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A music festival is offering cut-price beer to keep people from drinking too much

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A music festival in Norway has decided that offering very cheap beer is a good way to keep people from getting too drunk and rowdy.

A Norwegian music festival concerned about visitors drinking too much has decided to do the socially responsible thing and fight binge-drinking with cut-price alcohol. Many are confused about how exactly that will work.

According to The Local, Norway has some of the highest alcohol prices in Europe. A pint of beer reportedly sells for around $10.50 in Oslo, but the Midsommerfest music festival announced plans to price pints at a mere $4 this summer. That’s less than half the price of a pint elsewhere in the city, and organizers say it is just enough to recoup their cost, because they say they’re not trying to make a profit from alcohol sales and just look at beer as a way of enhancing the festival-going experience.

Organizer Nikolai André Toverud said the cheap beer was an attempt to remove the incentive for festivalgoers to show up already drunk before the music even begins.

“In many places, the routine is that the audience is sh*t-faced when they arrive," he said. "We want to level it out, so that people actually get something out of the festival, and we can better control our audience.”

Shut up about Barclay Perkins

There was a downside to Bass's fame as a Pale Ale brewer: publicans selling other brewers' beer as Bass. They frequently brought in their lawyers to fight against counterfeits.

The cases are below are pretty typical:

In the Chancery Division on May 31st, before Mr. Justice Stirling, Mr. John Cutler moved on behalf of the plaintiffs, Messrs. Bass, Ratcliff, and Gretton, the well-known brewers of bitter beer, against Mr. Butcher, the proprietor of the White Lion Hotel, Chippenham, for an injunction to restrain him, until the trial or further order, from passing off, or attempting to pass off, ale or beer not brewed by the plaintiffs as and for the goods of the plaintiffs.—Mr. Cutler said that in consequence of complaints made as to the quality of bitter ale bought or asked for at the house in question, the plaintiffs had sent some person to the White Lion, who ordered Bass's pale ale, and were supplied with pale ale, which they took away, and which was afterwards analysed and turned out to be not the plaintiffs' ale. He, therefore, now moved for an injunction, but he was instructed that the defendant appeared by counsel, and consented to treat this hearing as the trial of the action, to submit to a perpetual injunction and pay the costs, in which case Messrs. Bass waived their claim for an account of profit and damages. The learned Counsel said that his clients had received a letter from the defendant's solicitors, saying that the writers had just heard from their client, who consented to submit to a perpetual injunction with costs, and that he would instruct counsel accordingly on the motion, which could be treated as the trial of the action, but as yet counsel for defendant had not appeared.—The Judge said if Mr. Cutler found that counsel had been so instructed to that effect he need not mention it again, and the order would go, treating the hearing of the motion as the trial of the action but, in case of difficulty, it might be mentioned later in the day.

Bass V. White.—Mr. Bousfield, Q.C. (with him Mr. John Cutler), said that he had a similar application to that which his friend Mr. Cutler had just made.—Mr. Young asked that the motion might stand over for affidavits.—Mr. Bousfield said that in that case he must ask his friend to give an undertaking but this Mr. Young declined to give, as he knew as yet nothing about the case.—Mr. Bousfield : Then he must move ex parte but this Mr. Young submitted he could not do after giving notice of motion.—Mr. Bousfield said he felt sure that his friend would not say that it was right to sell Allsopp's beer for Bass's.—The Judge asked to see the affidavits, which were accordingly handed up.—Mr. Bousfield said that Messrs. Bass and Co. had reason to believe that there had been a practice of supplying other beer when Bass's beer was ordered, and they instructed agents to test the, matter on their behalf, and the affidavits gave in detail the different occasions on which one or other of these gentlemen ordered Bass's beer and were served with Allsopp's. They went to the defendant's house and asked for Bass's beer—generally as "a small Bass," and they observed that a bottle of Allsopp's beer was taken from another place, the bottle being attempted to be held so that the label should not be seen, and that was supplied as Bass's beer.—The Judge said it appeared from the first affidavit that the act occurred on May 18th, and they evidently had not thought it worth while to apply ex parte, The motion must stand over till next week.

Bass V. Keys.—Mr. Bousfield said this case stood on a similar basis to the last.—Mr. Warmington, Q.C., said that it did not stand on a similar basis. He complained of the way in which it had been treated. They had applied to Mr. Justice Kekewich for special leave on May 24th, but had not supplied his client with affidavits until the 29th.—This case was also directed to stand over.

Mr. Bousfield said he had still another motion, in an action of "Bass v. Riddle," which, under the circumstances, he would agree to stand over for a week."
"Food & sanitation, Volume 4", 1894, page 179.

Beer we go again!

By 11am I have witnessed a minor explosion of Lederhosen and mustachioed men of a certain age thigh-slapping and knee-knocking with abandon to the tune of an oompah band. People are guzzling beer while I am still sipping my second coffee of the morning.

I've come to Erlangen, an attractive town in northern Bavaria, to capture the spirit of a true German beer festival. This week, we will be bombarded with images of binge-drinking Brits and alcohol-numbed Australians when the annual Munich Oktoberfest gets under way, but in Erlangen the historic, local beer festival is a far cry from Munich's corporate-sponsored booze fest.

Beer is deeply ingrained in the culture of rural Bavaria. While most Germans regard the Oktoberfest as too crowded and commercial, the annual 12-day Erlangen Bergkirchweih festival is a more rustic and family-oriented event.

And beer is not its most important ingredient. What German beer-festival cognoscenti love is the sense of camaraderie and closeness to nature.

'I have a very special feeling when I'm at the Bergkirchweih,' says Dr Andreas Jakob, director of the Erlangen city archives, as we meet on a scorching hot afternoon in the shady beer garden of the Kitzmann Br?u Sch?nke brewery.

'A blue-collar worker sits next to the Siemens boss and the leaves and fresh air are all around. The beer,' he adds 'is the final element'.

Many small village beer festivals around Bavaria evolved from old religious festival days, the founding of the Erlanger Bergkirchweih which in 2009 runs from May 28 to June 9, can be traced to 1755, which predates the Munich Oktoberfest by some 55 years.

The town authority established the event on Burgberg hill, overlooking the 17th-century, Huguenotfounded old town, to make use of the cool cellars dug into the hillside by the local shooting club.

By the 19th century, Erlangen had become the premier beer-producing town in Bavaria. Two breweries still survive, Kitzmann and Steinbach, and there are 12 cellars on the Bergkirchweih site.

One of the oldest, the Erich Keller, serves 12,000 litres of beer on a typical busy Saturday during the festival. The beer is kept cool in the traditional way, by storing it in the 6km of connected cellars.

While the beer flows outside, Thomas Fischer, from Erich Keller, takes me on a torchlight tour of eerie cellars, where Cyrillic-script graffiti testifies to the dark days of the war years when Russian prisoners of war were held captive there.

Pro Ober waiters can carry as many as 12 'krugs' of beer

As I emerge blinking into the daylight, Thomas gives me a quick class in the art of the Ober, the multi-tasking waiter who serves the long tables with beer krug, the clay pots in which the beer is served.

'A professional Ober can carry up to 12 krug, holding them against his or her chest with one finger on each handle.' He demonstrates, and I try to emulate his nonchalant technique, but my muscles strain to lift even a couple of the thick-set pots.

The Bergkirchweih attracts more than one million visitors a year - a good-natured mix of local office workers, serious beer drinkers and tourists.

Certain days are designated for families, but the serious drinking starts after dusk. The sun is setting over the lush Bavarian countryside and the hefty thud of chinking krugs fills the air as I arrive back at the now bustling festival site to meet my guide, local beer historian, Jochen Buchelt.

We start with a fruity dark beer at the Steinbach Keller, followed by a banana-flavoured wheat beer with hints of pineapple on the nose from the Helbig Keller, and finish at the Kitzmann Keller with an easydrinking Pilsner.

Around us everyone is getting into the festival spirit. Local teenagers are flirting on the fairground rides, stallholders are doing a roaring trade in souvenir gingerbread biscuits, and impromptu groups come together at the long tables, tucking into plates of roast pork, sausages and sauerkraut.

Munich's Oktoberfest is viewed by some as being 'too commercial'

Jochen and I join in, perching on the end of a table devour Brotzeit, a traditional white sausage, served with sweet mustard, Weisswurstsenf, and Brezen, a pretzel-style bread.

As dusk settles, I start to appreciate a beer festival away from the drunken histrionics of Oktoberfest - the cool evening air, the smell of wild flowers on the hillside and the good company of my fellow drinkers.

'The Bergkirchweih is part of our culture,' smiles Jochen, draining his krug as we head for home. 'During the festival, I feel the hill calling to me. It's where I can be myself.'

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MONITA RAJPAL, HOST: Tonight on CONNECT THE WORLD, charged with murder -- the U.S. soldier accused of a massacre in Afghanistan. Tonight, the Taliban tells CNN they won't recognize American courts and vow to take revenge.

ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN London, this is CONNECT THE WORLD.

RAJPAL: The U.S. has promised to deliver justice for Afghanistan.

But will the legal process do more harm than good to the countries' rocky relationship?

Also tonight, as the EU slaps a travel ban on the wife of Syria's president, those who knew her tell us why she's standing by her man.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I was scared, but you can't go in thinking about the fear.

RAJPAL: The filmmaker who posed as a prostitute to expose the horrors of human trafficking.

A U.S. Army staff sergeant now faces formal charges in a massacre that rocked the already fragile relationship with Afghanistan's government and the Taliban. Seventeen counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder filed today against Robert Bales. And more charges could follow.

This is the start of what could be a long legal process in the United States.

But Afghans wonder if Bales will ever receive the justice they feel he deserves. They want him tried in Afghanistan.

We are covering every angle of this story.

Ted Rowlands is in Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where Bales remains in custody.

Sara Sidner has the Afghan reaction from Kabul.

Yesterday, Bales' attorney had said that the case against his client would be very difficult to prove.

Has there been anything new said today by his lawyer?

TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, he has said the same thing this morning. And, in fact, he is reiterating this sense that, from an attorney's standpoint, in the U.S. judicial system, he feels like he may have a good case, saying that they're -- the bodies were buried before autopsies could be conducted. He's questioning the amount of ballistics information and questioning, basically, the amount of pure physical evidence that is at hand in this case and questioning the -- the witnesses, whether they'll be able to come from Afghanistan and whether they'll be identifying his client in this court of law.

Now, on the other side, this is -- you have to keep this in mind, that this is just a flamboyant defense attorney in the United States. The bottom line is you do have 17 people that were innocently gunned down in the middle of the night. And there is evidence -- there's videotape evidence of him surrendering himself.

But he continues his public questioning of the evidence at hand, that's for sure.

RAJPAL: Ted, there -- he's been charged with 17 counts of murder. But at last check, there have been 16 deaths or 16 bodies that were found.

Where is the 17th coming from?

ROWLANDS: Well, we're -- we're quite -- we're not quite sure. What we do know is that there was a rumor that maybe one of the victims was a pregnant woman. We know that is not true. But either there was a miscount at the beginning or somebody did perish from their injuries in the past few days.

But we -- we just haven't been able to nail that down, the discrepancy from the initial death toll of 16 to now these 17 charges of murder.

RAJPAL: All right, ted, thank you for that.

Ted Rowlands there in Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

Now, the fact that Bales could be sentenced to death has done little to ease the outrage felt in Afghanistan.

Sara Sidner joins us now live from CNN Kabul from the reaction from there -- Sara.

SARA SIDNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Oh, man, I wanted to say one thing about what we have been able to find out now from Afghan officials, that they're saying that no one has died of those who were injured. There were six people injured, including several children, four children. Two of those children have been let out of the hospital. So they have done quite well. They do have bullet wounds, but they are doing quite well now and mending. And no one has died.

So this is a bit of a question. But the -- the U.S. is saying that there are four men, four women and nine children who were killed in the Panjwai District, allegedly by Army Staff Sergeant Bales.

So we're still trying to kind of sort things out and try to figure out why they believe there were 17 victims, as opposed to what the Afghan government has written down, which is 16 victims of the -- let's talk a little bit about what we got today from the Taliban. The Taliban writing an e-mail to us, talking about their thoughts on this case.

And they say that they simply don't believe in the American judicial system. They say it's not reliable and that they will, take revenge, particularly against American soldiers.

So they have made this threat. They've made it not once, not twice, but three times since this incident occurred on March 11th, Sunday, around 3:00 a.m., according to NATO officials.

And so we are, you know, people just wait to see what is going to happen. There have been some incidents the Taliban has claimed responsibility for, in the killing of, for example, nine people who died in a roadside bomb blast. But there is a fear that there will be something else that's going to happen and they've certainly made that threat -- Monita.

RAJPAL: All right, Sara, thank you .

Sara Sidner there from CNN Kabul.

We want to talk more about the legal process facing Robert Bales and what may happen next.

Phil Cave is a retired U.S. Navy judge advocate, now in the private practice of U.S. military law. He joins us now from CNN Washington.

Mr. Cates, thank you very much for being with us.

We don't know yet what kind of a court that Mr. Bales will be tried in, even if it does go to court, because we understand he will still have to be, I guess, assessed by doctors to see if he's -- he's just mentally fit to be tried in a court.

PHIL CAVE, MILITARY DEFENSE LAWYER: Yes, that's correct. Ultimately, the -- if he goes to court, it's going to be a general court martial, because that's the only forum where you can seek to impose the death penalty, if that's what they decide to do.

