Tagged: alcoholic beverage control

Beer Tourism Contributing to Growth in Industry

by Sean Beherec 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Tourism officials around the state are banking on growing interest in craft beers, leveraging the brewing industry’s popularity to draw business to breweries and to the state’s other attractions.

Asa Hutchinson Names Gary 'Bud' Roberts to Lead ABC

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/19/2015 1:06 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Gary "Bud" Roberts as the new director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

Jeremy Hutchinson Amends Alcohol Application Bill

by Jan Cottingham 2/9/2015 12:00 am

State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Benton, told Arkansas Business early last week that he planned to amend his bill increasing the fee to apply to sell wine, spirits and malt liquor, and, indeed, he has.

Beer, Wine Permits Soon To Be Served in Saline, Columbia Counties

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/19/2015 12:00 am

With voter approval Nov. 4 of alcohol sales in Saline and Columbia counties, retailers have been lining up for permits.

Craft Brewers’ Growth Spurs Look at Rules

by Jan Cottingham 1/12/2015 12:00 am

The explosive growth of the craft brewing industry in Arkansas is causing the brewers themselves and state regulators to re-evaluate the rules governing the sector, a re-evaluation that has the potential to lead to new state laws.

Sherwood North Hills Shopping Center Needs New Tenant

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2014 12:00 am

The first new construction in the North Hills Shopping Center at JFK and North Hills boulevards in Sherwood in decades is ready to lease.

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas’ wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery.

If Arkansas Goes Wet, ABC Has Plan

by Jan Cottingham 9/29/2014 12:00 am

If Arkansans vote in November to open up the entire state to alcohol sales for the first time since the mid-1930s — and that remains a fairly big if — the man in charge of implementing the new order has a plan.

SoMa Neighborhood May Soon See Another Restaurant

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

A new restaurant at 1318 S. Main St. in downtown Little Rock appears a step closer to reality. Restaurateur Bart Barlogie Jr., co-owner of The Fold, has filed an application for a mixed drink and retail beer permit.

On Private Clubs (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/18/2014 12:00 am

When savvy entrepreneurs see a need going unfilled, they form businesses. When those businesses successfully meet that need, they thrive. You know, America. Now the Little Rock Board of Directors is considering stepping between businesses and their customers.

Gus's Fried Chicken Announces 2nd Little Rock Location

by Jan Cottingham 5/29/2014 12:45 pm

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken says that it will open a second Little Rock location later this summer, in west Little Rock at the space formerly occupied by Buffalo Grill.

Shift Toward ‘Wet’ Taking Arkansas by Storm (Ben Johnson Commentary)

by Ben Johnson 5/12/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas today remains among the few states fractured into a patchwork of wet and dry regions. The surge of local option elections expanding the boundaries of wet territory has provoked calls in state publications for a uniform statewide system of liquor sales that could not be eroded piecemeal by local referendums.

A Wet State of Mind (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/14/2014 12:00 am

I used to think I was just so darn clever, but that was before I saw Little Rock attorney David Couch in action. He did the math and realized that it would be easier and cheaper to collect the 78,000 signatures needed to get an amendment making Arkansas counties wet to the state Constitution on the November general election ballot — just 10 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election — than to collect 38 percent of registered voter signatures in one county after another.

Jonesboro Liquor Sales Up 5.26 Percent in 2013

by Mark Friedman 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Establishments in Jonesboro sold $8.2 million worth of alcohol in 2013, which was up $408,255, or 5.26 percent, over 2012’s numbers.

Plans for Fort Smith Brewery On Tap

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

“True Grit” country, Fort Smith specifically, may be getting its own microbrewery, if a man named Arthur A. Didion finds success.

Maxine's Tap Room Applies for Wholesale Wine

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2014 12:00 am

The owner of a landmark watering hole in Fayetteville has applied to Alcoholic Beverage Control for an on-premise wine permit.

Independence County Pushing to Go Wet

by Mark Friedman 1/27/2014 12:00 am

A group of Independence County residents wants to legalize alcohol sales across the county. Phillip Finch, chairman of Wet/Dry Let’s Decide, said he plans to start gathering signatures next month to place the question on the ballot in November.

Restaurants Open, Serving Cheer At Christmas (Sans the Nog)

by Jan Cottingham 12/16/2013 12:00 am

As for this Christmas and dining choices, what follows is a by-no-means-comprehensive list for the Little Rock-North Little Rock area, with a side trip to Russellville. Calling ahead is highly recommended.

Time to End The Silly Game (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/18/2013 12:00 am

The times, they are a-changin’ and it seems to me long past time for Arkansas’ laws on alcohol to change with the times. There is a lot of silliness and protectionism in the law — in what other industry is cost-efficient chain ownership forbidden by state statute? — and the worst is the deliberate impediment to determining the will of the people.

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe To Set Sail in Wet Bentonville

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/11/2013 12:00 am

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe is scheduled for a Dec. 9 opening in Bentonville, and the restaurant has applied for an alcohol permit, said Tommy Keet.