Which Pearl spot has sold the most alcohol this year? (slideshow) – San Antonio Business Journal

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County OKs needle exchange, school officers, Sunday alcohol sales – The Gleaner

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HENDERSON, Ky. – Henderson County is one step closer to having a needle exchange program.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the fiscal court, magistrates gave unanimous approval to a resolution which would allow the Green River District Health Department to create just such a program. The Henderson City Commission will also be presented with a similar resolution needing its approval.

“If you’d asked me about this 10 years ago, I’d question the benefit of such a program,” said Magistrate George Warren. “As time has passed, I see the benefit, not that I like that we need to do it.”

“It just makes sense,” said Magistrate Butch Puttman. “It’s a common sense approach to a problem.”

“Drug use is rampant,” said Magistrate Charles Alexander. “I think things like this can hopefully reduce the numbers” of those using drugs and spreading infectious diseases through shared needles.

“These programs protect the public,” said Henderson County Judge-executive Brad Schneider.

In a past fiscal court meeting, Clay Horton with the Green River District Health Department, told the panel that intravenous drug users often share needles. This in turn leads to the spread of diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C.

“The idea is to provide clean syringes to people so that they aren’t sharing. The interaction with health departments also creates an opportunity for education, to offer tests for infectious disease, and it provides a pathway to offer people recovery and get them help,” he said.

“A study was performed which indicates that people who participate in a syringe access exchange program are five times more likely to enter treatment than those who don’t,” Horton said. “The state legislation allows the health departments to operate these programs, but it requires the consent of the fiscal courts.”

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Beer probably wasn't at the first Thanksgiving, but it can be at yours – Marin Independent Journal

Thanksgiving has come, and while some national leaders beat the war drum against immigrants seeking better lives, this holiday of gratitude should remind the mindful that most Americans today have ancestors who immigrated to this continent. They came by boat, mostly via the Atlantic, and en route they drank beer. That’s the story, anyway. Hundreds of years ago, freshwater was notoriously unsafe to consume. On the other hand, various compounds in fermented beverages serve as an antibacterial force and prevent the proliferation of dangerous microbes. Beer and wine were therefore once safer to drink than water and were basic staples for trans-ocean journeying.

It follows that the Pilgrims probably drank beer on the Mayflower as these early immigrants traveled to North America — but how beer played into their lives once they reached the New World is hardly clear. Much online literature claims that the English ship landed at Plymouth Rock and dumped off the Pilgrims in December 1620 because the vessel’s beer supply was running low. It’s a fun story, but is it true?

An undated article at Fermentarium, blogger and homebrewer DJ Spiess argues that the whole idea is a tale first spun by Budweiser in the early 1900s in an unsuccessful attempt to “paint beer as American as apple pie in an effort to improve beer’s image and prevent prohibition.”

“The pilgrims got the heave ho from the Mayflower because they were out of time, not out of beer,” Spiess writes. “And they really didn’t get the ‘heave ho’ as many would imply. The Mayflower set sail for England April 5 the following year. That’s five months after reaching America. If the crew was worried about supplies, they would have left much earlier. The ship had at least half of their beer left at this point, because they needed it

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Naptown Pint: Lures' cellar reserve menu is a treat for beer lovers – CapitalGazette.com

For this week, I thought about sharing a curated list of tasty, turkey and pie-friendly beers to put on your Thanksgiving table, for the obvious reason that beer is essential for any family gathering. Especially around the holidays.

You just know Uncle Frank is going to casually bring up politics as he passes the stuffing over dinner. Even though, during the car ride on the way over, Aunt Tracy made him swear multiple times on his new recliner that he would stick to safe subjects like the weather, or … I don’t know, shoes.

But then I realized there’s one other time when I need a good beer desperately — even more so than on Thanksgiving Day itself.

Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend, when our grateful hearts grow cold in a flash, and we take up arms to compete in the merciless holiday shopping spree bloodsport that pits brother against brother, and sister against sister. All under the mantle, of course, of “bringing joy” to those we love.

Less than a decade ago, you didn’t hear about red blends. Sure, red grape varieties have been blended by European winemakers for centuries, but producers were limited by law to specific varieties. Bordeaux, for instance, is limited to five varieties; Rhone has 13.

For years, U.S. wine producers…

However, as others speed toward the shopping mall in their minivans and crossover SUVs, I will retreat quietly to my favored bar stool in the back bar of Lures Bar and Grille, located on General’s Highway in Crownsville.

That probably doesn’t surprise most local beer drinkers, because they have one of the best beer lists in town. Their taps consistently feature juicy, fresh IPAs from across the country, rare gems from around the world and homegrown Maryland favorites.

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A college town and 5 other NC communities are less dry after voting on alcohol sales – Durham Herald Sun

Voters agreed to expand alcohol sales in six North Carolina communities this month, and only one county — Anson — rejected a referendum on alcohol.

While the number of dry and partially dry towns and counties continues to drop, rural parts of the state continue to have a patchwork of regulations: Some places allow beer and wine sales but no liquor, while about 20 counties don’t allow alcohol sales in unincorporated areas.

Voters this year approved liquor drinks at bars and restaurants in Long View (a suburb of Hickory), Red Springs (Robeson County) and Pikeville (Wayne County). Voters in Boiling Springs decided to end its status as a dry town by allowing beer and wine sales, while Gaston County agreed to beer, wine, liquor and ABC stores in its unincorporated areas.

In Boiling Springs — the Cleveland County town of 4,700 that’s home to Gardner-Webb University — the addition of beer and wine is already bringing noticeable changes.

Town Manager Lucas Shires said that previous attempts to make the change failed in part because it’s “a fairly conservative town.” Voters this year faced seven different ballot questions addressing different types of alcohol sales, and the margin of victory varied on each from 51 percent to 64 percent.

Now hotels, restaurants, gas stations and even a craft brewery are looking to take advantage of the change, Shires said. The town’s one grocery store plans to expand.

“It is definitely going to open up doors for new businesses to come in,” he added.

Gardner-Webb, a Christian university with 4,000 students, didn’t take a position for or against the referendum. But Shires says some hope the change means students looking for a drink will be able to walk to a restaurant or bar instead of driving 20 minutes to Shelby or Gaffney, S.C.

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