But certainly in these early stages, prior to the Article 32 investigation, quite clearly, there is going to have to be a lot of examination and investigation into his background and his mental state at the time of the alleged offenses.

RAJPAL: And Article 32 would be what would be considered a hybrid court -- a court, that would be military and civilian, right?

CAVE: An Article 32, they will appoint, probably a colonel, a senior officer. He will hold a hearing. At that hearing, unlike a grand jury, Sergeant Bales will be present. He will have his lawyers with him. He will be able to interview and cross-examine witnesses, present witnesses his -- of his own, if he wants to, and get discovery of the evidence.

And that proceeding, when it does get started, will be open to the public. The media can attend. And so there's quite a bit of transparency to the Article 32 process.

RAJPAL: What needs to happen now, at this point, now that we know that what charges have been laid out against him, what happens now?

CAVE: Well, there are two things -- at least two things going on. At some point in the reasonably near future, they're going to start the -- the sanity board process. In other words, the command -- the commander has to direct a board of officers to conduct a sanity investigation and hearing and examination into his mental state, both at the time of the alleged offenses and whether or not he's competent to stand trial. And that's typically at least three forensic psychologists, psychiatrists, who would meet and conduct psychometric testing and also interviews of Sergeant Bales and also examine witness statements of another -- and other evidence that's available.

RAJPAL: Are there any other cases that are similar to this?

I mean I guess I'm trying to ask what kind of precedent has been set before?

CAVE: Well, I -- I think if you just go back to 2003, when the Iraq- Afghanistan combat started, this is, I think, the first where it's been a single soldier who's been involved in the alleged killings of so many victims.

Now, there certainly have been other instances. We have Haditha, Handonia (ph), the Stryker Brigade cases from Fort Lewis itself, where there have been multiple victims.

But in those cases, it's typically been several Marines or soldiers who have been the people accused of the killings.

RAJPAL: What's interesting about this case is that there's.

RAJPAL: Sorry. Sorry to interrupt you, sir, but the -- his defense attorney, Mr. Bales' defense, is saying that this will be very difficult for the prosecution to -- to actually prove, a difficult case because there aren't any forensics. The bodies have been buried. There is no autopsy.

So what kind of a case will the prosecution have to build against him?

CAVE: Sure. And that's probably one of the things that's ongoing right now. The Army CID and certainly the Afghani investigators and potentially the Federal Bureau of Investigation might get involved. They've done that in some cases.

But, yes, they're going to have to do what they can to examine the crime scene, recover evidence. For example, if they can recover a -- I think we've heard today that they may have recovered some cartridge casings. So that plus remnants of bullet -- bullet fragments, they might be able to take those to a forensic comparison to the weapon. I believe we're hearing that he surrendered the weapon. So it appears they've got the weapon. And potentially, they can do a forensic bullet and cartridge case examination to compare the two and make the -- make the match.

And so that certainly would be part of the case, it would seem to me, that they will have to investigative. And I'm -- I'm certain that logistics and other factors are going to make that complicated. But in the end, I think it's difficult to conceive that they won't be able to put together some sort of case against Sergeant Bales.

RAJPAL: All right, Phil Cave, retired U.S. Navy judge advocate.

Sir, thank you very much for your time.

RAJPAL: Our top story tonight, formal charges filed against U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in the massacre that killed 17 Afghan civilians. Bales could face the death penalty.

The Taliban say U.S. courts are not reliable and are vowing revenge.

Still to come here on CONNECT THE WORLD, new questions, more explanations -- French leaders on the defensive over suspected mass killer, Mohamed Merah. We'll take you live to Toulouse.

Adding to the list of sanctions on Syria, the European Union targets the wife of President Bashar al-Assad.

Plus, calling time on binge drinking -- how to make staying on the wagon trendy.

All that and much more when CONNECT THE WORLD continues.

RAJPAL: You're watching CNN.


French authorities are defending how the intelligence services handled suspected killer, Mohamed Merah. Bullet holes riddled the apartment building in Toulouse in Southwestern France where commandoes gunned down the 23 -year-old on Thursday, ending a 32 hour siege. France's prime minister is praising authorities even though they knew beforehand that Merah had traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Francois Fillon insists police had no grounds on which to arrest Merah before the killings of three French paratroopers, a rabbi and three children.

FRANCOIS FILLON, FRENCH PRIME MINISTER (through translator): The fact of belonging to a Salafist organization is not, in itself, a crime. We must not mix religious fundamentalism with terrorism, even if we know very well the links that unite both of them.

No, there were no elements that allowed us to arrest Mohamed Merah. Once again, would not have the right to arrest someone on no charge.

RAJPAL: Well, as French leaders contend with growing questions, the city of Toulouse turned out Friday to honor the victims of the recent attacks. Toulouse mayor, Pierre Cohen, also called the rally to demonstrate against all forms of bigotry.

CN -- CNN's senior international correspondent, Dan Rivers, joins us now live from Toulouse -- Dan.

DAN RIVERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Monita, that footage inside the apartment where Mohamed Merah staged his last stand gives you a real sense of the ferocity of the firefight. The forensic report now has shown that he died from two fatal wounds, one to the head and one to the chest, but there were 20 other bullets that hit him. And, of course, he is thought to have -- have fired at least 30 bullets at the police as they tried to storm that apartment.

But the big question now for the authorities is where he managed to get that massive arsenal of weapons, of ammunition, in a country where gun controls are supposed to be strict.

RIVERS (voice-over): The bullet-riddled apartment where Mohamed Merah made his last stand. It was here that he'd amassed an arsenal of automatic weapons and ammunition. He was a convicted thief and was last in court for motoring offenses. But he'd also become a disciple of al Qaeda and was arrested in Afghanistan after visiting a training camp. He may have learned to shoot there.

He boasted to police negotiators that he'd paid for his guns in Toulouse with the proceeds of crime.

But how did he find the weapons?

(on camera): In France, you can buy a replica gun like this. But to buy the real thing is much more difficult. You can get something like a Kalashnikov, an AK-47, but you would need permission from the police. But something like an Uzi .9 millimeter is completely illegal in France. And that's one of the weapons that Mohamed Merah used, suggesting he tapped into the black market.

YVES GOLLETY, FRENCH ASSOCIATION OF GUN RETAILERS: So this is a type of Kalashnikov, like -- like this -- like the Kalashnikov and like (INAUDIBLE).

RIVERS (voice-over): Yves Goletty is president of the French Gun Retailers Association.

GOLLETY: There is no border now. And it is very difficult to stop now all the illegal guns in France. I think it's difficult. You have many world -- world countries in -- in the world not far from France, a two hour plane, like Libya. You have a very big quantity of guns like Kalashnikovs which are in the -- in the country.

RIVERS: We met two young teenagers in the same area in which Merah lived. They boasted of a growing gun culture among them and their friends.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you've got good contacts, you've got guns. You've got arms, just like anywhere, just like in the States, just like in London.

RIVERS: And a few minutes later, while I was on air, graphic proof this wasn't just bravado -- a gun, maybe replica, maybe the real thing, cocked in front of our camera.

Merah's killing spree has galvanized many residents, who turned out on Friday for a show of unity. The city's mayor acknowledging the issue of where Merah obtained his guns needs to be investigated.

PIERRE COHEN, TOULOUSE MAYOR: In France, we're not exempt from having black market in arms. And a certain number of people are able to procure themselves weapons. Obviously, it's something we should maybe give more consideration to.

RIVERS: French police are routinely armed, but increasingly, so are the criminals they're charged with stopping. It makes the job of intelligence agencies so much harder. Homegrown terrorists no longer need to make a bomb. Like this teenager, they simply need the right contacts to buy a gun.

(on camera): And the police will now be going through that hall of weapons to see if there are any clues as to where he got those weapons from, how he got them, and, of course, Merah's immediate family remain in custody. His mother, his brother and his brother's girlfriend all still being questioned by the police here in Toulouse -- Monita.

RAJPAL: Dan Rivers in Toulouse.

Let's bring you up to date on some other stories connecting our world tonight.

U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated an Ivy League college president to be the next leader of the World Bank, Dr. Kim -- Dr. Jim Yong Kim's nomination is seen as something of a surprise because his background is in medicine rather than economics or business. Kim emigrated to the U.S. from South Korea when he was five years old. Some see the nomination as a compromise with countries that are hoping a non-American might get the job.

Well, Mr. Obama says the killing of a black teenager in Florida should prompt some national soul-searching. This comes as protests continue to grow over the death of 17 -year-old Trayvon Martin. Students at Florida high schools have been staging walkouts throughout the day. One group of students formed Trayvon Martin's initials on their school's football field. Trayvon was shot dead by neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, who was not arrested after claiming self-defense.

The U.S. president had this to say about the case.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: But my main message is -- is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon. And, you know, I think they are right to expect that all of us, as Americans, are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and that we're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

RAJPAL: The African Union has suspended Mali following a military coup in the West African nation. Mutinous soldiers stormed Mali's presidential palace on Thursday and ousted Mali's democratically elected leader, President Amadou Toumani. The African Union says a team will be sent to Mali to urge a return to constitutional order.

Pope Benedict XVI will start a new papal trip when he lands in Mexico in the coming hours. Before boarding the plane, the pope called for a fight against the evil of drug cartels and said people must do everything possible to fight this evil which destroys our young. Pope Benedict will also visit Cuba during his trip. During Friday's flight, he said Marxism no longer responds to reality.

Up next tonight on CONNECT THE WORLD, and an interesting tale -- take, I should say, on the world's most popular sport. We'll explain, just ahead.

RAJPAL: You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD live from London.

A McLaren driver won Formula 1 season's opening race last week and if Friday's practice in Malaysia is any indication, we may see another win for the team on Sunday.

Alex Thomas is here with those details -- Alex, hello.

ALEX THOMAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi. Yes, the world's top Formula 1 teams and drivers going straight from Australia.

THOMAS: -- where it was -- it was Jenson Button who was victorious at the Albert Park Circuit, which they just put in and take out again. And now they've gone to Malaysia, a purpose built track, one of the new breed there. And McLaren still performing well, which is a bit of a surprise, because before the opening race, there was a real sort of guessing game going on about which teams had done best during winter testing.

So here we're seeing Button going fast. It's an opening practice earlier on Friday, ahead of the race on Sunday. They've got qualifying on Saturday, of course.

Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes, a seven time world champion, who's not done well since coming out of the retirement. But he was second fastest.

Then you had Jenson Button, that won last week's third fastest. And the big disappointment, really, Sebastian Vettel, the reigning world champion. He's won the driver's part of the last two years, just tenth fastest in the afternoon session. And he came away telling journalists that he thought the car was -- was rubbish, frankly.

So Red Bull, who dominated Formula 1 for the last two years, suddenly may be coming back toward the rest of the pack, which is fulfilling those prophecies of maybe a closer, more exciting session.

And whilst the sort of premier motor sport event is happening in Malaysia, we've got that, back in the United States this weekend, the start of the IndyCar racing season. The cars look the same, but there are subtle differences. Dario Franchitti, a Scotsman, has been dominating that over the last three years, winning the driver's title three years running. And he was speaking to Pedro Pinto earlier and saying he's looking forward to this year, particularly because of a new arrival.

DARIO FRANCHITTI, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER: We have a, you know, a big name driver coming in, with Rubens Barrichello coming in from -- from Formula 1 and.


FRANCHITTI: -- and Rubens is, in my -- in my opinion, one of the absolute best in the world. And for him to come to the IndyCar series says a lot about it. And he's going to be tough to beat, though. You know, he's a good -- an old friend of mine, a good guy. But he is going to be hard to beat.

THOMAS: And the follow-on for you will be on "WORLD SPORT" in an hour's time -- Monita.

RAJPAL: Now, it says here you're going to show me some football that apparently even I would watch?

THOMAS: Yes, you didn't read the live of the line the way that me and my producer (INAUDIBLE).

RAJPAL: Apparently even I would watch?

THOMAS: -- for it. Well, I know you're not a huge football fan, you know, but.

RAJPAL: Well, that's -- I'm -- I'm dying to see what you're going to show me.

THOMAS: Take a look at what a Norwegian TV game show came up with. They call this bubble football. And it means that you're.

THOMAS: -- you're not going to get hurt, even when you collide with other players. I think it's ridiculous, but we thought it was amusing enough to show you and our CNN viewers around the world.

RAJPAL: You know what would be fun to watch, to see some of the top football players.

RAJPAL: -- like David Beckham or one of those.

THOMAS: I think even Leo Messi.

RAJPAL: Wayne Rooney or Leo Messi in that.

RAJPAL: That I would watch.

THOMAS: -- struggle to score quite as many goals with the bubble wrapped around his torso and head.

RAJPAL: That can be a good team building thing for us here on CONNECT THE WORLD.

RAJPAL: I'll have to see that.

All right, Alex, thank you very much.

Still to come here on CONNECT THE WORLD, the pressure on the Assad regime builds -- how the European Union is targeting Syria's first lady.

Plus, battling a binge drinking culture -- that's the aim of the new (INAUDIBLE) government plan. Why it's not going down well with everyone.

And then, find out why Eastern European women are particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking. We speak to a filmmaker who went undercover to investigate the illicit trade.

RAJPAL: A warm welcome to our viewers across Europe and around the world. I'm Monita Rajpal. These are the latest headlines from CNN.

The US military announced formal charges against Robert Bales in the March 11th massacre in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. The US Army staff sergeant faces 17 counts of murder, 6 counts of attempted murder, and 2 counts of assault. More charged could follow.

