Lynn M. Walding, Administrator
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June 20, 2003
By Chad Graham – Des Moines Register
June 7, 2003
DES MOINES - Natalee Snyder, 22, can remember Wednesday nights when she'd plop down a nickel - usually dug from the bottom of her purse - for a drink during Ladies' Night at Roadhouse 69.
Other female patrons would bring a roll of nickels to the Ankeny bar and join the packed house.
Following the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission warning that a Ladies" Night violates civil rights law, Iowa bars are turning their attention to other promotions.
Roadhouse 69 has started "human night."
No Wednesday night patron pays a cover charge, and everyone gets domestic beers or well drinks for $1 between 9 p.m. and midnight.
"We wanted to comply with the law," said Ada Underwood, bar manager. "We didn't want to take the night away completely because so many people come in and everyone was just having a good time."
Other establishments have considered "singles night."
Some have inquired about bringing back "skirt night" or offering one night as "men's night" and another as "ladies' night," said Lynn Walding, administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.
"Iowa's civil rights law doesn't carve out exceptions for equal opportunity discrimination," he said.
Walding has fielded a few phone calls from anxious bar owners who had planned much of their summer business around a Ladies' Night, but establishments may be relieved by the warning.
Ladies' nights are usually not money-making promotions.
"My suspicion is they were only playing the ladies-night game because of their competitors, and they were fearful of what the marketplace might do," Walding surmised.
Bars have until August to disband ladies' nights, Walding said. If not, venues could face sanctions such as fines or liquor license revocation.
However, he warns that in that time, someone could file a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.
"We quit Ladies' Night about six months ago," said Billy Bryant, owner of Billy Joe's Pitcher Show. "It wasn't working. I couldn't see any advantage of practically giving (the drinks) away."
Women used to receive two-for-one well drinks between 9 p.m. and midnight at the West Des Moines bar. "Some of the other bars in Des Moines got carried away with it," Bryant said.
Some patrons said the ban would not affect their social life and they would go in search of other bar promotions offering reduced prices for cover or alcohol.
Iowa alcohol awareness groups say promoting easy access to cheap alcohol encourages binge drinking and is irresponsible.
They also cite the fact that women typically have lower tolerance for alcohol and that could make them easy prey for men.
"I think that's ridiculous. Everyone needs to know their own limit for how much they can drink," said Claire Woodburn, 21, playing pool with friends at Wellman's Pub in Des Moines recently.
"If you want to go out for drink specials, you can still find those specials. They just don't call it Ladies' Night anymore. They've gotten around the whole thing."
Kyle Dehmlow, manager of Shag's nightclub in Cedar Falls said the bar would be tweaking its ladies promotion, but a new plan was still being mulled by the owner.
Currently, young women aren't required to pay cover on Saturday nights. He wasn't sure the warning would affect the club's business.
"The guys always come out when the ladies promotion appears. But, we have a lot of other promotions," he said. "We're known more for our entertainment value (as a dance club) than the specials, anyway."
The alcoholic beverages department issued its warning last month after being asked to review the promotion by Sara Kellogg, program coordinator of substance abuse and violence prevention at Iowa State University.
In 1989, the Iowa Supreme Court held that a “ladies" day promotion at Bluffs Run greyhound track in Council Bluffs, in which women were given free admission and discounted prices on concessions, discriminated against men and violated the state's Civil Rights Act.
drinks (from left) Pier Passion, Zulu’s by the Pitcher, Mandarin Dream
Martini and Melon Margarita were mixed by Ben E. Baldonado of Pier 14 of
Frozen drinks (from left) Pier Passion, Zulu’s by the Pitcher, Mandarin Dream Martini and Melon Margarita were mixed by Ben E. Baldonado of Pier 14 of Myrtle Beach.
2. Sippin' up Summer
There's just something about the sun and sea that sparks a craving for cool and fruity
- The Sun News
June 18, 2003
MYRTLE BEACH - Summer officially arrives in a few days, so it's time to dust off the blender for a few refreshing tropical drinks. The classic blender drink to sip beach- or poolside is the daiquiri, which in its basic form is a mixture of rum, lime juice and sugar.
