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Starbucks: Coffee and Guns Don't Mix

Starbucks is becoming a gun-free zone. After months of wrangling over the highly-emotional issue, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz late Tuesday announced that guns are no longer permitted in Starbucks stores — or in Starbucks outdoor seating areas. (USA Today)

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Australians Sip More Wine, Less Beer

Australia—the sun-kissed nation that ships Foster’s Lager and Victoria Bitter to the world’s pubs and bars—is continuing to lose its taste for beer. In a report that shows how Australian habits have changed as the country’s economy has grown, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday that beer consumption Down Under has sunk to a 66-year low, with drinkers increasingly choosing to fill their glasses with wine instead. (WSJ)

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Yuengling Makes Forbes Richest List

Pop the beer tops, Dick Yuengling Jr. of D.G. Yuengling & Son brewery fame has made the Forbes list of 400 Richest People in America. The 70-year-old Pottsville resident comes in at No. 371 on the Forbes list with $1.4 billion in net worth. (The Patriot News)

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South Korea Embraces Craft Beer

While imported beer sales in South Korea have edged up in recent years, the local market is dominated by a duopoly of giant brewers, Oriental Brewery Co. and Hite-Jinro Co., whose output is exclusively mild, U.S.-style lagers. Canadian Dan Vroon, who opened Craftworks, wwas convinced demand existed among expatriates and Koreans who’d travelled overseas for tastier tipples. (WSJ)

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Storms Plague Europe Grape Harvests

Many of Europe's grape growers have been hit by hail, windstorms, heavy rains, cold and clouds resulting in one of the worst harvests in decades. From France, the world's biggest wine producer, to Austria and Greece and across the Atlantic in the United States, winemakers say this has been an unusual year. (Reuters)

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Aykroyd Promotes his Crystal Head Vodka

Dressed in black and holding a clear skull-shaped glass vodka bottle in his hand at a downtown Hoboken bar, a bystander could be mistaken for thinking the iconic actor Dan Aykroyd was making a reference to Hamlet. Instead the affable Canadian actor and comedian was visiting Boa Hoboken and Biggies Clam Bar on Newark and River Street – in the building of the former famous Clam Broth House -- to promote his top-shelf Crystal Head Vodka this afternoon. (NJ.com)

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