Crowds gathered in Toulouse, France, to remember the victims of a string of shooting attacks. The city's mayor called for a rally in solidarity with the seven people who were killed and against the anti- Semitism and racism.

Students at several high schools in the US state of Florida staged walkouts on Friday calling for justice in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. US president Barack Obama called Trayvon Martin's death a tragedy speaking out on the killing for the first time.

The European Union is applying more pressure to the Syrian regime. The EU has frozen the assets of President Bashar al-Assad's wife Asma, his mother, sister, and sister-in-law. The women are also banned from travel to EU nations, though Asma al-Assad cannot be denied entry because -- to Britain because she was born here.

CATHERINE ASHTON, EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF: I do think they're putting pressure on the regime. I never underestimate that sanctions make a significant difference, because they to two things.

One is they target individuals, entities in ways that prevent them from carrying on with business as usual. And secondly, they make a strong political statement about how the international community feels about what's going on. Never underestimate them, sanctions are a really important tool. But they're not everything.

RAJPAL: Asma al-Assad is a western-educated former investment banker. It was widely thought her background would influence her husband's regime, but as CNN's Atika Shubert reports, those hopes have vanished as the brutal crackdown grinds on.

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Last Sunday, Asma Assad made this call for unity. "The nation unites all of us," she said, "whoever we are and whatever we think, and even if we do it wrong, it forgives us."

SHUBERT: Those words stand in stark contrast to the brutal crackdown ordered by her husband, Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Now, both husband and wife have been slapped with EU sanctions, freezing their assets, barring them from entering Europe. That may be particularly hard for Asma because, in many ways, London is her home.

SHUBERT (on camera): Asma Assad may be Syria's first lady now but, in fact, she grew up here in West London on this very street. It's a very modest neighborhood, as you can see, and her parents actually still have a house here.

SHUBERT (voice-over): The curtains are permanently drawn and the mail is piling up. Several months ago, Syrian anti-government protesters smashed the windows here. Her parents fled the house.

In Britain, she was known as Emma Akhras, educated at a girls' boarding school, a privileged upbringing that led some to believe she could influence her husband to lift Syria's history of repression.

British-Syrian Malik Abdel was her neighbor and knew her family.

MALIK ABDEL, NEIGHBOR: Marrying into the ruling family in Syria would automatically make you part of the elite. It would allow you unparalleled access to wealth and money and prestige, and I think the Akhras family was seduced by that lifestyle.

SHUBERT: She married Bashar Assad in 2000, the same year he succeeded his father as Syria's leader. At first, she struggled to forge a role for herself as first lady.

In 2005, Asma Assad asked Italian writer Gaia Servadio to organize an arts festival. But Asma's dreams of becoming an internationally recognized patron of the arts did not materialize. Servadio describes the day it all collapsed.

GAIA SERVADIO, WRITER: Then I could hear great deal of shouts. Then, I went in and a lot of these people were shouting at her, so she was -- I could see -- I could feel her -- one could see with one's own eyes that she was being put in a corner.

SHUBERT: She says Asma's ambitions changed dramatically.

SERVADIO: She became a pretty woman, purchasing clothes.

SHUBERT: And last year, as the violence worsened and the death toll mounted, e-mails leaked to CNN by Syrian activists seemed to show that Asma embarked on an online shopping spree, seemingly oblivious to the bloodshed happening in her country.

Elegant and articulate, Syria's first lady may once have represented a new hope for Syria. But as the new sanctions show, those hopes have been dashed.

RAJPAL: So, how much influence could Asma al-Assad exert on her husband to put an end to the crackdown? For some perspective, we're joined by Andrew Tabler in Washington. He's lived in Syria and worked with Asma al-Assad. He's also the author of "In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle With Syria."

Mr. Tabler, thank you very much for being with us. How much influence --


RAJPAL: How much influence or how much power does Asma al-Assad really have?

TABLER: Not a tremendous amount. She came to the country shortly after Bashar took power. Then marrying the president and then tried to carry out a number of reforms in the country, but they really just did not get off the ground.

A few charities were formed. But even the laws for those charities on which they would be based, new modern laws that she touted, were not passed. And in the end, her influence ended up being very, very little on the decision-making of the Assad regime.

RAJPAL: Knowing what you know of her, would it even be difficult for her to speak out against what her husband's regime is accused of doing?

TABLER: It would be difficult, but Asma al-Assad's trajectory into the heart of the regime has been going on for some time.

When I was working as a media adviser for some of her charities, it was very clear to me as well as a number of others, that she had very clearly made her decision, that she wanted to see some changes in Syria, but she was very much the president's wife, and throughout the last year has been standing by her man as the Assad regime's forces have used extreme brutality to suppress the uprising there.

RAJPAL: When you hear these reports of these e-mails that have gone back and forth between her and her husband, the fact that, according to these e-mails, that she's gone on this shopping spree while this brutal crackdown is taking place. What goes through your mind in terms of the Asma al-Assad that you've known and had worked with?

TABLER: Deep disappointment. But it brings back memories. Like I said, this has been -- this trajectory for her and for the country, unfortunately, has been going on for some time. Reforms just didn't happen. This regime can't reform, and she tried, I think, in a very early stage of her life in Syria to help that process, but it just did not materialize.

It's deeply disappointing. Deeply disappointing for many Syrians who followed her. Asma Assad is a Sunni from Homs who married into an Alawite family.

It's got to be shocking for the people who live in Homs, the majority Sunni population, as they were shelled last month for nearly 30 days. And for her to stand by her man and to go on this online shopping spree more than raised eyebrows among those who know Syria and know her.

RAJPAL: She's also well-educated, Western-educated, born and brought up in West London, as we heard there. Is there a sense that, perhaps, that she's in denial?

TABLER: I'm afraid so. I think, though, that she very -- I think she's very intelligent. I think she understands exactly the choices that she is making. It's true that it would be very hard, once you had children with the president, to break away.

But everyone is defined by their choices, the trajectory of this crackdown is very clear. Over 8,000 people have died. Many, many more are in detention or believed to have died under torture. This isn't going to get any better anytime soon, and that's the reason why the EU, which used to be one of Asma al-Assad's main supporters, issued these sanctions today.

RAJPAL: All right, Andrew, we appreciate your time. Andrew Tabler, there, author of "In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle With Syria. Thank you so much for your time.

Coming up here on CONNECT THE WORLD, hitting drinkers' pockets. The UK government plans to hike the price of alcohol coming up next on CNN.

RAJPAL: You're watching CNN, the world's news leader. This is CONNECT THE WORLD. Hello, I'm Monita Rajpal.

Calling time on cheap booze. The UK government plans to introduce a minimum price for the sale of alcohol. It's scenes such as these that authorities want to clamp down on, so-called binge drinking, which has become a major problem in many towns across the country. The plan would prevent supermarkets selling alcohol at deeply discounted prices.

It is estimated excessive drinking costs the country more than $4 billion a year. British prime minister David Cameron says that's a scandal.

DAVID CAMERON, PRIME MINISTER OF BRITAIN: I said months ago that we needed to get to grips with the problem of super-cheap alcohol that's fueling violence on our streets and causing mayhem in our accidents and emergency units and damaging the health of the country. And I think this minimum unit pricing is a big part of the answer.

RAJPAL: So, what does the new plan mean for drinkers' pockets? According to research analysts, a can of strong cider, currently retailing at around $1.40 here in the UK would rise to $2.50. But one alcohol industry spokesman isn't impressed by the plan.

GAVIN PARTINGTON, WINE AND SPIRIT TRADE ASSOCIATION: The problem is, it doesn't actually tackle binge drinking or problem drinkers. The international evidence is that problem drinkers are least likely overall to be deterred from drinking by price rises.

What we need is a far more sophisticated approach, less of a blunt weapon. Minimum pricing will simply punish the poor.

RAJPAL: Well, is raising the price of alcohol the answer, though? CNN's Erin McLaughlin hit the street to find out.

ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is a typical Friday evening here in London. People leave work and come to their nearest local pub for a few drinks to unwind. And government officials say they don't want to stop these rituals, especially for those people who are drinking responsibly.

They say, however, they do want to impose a minimum price on alcohol to stop what they call preloading behavior, that is people who go to their local supermarkets and buy large quantities of alcohol for very cheap prices before hitting the local pub, where prices are much more expensive. Government officials say that kind of behavior has led to mayhem in city centers across the UK.

Do you think booze is too cheap in Britain?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: From a personal perspective, I think that the sufficient amount of tax has already been levied on alcohol, so as far I'm concerned, it's not too cheap. And I don't believe that minimum plans, such as raising the price of the tax, will actually affect anything. People that want to get drunk will still get drunk.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think alcohol's just too cheap at the moment. You can buy a crate of beer for two pounds four c if you really look hard enough. It's too cheap. Too cheap, too easy. And the youngsters find it too easy to buy alcohol.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: People are still going to drink if they need to or they want to are definitely going to do it regardless of how much alcohol is.

MCLAUGHLIN: Alcohol companies say they are in agreement with many of Britain's drinkers. They say that a minimum price for alcohol would do nothing to deter binge drinking, instead only server to punish people with low income.

Erin McLaughlin, CNN, London.

RAJPAL: So, how are other nations rethinking drinking? Australia is using social media. It's "Hello, Sunday Morning" program born in Brisbane is helping the country as whole take a break from booze. People use the site to find support to stay on the wagon.

In Finland, the sale of alcohol is strictly regulated. No discounts or special offers are allowed.

France has a law on the books to control how alcohol is marketed. That means there is no advertising directed at young people and no alcohol- related commercials on TV or at the cinema.

Which brings us to Canada, where its minimum pricing plan is getting a thumbs-up from a landmark study. The center for additions research of British Columbia has evidence that the program does cut alcohol consumption.

Well, the author of that study is professor Tim Stockwell, and he joins us, now, live from Victoria in Canada. Professor, thank you very much for being with us. What kind of evidence do you have that it does actually help?

TIM STOCKWELL, PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA: Well, we've been collecting data from a number of Canadian provinces who've been running the minimum price policy for a number of years.

Here in my home, British Columbia, we started looking at data from the last 25 years as to every time the minimum price was increased and the sort of minimum prices we have are around about 35 to 45 pence a unit of alcohol, and they're adjusted periodically.

And we've found that for ever 10 percent increase in that minimum price, the overall consumption has declined by about 3.5 percent. But the declines in harms, like people admitted to hospital, people dying of alcohol-related causes, are being reduced by a much greater degree, by about 7 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

RAJPAL: Is it relative, though, sir? I mean, I grew up in Ontario in Canada, and when I was there, it didn't seem as though binge drinking was a huge problem.

That said, coming over to Britain, yes, you see it, it's pretty apparent. On a Saturday -- Friday, Saturday night, you see it quite evidently that binge drinking is a problem. So, would that same kind of method work here in the UK?

STOCKWELL: Well, the international evidence is very clear. Our little study was just looking at minimum pricing, but these studies on price generally in drinking show all the scientific reviews, and there's hundreds of studies, data covering hundreds of years, in fact, show very clearly when you increase the price overall, consumption goes down, crime goes down that's related to alcohol, deaths go down, hospital visits go down.

It's not the kind of thing that people necessarily like or they will agree with if you ask them on the streets. But the science is extremely clear.

RAJPAL: The interesting thing, too, though, is that how do you know that affecting people's pocketbooks will also change the culture of drinking that is quite evident in this part of the world?

STOCKWELL: Well, I think the culture -- culture tends to be created around an environment that's created. And I think the environments created -- certainly since I left Britain 25 years ago -- is for the supermarkets to get in and sell really cheap alcohol so people can preload.

And there's so much more public intoxication. It's so different from when I used to live there. And a culture has developed around cheap alcohol. And if that's rolled back, I think we'll see the other side of responsible, enjoyable drinking being more emphasized than the current patterns people are concerned about.

RAJPAL: How big of a problem was drinking in British Columbia before the price hike and how much of a difference have you seen now?

STOCKWELL: It's one of the -- it's hard to answer that, because this is something that was introduced almost 30 years -- 25 to 30 years ago. And there isn't just one price policy that comes in at one point in time and stays there. This is a policy that's been adjusted and tinkered with. It's been ignored for years, and then it's suddenly been played with, and the price goes up.

So, it's really a question of what happened each time the price went up, and that was the subject of our study. And everything changes in the direction that it should. As I said, consumption and harms go down.

STOCKWELL: We're also now looking at other provinces. We're looking at Saskatchewan to see what's happening there, as well.

RAJPAL: OK, Professor Tim Stockwell, there, in Victoria, BC. Thank you so much.

You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD. When we come back, posing as a prostitute to document the scourge if human tracking. We speak to the brave young woman who risked her life to show the world a shameful trade.

RAJPAL: This is CONNECT THE WORLD live from London, I'm Monita Rajpal. Modern-day slavery, it is a global scourge that CNN has taken a stand against in a campaign we call the Freedom Project. The goal is to help stamp out human trafficking.

Seventy-nine percent of the trafficking trade's victims are exploited in the sex industry. In the past 12 months, the campaign has taken us to Nepal, where actress Demi Moore met with women rescued from forced prostitution in Indian brothels.

And our own Sara Sidner took the investigation to a village in Cambodia, where she found girls as young as five being sold to foreign predators looking for sex.

