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October 7, 1988 | By Steve Goldstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
The much-ballyhooed battle against the bottle in the Soviet Union is in ignominious retreat. For the first time in more than three years, draft beer is once again being sold on the streets of Moscow. Hordes of Muscovites queued yesterday in Indian-summer weather with glass jugs and two-gallon plastic containers at stands that formerly sold kvass, a nonalcoholic Russian fermented drink made from bread. As is usual before any holiday, the lines to buy alcohol were long on the eve of Soviet Constitution Day. Revelers were toasting a report in one newspaper that the state had decided to sharply increase the production of wine, beer, brandy and champagne.
NEWS
August 6, 2009
THE BUDWEISER Phillies. That should be their new name. After all, they promote it until you're drunk, puke, fight and murder. The alcoholic consumption in and out of the ballparks is ridiculous. Because of the tragedy recently there ought to be policy changes from the Phillies and the Eagles. There should be no-drinking sections, family days where there is no alcohol sold, and move last call up to the fifth inning. I can't take my 11-year-old son to a game without exposing him to a drunk, F-bomb cursing fan guzzling two beers at a time.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2006 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IN A STORY that will surprise no one but it's nice to see confirmed nonetheless, TMZ.com has video footage of underage Hollywood celebs getting into clubs - and drinking - while everybody not only turns a blind eye but helps facilitate the partying. Shown on the TMZ.com site is teen fave singer Jesse McCartney, 18, beer in hand, chatting up a woman at the ultra-trendy Hollywood club Mood. The problem is that in California, no one under 21 is permitted to enter a club like Mood, let alone be downing brewskis or vodka and Red Bull or Cognac and cough medicine or whatever the kids are drinking these days.
NEWS
January 12, 2011 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer was charged Tuesday with drinking and driving while on duty, allegations that resulted in his being fired last month. William Haviland, 42, had been on the force for seven years and was assigned to the 26th District, which includes Fishtown and parts of Northern Liberties and Port Richmond. Police said Haviland had been working a night shift Sunday, Nov. 7, when he went to a bar in Northeast Philadelphia, in the 7100 block of Torresdale Avenue, in full uniform.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2010
NOBODY KNOWS who wrote the first drinking song, but it's a good bet that Zane Lamprey won't write the last. The booze hound/TV host is touring the country this fall in "Sing the Booze," a musical-comedy performance that showcases his decidedly dirty, inebriated songs. ("Beer, I Love You" imagines actual copulation with a cold glass of beer. "Baby, You're Beautiful When I'm Drunk" is a testament to the power of beer goggles.) Now, it's easy to write off Lamprey's show, stumbling into Philly tonight, as simple, dopey frat-boy humor.
NEWS
June 7, 2011 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
State Rep. John Galloway this afternoon admitted he had been drinking and driving early Tuesday morning and apologized for making "a very serious mistake. " The Bucks County Democrat was arrested in Harrisburg early Tuesday morning on charges of driving under the influence after refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, police said. Galloway, 50, was stopped about 3:15 a.m. on Second Street near Washington Street, not far from his apartment after a police officer spotted Galloway's car run a stop sign, said Capt.
NEWS
August 6, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Jeremy Roebuck, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The hit-and-run driver who critically injured a 9-year-old Bucks County boy leaving a Phillies game in San Francisco last week had been drinking before the wreck, his passenger said. Police arrested Andrew Vargas, 21, of Hayward, Calif., Thursday, within hours of the collision that hospitalized Ryan White of Yardley. Preliminary tests indicated that man had a blood-alcohol level that exceeded the 0.08 legal definition of drunken driving, He was charged with felony hit and run, driving under the influence and driving with an open container.
NEWS
August 7, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
The hit-and-run driver who critically injured a 9-year-old Bucks County boy leaving a Phillies game in San Francisco last week had been drinking before the accident, his passenger said. Police arrested Andrew Vargas, 21, of Hayward, Calif., Thursday, within hours of the crash that hospitalized Ryan White of Yardley. Preliminary tests indicated Vargas' blood-alcohol level exceeded the 0.08 legal definition of drunken driving. He was charged with felony hit-and-run, driving under the influence, and driving with an open container.
ENTERTAINMENT
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DEAR ABBY: I have been concerned about my parents for some time now. They are elderly and live in a retirement community. They have a very nice home and don't have to worry about money. The problem is, they drink every day - sometimes from noon to when they go to bed. Many times, their drinking has caused arguments and police visits. When I express my concern about their drinking, they tell me to stay out of it, mind my own business, that they're retired and have earned the right to do whatever they want.
NEWS
May 23, 2000 | By Kathryn Masterson, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The halls of Upper Perkiomen High School seemed conspicuously lacking yesterday in gossip about drunken celebrations at Friday night's prom, students and teachers said. One week after an all-too-real mock accident and funeral brought an auditorium of students and teachers to tears, the teenagers said the blunt message of the "Every 30 Minutes" program was heard: Drinking and driving hurts an entire community - parents, teachers, emergency personnel and friends. Junior Michelle McCauley, 17, said that unlike two years ago, when seniors talked about drinking at the prom she attended as a freshman, she has not heard students this year talking about drinking at the prom or the traditional post-prom parties.