Various types of fruit can be added to create almost any concoction imaginable. Then there's the pina colada, literally "strained pine apple" in Spanish, which is an island-inspired blend of coconut cream, pineapple juice and rum.
But you don’t have to spike the blender with alcohol to create a fabulous fruity brew.
Luzianne makes three flavors of packaged smoothie mixes - strawberry banana, peach mango and mixed berry. You just have to add water, juice, ice or milk and toss in the blender.
To create your own smoothie, start with low-fat yogurt or ice and add your own combination of favorite fruits and juices. If you're feeling fancy, there are several types of smoothie machines available at speciality kitchen and department stores. Prices range from $39.99 at Target to the $65.95 Smoothie Pro 700 at http://juicersforless.com.
Whether you're sipping smoothies or downing daiquiris, the drinks always seem to taste better by the beach. Bartenders at local oceanfront hangouts stay busy blending frozen treats throughout the summer.
Here's a look at the tropical specialties at four oceanfront bars and restaurants.
Caribbean Shuffle | This pina colada type drink with raspberry flavoring and Malibu rum is a favorite at Conch Cafe in Garden City Beach, said owner Holly Watts. All daiquiris at the restaurant are made in Island Oasis machines, large blenders that come with pre-mixed fruit and juice blends. All the bartender has to do is add the appropriate liquor. Another favorite frozen drink among Conch Cafe customers is a blended mixture of kahlua and ice cream.
Moonlight Margarita | Latitude 22 in Surfside Beach claims this blend of Sauza Gold tequila, house margarita mix (a combination of various juices) and a dash of the orange liqueur blue curcao as its signature drink. It can be served on the rocks or frozen. Another popular tropical mix, according to general manager J.P. King, is the Margarita Madras with Sauza Gold tequila, a splash of cranberry juice and a splash of orange juice.
Mandarin Dream Martini | Pier 14 bar manager Ben E. Baldonado created this citrus blend, which is made of Absolut Mandarin vodka, a splash of orange juice, a splash of cranberry juice and a splash of triple sec. It's shaken and served in a martini glass with an orange slice.
Rum Runner | This mix of rum, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, grenadine and almond liqueur is the top drink at Ocean Annie's Beach Bar in Myrtle Beach.
Taverns, restaurants want rules to cover grocery, convenience stores
By Dick Hogan – Cedar Rapids Gazette
May 30, 2003
CEDAR RAPIDS – Leveling the playing field was a popular phrase Thursday from speakers at a dram law hearing in Cedar Rapids held by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission.
The dram law holds bars responsible for harm caused by intoxicated customers.
The bar or restaurant representatives who spoke said they are interested in their patron’s safety. Many said it’s unfair that they must buy dramshop insurance for their on-site alcohol sales and consumption while convenience and grocery stores selling take-out alcohol do not need the insurance. They asked the dram insurance requirement be expanded to cover those businesses.
Paul Trostel, Iowa Hospitality Association board chairman, noted that only 20 percent of Iowa alcohol sales are for on-premises consumption.
Trostel called for developing a fund financed from sales of all alcoholic beverages. A third-party could administer the fund which would be used as a pool to help pay dram awards to victims or the relatives of victims of drunken drivers or assaults by drunks. The fund would create a ready pool of money and perhaps lower dram insurance rates, he said.
Lynn Walding, administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, said California has a similar and promised the commission will study it.
The Cedar Rapids hearing, attended by about 30 people, was one of three hearings across the state reviewing Iowa’s dramshop law. A decision to require bars to carry more liability insurance prompted the hearings.
On Sept. 1, bars must carry insurance covering at least $50,000 per individual claim for injury or death and $25,000 for loss of support. The old minimums of $10,000 and $5,000 were adopted about 40 years ago, according to Walding. Most bars already carry more than minimum coverage, he said.
As another safety measure, Dan Marquardt of Cedar Rapids suggested looking at Wisconsin’s law prohibiting convenience stores from selling single cans fo beer. “Those are used for one thing – to drink and drive,” he said.