Well, some of the most vulnerable women to sex traffickers are from Eastern Europe, and in tonight's Big Interview, Zain Verjee talked to one brave young woman who has been investigating why. Mimi Chakarova secretly filmed the sex trade, even posing as a prostitute to document how an endless stream of young women are being conned into a life of unimaginable abuse.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): "Do you want to work as a waitress?" she asked.

"I'll go." $500 a month, wow! Of course I wanted to go. Looking back, I think, my God! How could I have been so stupid?

ZAIN VERJEE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Naive she may have been, but as revealed in acclaimed documentary, "The Price of Sex," Vika is not the only young woman from Eastern Europe to be lured on a false promise by sex traffickers.

MIMI CHAKAROVA, FILMMAKER, "THE PRICE OF SEX": The system is so brutal. What these pimps and madams do to these girls -- and I have to call them girls, because many are not old enough to be women -- is devastating.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): She sold me. I was taken to a brothel, and I was forced to be a prostitute. We were always working, sometimes 50 clients a day. I have the same thoughts now that I did then: I'd be better off dead than living like this.

VERJEE: These are just some of the harrowing stories unearthed by Bulgarian-born photo-journalist Mimi Chakarova. She has spent a decade investigating why women from Eastern Europe have become particularly vulnerable to this illicit human trade.

CHAKAROVA: The pimps pocket everything she earns.

VERJEE: A scourge she learned about when she returned to her hometown, having left after the fall of Communism to find a better life in the United States.

VERJEE (on camera): Why is it that Eastern European women are so vulnerable?

CHAKAROVA: They're vulnerable because of the economic conditions in the region. When you don't have any job opportunities, when you are a single mom, or if you're at an age where you don't have the opportunity to go to school and you're seeking employment, you're going to take a risk and go abroad.

VERJEE: How are they lured abroad and into foreign countries? How does it work?

CHAKAROVA: You know, initially, they were lured by false agencies promising them jobs, and that was in the early 90s. But it changed. Over time, other women started recruiting women.

VERJEE: Which is almost worse.

CHAKAROVA: It's so much worse, because women are more likely to trust other women.

VERJEE: What would have happened, do you think, to you had you stayed back in your country?

CHAKAROVA: I came from the same conditions. I grew up in a small village in Bulgaria. We had the same path, the same road.

And this has been a huge quest for me, making this film, which is how is it that I took a left and some of these girls took a right when we came from the same place? How is it that I didn't fall into it So, part of the reason of investigating this is personal, but also driven by guilt and obligation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): If I said no, they would throw me from the 15th floor and no one would do a thing. They'll drown me in the ocean or bury me in the desert.

VERJEE (voice-over): At enormous personal risk, Chakarova took her camera into red light districts in Turkey, Greece, and Dubai.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Be careful with your camera.

CHAKAROVA: Should I put it down?

VERJEE: She even went undercover, posing as a prostitute to try and document the reality of the trade.

CHAKAROVA: Everyone assumed I was a prostitute from Eastern Europe. I played along.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How much you worth?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How much would you let me have for 500?

VERJEE (on camera): What kind of an experience was that for you? Were you scared?

CHAKAROVA: You're scared. I was scared. But you can't go in thinking about the fear, because they can smell it, they can sense it. And then, when you do witness it, you cannot think of your own safety while you're in the middle of it. You have to deal with that after you leave.

It was going to be hard to get anyone to talk on camera.

VERJEE (voice-over): The award-winning documentary, which is showing at the Human Rights Watch festival in London, also features interviews with those who fuel the trade, pimps, and clients.

VERJEE (on camera): What is it that encapsulates the message of all the girls that you've spoke to, that you want people really to understand?

CHAKAROVA: Every time I would meet a young woman, I would ask the same question, which is, "Come on. You were offered a job, but you knew that this was going on. You saw it on the bus stops, you heard it on the radio, you saw television shows about girls being trafficked and sold into prostitution against their will. You must have known."

And the answer is consistently the same, which is, "Yes, I knew about it, but I didn't think it would happen to me."

RAJPAL: Zain Verjee, there, speaking to Mimi Chakarova about how she is trying to stamp out human trafficking with her documentary the price of sex. And you can read Mimi's blog on our Freedom Project web page. There, you can also learn more about the extent of modern-day slavery and what is being done to help victims. It's all at

I'm Monita Rajpal, that was CONNECT THE WORLD. Thank you for watching. The world headlines are up next after this short break.

Last-Minute Plans: 81 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: March 9-11, 2018

Panicking because you haven't yet made plans for the weekend and you're short on cash? Don't worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10, ranging from What the El! A Benefit for El Sanchez to the Georgetown Art Attack, and from a Spring Native Plant Sale to the initiation of Free Oyster Fridays. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Art Up PhinneyWood
Walk around charming Greenwood/Phinney (just north of the zoo) and take in art from dozens of venues, from galleries to restaurants to bookshops, including Couth Buzzard Books, Naked City Brewery, and the Phinney Center Gallery. This week, check out Collectorama: An Art Show of Outsider Art.
(Phinney, free)

2. Belltown Art Walk
On second Fridays, wander around Belltown and check out their hyperlocal art scene amidst the waves of drinkers and clubbers. Convene at the Belltown Community Center to pick up a map (and maybe some snacks/goodies), then head out to explore nearby galleries while taking advantage of all the artists' exhibitions (and provided refreshments). This week, check out Visiting Artist: Caroline Kapp.
(Belltown, free)

3. New Holly Gathering Hall Women's Day
Enjoy dancing, food, and diverse cultural traditions to honor International Women's Day. There will also be henna, "pampering," crafts, and a short film screening.
(Rainier Valley, free)

4. Meaningful Movies: Girl Rising
Richard E. Robbins' latest documentary, Girl Rising, follows nine girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan as they fight for their education in the face of arranged marriages, child slavery, and other injustices.
(Wedgwood, free)

5. Free Oyster Fridays
As part of Pearl's March Oyster Madness, get your fill of complimentary oysters while they last, along with paired drink specials from Stella Artois, Casamigos, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and sparkling wines and champagnes.
(Bellevue, free)

6. Ball of Wax 51: Long Songs
This Ball of Wax compilation release party will celebrate their 51st release, featuring live performances by local musicians like Double or Muffin, Bill Horist, Freeway Park, Afrocop, The Antenna Project, and Whetzel. The theme, Long Songs, describes the format of this release, with each track being between 10 and 30 minutes in length.
(Ballard, $8/$10)

7. Bootie Seattle: Justin vs. Justin
Seattle's only all-mashup dance party throws down for an all-out battle by paying tribute to two pop pretenders: Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake. Prep thyself for all the '00s club bangers and '10s Top40 hits you could possibly handle.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

8. Dedset, See By Sound
Tacoma five-piece Dedset stay true to their gritty Northwest rock roots without abandoning their love of "lush acoustic textures." They'll be joined by See By Sound.
(Shoreline, $8)

9. Hostile Makeover, The Heels, Nurse Ratchett
Cover-girls Hostile Makeover get a license to thrash at this evening set alongside The Heels and Nurse Ratchett.
(Georgetown, $7)

10. Jason McCue, Tomo Nakayama, Falon Sierra
Fun fact: Jason McCue and I both used to write for Seattle U’s radio station blog, and when I met him in 2015 his music project was solely out of his dorm-room closet. Now he’s won SoundOff! and has played Bumbershoot. All for good reason, though, as McCue’s storytelling within his songs is unlike anything else. It’s just McCue and an acoustic on stage, but his performances are totally mesmerizing. ANNA KAPLAN
(Central District, $9)

11. Michelle D'Amour and the Love Dealers
Sip on some drinks while blues band Michelle D'Amour and the Love Dealers deliver some "soulful whimsy."
(Bellevue, free)

12. The Mondegreens, The Hasslers, Everson Pines
Sway to the Mondegreens' "new take on California soul" after hearing from the Hasslers and Everson Pines.
(Fremont, $8/$10)

13. Southwest Sweethearts, Opal-Thistle Pistol Sisters, Le'Chell
For some good ole "down-home vintage country music," dance along to tunes from the 1940s-'80s with the Opal-Thistle Pistol Sisters. They'll be joined by fellow twang-suppliers Southwest Sweethearts and Le'Chell.
(Tukwila, $5)

14. Sunset Flip, Mud On My Bra, The Subheads
Get ready to bang your head around thanks to live sets by local punks Sunset Flip with rockers Mud On My Bra and The Subheads.
(Eastlake, $8)

15. What the El! A Benefit for El Sanchez
Excellent local comedian El Sanchez just had a baby, so our queer community is rallying around them for this new-parent-fundraiser with live music and comedy performances by CarLarans, Da Qween, Nick Sahoyah, Londyn Bradshaw, Monisa Brown, and Val Nigro. All proceeds will go straight to El and their new family.
(Belltown, $10)

16. Queer Feelings
Adrien Leavitt has been working on this multifaceted project for several years. The release party will celebrate the printed volume of this queer, local, body-positive, sex-positive photography project.
(Capitol Hill, free)

17. Shoba Rao: Girls Burn Brighter
After her mother’s death, Poornima is left to care for her siblings. When an independently minded girl named Savitha enters their household, Poornima begins to imagine what her life could be like outside of her family. Such is the story of Shoba Rao's debut novel, Girls Burn Brighter. She'll be joined in conversation by Laurie Frankel.
(Capitol Hill, free)

18. Susan Storer Clark: The Monk Woman's Daughter
Susan Storer Clark will present her first novel, The Monk Woman's Daughter, a Civil War-era tale of "urban America" that centers on the daughter of the infamous Maria Monk.
(Lake Forest Park, free)

19. Huskies vs. UC Davis, SPU
The Huskies gymnastics team will compete against both UC Davis and SPU.
(University District, $10)


20. Betz Bernard and Andrew Rubinstein: Broken Rules
Betz Bernard and Andrew Rubinstein's sunny abstractions will be shown here.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

21. Lee Davignon: Materialism
Lee Davignon shows sculpture and textile objects resembling sea urchins and strange hybrid appliances.
(Belltown, free)
Closing Saturday

22. Susanna Bluhm: Mississippi & Arizona
Many of us reacted to the 2016 election by crying, binge drinking, and unfriending family members on Facebook. Susanna Bluhm vowed to visit as many so-called "red states" as possible over the next four years to have firsthand experiences in places she only knew through the media. "I'm not trying to have the quintessential experience of each state," says Bluhm, but she's also "not observing from a distance." Mississippi & Arizona is what happens when a queer, white mother who happens to be one of the most sensuous and thoughtful oil painters in the Pacific Northwest seeks out intimate experiences in two places very different from her own. EMILY POTHAST
(Queen Anne, free)
Opening Friday

23. St. Patrick's Training
Prepare your liver for the copious amounts of beer and whiskey it may encounter on St. Patrick's Day at two "training sessions."
(Downtown, free)


24. NW Fine Arts Competition
The two-dimensional works selected for Phinney Neighborhood Association art contest, including winner Sarah Banks, will be on display.
(Phinney, free)
Opening Friday

25. CATHARSIS: A Night of One Acts
In Catharsis: A Night of One Acts, two women, Robbie and Whitney, are confronted with the impact of their past decisions. The play explores "how we relate to each other, and what comes out when we bare the darkest parts of our souls."
(University District, $5-$10)


26. Ballard Art Walk
For more than 20 years, the Ballard ArtWalk has encouraged community members to discover work of local makers in the area while enjoying food, music, and more. Venues include the Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop, Secret Garden Books, and other pleasant spots. This week, check out The Drawnk 12 x 12 Closing Reception and Ominous Adages, Faceless Obsessions & Other Narratives.
(Ballard, free)

27. Chihuly & His Pink Truck
For a side of Dale Chihuly you may not have seen before, check out work he created before the Museum of Glass was built in the 1990s. Gallery namesake Bryan Ohno, who met Chihuly when he was an art dealer in 1980s Tokyo, will share stories of the artist's quirkier side.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

28. Georgetown Art Attack
Once a month, the art that resides in the tiny airport hamlet of Georgetown ATTACKS all passersby. In more literal terms, it's the day of art openings and street wonderment. March's offerings include Wallace Wood's illustrations at Fantagraphics and Thru the Roof at the Alice, plus Jonathan Evison's All About Lulu talk.
(Georgetown, free)

29. Katy Stone: More Light
Katy Stone's installation "blurs boundaries" between drawing, painting, and sculpture.
(Rainier Valley, free)

30. Matt Browning
Before Neddy Award winner Matt Browning moved to Vancouver to earn his MFA from the University of British Columbia, he was a Seattle artist represented by Lawrimore Project (RIP) and a member of the artist-run gallery Crawl Space (also RIP). Known for works that examine athleticism, masculine socialization, and hierarchical value systems, Browning's sculptures also exhibit a tender handmade sensibility—a potent combination that earned him a place in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. His most recent work involves zinc spheres made out of the cores of pennies (since 1982, pennies are copper-plated zinc), exploring the constantly shifting relationship between perceived value and materiality. EMILY POTHAST
(Mount Baker, free)

31. Disaster Preparedness: The Basics
No one really knows when the West Coast's inevitable giant earthquake will hit, so it never hurts to be prepared. This presentation will cover the hazards that can impact Seattle, how to develop a disaster plan, and how to organize with your neighbors to stay as safe as possible.
(Ravenna, free)

32. Fear & Writing
Through stories, mindfulness, and free-writing exercises, workshop participants will learn tips for facing their fears through writing.
(Downtown, free)

33. Magnolia Solar U Workshop
At this free workshop, solar installer Sunergy Systems will talk about how solar works and what its benefits are.
(Magnolia, free)

