In August Blue Ridge Beverage to distribute Deschutes beer in Southwest and Central VA

Thursday, May 12, 2016

In August Blue Ridge Beverage to distribute Deschutes beer in Southwest and Central VA

May 12, 2016 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery announced today it will begin servicing 49 counties and 17 independent cities in the Southwest and Central portions of the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning early August. The brewery is partnering with Blue Ridge Beverage Company, which is headquartered in the Roanoke Valley. Earlier this year, Deschutes […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes high-proof spirits bill to guard against binge drinking

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe vetoes high-proof spirits bill to guard against binge drinking

RICHMOND – On Monday evening Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed legislation that would have allowed the sale of high-proof class 1 neutral grain spirits in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Governor’s decision to veto the legislation stems from his concern, and those expressed by educators and health professionals, about the impact the sale of these inexpensive […]

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Governor McAuliffe signs Executive Order to improve law enforcement at Virginia ABC

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Governor McAuliffe signs Executive Order to improve law enforcement at Virginia ABC

RICHMOND – Today Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Order 40, which takes four preliminary steps toward improving law enforcement in the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Last week Governor McAuliffe called for an independent state police investigation into an ABC arrest in Charlottesville in which a student was injured. As the comprehensive investigation moves […]

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FDA approves palcohol, powdered alcohol – Virginia has banned it

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Palcohol is freeze-dried alcohol packaged in a small, portable pouch. It comes in a variety of flavors and mixed in water becomes an alcoholic drink. The flavors make it appealing to small children. From the Virginia Attorney General’s Office back in February when the General Assembly in anticipation of FDA approval of palcohol voted unanimously […]

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Epic Stop In in Southeast Roanoke wins Planning Commission recommendation

Monday, January 12, 2015

Epic Stop In in Southeast Roanoke wins Planning Commission recommendation

Today the Roanoke Planning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend to City Council that  alcohol  be allowed for sale at the small Southeast store, Epic Stop In. The store is located at the intersection of 9th Street, SE and Penmar Avenue, SE. next to Andrew Jackson Middle School. Kit Hale was the only dissenting vote. Owner […]

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Councilman Bill Bestpitch and his alcohol advocacy

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Councilman Bill Bestpitch and his alcohol advocacy

At city council on October 7 Councilman Bill Bestpitch asked that an ordinance be drawn up by the city attorney, Dan Callaghan that would amendment city code to allow alcohol for events at several city parks. The hot button issue over alcohol events at Preston Park at the last city council meeting immersed the city […]

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Fork in the City caught up in ABC bouncing check rule

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fork in the City caught up in ABC bouncing check rule

Virginia has the toughest laws in the country when it comes to alcohol beverage consumption and distribution to restaurants explained Trish Ashley accounting manager at Blue Ridge Beverage Company. When checks are returned for insufficient funds “there are ABC policies and guidelines we have to go by,” she said. The first insufficient fund check if […]

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Bouncing checks to alcohol distributors has consequences

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bouncing checks to alcohol distributors has consequences

Virginia has the toughest laws in the country when it comes to alcohol beverage consumption and distribution to restaurants explained Trish Ashley accounting manager at Blue Ridge Beverage Company. When checks are returned for insufficient funds “there are ABC policies and guidelines we have to go by,” she said. The first insufficient fund check if […]

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202 Market owner’s assault charges dropped

Monday, January 14, 2013

Roanoke County police arrested Dr. Stephen Rosenoff, 68, the owner of the 202 Market restaurant on charges he abducted and sexually assaulted a 48 year-old woman in December 2012. He faced aggravated sexual battery and abduction charges. 202 Market has had it troubles. River Laker’s striptease brought ABC troubles and a lawsuit accusing copyright infringement on […]

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River Laker resigns post at Roanoke Public Library

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

River Laker resigns post at Roanoke Public Library

River Laker Statement: “It is with a degree of sadness that I announce my resignation as Resource Development Coordinator at Roanoke Public Libraries, effective September 24, 2012. In the words of Thoreau, “It seemed to me that I had several more lives to live.” And so, I am moving on. The past 5 years have […]

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