former taverns built by marquee brands like Schlitz, beer buildings brighten nearly every corner of the city. They provide a visible link to the immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe who poured into the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And whether they still sell beer or have switched to coffee, some still funct...
Americans are drinking more alcohol during pandemic — especially women, study finds
Pandemic-fatigued Americans are drinking about 14% more alcohol this year than they did in 2019, an alarming increase that’s even more pronounced among women, researchers said Tuesday.The new study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, found a 17% increase in alcohol consumption among women and 19% among people ages 30 to 59. They also found that heavy drinking among women — four or more drinks within two hours — went up by 41%.The study was conducted with a sample of 1,540 people ages 30 to 80. The reported surge for most participants in the group translates into one additional drinkin...
New York Daily News
How to conduct an engaging lab experiment in the time of COVID: Brew beer
PHILADELPHIA — The 22 students in the La Salle University microbiology class had been brewing their first batch of beer for the last two weeks, and it was time to taste it.Senior Austin Taylor, participating on the class Zoom call, took a swig from his jar and grimaced.“Oh, oh, that’s gross,” the senior biology major from Woodbridge, New Jersey, said, putting his hand over his mouth as if he wasn’t sure he could swallow it. “That was nasty. I don’t recommend that.”His teacher, assistant professor Brian DeHaven, laughed and told him not to worry. “So was mine,” DeHaven said.Brewing the perfect ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Wildfire, climate, virus pose triple-threat to key California tourism, wine industries
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In San Diego, tourism industry watchers are bracing for a bleak fall after a shut-in summer that has crushed that city’s businesses. Up the coast in Monterey County, once-optimistic wine growers now must contend with the smoky fallout of nearby wildfires and its effect on that county’s multi-million dollar industry.And in the desert resorts of Southern California’s Coachella Valley, researchers say climate change will devastate that region’s lucrative tourist industry in the decades to come.Across California, two of the state’s signature industries — tourism and wine — are...
The Sacramento Bee
Oktoberfest Play List: 10 songs you'd hear in Munich beer tents
One thing has always taken me a bit by surprise at Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration — and no, I’m not talking about the humongous size of the beer steins. (Although, granted, they are something to behold.)I’m referring to the soundtrack I hear as I make my way through the Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner brewery tents.One might expect they’d be filled solely with traditional Bavarian music, but that’s far from the case. Sure, you’ll get plenty of German oompah during the world’s largest volksfest, but you’ll also get a lot of American radio hits and pop songs, which have b...
The Mercury News
Why Yuengling has partnered with Molson Coors for a big push out West
D.G. Yuengling & Son Brewing Co., the Pottsville, Pa.-based beer behemoth, has set its sights on becoming a national brand by forging a partnership with industry giant Molson Coors.Yuengling already is the “largest craft brewer” in the United States with two breweries in Pottsville and another suds factory at a former Stroh’s brewery in Tampa, Fla. The company’s sales are concentrated on the East Coast and the South.Yuengling’s recipes, including its flagship brand, Traditional Amber Lager, will be produced at Molson Coors breweries under the supervision of Yuengling brew masters.On Tuesday, Y...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
NY to investigate Long Island bar for taking bets on number of shootings over Labor Day weekend
NEW YORK — A Long Island bar that reportedly bragged on Instagram about taking bets for whether New York City or Chicago will have the most Labor Day weekend shootings is now squarely in the crosshairs of the State Liquor Authority.New York state officials blasted the Cliffton in Patchogue for its “repugnant” post — and said that the bar was already in trouble for refusing to let inspectors check it for coronavirus violations.Several social media users posted screen grabs of the betting pool Saturday, which looks like a Super Bowl box pool and suggests that the bar will take 10% of the proceed...
New York Daily News
National Rum Day: Sebastian couple travels the world for the love of rum
ORLANDO, Fla. — How did a pair of hockey fans from Maryland come to own one of the largest private collections of rum in Florida? It started with a single, cheap bottle. “It’s called Sunset Very Strong Rum,” said Joe Horstkamp, “but the locals just call it ‘strong rum.’”Horstkamp and his wife, Myssi Davis, were on their honeymoon to the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent. Fans of rum but only ever having what Horstkamp calls “starter rums” (“Your Bacardis, your Captain Morgans,” he explained), the couple decided to visit the St. Vincent distillery on their vacation. That’s where they first encou...
'Camp Cocktails' teaches you how to mix the perfect drink in the great outdoors
MINNEAPOLIS — Emily Vikre posed with her travel flask and collapsible cup on the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota: “You don’t need perfect bartending tools to make a really good cocktail.”As the last stop for many campers on their way Up North, the eight-year-old Vikre Distillery in Duluth has become an unofficial resource for those with questions about bartending in the great outdoors.Fortunately, co-founder Emily Vikre is an expert on nature’s cocktail room.She is the author of “Camp Cocktails” (Harvard Common Press, $26.99), a new guide to the many ways to imbibe under the stars....
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)