34. Un-dammed: Reflections on the Elwha River
Jamie Valadez, Eirik Johnson, and Langdon Cook will lead a panel discussion on the positive effects of the 2011 removal of the Elwha River Dam, such as salmon re-population and the restoration of Klallam cultural sites.
(University District, $10)

35. Women's Day Pop-Up Shop
Celebrate local womxn-owned businesses, artists, and makers at this pop-up market featuring stationery designer Anika Zebron and jewelry designer Cosmic Twin.
(Downtown, free)

36. Wooden Boatbuilding Workshop
Learn about the Pacific Northwest's maritime history and see traditional wooden boat building techniques from Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding instructors.
(Sodo, free)

37. PNA Holi Festival
Celebrate the Hindu spring festival by tossing handfuls of colored powders (golal) into the air. There will also be music, dancing, storytelling, and food from The Roll Pod truck.
(Phinney, $10)

38. Film Showing: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go
See a screening of a talk given by Revolutionary Communist Party chairman Bob Avakian, in which he analyzes the "deep historical roots of the Trump/Pence American form of fascism."
(Capitol Hill, free)

39. A New High
Recovery Beyond Paradigm (formerly Climbing out of Homelessness) and Samaritan's documentary A New High explores a program that uses mountain climbing as a means of rehabilitation for local homeless addicts. Join the lead narrators Mike Johnson and Christian Downs for a Q&A after the screening.
(Pioneer Square, free)

40. Saturday Secret Matinees
Grand Illusion and the Sprocket Society will continue their tradition of pairing an adventure serial with a different secret matinee movie every week. This year, the serial is Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, and the theme of the feature film will change every fortnight (maybe they stole the idea from the Stranger's new printing schedule. Though probably not). These themes include "Alien Invasion!," "Swashbuckling Heroes!," "Very Bad Deals," "Twisted Intrigues," "Atomic Monsters," and "Widescreen Thrills." The coolest part, from a film buff point of view? Everything will be presented on 16mm.
(University District, $9)

41. Irish Soda Bread Contest
Give your Irish grandmother's soda bread recipe the attention it deserves at this baking contest. Enjoy Irish music and dancing while the judges do their thing, and enjoy free samples after the winners have been announced.
(Queen Anne, free)

42. Matchless Fog Bank IPA Release
Matchless Brewing will be in-store to release their new IPA, Fog Bank. Since the beer shares its name with a Magic: The Gathering card, they'll also celebrate by hosting a night to play various formats of MTG.
(South Lake Union, free)

43. Peddler Brewing 5th Anniversary
On their fifth anniversary, taste Peddler's new Le Mont Ventoux Aged Belgian Sour and take home a free commemorative glass.
(Ballard, free)

44. Buttafüko, The Double Cross Committee, Stoic F.B
Trash rockers Buttafüko will celebrate their 25th anniversary with support from Stoic F.B. and the Double Cross Committee.
(Tukwila, $5)

45. Composition Studio
Composition Studio occurs quarterly as a recital for new and innovative works by emerging composers known for exploring unconventional sonic possibilities. Guest musicians from the UW Modern Ensemble will act as support.
(University District, free)

46. Freakout Records DJ Series
Freakout Records, local record label and producer of Freakout Festival, will host a free ongoing series of Seattle bands, producers, and DJs taking over a little bit of Belltown and selecting their favorites for your listening pleasure.
(Belltown, free)

47. Freeform Dance Dance
You don't need to know a single move to get down at this freeform dance party.
(Northgate, free)

48. Hard Money Saints, Carrion Crows, Are They Brothers?, Bigger Than Mountains
Hard Money Saints are a local rock group that list their interests as "chainsaws, honkey tonks, gun racks, PBR, Les Pauls, up-right bass, hot rods, cafe racers, late nights and early mornings." They'll be joined by Carrion Crows, Are They Brothers?, and Bigger Than Mountains.
(University District, $8)

49. Haute Sauce: Lourawk, Harsh, Anthem, Swervewon
Get down at this hiphop and dance music DJ night, feauturing DJs Lourawk, Harsh, Anthems, and Swervewon.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

50. HYWAYS, Widower
HYWAYS is a new Seattle outfit featuring members of Son Volt, Sera Cagoone, and Rose Windows. Dance to their country/psychedelia/indie-rock/folk music, as well as a supporting set from Widower.
(Ballard, $10)

51. Incunabula
Summon many dimensions as you dance to dark disco, witch house, techno, industrial, sci-fi, and occult cuts from DJs HOM, Teen Girl Dies @ Rave, BLVKOPVL, and Killer of Nines.
(Ravenna, free)

52. Jake's Meadow, The Evergreen Effect, Good Bones, Oil Can
Trash to local metal band Jake’s Meadow and chill out with acoustic rockers the Evergreen Effect, and "sunshine rock" foursome Castle Dwellers.
(West Seattle, $8)

53. Knuckles, Madcap Pusher, YAR
Local rockers Knuckles will play a melodious set with support from Madcap Pusher and YAR.
(Shoreline, $8)

54. La Famille Léger
La Famille Léger will put on a night of "old kitchen party music" and Eastern Canadian ballads, enhanced with crankies—story scrolls using puppets and paper cutouts. Hear fun tunes with charming old-school visuals.
(First Hill, $5)

55. Northern Nomads, Fluencie, NARO
'80s-influenced synth-pop group Northern Nomads will headline a night of wavy gravy from experimental electro-pop groups like Fluencie and NARO.
(Downtown, $8/$10)

56. Six Gun Quota, Fallen Kings, Crowskull
For loud local rock, catch sets from Six Gun Quota, Fallen Kings, and Crowskull.
(Georgetown, $7)

57. Dance Floor Feelings with Alice Gosti & Markeith Wiley
Sweat away all of your emotions to thrashpop, '90s hits, hiphop, R&B, and soul tunes from DJ Onesies (Markeith Wiley) and Alice (Alice Gosti).
(Capitol Hill, donation)

58. Imagining Worlds: Ursula K. Le Guin Tribute Cabaret
The late Pacific Northwest author Ursula K. Le Guin is sorely missed. Join musicians, poets, and storytellers for a night of performances honoring her work. The lineup features Scott Katz, Jeffrey Robert, Lydia Swartz, David Fewster, Matt Price, Arni Adler, and Kathleen Tracy.
(Greenwood, free)

59. Minal Hajratwala: Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment
Writer and editor Minal Hajratwala will share her debut collection, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, whose poems were written over the span of two decades.
(Capitol Hill, free)

60. Warren Rainer: Bel Air Man
Hear snippets of Warren Rainier's new mystery, Bel Air Man, which is set in a small town in Idaho in 1962.
(University District, free)

61. Unite - Move - Rise
This queer- and POC- focused hot yoga class invites participants to "gain an understanding of how trauma is stored in our bodies and how we can release it and live our best lives."
(Capitol Hill, free)


62. Spring Native Plant Sale
Browse a selection of native plants (which require less water and maintenance than other plants) and chat with experts to jumpstart your spring planting.
(Rainier Valley, free)


63. Comedy Canvas
Watch comedy sets by Rachel Horgan, Joshua Barrett, Aila Slisco, and Levi Manis. Excitingly, it's hosted by a self-proclaimed "drunk muppet," Lucy Tollefson. (We've never seen a drunk muppet before.) If you want to tell your own jokes, sign up at seven.
(Capitol Hill, free)

64. Bangover Brunch
Spend your post-Northwest Metal Fest Sunday perusing crafts and records while DJs Wes Craven and Roaringblood spin heavy metal cuts.
(Capitol Hill, $5)

65. Travel Life Adventures
Join the Travel Life Adventures team to hear stories about their latest trip to Nepal, and find out how you can join them on their next trip.
(Ballard, free)

66. Working Women Rise Up: Many Fronts, One Struggle
Local grassroots organizers will discuss how to build a "powerful, multi-racial movement" led by working and poor women. Topics will include the fight against sexual harassment in city employment, indigenous and environmental rights, affordable housing, immigrant rights, and labor justice for women.
(Rainier Valley, free)

67. Cinepraxis: Live Nude Girls Unite!
Join Seattle DSA and the Sex Worker Outreach Project for a documentary screening of Live Nude Girls Unite!, which explores the unionization of workers at San Fransisco's Lusty Lady.
(University District, $5-$10 donation)

68. Making a Killing
This timely documentary explores how America's gun industry affects the lives of people across the country through personal stories of gun violence. The film "looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking—and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis."
(Edmonds, free)

69. Open Screening
This "open mic" hosted by Greg Gould is an opportunity for emerging filmmakers and digital media artist to show their work on a large screen.
(Capitol Hill, $3 donation)

70. SHRIEK! You're Next
Evan J. Peterson and Heather Bartels curate this film and community education series that examines the role of women and minorities in horror films. For this edition, watch and discuss You're Next, a slasher focusing on a woman who proves just as cunning as the man who's wreaking bloody havoc.
(Greenwood, $10)

71. Bug Hunter, Young-Chhaylee, Heather Edgley
Seattle indie-poppers Bug Hunter play "pop with a lot of thought." Dance mindfully to their set, plus those of Young-Chhaylee and Heather Edgley.
(Fremont, $6/$8)

72. Drew Martin, Ian Siadak, Cooper Stoulil
Immerse yourself in a night of banjo-driven singer-songwriter soul from Drew Martin with support sets by Ian Siadak and Cooper Stoulil.
(Ballard, $8)

73. Goodnight Cairo, Garden Chat, Dumb Thumbs
Seattle goth rockers Goodnight Cairo will be joined for a dark night out by Garden Chat and Dumb Thumbs.
(Ballard, $8)

74. The Kareem Kandi Band
Tacoma-based jazz, funk, soul, and blues ensemble the Kareem Kandi Band will play a free show.
(Capitol Hill, free)

75. NWMF After Party: Sabateur, Road Rash, Kommand
Portland rippers Sabatuer will headline this night of thrash to celebrate the end of NW Metal Fest. Road Rash and Kommand will open.
(Eastlake, $5)

76. The Pizza Pulpit: Hellbat, Merchant Mariner, War Puppy, Dynamite Nugget
This edition of The Pizza Pulpit (always free, all ages, and at the Back Bar of the Croc) will feature live sets by local rock and punk groups Hellbat, Merchant Mariner, War Puppy, and Dynamite Nugget.
(Belltown, free)

77. Sunday Funday Disco
Get groovy on the dance floor to tunes spanning five decades. Starting at 5 pm, they'll switch it up every hour.
(Capitol Hill, free)

78. Inside Story: Adventures in Storytelling
Share a secret and watch improvisers act it out. In between these acts, storytellers will regale you with true-to-life experiences inspired by their "topic bowl" selection. "It's The Moth meets Whose Line is it Anyway," they say.
(Downtown, $10)

79. Sunday After Sal: Tyehimba Jess
If you missed poet Tyehimba Jess' appearance at Seattle Arts and Lectures, or if you did go and want to debrief, join a free discussion with Open Books staff.
(Wallingford, free)

80. Willy Vlautin: Don't Skip Out on Me
Willy Vlautin—the Portland-based author of Lean on Pete, a movie version of which will come out later this month—has a new novel out called Don't Skip Out on Me, in which a Paiute and Irish ranch hand named Horace decides to become a boxer.
(Capitol Hill, free)

81. Woogee Bae, Sarah Dowling, Dana Middleton
Three poets from the UW Bothell MFA program in Creative Writing and Poetics (Woogee Bae, Sarah Dowling, and Dana Middleton) will share what they've been working on.
(Wallingford, free)

Norwegian Festival Fights Binge Drinking with Cheap Beer - Recipes

Every weekend Nottingham city centre is transformed. When the shoppers leave, the clubbers move in, in their thousands.

For young drinkers, the square mile around Old Market Square at night has become an alcoholic nirvana with 50,000 drinkers enjoying the choice of 356 bars.

But for many others it's seen increasingly as a vulgar, intimidating battleground to be avoided at all costs.

Do you think Nottingham has a drink problem? H ave you experienced the problem first hand?

Or do you think Nottingham is no worse than any other city in Britain? Do you regularly go out drinking in the city and think that the drink problem has been hyped?

We'd like to hear about your experiences in the city centre after dark.

As a young resident of Nottingham I feel that drink isn't the problem within the city - the nightlife is excellent and cater's for everyone's taste, it's drink culture is exactly the same as anyone other city in England. Gun crime needs to be focused on, and oh course drugs. With the new opening hours starting today - this weekend shall be very VERY interesting. let's see if Tony Blair has actually made a positive decision for our society.

When I think about Nottingham I think of a great historical city that the residents are proud of. It is a compact city centre for the amount of people living in the wider city so I believe it just looks worse than it actually is. I am a student in Nottingham, my family originates from Nottingham and we now live in Bedfordshire near London. London has by far more loutish behaviour and so do many other major cities. I dont believe it is the people of Nottingham or the place, I think the uncontrollable behaviour of the weekends may have something to do with the 10's of thousands of people who come into the city from elsewhere at the weekend. The city I see in the week is much different and i'm glad I chose to study here. Wise up people, Nottingham is fine, just have a bit of backbone.

love clubs ,used to go out 3 or 4 nights a week. I now travel to go out try chesterfield or sheffield /rotheram. People are nicer .Twenty years ago nottingham had about 6 or 7 major clubs you knew chances were you would see people that you knew now it is far too diluted,too big too impersonal. Wednesday thursday were good nights now its just students and the last course i was on was a course of antibiotics.