There also seemed to be general support for a commission recommendation to ban all-you-can-drink and other specials.
Ames and Iowa City already have banned all-you-can-drink for one price promotions. Iowa City also has rules limiting certain kinds of promotions such as contests involving drinking alcohol or awarding alcohol as a prize.
The final two hearings are: July 17 at Doll Distributing, 3501 23rd Ave., Council Bluffs and Aug. 12 at the Davenport City Council Chambers, 226 W. Fourth St.
When the hearings are done, Walding said the commission will study the information and then submit about a half-dozen recommendations to the Legislature for debate.
By Lindsey Tanner - The Associated Press
June 18, 2003
CHICAGO — The American Medical Association voted Wednesday to seek stronger health warnings on tobacco products, including pictures and larger, more pithy messages.
The nation's largest doctors' group also rebuffed liquor industry efforts to water down AMA policy against alcohol, supporting excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco and seeking to increase public awareness about underage drinking.
The votes came at the AMA's annual meeting after Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the gathering that tobacco and alcohol remain top killers nationwide.
Gerberding also said emerging infectious diseases with a global impact like SARS and monkeypox are the "new normal" facing U.S. medicine, and that doctors need to be vigilant to control them.
But she stressed that chronic diseases including ailments linked to tobacco use, obesity and alcohol abuse are "a very critical component of our health agenda."
The tobacco warnings the AMA is seeking are akin to picture warnings used in several countries including Thailand, where cigarette packs have contained images of a drooping cigarette to show tobacco's ill effects on male sexuality, said Dr. Ronald Davis, an AMA trustee.
Other examples include pictures of a diseased lung and large "smoking kills" labels on the front of cigarette packs, as have been used in Canada, Davis said.
Studies have shown that "stronger health warnings are much more effective in grabbing the attention of the user," Davis said.
The AMA's new alcohol policy is based on data linking excessive underage drinking with learning and memory deficits.
Davis said data also show that excise taxes can help reduce consumption — a claim vigorously denied by Dr. Raymond Scalettar, a former AMA chairman hired last year as an adviser by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
Scalettar said there's no such evidence and called the tax measure "very troubling."
"What's next? Do we (tax) saturated fats, do we do McDonalds?" Scalettar said at an AMA committee meeting Sunday.
He said the liquor council shares the AMA's concern about underage drinking and on Wednesday praised the group for deferring action on a measure that would have consolidated existing AMA alcohol policy, including its stance against liquor advertising.
The AMA says the deferral will enable it to clarify the original measure, but the liquor industry views the delay as a chance to renew its argument that alcohol ads don't affect consumption.
In other new policy adopted Wednesday, the AMA said it will:
Seek to increase doctors' awareness about older driver safety and medical conditions that might affect older patients' ability to drive.
Seek better federal regulation of small meat-processing facilities that sometimes also handle wild game during hunting season. The measure aims to ensure that meat from game animals potentially afflicted with chronic wasting disease does not contaminate commercial meat products. The issue mostly affects small operations in rural areas.
By Valli Herman-Cohen – Los Angeles Times
June 18 2003
Los Angeles - As the cocktail boom just keeps on booming, maybe you're ready to cry out, "Enough already! Enough blue stuff, green stuff, red stuff. Just stop."
But of course, the commercial barons and bars in this business are on to something and won't quit. The latest inventions are quirky premixed cocktails — in a bottle. These convenience drinks are being sold in supermarkets and liquor stores, as well as over the barroom counter. They range from a mango grain-alcohol blend to cinnamon tequila. One particularly popular entry is Hpnotiq (it's pronounced "hypnotic," of course, since clever spellings are now a necessary part of cocktail life) — a swimming-pool-blue mix of cognac, vodka and fruit flavors.
The new bottled blends might be expected to send purists into paroxysms of disdain, but surprisingly, some serious mixologists are finding creative uses for them. The trend may not turn out to be as ridiculous as it seems.
