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Craft Beers Driving Up Sales

Thirsty? Grab a beer!Just a few years ago it used to be that simple, but now drinkers want more: flavor, new styles, food pairings, and perhaps a beer’s golden ticket: a local origin.All of these things have become important to serious beer drinkers as the craft beer movement continues to gain momentum.

Brewing Beer, Sustainably

Fresh, local, island-brewed beers came to Hawaii’s Big Island in 1995 when Kona Brewing Company introduced Pacific Golden Ale (now Big Wave Golden Ale) and Fire Rock Pale Ale.But these two — and the 12 to 16 other styles of beer that the brewery produces — aren’t just beers.

Pub Fare Ain't What It Used To Be

Savvy pub operators nationwide have discovered a simple formula that boosts the bottom line: Serve better food and sell more beer, wine and whiskey.These days, made-from-scratch dishes are commonplace in pubs, and the bar has decidedly been raised when it comes to the talent in the back of the house.

LoSo App is a Restaurant’s Social Network

Foursquare, beware—there is a new game in town, and with a sole focus on restaurants and bars, people may stop alerting the media when they get to a location as banal as the convenience store.LoSo is a location-based social media app that competes with Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places in allowing people to brag about their real time location.

Inside the Members-Only Fancy Food Show

At the second day of the Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C., today, foodies and suppliers packed the Washington Convention Center to taste, sip and test the newest specialty products from around the country.

BJ's Goes for Three in Sin City

BJ's Restaurants announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Las Vegas on June 20, 2011. The new BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is the latest addition to the one million-square-foot Centennial Center in northwest Las Vegas.

D.C. Savors Craft Brews

Once again, craft brewers from across the U.S. made their pilgrimage to the nation’s capital to celebrate SAVOR Beer Week D.C., enjoy the benchmark of beer and food events, and roll up their sleeves for a little old-fashioned politicking.

LA Gears Up for Taste of the Nation

Taste of the Nation Los Angeles 2011 takes place on June 12, 2011 in Culver City, California’s Media Park, showcasing 46 of the city’s top chefs, restaurants, and, for the first time ever, bars, mixologists, and local craft breweries.

Can There Be Too Much Of A Good Thing?

As I move around the country interviewing restaurant operators, there are a lot of eye-opening, jaw-dropping exchanges. To be clear, it is my eyes, my jaw that drop. It makes me want to steal the tagline of the 1948 film, “The Naked City”: “There are 8 million stories in the naked city; this has been one of them.

Brewery Ommegang Pairs Beer, Food

Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) announces Great Beer Deserves Great Food, a fine beer and food pairing program.The initiative encompasses a wide range of culinary initiatives, including a sponsorship with Saveur magazine, ongoing support of culinary education programs, a beer and food ‘road-show’ of beer dinners, town hall-style gatherings and educational symposia, and deployment of a roving chef ambassador to serve as the voice of the effort.

T.G.I. Friday's Celebrates Summer With Craft Beer

Just in time for summer, T. G.I. Friday’s is bringing out the best seasonal flavors by introducing a new line of menu items inspired by, and prepared with, beer and featuring other bold, fresh ingredients.

How to Boost Beverage Sales

Restaurants that want to increase beverage profits may be surprised to learn how easy it is, once management takes the lead, and may be shocked to learn how much they can net. For example, one T.G.

Poised for a Comeback

I love fortified wines—Port, Madeira, and Sherry—and it was a delight to recently discover a new one: Marsala.The wine’s inviting bouquet smells of almonds and honey with a touch of lemon.

Brewers Association Names Top 50 Brewing Companies

The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for U.S. breweries, released its annual lists reporting the top 50 brewing companies in the country, based on 2010 beer sales volume.

Trust Her Instincts: An Interview with Ris Lacoste

To say Ris Lacoste trusts her gut is probably an understatement. In a career spanning continents, coasts, and all sorts of culinary tastes, Lacoste has lived by the simple rule of instinct.It’s certainly served her well.