I think Nottingham has declined over the last 4 years. It's a shame that a minority of people cannot hold their drink and spoil it for others. Violence does happens even without it being provoked ie if you look at someone they start on you (i have witnessed this ) but i don't think it is any worse than other cities. Because Nottingham is smaller you just tend to notice it more. Other cities you don't as the drinking area's are more spread out.

Drink does not kill people. People with guns and knives kill people. Drugs, gangs thats Nottinghams problem not drink.

I live on the continenet but spent a few eeks working in Nottingham recently. The problem of grotesque drunken people is incredible. Dont these people care that the rest of Europe think they are hidoeus red faced, badly dressed pond life with no self respect? And the problem is all over the UK.

Daniel Curwood
It certainly does, no thanks to local government, which against the wishes of the Police allows the licensing of more and more bars. Enough IS Enough! The council should start acting more responsibly by preventing any more pubs or nightclubs from gaining licenses. Then the city might be less of a no-go zone on Friday and Saturday nights. There are more people living in the city than just the temporary population that is the students. The council should act to everyones benefit, not just those who spend the most money.

nottingham is famous for its night life and thats how it shall stay- especially as its a student dominated city! and it's brilliant!

Wayne Turner
The biggest issue in Nottingham City Centre on a weekend night is the lack of hackney licensed taxis and the expotation of this by the private taxis. The other disappointment is that there is a lot of 'trendy' bars chargiong extra for a pint and offering nothing more. There are however plenty of more reasonable priced places to choose from. There are also some fabulous looking women out there compared to other cities. The only drinkers who end up in fights are the ones looking for trouble. I think there are some brilliant establishments in which to spend your night out.

john garner
As a 50 something who still likes to go out with his mates and have a few beers I love Nottingham's night life but there are fewer and fewer places where we feel compfortable. We like loud music and beer but there are few places that cater for our type of loud music and beer. So reluctantly we go elsewhere. Nottingham has a great night life and its a night life we have licensed and agreed to. All the bars pay business rates to the city and employ a lot of people. They bring clubbers into the city and so help our local economy. Its just needs tweaking a little to get it right. So stop moaning and just try the night life of Mansfield or Bourne and see how lucky we are.

Unfortunately our city is so small and compact that you can fall out of one bar and into the other. Maybe the City Council should take some responsibility for the amount of new bars which have been allowed to open over the last few years. Until we understand the root causes of bing drinking no quick fix solution will work. It is the same in any town, especially in the north

Emma Carlton
Big cities like Leeds and Manchester feel much safer and nicer than Nottingham. If they can control the binge drinkers, why can't Nottingham. I'd choose Leeds anyday.

K Foster
No more than any other town, people like to drink and have fun, reputations come from them few bad people. Same as anything, another example football fans are branded by the footy hooligans,

Yes,yes,yes and of course yes.

George Clarkson
Nottingham needs to rid itself of this horrible image created by the media.

Davey Boy
Notts has no more a drink problem then any big city, i'm guilty of binge drinking but i never cause trouble just go out and enjoy myself. The pub industry should'nt have to pay, just round up the trouble makers and kick em out.

The entire country has a drink problem. I am constantly amazed at the capacity of people for making complete fools of themselves when drunk, and I can see no reason for drunkenness at all. The yob culture has all but taken over this once proud land. It makes me ashamed to be English.

I am only 15 so not a weekend lad yet, but you have to not look at the problem but the solution. In Britain we work more hours in a week than any other European country, so when the weekend comes binge drinking is going to be a large problem.

Im from Nottingham, now a student in Birmingham. And i can tell you i feel a lot more threatened in Brum on the weekend. However, Nottingham needs to move away from the bar culture. Hopefully, the new design of the Market Square and Trinity Square will help add a more European cafe feel.

i often drive through nottingham on a saturday night and a weekend this year has not gone past without me seeing a punch up of some description. me and my mates will not go into nottingham until the loutish yobs are sorted out, parents, cheap booze, binge drinking, police, council, pub company. you choose which one is to blame

yes i think the opening comment say it all. ive lived in this city for some 30 odd years ,and well remember happier & relaxed nights out in the city centre, a time when i wasnt botherd to make the two mile walk home alone & happy after a good night out. but im afraid the hooligan element is only growing stronger,, its time to bring in the surgeon and remove some of 357 drinking places only then can you get back some sort of control,, after all you would let the weeds gain control of your garden would you.

Mark Vincent
Nottingham is the best city in the UK now. It is far surpassing places like Leeds, Manchester etc. Why is it that the Bagdad Broadcasting Cooperation is targeting our fun at Nights. My message to the Council and Police is concentrate on catching gun criminals and leave us law abiding citizens alone.

If in fact the council is the solution to the problem, I certainly hope everyone who has commented voted as I did.

I am a regular visitor to nottm both in the day and of a weekend evening. I have never had an unpleasent or bad experience and yes, of course there are those who will cause trouble and alcohol fuelled violence does occur-as it does in any other city of this size. I enjoy a night out in the city and have always felt self, since the age of 15 when I first went out for a night of drinking. Louts need not ruin your evening, steering clear keeps away me from incidents. It is an issue which could be addressed but it has never bothered me and is certainly not as bad as it is made out to be. A small percentage of drinkers is giving the city a bad rep while other cities have the same if not worse problems which go undeclared.

Nottinghams Market Square is being transformed over the next 2 years and when its completed it will have many typical european cafes and bars around it, which will make it into a typical european city. You cannot possibly compare Notts and Derby, Notts is the capital of the East Midlands whilst Derby is not much larger than a town, Notts has plenty of things going for it!

mo syzlack
what people are allowed to get away with dictates their behaviour, bad parenting and lack of law enforcement added to the british passion to get bladdered are the roots to the problem

Mike D
I think it is unfotunate that Nottingham has earned it's current reputation as somewhere decent civilised folk would avoid at all cost on a weekend night. Having lived in Nottingham for 5 years I appreciated it's friendly atmosphere, great bars and clubs in and around hockley and the lace market and cultural institutions such as the Broadway. I suggest that it is a mindless minority who are tarnishing Nottingham's good name and reputation as a thriving cosmopolitan city.

Did you see the programme? It basically focussed on the Parliament Street end of town & the gold-clad slappers & yobs who frequent the area. There was no mention of the bars around Hockley/Lace Market, paying particular attention to Liberties - a fine representation of the cities drinking establishments! & there was certainly no sign of the fine young ladies of the city - all absolute dogs who obviously gave up school at 11 to begin a family. But despite the obvious staging of it there were a number of points which were true & it does make you realise how the city has gone down hill "since I were a lad!!" There are many simple solutions: all night trams going further out of town more & cheaper taxis more toilets & increased funding for the emergancy services to invest in resources to cope with the high number of people & incidents over the weekend. Who should pay for it? Simple: the drinks companies & the bars.

More Public Toilets, more visible police in busy transit areas, staggered closing times in different areas, better/more late night transport/taxis. That should do it! The Council is forward thinking but needs to make provisions!

As a 24 year old resident of Nottingham, I felt quite emabarrassed about the programme on binge drinking which was aired on Sunday night. I used to go out with the girlie's on a regular basis but not any more. Not only do you have to suffer vile drunken behaviour from other revellers, you also have to go through an ordeal just to get home. On more than one occasion, I have had to bribe taxi drivers with £10 to take me 2 miles home - a fare which would normally cost £4! Yes the council and the Drinks Industry should take some responsibility - but aren't we equally to blame? After all we are adults and no-body forces us to drink copiuos amount till we're blind drunk!

Nottingham has been misrepresented. Its has fabulous nightlife and as for the violence you dont find violence unless you have done something to deserve it. People don't get attacked for doing nothing do they?


I moved overseas about five years ago from Nottingham and i used to enjoy the weekend nightlife very much. I'm saddened to see your comments about how bad it's got over there at the weekend. I do hope that the local council does do something about this problem so maybe people can enjoy the nightlife again as I used to.

Nottingham has a serious problem and yes it is much worse than other cities. Take for example Sheffield less than 40 miles away which has a thriving café culture or Derby boasting a good selection of real pubs with real ale. Other than the very few which solemnly battle on to be decent establishments Nottingham is full of super pubs and clubs with no selection designed for the types of people who like no choice in their selection of drink or music. Nottingham has superb potential a decent sized city centre with good architecture and a huge continental style central square but it really seems to be to far gone for a recovery and is sharply declining still. I want to leave.

Nottingham used to be called the Queen of the Midlands, now it's the slapper. Clearly money comes before civic pride for our councillors and courts

I'm a student and try not to go out in town on a saturday night. It is violent and scary, its not worth it. I have lived in other towns and cities and Notts DEFINATLY has a problem in comparison.

as well as having some of the worst crime rates in the country, nottingham is over run with alchol fueled violence on friday night. I now leave in Leeds, which is much safer.

Tony Moore
What a disgrace! The weekend city has become a nightmare for decent people who may steadily be choosing to go elsewhere. Yob behaviour is ruining our city. Those that can't behave should be fined heavily. We should also look at the hotel delas that attract the stag & hen partys who see our city as a venue where they can misbehave and then go home. Well done Chief Constable

Jules and Vince
There are 3 problems here: 1. when we start going out into town, we think it's more grown up and full of older people than it acually is. I . THE OTHER MAJOR ISSUE IS THE LACK OF PUBLIC TOILETS IN THE CITY AND YET ANOTHER IS THE NUMBER OF DOWNMARKETS BARS MASQUERADING AS GENUINELLY UP MARKET PLACES. these have spoiled hokleys bar scene and are now doing the same to the lace market, the last retreat for people who want to stay away from the superclubs and chain bars full of idiots tarts and yobs.

Personally, I'm put off going into Nottingham on a weekend night. I'm 27 and used to enjoy clubbing but feel threatened by the loutish behaviour. All you see after hours is men and women going to the toilet in shop doors. Nice.

Christine Richardson
The town is full of tarty loudmouthed girls and yobs. The walkway from the Corner House down to The Works is full of gangs of underaged youths and girls shouting abuse at anyone who get near them. I used to live and die in the town myself but now would leave it before in onslaught starts. I went to the cinema last Week and had to walk down from the Corner House to Trinity Square - it's shameful around there. I feel sorry for anyone who has been to the theatre and has parked in Trinity Square. I for shall be gald where the buses have moved. The Council will probable put the bus stops in a worse area though.

nottingham is no different to any other big city - what was shown on TV on sunday night was a very small sample of the 50,000 people who regularly enjoy a drink on a saturday night

Nottingham is famous for its nightlife. I wish it was more famous for its galleries or its architecture.

mr white
Why does local government turn a blind eye to this problem? The city has become very unpleasant unsafe place to be at weekends particularly. It needs high profile policing and the drinks industry should pay. If it was a motoring problem we'd have seen major police initiatives supported by the local authority to remedy the problem put in place immediately.

Shut up about Barclay Perkins

The latest issue of What's Brewing and Beer Magazine arrived today. First article, third paragraph it says this:

"As porters turned to pale ale, hops had to get better in quality and more focus went on their flavour. As bitters lost favour to lagers, fewer hops were needed and brewers moved away from Brish varieties and towards high alpha foreign hops."

Once again, it's a miracle how the author, in this case Mark Dredge, can get the story so wrong. The poor understanding of the history of British beer styles doesn't bode well for the rest of the article.

Porter, as a Beer, was heavily hopped. London brewers used top-quality Kent hops in their Porters and Stouts. Pale Ale replaced Porter? No it fucking didn't. Mild Ale replaced Porter. Pale Ale was only very briefly the nation's favourite - approximately 1965 to 1985.

Now onto the hops stuff. I've found plenty of 19th century beers - for example Younger's beers, including their IPA - with no British hops in them at all. The simple trruth is that Britain couldn't grow enough hops for its own needs after about 1840 and imported hops from everywhere imaginable. Some years in the late 19th century Britain imported more than 50% of the hops used in brewing.

Brewers often preferred foreign hops for a simple reason: they were cheaper. British farmers were discouraged from growing hops by foreign hops driving down the price and the susceptibility of the crop to bad weather, pests and disease. That's just one epidose, and quite a simplification of it. WW I had a huge influencce on hop-growing, too. The whole industry would have gone bankrupt without government intervention.

The ups and downs of the British hop industry are a fascinating story, driven by a whole array forces that spanned the whole world. Reducing its decline to something as simple as a change in the public's preferred beer style is really irritating.

Beer writing still has a long way to go.


This is a bit harsh. But the quote does shows the danger of trying to telescope 200 years of beer history into one paragraph.

"As porters turned to pale ale, hops had to get better in quality and more focus went on their flavour."

Well, Loftus does suggest here that brewers might want to keep their finest hops for pale ale, as they used their best malt for it:

"As bitters lost favour to lagers, fewer hops were needed and brewers moved away from Brish varieties and towards high alpha foreign hops."

You're right, Mark has indeed left out the long reign of Mild. The reason is that he’s jumped forward a hundred years without telling us, and is now talking about the late twentieth century, in which case the sentence makes sense.

Not to mention that pale ales pre-date porter by centuries:

I think you ought to go round his gaff and sort 'im out. How dare he get a bit of inconsequential beer trivia wrong! Burn him !

Barm, my main problem, along with the distortion of British beer style development, is the idealistic view: that it's the abstract notion of beer style that determined the history of the British hop industry. That's not a simplification, it's completely untrue. It was far more complex and driven by economic forces.