"I go into it with an open mind," said Dale DeGroff, the master bartender who wrote "The Craft of the Cocktail" (Clarkson Potter, 2002). DeGroff uses some of the newer blended liquors to improve the flavor of an inexpensive spirit, or he enlivens them with a squeeze of fresh citrus juice. Being a good bartender, he said, "is like being a chef. If you approach [drink mixing] in a professional way and understand the products and techniques, you can make a pretty darn good drink out of most things."
Even if a bartender using some of the new drinks is akin to a chef using prepackaged convenience foods, DeGroff is no snob on the subject. At the very least, he considers them an improvement over stale, old-school cocktail mixes.
"I want to move away from too many artificial products," he said. "But the Bloody Mary would never have happened if there wasn't canned tomato juice."
So far, the trendiest new liquor blend is Hpnotiq. It was invented by a Russian-born professional tennis player named Raphael Yakoby, who came up with the idea while he was in the perfume department at Bloomingdale's. After personally pushing the product into liquor stores along the East Coast, he handed control to Heaven Hill Distilleries in January, said company spokesman Larry Kass. The Kentucky company has promoted the stuff in bars with glowing blue swizzle sticks, placements at the Oscars and Grammys, and with its Team Hpnotiq, a group of girls in skimpy outfits who pour drinks.
The dazzling blue color hasn't hurt, either.
"Traditionally, if you wanted a blue drink, all you had been able to use was blue Curaçao," Kass said. "It is an almost cloyingly sweet kind of product."
The Hpnotiq cocktail at Koi on La Cienega is anything but cloying. The bartenders mix it with an equal part of sake and a splash of pineapple juice, for a fruity, sophisticated drink.
Hpnotiq's splashy success has caught the eye of manufacturers that would like to capitalize on the mixed-flavor trend. Now, similar new-wave cocktails in a bottle are arriving in grocery and liquor stores, most in the $15 to $30 range.
There's Hiram Walker's Frujá, a 30-proof blend of fruit-infused grain alcohol that comes in mango, raspberry and — a first — tangerine. Remy Red mixes cognac with tropical fruit juices, ginseng and guarana to craft a vivid red drink.
This month, Kahlua introduced Kuya, a "fusion rum" that blends spiced and flavored rums. It was created as the ultimate mixer for the most popular mixed drink in the country — rum and cola. Although it tastes much like a spiced rum, Kuya smells like a cross between Coca-Cola and root beer. (And it must be admitted: It does improve a rum and Coke.)
At Hennessey's in Hermosa Beach, bartenders are pouring Kuya into the bar's newest rum drinks, including Weekend at the Beach — a shot of Kuya blended with peach schnapps and orange and pineapple juices. During happy hour, the bar features Kuya fruit juice punch and the Tropical Moon, a half shot each of Kuya and amaretto, mixed with splashes of coconut milk and pineapple juice.
Who knows what they'll do with Wet by Beefeater — a gin infused with 17 varieties of pear essence — when it makes its L.A. debut.
Tequila makers are crashing the party too. In squat, frosted bottles, Tequipal tequila drinks look innocent enough, until you ponder the flavors — coffee, cinnamon, coconut, strawberry or peach.
The McCormick Distilling Co. has found a technology to make KeKe Beach, a cream-based key-lime liqueur that won't curdle if citrus juices are added. The Missouri distiller is also relaunching Tequila Rose, a strawberry-cream tequila liqueur made for mixing or shots.
Also making a comeback: the passion fruit juice and cognac blend Alizé de France, which nearly bombed after its introduction in the mid-'90s.
David Brodowsky, manager of Nic's Restaurant & Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills, is inclined to give Alizé another chance.
"From a cost standpoint, some of these are not as expensive as your high-end cordials," said Brodowsky. Alizé may cost him $10 less than a similar quantity of Gran Marnier, he said, but Alizé adds a more pleasing and substantial mouth feel.
For Nic's Golden Delicious apple martini, bartenders are mixing two parts passion fruit-flavor Alizé Gold with one part sour-apple liqueur.
Bartenders may also be more inclined to experiment with the new liquor blends because, unlike their predecessors — the apricot sours and crème de menthe drinks — they usually don't taste like 100-proof sugar.
