Alcohol to-go from restaurants gets closer to becoming permanent as Texas House gives initial approval
The Barn Door restaurant during dinner service in San Antonio on May 18, 2020. Credit: Christopher Lee for The Texas TribuneThe Texas House on Wednesday gave initial approval to legislation that would allow restaurants to sell alcohol to go beyond the coronavirus pandemic. AdHB 1024 was filed by Republican state Rep. Charlie Geren, a restaurant owner in Fort Worth, and co-authored by Democrats. His wife, Texas lobbyist Mindy Ellmer, has been paid for lobbying work by the Texas Restaurant Association, which is backing the legislation. According to the Texas Restaurant Association, 700,000 restaurant employees in Texas lost their jobs in the early days of the pandemic, and thousands of Texas restaurants have closed. Disclosure: Texas Restaurant Association has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Drinking dry spell: Taking a booze break
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – March 2021 officially marks one year of the pandemic and more Americans seem to be drinking away the pain. Alcohol hits our neurochemical pathways, releasing endorphins that make us feel good, but how much is too much? “I’ve had all these negative feelings about myself and ... alcohol numbed that,” Traci Barnes, owner of Rise Above Café, told Ivanhoe. If you don’t feel ready to take a big break just yet, but want to cut back, consider trying out dry weekdays instead. Source: https://www.heart.org/en/news/2020/07/01/covid-19-pandemic-brings-new-concerns-about-excessive-drinking https://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/article/2020/rebalancing-the-covid-19-effect-on-alcohol-sales/ https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics#:~:text=An%20estimated%2095%2C0005%20people,death%20in%20the%20United%20States https://abcnews.go.com/US/alcohol-consumption-rising-sharply-pandemic-women/story?id=73302479 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/money-spent-on-drinking_n_5adf49d9e4b07be4d4c54401AdContributor(s) to this news report include: Marsha Lewis and Sabrina Broadbent, Producer; Robert Walko, Videographer; Robert Walko, Editor.
TABC agents go undercover to keep alcohol away from minors during spring break
SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is working to keep alcohol away from underage people this spring break by having undercover agents visit liquor stores, bars and other locations where alcohol is sold to ensure laws are followed. With the statewide coronavirus restrictions lifted, agents with TABC will be busy this spring break. AdPorter said that, in years past, the agents conducted anywhere between 1,000 and 1,500 inspections statewide during spring break. “Of those, we generally see about a 95% to 98% compliance rate statewide, including at places like liquor stores and convenience stores,” Porter said. The agency said businesses that sell alcohol to people younger than 21 could face a civil fine or suspension of their license to sell alcohol.
Texas representative files bill to allow sale of liquor on Sundays
SAN ANTONIO – A bill has been introduced in Texas that would allow people to buy liquor on Sundays. Most Texans are aware that the Texas alcoholic beverage code prohibits the sale of liquor on Sundays - a rule that dates back to 1935 when, according to the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Liquor Control Act in response to the repeal of Prohibition. Current Texas law stipulates that liquor sales are allowed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. These laws limited the sale of certain goods on Sundays but both liquor and car sales are still not allowed on Sundays, according to the Texas Tribune. However, if Christmas or New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, the liquor ban applies to the Monday immediately following.
American Airlines implements wine delivery service
Now American Airlines is hoping to sell and ship some of its excess wine directly to peoples’ homes. There is a new program called American Airlines Flagship Cellars that will give customers a chance to buy wine by the bottle in custom “curated” cases or via a monthly subscription plan that costs $99 per month. American Airlines’ single-bottle wine offerings range in price from about $13 to $40, and the most expensive offering is a $300 three-pack of champagne. The wine bottles are among those that would have been served to customers with American Airlines’ flagship tickets, a luxury seating option on international and transcontinental flights. The coronavirus pandemic has battered the travel industry, leaving dozens of planes grounded and international travel greatly reduced.
Researchers in San Antonio discover how alcohol limits the ability to pay attention
SAN ANTONIO – A new study published by researchers at UT Health San Antonio found that alcohol impacts more than a human’s motor skills. “Even though one can still perfectly walk and maybe feels confident that one can make the right decisions,” UT Health San Antonio researcher Dr. Martin Paukert said. Researchers examined mice to give them an idea of how things would translate to a human. Researchers studied a cell type in the brain called astrocytes. “Norepinephrine is known to be released when we are actively paying attention or actually also when we get rewarded,” Paukert said.