Why didn't Mild get a mention? Because it wouldn't fit in with the pat theory of needing more high-quality hops in the mid-19th century to brew Pale Ale. As we all know, Mild doesn't have hardly any hops in it.

Cooking, see my answer to Barm. That mistake in beer history is the whole basis of his argument.

Is this not a case of beer bloggers confusing their opinions with really historical research?

Mark has come a long way in a short time. I'd cut him some slack. Nobody chins Roger Protz for getting things wrong after all.

Oh. Wait a minute. They do, don't they.

I'm sticking to opinions. Facts are bothersome and vexatious.

Tandleman, I have been cutting him slack. It's just run out.

Dredge is a charlatan. Not only does he know nothing about beer history but nothing about beer full stop. How can he be taken seriously when his beer of the year is craft carling from the brewery that bank rolls him!

I happen to like that sentence and when you've got a tight word count for a broad article you can't sprawl on for pages and pages about the history sometimes you need to get from A to B with a jump.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong: porter was Britain's most popular style. A few hundred years later it become pale ale/bitter (not much separates those, right?) and then it became lager. Yes, it didn't happen as quickly as that and things happened in the middle, but that's largely accurate, I believe.

As for quality, I got that part from Margaret Lawrence's 'The Encircling Hop'. ". known as Indian Pale Ale and Pale Ale, it was made with better quality hops. This made redundant the inferior hops which had been suitable for porter brewing and the gardens producing these were destroyed. " (There's other stuff in there too but I'm not typing it all out) Dark beers, no matter how heavily hopped in comparison to IPAs or PAs, will still have an element of that powerful dark malt flavour and that can cover any kind of quality issue.

You also missed the next part: how tastes then shifted towards brighter, juicier American and NZ hops. That's important in context. Because tastes change and we don't all still drink London porter from the 1800s or Mild from the 1940s.

What you have done is taken 40-odd words out of 2,500 and changed their context. As a historian I guess you can do that and spin it to your own use? The point of that paragraph is to show a quick overview of some reasons of the decline of the hop industry. I couldn't take 1,000 words to do it because. and this is the important part. the article ISN'T ABOUT THAT! The article is about what is happening with British hops RIGHT NOW. It's about what growers are doing, about hop breeding it's a COME ON GUYS, LET'S USE SOME BRITISH HOPS cheeralong.

The history provides some brief - perhaps too brief, I accept that, and I know I haven't gone into details about brewers using non-British hops, but that was largely unimportant to the article - background to show the British hop industry today. If you read past the first page you might have seen that.

And Anon. What the hell are you talking about? You want to have a chat about beer history some time? I'm not bankrolled by anyone. And you are clearly showing an idiotic naivety. Now grow some and put your name on comments like this or just go away. A charlatan? Whatever.

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“It’s likely the cocktail came to be in several places at once, as soon as bartenders figured out that gin and vermouth went nicely together.”

Does Beer on Draft Actually Taste Better?

The answer, it turns out, isn’t so clear cut. Style — specifically when it relates to a beer’s hop content — influences the shelf life of a beer, as does packaging.


Haribo’s lawyers asked the Spanish company to transfer ownership of its domain name,, to the Germany confectionary giant.

Sous Vide Homebrewing Is an Inexpensive Way to Improve Your Beer

One emerging method that’s catching on in the homebrewer circuit is sous vide homebrewing, which, depending on your budget, is a relatively affordable way to up your homebrewing game.

The 3 Best Ways to Clean Your Wine Decanter

Your dishwasher is not an appropriate vessel for cleaning your decanter.

New Tin Cup

Colorado-based Tincup whiskey, part of the Proximo Spirits portfolio, has announced a new extension, Tincup Rye. The three-year-old straight rye whiskey is bottled at 45% abv and is rolling out now across the U.S. Accompanying the launch is a new ad campaign titled “Partner in Adventure” which highlights Tincup’s Colorado heritage. Tincup Rye joins the company’s original and 10-year-old releases and will retail for around $30 a 750-ml.

New Allagash Organic Beer

Portland, Maine-based Allagash Brewing has debuted its first certified organic beer. The new brew, Crosspath, is a Belgian-style golden ale brewed with Maine-grown oats, buckwheat, base malt, hops, and GrandyOats Granola. Crosspath is debuting in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft across the entirety of Allagash’s 17-state footprint beginning in March. Allagash is the 30th-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

Has the battle for Italian wine in high-traffic retail been lost?

There are several factors which caused this concentration of limited variety in the high-traffic retail

All You Need To Know About Ice Wine and Its Unique Facts

It is certainly a wine treasure because ice wines are only made in countries with suitable winter temperature.

Fruit-forward Keylightful primed for a March debut

The new beer, which is set to debut in 12-packs and 30-packs of 12-ounce cans, is intended to go head-to-head with Natural Light’s Naturdays, a fruit-flavored light beer launched in 2019 that shot up Nielsen’s Top 10 Growth Brands list and remained there for much of the year.

The History of German Riesling

The grape didn’t become “noble” overnight.

US states do not import wine from the same places

Interesting to look at the data regarding which wines are preferentially imported into which states of the USA.

Department Stores Are Betting on Booze to Boost Retail

A bar means people are spending more time within your walls

How to Elevate Wine Service in a Casual Setting

Top wine professionals share key strategies for maintaining high-quality service without the fuss

Why are wine bottles all pretty much the same shape and color?

Next time you pour a glass of wine, raise a toast to Sir Kenelm Digby, rightly described by the biographer, John Aubrey, as ‘the most accomplished Cavalier of his time’.

An argument for heavy wine bottles

Robert Joseph keeps hearing that the wine trade should stop producing heavy wine bottles. He offers another point of view.

We blind tasted 31 NA beers and found 7 we actually enjoyed

For all this new excitement in the category, our question is: do they taste any good?

How the beer industry is taking on climate change

Most of us typically aren’t thinking about the agricultural inputs that went into that beer we’re pouring at home or sipping at a restaurant, but without barley and hops the popular beverage wouldn’t exist as we know it today.

Clausthaler Introduces Grapefruit Non-Alcoholic Beer

Brewed in Germany and imported into the United States, Clausthaler Grapefruit is the first grapefruit flavored non-alcoholic blended beer available in the United States

How an obscure red wine grape once lost in France was found in Chile

It’s called carménère, and Chile is the only country to grow it on any significant scale.

Beer, wine, spirit makers pledge age-restriction labels on drinks

Twelve leading beer, wine and spirits companies have pledged to put clear age-restriction labels on their drinks and set tighter controls on access to their online content in a bid to reduce underage drinking.

How drinking wine helps your brain

Science is telling us about the benefits of drinking wine.

A Brooklyn Man Registered His Beer as an Emotional Support Animal

I’m not permitted a dog in my building, so I thought an emotional support beer would be more appropriate.

The science behind nonalcoholic spirits

These spirits are targeted at drinkers who want to enjoy the social side of drinking without the negative side effects.


In a survey conducted among a nationally representative population of 2,000 American regular wine drinkers, just under 4 in 10 (39%) said they had reduced their wine consumption over the last 12 months.

The changing color of rosé

When it comes to rosé, the rise in its popularity really should come as no surprise.

New RumChata

RumChata is extending its range with a new Limón expression. Retailing at $20 a 750-ml., the newcomer is a blend of Caribbean rum with dairy cream, vanilla, and lemon, packaged in a bright yellow version of the RumChata bottle. Designed to be served on the rocks, in hot or cold coffee, or in cocktails, RumChata Limón will roll out nationally by April, backed with a TV, print, and social media campaign. RumChata was up 2% to 475,000 cases last year.

A [NEW] New York State of Wine

It is no longer controversial to call New York an important wine region.

The Differences Between Estate, Estate-Bottled and Single Vineyard Wines

The terms “estate,” “estate-bottled” and “single vineyard” all sound vaguely similar, but have distinct definitions that can vary by country.

Montalcino: A wine and food lover’s guide

Montalcino is a superstar wine region fortuitously well off the beaten track

What Will Be the Cheese Trends of 2020?

What new sorts of cheesy trends do we have to look forward to at the beginning of this new decade?

Why Irish (Yes, Irish) Single Malt Whiskeys Deserve Your Attention

The Irish — happen to be making a wide range of excellent single malts as well, with a modern renaissance now matching their storied history and tradition.

No, not like the beer: As coronavirus spreads, people mistakenly think it’s related to the beverage

Many people, seeing the name of the virus, have concluded the virus has a connection to Corona beer.


Ten stars, from singers to designers to actors, who are trying their hand at Tequila.

Georgia is the Spiritual Home of Natural Wine

With the interest in natural wine on the rise in the U.S., Georgian…wine is quickly finding its way onto the shelves of local retailers and then into the hands of their customer base

Sorry, But Wine Tariffs Are Still a HUGE Problem

There are two tariff disputes in existence between the USA and the EU.

Beer has a freshness date: Here’s how to spot it and what to know

With all the beer available, it can be difficult to make sure that the brew you’re buying is fresh.

Pabst Brews Up New Beer In Milwaukee

The craft brewers at Pabst – and yes, you read that right – aim to change the perception of this nationally known brand.

Is Green Wine Really Wine?

Beyond the use of artificial colorings, can red and white grapes be made into wine of other colors?

16 Stylish Wines For Upscale Breakfasts

One could make a pretty strong argument to ditch the OJ altogether and just drink wine.

6 of the Best Hot Cocktails to Ward Off the Winter Chill

These tools will help you make hot cocktails.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s Sugarlands Shine has launched a new limited edition corn whiskey in partnership with Daytona International Speedway. The 50% abv whiskey is distilled from corn and packaged in a mason jar with a Daytona-themed label. This is the second NASCAR-themed limited edition from the company, following last year’s Talladega Superspeedway 50th Anniversary release. Sugarlands’ Daytona Corn Whiskey is now available in limited quantities across the U.S. and at the company’s Gatlinburg distillery for around $25.

Want to match food and wine?

As with all things related to wine, it’s complicated, but there are some clear and easy paths.

How big is New York’s wine business? Inside the numbers

New York is the nation’s 3rd leading wine-producing state.

Why You Should Be Drinking Austrian Sekt

This seriously underappreciated sparkling wine can provide wine lovers with a wide range of styles.

What is terroir? A beginner’s guide

Holy grail or propaganda? Terroir is a controversial topic among winelovers. What is terroir? Its definition, origin and history

How to Drink More Champagne and Spend Less

Champagne is not the cheapest wine available and you might assume that drinking more Champagne must involve spending even more money, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Here’s what they say you can expect to see in beer aisles and bars and restaurants this year.

When you’re faced with a terrible wine glass

Good glassware can definitely enhance a wine experience, says Robert Joseph. So what’s a wine lover to do when a restaurant or other establishment has less than ideal glassware?

How to Find Out if Your Beer Is Actually Vegan

Beer is made with hops, grains, and water. So beer is vegan, right?


Called ‘vegea’, the material is a soft vegan leather alternative made from grape marc,

6 Cheddars That Are Anything but Basic (and What to Drink With Them)

Read on for six cheddars that are anything but basic, and what to drink with them.

Disney World is Selling Fireball Whisky-Filled Beignets Just in Time for Mardi Gras

Each beignet comes with a pipette of Fireball that can either be soaked into the crispy fried dough, or drank on its own, straight or in a cocktail.

A complete guide to vegan alcohol

Finding vegan alcohol can be tricky, as manufacturers aren’t usually required to list ingredients on labels

New Sam Adams Bar

  • Boston Beer Co. has opened a new Samuel Adams taproom at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. Situated nearby a statue of the brand’s namesake, the three-floor, 14,000-square-foot space holds three bars as well as a rooftop patio. It houses a 4.25-barrel BrauKon brewhouse with a 1,100-barrel capacity and will have 20 taps, the majority of which will be taproom exclusives. The new taproom will serve a menu of bar foods, and will sell crowlers and specialty 4-packs for takeaway.

Quini Unveils Wine Industry’s First Integrated Consumer Sensory and Sales Analytics Platform at the 2020 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Quini’s team will showcase the power of the newly integrated analytics platform via their sponsorship of the regional wine tasting at UNIFIED 2020


College Students Prefer Liquor To Beer In New Survey

The most popular alcoholic beverage among college students was not beer, but instead was hard liquor.

A Wine Expert Weighs In On Taylor Swift’s Iced White Wine Trick

Who among us hasn’t grown impatient when chilling a bottle of wine and just taken a shortcut by plopping an ice cube or two in our glasses to speed up the process?

Natural wines: a fraud on wine lovers?

No one has codified how it should be defined, what principles must be at play to qualify for the use of the term.

How to pick a Valentine’s Day wine that’s as romantic as your mood

Don’t judge a book by its cover or a wine by its label. Except when it makes perfect sense to do just that — such as on Valentine’s Day.

Spain’s Rueda Wine Region Allows New Grapes and Classifications

Among a number of changes to the D.O., Viognier and Chardonnay grapes have been given the thumbs up and three classifications have been merged together.

Moderation and Drinking Across Categories on the Rise

Around 37% of U.S. wine drinkers are trying to limit their intake of alcohol

“Smart” dispenser serves up wine at the ideal temperature

The Albicchiere wine dispenser is designed to help, by both maintaining wine at a given temperature, and allowing it to last longer after being opened.

The five best and most famous Hungarian wine regions
The wine regions of Hungary have 22 different kinds of climate and environmental features to provide the best wines you have ever tasted.

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The how of wine: ‘healthy wine’ — does it exist?

