VIDEO: Inside The Boozy Future Of Starbucks

VIDEO: Inside The Boozy Future Of Starbucks

As we reported several months ago, Starbucks is attempting to reinvigorate its image with shops in Seattle that aren’t just aesthetically different than your average ‘Bucks, but which also dole out beer and wine. Now USA Today has ventured inside of one such Seattle shop to see the results. [More]

10 Guilty Pleasures You Shouldn't Feel Too Guilty About

10 Guilty Pleasures You Shouldn't Feel Too Guilty About

Cholocate, wine, massages, sex… sounds like a hell of a Tuesday night. To some people, these indulgences fall under the heading of “vices,” but the folks at CNN say they’re all actually part of a healthy life, so long as you don’t overdo it. [More]

Woman Says Southwest Refused To Serve Her Alcohol, Wouldn't Say Why

Woman Says Southwest Refused To Serve Her Alcohol, Wouldn't Say Why

Angel says she hadn’t had any alcohol before getting on her Southwest Airlines flight last week, but for some reason the flight attendant decided–after first taking her order–that she felt “uncomfortable” serving Angel her vodka and Coke. [More]

Combine Your Loves For Alcohol & Taxidermy With Beer Packed In Rodent Carcass

Combine Your Loves For Alcohol & Taxidermy With Beer Packed In Rodent Carcass

When I wrote about PR-happy Scottish microbrewers BrewDog back in April, I had a feeling it wouldn’t be the last time. But this time, the company has truly outdone itself, not only creating a “beer” containing 55% alcohol by volume, but which also comes packed inside the carcass of a dead rodent. [More]

Industrious Homeless Man Breaks Into Shuttered Bar To Start Selling Booze

Industrious Homeless Man Breaks Into Shuttered Bar To Start Selling Booze

It’s like something out of a whacky comedy movie — Homeless man breaks into bar that recently shut down, decides to pretend he’s the new owner and starts selling drinks. But this wasn’t some laugher starring the hilarious Steve Guttenberg; it’s exactly what authorities in a small Northern California town have arrested a man for doing. [More]

Senator Says Caffeinated Malt Liquor Drinks Target Teens

Senator Says Caffeinated Malt Liquor Drinks Target Teens

For years, young folks have been getting their buzz on with the help of fruit-flavored malt liquor concoctions like Sparks, Joose and Four Loko. This is a fact that has apparently just come across the desk of Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, who is now asking for federal help in getting these beverages out of the mouths of babes. [More]

Continental Introduces New, Fancier Cocktails… For A Fee, Of Course

Continental Introduces New, Fancier Cocktails… For A Fee, Of Course

A lot of air travelers partake of liquor while flying, whether it’s to calm the nerves or just something to make watching the latest Robert Pattinson movie on a 6″ screen palatable. But for those passengers who find a gin and tonic lacks the razmatazz to match their personality, Continental will soon have the solution… and be willing to charge you premium for it. [More]

Mayor Daley Wants Liquor Carts At Chicago Airports

Mayor Daley Wants Liquor Carts At Chicago Airports

Ever been sitting at the airport and wanting some booze, but too bogged down with bags — or pesky kids — to belly up to the bar? Well, for travelers passing through Chicago’s two airports, the Windy City’s inimitable mayor Richard Daley has the solution — pushcarts full of booze. [More]

35,000 Bottles Of Scope Recalled For Defective Caps

35,000 Bottles Of Scope Recalled For Defective Caps

If you have a 1-liter bottle of Scope Original Mint Mouthwash that you bought sometime since January 1st, you might want to test the cap. If it twists off without needing the sides pressed in and it’s a got the number 4 stamped onto the bottom, Procter & Gamble would like to replace it, please. [More]

New York Wants Grocery Stores To Sell Wine

New York Wants Grocery Stores To Sell Wine

Fresh off boosting cigarette taxes, New York is ready to give smokers a replacement for their beloved lung shredders: wine! The state’s latest budget gap killer would allow nearly 20,000 grocery stores to sell bottles of vino, hauling in up to $300 million. [More]

Potentially Boozy Kombucha Drinks Drive Whole Foods Yank

Potentially Boozy Kombucha Drinks Drive Whole Foods Yank

Whole Foods has removed all kombucha drinks from its shelves over concerns that it might contain elevated levels of alcohol. The supermarket was worried that, to paraphrase the great poet J-Kwon, “errybody in the fermented culture club gettin’ tipsy.” What’s kombucha, you ask? And why does the process of making it remind me of a certain Capri Sun pouch? [More]

Beer Sales Drop, Brewers Scramble For Your Beer Money

Beer Sales Drop, Brewers Scramble For Your Beer Money

In the past month, sales of premium light beers fell 11%, reports Advertising Age. Instead of light Coors, Miller, or Bud brands, people have been buying cheaper brews like PBR, or saving up for fancier brands. But we’re not just spending our beer money differently–we’re also drinking less of the stuff. Well, not me. But someone’s cutting back. [More]

Bars In Utah Busted For Not Scanning IDs As Required By Law

Bars In Utah Busted For Not Scanning IDs As Required By Law

Here’s an interesting law that has some privacy implications. In Utah, bars are required to scan the IDs of anyone “who looks 35 years old or younger”, and the penalty for failing to electronically verify licenses is “akin to serving alcohol to a minor,” says the Salt Lake City Tribune. [More]

Target Demands To Scan My ID When I Buy Booze

Target Demands To Scan My ID When I Buy Booze

Scott says he can’t get to boozin’ unless he allows Target to scan his ID. Not just look at it, scan it. This is possibly linked to a one world government conspiracy. Either that or Target is just being weird, as usual. [More]

What's Up With Rite Aid Scanning My ID To Buy Booze?

What's Up With Rite Aid Scanning My ID To Buy Booze?

Consumerist reader Mark lives in the L.A. area and says he often picks up his alcohol from Rite-Aid because they’ve got good prices. But now Mark says Rite-Aid has gone beyond checking IDs and is actually scanning them into their computer. Not cool, in his book. [More]

We Are Too Poor For Fancy Alcohol

We Are Too Poor For Fancy Alcohol

The numbers are in for liquor sales in 2009, and last year had the smallest increase in sales since 2001, reports Bloomberg. What’s worse (if you own a high-end liquor company), sales shifted toward the products on the cheaper end of the spectrum, and people bought less at restaurants and other public places. But we’re not actually drinking less, it turns out–we’re just doing more entertaining at home. [More]

Svedka Can See The Future: Fortunately, It Has Vodka

Svedka Can See The Future: Fortunately, It Has Vodka

This liquor store is a very forward-thinking establishment. So forward thinking, in fact, that it has looked twenty-four years into the future to tell us what the top vodka of 2033 C.E. will be. It will be Svedka. [More]

Sam Adams Makes Illegal, Expensive Beer

Sam Adams Makes Illegal, Expensive Beer

Perhaps you’ve heard of Utopias, Sam Adams’ $150-a-bottle beer that’s banned in 13 states. An AP story says the brewery is releasing a new edition of its every-other-year beer, which the story says has the most alcohol by volume of any other beer at 27 percent. [More]