"The amount of products out there have opened up the creativity walls," Brodowsky said. "People are also more knowledgeable. They want to know what's in their drinks. In the past, you could call it Jungle Juice and mix anything in it. And as long as it got them drunk, they were happy. Now they want to know everything."
'Headache in a bottle'
But for some bartenders, the convenience and flavor of the new blended liquors don't always cut it.
"True connoisseurs and good bartenders consider these almost like cheating," said Eric Perardi, a bartender at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. He's staying away from the multi-liquor concoctions like Hpnotiq.
"It's like a headache in a bottle," he said, moaning about the mix of cognac and vodka.
At Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood, bar manager Angelito Felix is taking matters into his own hands.
"We started off with classic liqueurs; now we're playing with new things," he said.
Felix has begun making his own alternative liquors, starting with a coffee bean-and-booze infusion that's soaking in the back room, waiting for its debut in some new cocktail.
For now, the just-opened lounge is pouring Cruzan, a banana-flavored rum, straight from the bottle or with standard mixers.
"You need something different from everyone else," Felix said. "That's the whole game in this business."
By Jim Ritter – Chicago Sun-Times
June 16, 2003
CHICAGO - Alcohol ads should be banned and cigarette packs should have blunter warnings such as "This product kills," according to resolutions that will be debated this week by the American Medical Association.
Delegates at the annual AMA meeting also will be asked to support a ban on ephedra supplements, to study the decriminalization of marijuana, to oppose the death penalty, to investigate slave labor around the world and to declare that cloning human embryos for medical research is ethical.
The AMA lost nearly 18,000 doctors last year, but still has more than 260,000 members and remains the country's most influential medical group.
The six-day meeting at the Hyatt Regency Chicago provides a snapshot of the hottest issues in medicine. Delegates will take up more than 250 reports and resolutions. However, controversial resolutions often are watered down or rejected by the traditionally conservative AMA.
Alcohol: Delegates will consider a new policy on alcohol marketing to replace a jumble of sometimes-inconsistent statements. In the new policy, the AMA would lobby to ban alcohol ads everywhere except inside stores and wholesale outlets, urge colleges to bar alcoholic beverage companies from sponsoring sporting events, concerts, etc., and express "strong disapproval" of drinking nonalcoholic beer by anyone under age 21.
Smoking: The California delegation wants the AMA to lobby Congress for stronger warning labels on cigarettes, such as "This product is addictive" and "This product causes impotence." The warnings should use pictorial displays and cover at least 50 percent of all tobacco packaging.
Other resolutions say cigarette makers should be denounced for marketing to gays and lesbians and banned from using "deceptive" labels such as "light" and "low-tar." And, any store that sells medicine to Medicare or Medicaid patients shouldn't be allowed to sell tobacco.
By Jim Kirk - Chicago Tribune
May 28, 2003
CHICAGO - With the hopes of twice catching lightning in a bottle, Allied Domecq is hoping a new flavored rum with close ties to its successful Kahlua will open a new category for the spirits giant.
Kuya Fusion Rum, whose packaging is so similar to Kahlua's that you might think you're picking up a bottle of its famous liqueur, rolls out this month into markets.
In fact, the company is so confident about the close ties that the Kuya label, which advertises "a fusion of imported rums with natural spice, citrus and other flavors," includes the reference "from the makers of Kahlua."
Allied is betting big on Kuya. The product will be its biggest launch ever, complete with roughly $30 million in print and cable TV advertising, built around the theme "React to the beat."
With the rum category now only second to vodka, thanks to the resurgence of the cocktail culture in recent years and flavored drinks made popular by HBO's "Sex in the City," Allied is hoping it is hitting the bars at the right time.
Allied Domecq executives say that through market segmentation studies, Allied hopes to not only steal market share in the rum category, but also bourbon, vodka and beer.
That's a tall order for one product, especially when drinkers tend to remain loyal to one category over another.
"Kuya is not the same old, same old rum," said Simon Cunningham, executive vice president, marketing, Allied Domecq Spirits North America.
