Senate Clears Way for Final Passage of Congress’ First Budget Plan in Six Years

The Senate gave final approval Tuesday to the first joint congressional budget plan in six years, ratifying a 10-year blueprint that would cut spending by $5.3 trillion, overhaul programs for the poor, repeal President Obama’s health care law and ostensibly produce a balanced budget in less than a decade.

Harpoon Brewery Releases Harpoon Take Five Session IPA

The Harpoon Brewery has released the newest member of their year-round lineup, Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA. Harpoon Take 5 was first brewed on the Brewery’s 10-barrel system in early 2014. This final version begins with a vibrant citrus and pine hop aroma from Simcoe and Amarillo hops and follows through with a sturdy malt profile from the combination of Pale, Vienna, Carapils, and English Amber malts.

American Craft Beer Lager Is on the Rise

As you start to get into craft beers, you'll quickly realize that there's a whole world of flavor out there to explore. The boldest flavors are the most thrilling, so you seek out strong stouts, abrasively hoppy IPAs, and palate-punishing sour ales. But as a beer adventurer, where do you go from there? It's time to take a closer look at lager.

The “I Don’t Cook” Guide to Beer Pairings

A good food and beer pairing can be a wonderful experience. On one end of the spectrum, you’ll see a lot of beer pairings for foods such as mussels, gruyere cheese and Belgian endive salad, but sometimes you just have to open a bag or pop something in the microwave. provides a few pairing options for the culinary slacker in all of us.

Report: Traditional Retailers to See Drop in Food Market Share

Changes in the food industry landscape and customer expectations will cause the market share of traditional retailers to drop from 71% of retail food sales to 62% by 2025, according to a new report from Technomic. “Food Industry Transformation: The Next Decade” details the effects of a diminished middle class and evolving attitudes around health and wellness on traditional retailers such as supermarkets, mass merchants and supercenters.

MI: Atwater Brewery Expands Distribution to Colorado

Detroit-based Atwater Brewery has partnered with Elite Brands to distribute their beer throughout the state of Colorado. Atwater’s flagship brands, such as Vanilla Java Porter, Dirty Blonde and Hop-A-Peel IPA, will be available in both packaged and draft options, as well as some limited, seasonal draft items.

Campaign Helps Parents Talk to Younger Children About the Dangers of Underage Drinking

"Talk. They Hear You." is a national public service announcement campaign that empowers parents to talk to children as young as nine years old about the dangers of underage drinking. The campaign was launched by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

U.S. Factory Orders Rise in March for First Time in Eight Months

Orders to U.S. factories rose in March for the first time since last July, breaking a long stretch of weakness in manufacturing. Orders increased 2.1 percent following seven monthly declines, the Commerce Department reported this week. Orders in a key category that tracks business investment plans eked out a 0.1 percent rise. It was the first advance in this category since last August.

Three Reasons Why Consumers' Gas Price 'Savings' Aren't a Sure Bet for Solid Retail Sales

When gas prices began to decline late last year, consumers immediately felt the relief during the heavy spending holiday season, and confidence in the economy reached levels not seen since before the Great Recession. As 2015 dawned, pump prices remained low, and economic sentiment continued at elevated levels; yet, consumers didn’t follow through with a “spend, spend, spend” mantra for the New Year.