The 15 Most Underrated Beers in the World

Baileys tops booze list in 2019 YouGov Buzz Rankings

How To Make Sparkling Sangria

This is one of the most customizable cocktails in the world, so give it a try, this is a chance to go wild and see what works for you.


A Mexican company called El Chapo 701, run by Alejandrina Guzman Salazar, the daughter of El Chapo, is awaiting government approval after developing a beer brand.

Wine And The Weather

Yes, we know many of you drink either wine year-round, but a lot of people associate certain wines with seasons

The Ultimate Wine and Food Pairing Guide

If you want to impress your friends and family with your food and drink knowledge and host a dinner party, then keep reading to check out our wine and food pairing guide.

The Truth in Wine Labels

Our Federal Government has created certain requirements for wine labeling and additional legal definitions for terminology found on a wine label.

Early smoke taint research begins in Australian wine regions

A third of the region’s 3000ha of vineyards are within the fire scar with about 500ha of vines across 60 vineyards, mainly in the northern parts of the region, sustaining direct fire damage.

Can Grocery Outlet spread the gospel of quality cheap wine?

So why should we be so excited about wine at Grocery Outlet?

Where biggest threats to wine are coming from

The decline of still wine sales in the on-trade has become very much the elephant in the room when it comes to discussing the key trends that are driving the overall wine trends in restaurant and bars


Amid the juxtaposition of the sober-curious consumers and the premium spirits drinkers, soft drinks have plenty of room to grow.

Are we wine consumers ready to stand up for our environmental commitment?

But with today’s high demand, more producers will probably convert because “it sells better”.


Perhaps as much as three-quarters of the wine sold in the world still comes in a 750 mL glass bottle with a cork-style closure,

Bill proposed in MA would make miniature liquor bottles redeemable

Under the bill, anything 100ml or less would be added to the state’s 5-cent deposit container law.

Boston’s First Blind Beer Fest Will Make You a Smarter Drinker

The Mass. Brew Bros are hosting a full-scale festival version of their popular, invite-only blind tastings to kick off Massachusetts Beer Week.

Chemist suggests a way to measure the taste of beer

The flavor of beer becomes less saturated over time after bottling.

What’s the best wine for binge watching during a winter storm?

We all know how important it is to have the right food and drink while settling in with a great show while a winter storm rages outside.

Smartphones boost consumer interest in wine while ‘knowledge’ slides

They ‘care’ more about wine and are feeling emboldened to explore, becoming increasingly adventurous in their choices.

Picking a Distributor for Your Wine Brand Is Tough.

Here’s Why You Should Go with a Beer Distributor

The Biggest Wine Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Bronco Wine Company owns more than 120 brands in over 90 countries

Getting a Handle on the Wellness-Branded Beverage Trend

New wine, beer, and spirit products using buzzwords like paleo, keto, and natural reflect an increase in wellness-minded consumers

Sangiovese RESET

How well do you know and understand what true Sangiovese should taste like?

Last call: Spain’s Balearic Islands crack down on ‘booze tourism’

The regional government has approved a new law that restricts the sale of alcohol in popular tourist destinations and bans bar crawls

The Chinese Made Beer 6000 Years Ago. This is How

One method, employed by the Yangshao people in Dingcun, was to use malts made of sprouted millet, grass seeds and rice to produce low-alcohol drinks.


The closures on bottles of its Derthona Costa del Vento, Derthona Montecitorio and Derthona Sterpi will now provide consumers with detailed information on where the wines were made and the vineyards in which the grapes were grown. Tasting notes and expert reviews can also be viewed.

Walpole MA winery a generational endeavor

Debevino Winery allows guests to enjoy a drink while they can learn about the wine-making process

Wine myths debunked

Wine myths may seem harmless, but they can easily derail your journey. Let’s set the record straight about a few common myths you may have heard.

How to Understand (Almost) Everything on a Wine Label

There are some basic formulas that can help you understand the rather confusing and sometimes smug words on wine labels.

Palm Bay International has announced the addition of High Heaven Vintners to its portfolio. High Heaven is a new brand born of a collaboration between Palm Bay president and CEO Marc Taub and Mark Zirkle, president of Selah, Washington-based Zirkle Fruit. It sources grapes from five Zirkle vineyards in the Columbia Valley AVA to create an assortment of 100%-estate grown and bottled wines including Roaming Elk Red Blend, Sea of Tranquility Merlot, and Majestic Pines Cabernet Sauvignon (all $18 a 750-ml.), as well as Starshower Riesling and Cloud Mountain Chardonnay (both $15). The entire range is now rolling out nationwide.

Get to Know the Paso Robles AVA Through Its Diversity

The Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) is often celebrated for its diversity.

How Wine, Art and Diamonds Defy the Laws of Economics

Wine is just one example of what’s known as a “Veblen good,” named for any good or service that defies the standard relationship between price and demand.

The Coming of Pink Prosecco

The arrival of Prosecco rosé, which is set to splash onto the market in less than a year, on New Year’s Day 2021.

When it comes down to it, wine drinkers are not that different from each other.

For most people, in most markets, wine represents a combination of confusion, pleasure, intimidation and social status.


Podcast the process of shipping wine in containers, the quality, environmental and economic impact as well as consumer perception.

Developing a tasting model that elevates a wine’s rhythm and motion on the palate,

A wine’s perceived movement on the palate is not only one determinant of wine quality but is central to a wine’s personality.

Should your wine label and website match?

Key elements that should match between packaging and website:

Flo Rida to open distillery in Florida with VG Spirits

Victor George (VG) Spirits produces VG Vodka and plans to introduce additional lines including whiskey, gin, Tequila and speciality liqueurs.

Baileys tops booze list in 2019 YouGov Buzz Rankings

Buzz scores are calculated by asking members of the public if they’ve heard anything positive or negative about 1,550 brands in the past two weeks, over the course of a year.


The launch is Barefoot’s biggest investment in a new product in its 55-year history

10 Wine Tips That’ll Make You Sound Like A Badass

Here are 10 wine tips that’ll help you fake it ’til you make it.

Are Champagne Flutes a Thing of the Past?

These days there is a growing body of opinion, especially amongst more practiced Champagne drinkers, that holds that flutes are too tall and narrow to appreciate the full complexity of Champagne.

How To Make Fizz Fruit Skewers

If you are looking for a new and exciting party food, then this should definitely be a contender, a Fizz Fruit Skewer, easy to make and fun to eat.

How to find the right wine?

Match good taste, good value, wine columnist says

Why Americans will still pay more for imported whiskey, scotch and French wine

Wine, spirits and specialty food retailers started stocking up on imported bottles ahead of the tariffs threat earlier this month. But wholesalers had raised prices in advance of the expected tariffs.

My wine fridge has an odor. Is it safe to store my wines inside plastic bags?

That can happen—new coolers often have that strong new-appliance smell.

Sparkling wine not just for the holidays

Sadly, most of it is drunk only during holidays or special occasions.

Trinchero Makes Non-Alcohol Play, Launching Fre Brand In Cans

Trinchero Family Estates will soon ship Fre alcohol-removed wine in single-serve cans. Dave Derby, Trinchero’s senior vice president of marketing, tells SND that the new packaging—4-packs of 250-ml. cans retailing at $11—will expand usage occasions for the non-alcohol label.

“Just like Pomelo cans did for our Pomelo brand, we think Fre cans will attract new customers and give our current customers more flexibility,” Derby says. Expected to ship at the end of the month, the cans will initially feature Fre sparkling rosé and sparkling brut, with the potential for more offerings to be added moving forward.

The new package will be targeted to on-premise accounts, as well as the convenience, transportation, and golf and recreation channels. TFE notes that 35% of American adults lead an alcohol-free lifestyle, and it expects the non-alcohol category to continue to grow with the rise of the millennial and Generation Z demographics

Riunite Announces Spring Launch of New Canned Sangria Line

A new line of Canned Sangrias that will debut this spring.

Moderate Wine Consumption Linked to Greater Life Expectancy

Which is healthier? Dry January or year-round moderation?

Augmented Reality on Every Australian Wine in 2020

Every Australian wine will have the benefit of augmented reality, as a groundbreaking smartphone App prepares to launch worldwide.

Drew Bledsoe’s Long Game in Washington and Oregon

After the four-time Pro Bowl New England Patriots quarterback retired in 2007, he founded Doubleback in Walla Walla, Wash.

Wine tariff update: Does anyone have any idea what’s going on?

We dodged one 100 percent tariff, but will there be another one? And what about the 25 percent tariff?

Italian wine production drops sharply after year of extreme weather

Wine production was hit particularly hard, falling by 12 percent to reverse much of the 14.3 percent increase recorded in 2018

Stupid Wine Description Winners From 2019

So here’s to having a few good laughs!

Yes, restaurant wine lists are confusing, but occasionally they get it right

It’s true. Restaurant wine lists are really hard to read. Most of them are about as legible as your average tax law document.

Up to 96,000 gallons of wine spills at Rodney Strong Vineyards, most leaks into Russian River

The Russian River flowed with a cherry red tint after tens of thousands of gallons of fresh cabernet sauvignon wine poured into the largest tributary in Sonoma County.

Getting to Know Happy Canyon, One of Southern California’s Tiniest AVAs

This tiny, isolated American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the easternmost part of the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County is very much an unspoiled paradise.

The Valtellina: Home of Chiavennasca

The Valtellina is a lesser explored wine region tucked into the mountainous landscapes of northern Lombardy near Lake Como with the Alps and Switzerland bordering to the north.

Wine Bouquet Vs Aroma

What Makes the Taste of Wine?

Jameson Debuts Cold Brew Extension, Looking To Capitalize On Coffee Trend

Pernod Ricard is looking to capitalize on the trend toward coffee drinks, expanding its Jameson Irish whiskey range with a Cold Brew extension. Retailing at $25 a 750-ml. in line with the core brand, Jameson Cold Brew is at 30% abv—dovetailing with the move toward lower-alcohol spirits—and contains 17 milligrams of caffeine per 1.5-ounce serving, approximately equivalent to half an espresso.

Hitting the market now, Jameson Cold Brew is a blend of Irish whiskey flavored with 100% Arabica coffee beans from Brazil and Colombia. Cold brew extensions have been popping up around the spirits and wine market lately, with Jägermeister, Skyy, Apothic, and Few Spirits all entering the segment over the past year.

According to Impact Databank’s estimate, Jameson increased 6.5% to 3.7 million cases in 2019, overtaking Absolut to become Pernod Ricard’s largest brand in the U.S. market. Offshoots like Caskmates and the higher-end Jameson Black Barrel ($40) have been increasing their contribution to the franchise, combining for over 300,000 cases.

New JD Package

Brown-Forman has announced a packaging revamp for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire. The 35% abv flavored whiskey is made from a blend of Jack Daniel’s flagship whiskey and cinnamon liqueur. The new design retains Tennessee Fire’s red background but swaps black lettering for white lettering across the entire label. The new labels are now rolling out across the U.S. Tennessee Fire, at more than 400,000 cases in the U.S., is one of the pillars of Jack Daniel’s flavored whiskies alongside its honey and apple releases.

Wine etiquette –real or imagined

The implication of wine etiquette can be observed in many situations that all have simple, informal and common sense alternatives

Italian police uncover major wine fraud

Italian police have uncovered a wine fraud ring, responsible for faking more than a million litres of wine.

How learning about wine can improve the way you Drink

The world of wine can sometimes feel intimidating to the uninitiated, but a bit of knowledge about wine from experts can help anyone navigate everyday situations.

13 Things You Should Know About Stella Rosa

It’s also the No. 1 imported Italian wine brand in the U.S.

How to drink wine with Chinese food
As international wine companies focus their attention on the country, many are trying to address the question of how best to drink wines with Chinese food, often with events designed to explore the possibilities of food and wine pairings

7 Tips on How To keep Wine Fresh After Opening

Nothing breaks a wine lover’s heart than an awful glass of wine.

The 15 Most Underrated Beers in the World

15 brewers from across the country to name a beer they consider underrated.

The how of wine: ‘healthy wine’ — does it exist?

iI’s important to note that having a glass of wine at night doesn’t need to derail your nutrition goals.

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Glasgow Bottles It - Valhalla's Goat

Probably, as much as I’m going to like Valhalla’s Goat.

The board outside the shop assured me that they had 216 different beers within. I wasn’t going to count them all but the selection was impressive. However, Valhalla’s Goat is a thirsty beast and the brothers intend to keep the Goat sated by stocking even more bottles than they currently have. They aim to have over 500 beers when fully laden as well as a growler filling station with three taps. Two taps serving keg beer and one serving cask. Also, given their proximity to Inn Deep, the intention is that all of the beers on sale in Valhalla’s Goat will be available in the bar.


Roma and vampires speaking Russian?

For many foreigners, Romania is the equivalent of a series of common misconceptions. The first common picture associated with Romania is considering the country as the land of vampires. There are no vampires in Transylvania. Also, there’s nothing creepy about it and people living there don’t have that funny accent you’ve heard in Hollywood films. Another common misperception is thinking that Romanian speak Russian. Romanian is however a Romance language. People were forced to learn Russian during communism but this was not the case since 1990. Than Europeans tend to think that all Romanian are Roma people. But Roma people make up only 2.5% of Romania’s over 22 million people. A surprising number of people seem to think Romanians are the minority. Which is not to say that Roma are not Romanians. And last, a common stereotype is confusing Bucharest, Romania’s capital city, with Budapest which is actually Hungary’s. This is something that many people get wrong.

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