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September 5, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
Philly's artisan spirit scene continues to steam along with another worthy new player. Red Brick Craft Distillery opened to the public in January in a rehabbed former widget factory in Kensington. But its more creative and aged spirits are only just debuting this fall. Among them is an impressive (albeit still young) small-barrel malt whiskey made from Pennsylvania grain (plus a dash of Massachusetts chocolate malt for dark intrigue). I'm also looking forward to the October release of From the Woods, a unique spirit distilled from mead that's vividly steeped with local birch wood.
NEWS
September 3, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Gov. Wolf chose three Pennsylvania wines and a six-pack of beer, and paid in cash. Not far behind him in line was House Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny), who picked up a bottle of white. The two are usually on opposite sides of the political debate, but on Thursday, they had a meeting of the minds on making booze more accessible to consumers, hoisting flutes of champagne to toast the first bottle of wine sold at a Wegmans store in Pennsylvania. "Here in Pennsylvania, that is a really, really big deal," Wolf told the politicians, businesspeople, shoppers, and gawkers gathered at the supermarket in a Harrisburg suburb.
NEWS
August 29, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
A long time ago, I went to work at a restaurant in Chambéry, France, and along the way discovered an entire class of refreshing alpine wines I'd never heard of before.   Chignin? Roussette? These regional curiosities were hardly ever seen then, even in cosmopolitan Paris. But 25 years later, on the more adventurous lists of Philadelphia's suddenly burgeoning wine scene, the mountain wines of the French Savoi e have become one sign of a sommelier who encourages guests to explore.
ENTERTAINMENT
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DEAR ABBY: I have been concerned about my parents for some time now. They are elderly and live in a retirement community. They have a very nice home and don't have to worry about money. The problem is, they drink every day - sometimes from noon to when they go to bed. Many times, their drinking has caused arguments and police visits. When I express my concern about their drinking, they tell me to stay out of it, mind my own business, that they're retired and have earned the right to do whatever they want.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
There's never been a question as to whether I'll be drinking something interesting when I go to Townsend for dinner. A fantastic wine flight recently from sommelier Lauren Harris that ranged through surprising pours from Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, and Tenerife was a perfect example. But I worried about the cocktails, especially after Keith Raimondi, who'd crafted one of the city's better cocktail programs there, left to open his own restaurant in Buffalo. But it turns out Raimondi is still consulting.
NEWS
August 8, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
The growth in local rye has been inspiring for those who see the spicy grain as the pride of Pennsylvania's spirit heritage. Dad's Hat in Bristol and Pittsburgh's Wigle led the charge, followed by Pipersville's Hewn Spirits, Thistle Finch in Lancaster, and the newly revived Kinsey brand in Kensington. And now comes rye from South Jersey. It's fair to assume anything from Cooper River Distillers in Camden would reflect roughly the same terroir as those from just across the river in Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Barbara Laker, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia School District announced Thursday that it will retest its drinking water for lead in 40 schools. The district selected schools in neighborhoods where children's blood levels have tested high for lead and where students attend class in old buildings or those that have not been renovated in more than two decades. "This retesting project will allow us to add another layer of oversight and assurance to our water quality program," Fran Burns, the district's chief operating officer said.
NEWS
August 4, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
The American Beverage Association spent more than $10.6 million trying to fight off Mayor Kenney's tax on sweetened drinks, more than four times the amount spent by those supporting the tax, newly released lobbying reports show. The disclosures, filed with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics, also shed light on who funded the pro-tax effort. The list of two dozen backers includes two Philadelphia law firms, the regional Carpenters union, and the mayor's own political committee. Those supporting the tax spent about $2.5 million, according to the disclosure reports.
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
I just drank a bottle of improbably impressive barbera wine from . . . the Jersey Shore?! Yes, I did. And just so we can move on to the important details, let's get the snickering out of the way ASAP, both for the provenance and name of this North Cape May winery - Turdo Vineyards - which landed as a gag mention not once, but twice, by comedian Jay Leno. "What can I say, it's our last name," says Luca Turdo, 34, who makes the wines with his father, Salvatore. "My family's from Sicily, so we go to brush it off. " That's easier to do when you run a labor-of-love winery that rises above both expectations and conventions.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
The clock hit 2 a.m. Wednesday, and lo and behold, bartenders were still serving drinks at the Bank and Bourbon restaurant inside the swanky Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City. "I love it!" declared Anthony Perez, 26, a New York delegate to the Democratic National Convention, as he enjoyed an Old Fashioned cocktail. Perez applauded the state's decision to extend closing time from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. for a select group of liquor-serving businesses - mainly located in hotels - during the convention this week.
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