With a target market of men 21 to 29, on-premise marketing efforts will be geared to mixing Kuya with cola.
The rollout is expected to heat things up in the rum category. It pits Allied Domecq against Diageo's Captain Morgan Spiced Rum.
Diageo is one of the few spirits giants to use cable TV for aggressive product advertising.
Kuya will be promoted as having the same base rum as Kahlua, executives from the company said.
Allied Domecq forecasts extensive growth in the category, claiming that the so-called dynamic rum sector makes up only 12.7 percent, with sales growing annually at a 4.1 percent clip.
Business Section – This is London
June 6, 2003
LONDON - Drinks giant Allied Domecq has fuelled speculation over its intentions towards top Australian wine producer Peter Lehmann Wines after grabbing a further 5% of the company in a share market raid.
Allied now holds 15% of Peter Lehmann, a Barossa Valley producer which is valued at around A$120m (£47.6m).
Lehmann shares spiked 12% after the Allied raid, which came less than a week after the company joined other Australian wine producers and downgraded its profit forecast by 25%. That announcement prompted a 6% slide in the share price.
Although 30% of Lehmann is held by shareholders loyal to the Lehmann family, which opposes any outright sale, Allied could still achieve majority ownership.
The company's chief executive Doug Lehmann said he was 'in the dark' about Allied's intentions, and had had no contact with the British giant since May 2002, when Allied upped its stake to more than 10%.
It’s Legal in Montana, Mississippi, Wyoming
— But Don’t Be Drunk
June 10, 2003
HELENA - For some people in Montana, time and distance are measured by how many beers it takes to drive from one place to the other. A drive from Billings to Bozeman would be a "six-pack drive"; a drive across the nation's third-largest state would take a whole case of beer.
When newspaper reporter Eve Byron leaves for home in rural Montana, she thinks nothing of drinking a beer while she's driving. And why not? In Montana, it's perfectly legal.
"I'm 43 years old and I've been drinking beer for 20 years now and having a beer on the way home is not going to make me a hazard on the road," she said as she sipped a cold one.
"It's just as dangerous to have people talking on a cell phone, or two screaming kids in the back," she added. "I don't get drunk and drive."
Montana is not alone. It's legal to drink while driving in Mississippi and Wyoming, too. But there are restrictions. Many of Montana's cities have passed local ordinances against the practice, and you must not be intoxicated while driving through big sky country. In Montana, the legal blood-alcohol limit is .08.
"I think if you've got about 100 miles to go between towns," said a local judge, "you've got to drink something, as long as you're not being imprudent."
MADD Lobbying for Bill to Ban Beer
Not everyone in this wide-open state agrees. Mothers Against Drunk Driving helped draw up a bill outlawing drinking while driving that was recently introduced in the Montana Legislature.
Bill Muhs, who heads the Bozeman chapter of the group, lobbied hard for its passage. His 20-year-old daughter was killed by a drunken driver.
"If we're really concerned about drunk driving, we need to really separate drinking from driving — it's just that simple," he said.
Still, Muhs realizes it takes time to change age-old customs in Montana. "Change is a little slow up here, people are a little more reticent to change their lifestyle here," he said.
In fact, the bill never made it out of committee. It was blocked by a powerful state representative who argued that Montana simply needed to enforce the laws on the books, not make new ones.
"We just don't need the government making laws that don't do anything," said Rep. Jim Shockley, a Republican from the town of Victor. "Those laws just turn honest people into criminals."
Montana's Legislature meets once every two years, so no change will occur until the next session convenes in 2005, if then. Gov. Judy Martz insists she will push through the legislation if she's re-elected.
"I am very disappointed we didn't get it this session but we will get it the next session," she said.
Passing an open-container law has become somewhat of a personal crusade for Martz. In 2001, a popular state legislator was killed in a drunken-driving accident. The driver, one of Martz's aides, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the case.
Still, old drinking habits die hard in cowboy country. When asked what she would do if the state outlawed drinking while driving, Eve Byron paused, took a sip of beer, and as she sped toward home, said simply, "Well, I guess I'll become an outlaw."