| Apr 7, 2012
The former bottling plant in the Abell neighborhood has been all but abandoned for years. The Beverage Capital Corp. sign outside has faded. The white office walls have yellowed. A nearby mechanic uses the space that used to hold the bottling line as a...
| Mar 9, 2011
| 6:11 PM
Not everything has to be complicated, says Todd Leopold, co-owner and founder of Leopold Bros. distillery. His artisan liqueurs boast distinct, pure flavors that anyone can enjoy.
That doesn't mean there isn't a place for libations such as wine or...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 2:56 PM
America's Backyard (photo by Beth Black)
During tough economic times, when the unemployment rate reaches double digits, corporations lay off employees like fat guys lay off salads, and the American dream loses touch with reality, people more readily...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 5:55 AM
Photos of Katy Lozano at Sopranos Dueling Piano Bar by Beth Black. Hair by Natalie Sabatino. Makeup by Olivia Smalley of OMG! Artistry.
Remember the term 9-to-5? Remember how it was shorthand for a job that took place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday...
| Jun 9, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, Va. — If it looks like scotch whisky, smells like scotch whisky and tastes like scotch whisky, then it must be scotch whisky, right? Well, sort of.
When it's made in the United States, specifically at George Washington's Distillery...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 2:26 PM
Cartographically speaking, Chicago is pretty neat. There exists a grid of streets occasionally bisected by diagonals to create six-cornered intersections -- the proverbial root of the Chicago "hard left" versus the "soft left." There are abandoned...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 7:43 PM
A couple of years ago I was in a craft-beer bar in Helsinki and felt more than a little pride when I spied Bourbon County Brand Stout on the menu.
I didn’t order it — the thick, black Goose Island brew was close to $40 for a 22-ounce bottle....
| Mar 29, 2011
| 10:00 PM
One reason I haven’t been too worried about Anheuser-Busch’s takeover of Goose Island Beer Co. is that even if Goose is ruined – which I don’t necessarily think will happen – there will continue to be no shortage of great...
| May 22, 2011
| 9:41 PM
In a Canton basement lit by fluorescent lights, a dozen glass jugs of fermenting grape juice share space with a washer, dryer and furnace.
Standing before them, Erik Bandzak surveys his wines: two deep reds made from a Rougeon grape and an Isabella...
| May 11, 2011
| 7:59 PM
Lehigh Valley microbrewers Weyerbacher Brewing Co. and Fegley's Brew Works are installing more equipment and adding workers to keep pace with a growing demand for their ales, lagers and seasonal blends, owners said.
The two family-owned breweries are...
| Jun 2, 2011
Is L.A. finally turning into a beer-making town? The Los Angeles area already hosts some of America's best beer bars, with carefully curated lists of ever-changing taps and bottles, but almost all of those brews have been made somewhere else. We may be...