Got a case of the Mondays? Pabst Blue Ribbon rolls out ‘hard coffee, cold brew’ at select retailers
Pabst Blue Ribbon has something for everyone, but these new alcoholic beverages may just take the cake. ☕️(📹: @edgarallanskywalker) pic.twitter.com/eEnHELBp7N — Pabst Blue Ribbon (@PabstBlueRibbon) September 17, 2019It's #NationalCoffeeDay so it only made sense to let you guys know. Pabst Cold Brew is out in the world. (And maybe coming to your state real soon)PS - It's dairy-free 🎉 pic.twitter.com/QPA7H3iqfO — Pabst Blue Ribbon (@PabstBlueRibbon) September 29, 2020So, is it a coffee? We’ll let you decide, but here is what the company said:“This is the original Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Iced Coffee with a dash of milk.
What precautions you can take to have a safe, happy holiday
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in December 2018, 839 people died in alcohol-related crashes, and 35 of them were on Christmas day. As the holiday parties get going, it is important to take precautions to make sure this holiday stays happy. Drunk driving deaths represent around a third of all traffic fatalities, and increases to nearly 50% on December 24th and 31st. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a list of sober and safe ride programs across the country.
Don’t be a sad statistic of ‘Drinksgiving’
The night before Thanksgiving has slowly turned into something some law enforcement agencies are calling ‘Drinksgiving”. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the night before Thanksgiving is becoming even more deadly than New Year’s Eve. The NHTSA says one reason for the increase is because some bars and restaurants offer Blackout Wednesday drink specials. Along with being responsible with alcohol, Texas Department of Public Safety officials say to eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. You also need to move over or slow down for police, fire, ems, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.
Alcohol sales are up, but that may not be such a good thing
Alcohol sales are up thanks to the stress brought on by the coronavirus. While that may be a good thing for local businesses, it’s not such a good thing for your health. According to an article published by CNN, overall alcohol consumption increased by about 14% from 2019. Health experts say that excessive alcohol use can lead to a weakened immune system, and even cause what’s called ‘Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome’. If you need more help, physicians say even more assistance can be found through telehealth and virtual support groups.
Bars push merchandise, other creative options to make sales
SAN ANTONIO – Cacey Kovacs, owner of Hill Country Distillers in Comfort, Texas, said customers have been very understanding about the business’s need to push sales of food, souvenirs and even tokens. But for the regulars, there’s only so much merchandise the business can push. A recent survey by the Texas Restaurant Association revealed 50% of restaurant operators believe their business will not be open in six months if they don’t get some government relief. So bars have to continue to push the merchandise, food sales and whatever else they can to make it. “Please, please, support local, support small businesses because they need it badly,” Kovacs said.
Whats Up South Texas!: Former drug addict, alcoholic chef serves needy through signature food
San Antonio A San Antonio chef is using his passion for food to serve the needy in our community. This call to action was motivated by his own experience of being a former drug addict, alcoholic and nearly homeless. Starting off as a young man, life for John Meyer, owner of Best Little Food House in Texas, seemed great. He started his own food truck service called the Best Little Food House in Texas where he cooks his signature gourmet meals for those in need. I gave it all to God, Meyer said.
If youre gonna eat ice cream, why not make it boozy
SAN ANTONIO Boozys Creamery & Craft is a locally owned ice cream shop, or is it a bar? Its rocky road ice cream infused with 2 types of bourbon with Oreo crumbles and gummy worms on top. They have the ice cream and alcohol pairs to match anyones tastes. If youre gonna eat ice cream, why not make it boozy. Want to make your own DIY diary-free ice cream?
Residents living near bar scene frustrated after shooting sends eight people to hospital
San Antonio Living near the bar scene on Broadway Street is even more frustrating for residents after a shooting broke out at REBAR that sent eight people to the hospital. It is pretty shocking, said Jeremy Wilson, a resident who has lived in the area for over 20 years. Brenneman said he is happy that REBAR screened the suspect before he tried to enter the bar intoxicated. The guy left the other bar intoxicated and was trying to get in at REBAR, Brenneman said. MORE: All eight victims of overnight shooting at San Antonio bar expected to survive, police say
What’s Up South Texas!: Bartender shares history of alcohol abuse to inspire others
Crystal Sanders with TouchTunes Bartender of the Year award (Courtesy Crystal Sanders) (KSAT)Crystal Sanders, 40, is not only a bartender at Brewer's Grill, but she is a direct care specialist at ALPHA Home. Crystal Sanders as a child (Courtesy Crystal Sanders) (KSAT)"Things like that change you," Sanders said. AdSanders stopped drinking alcohol but it was a scary experience starting off. Crystal Sanders with her children (Courtesy Crystal Sanders) (KSAT)Crystal Sanders with her son (Courtesy Crystal Sanders) (KSAT)"For the longest time, my oldest sons didn't speak to me but they allowed me to stalk them on social media," Sanders said. “You either struggle to stay clean or fight to stay high every day,” Sanders said.