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  • Outrageous Drinks Monday, 14 May 2012 | 4:54 PM ET
    The latest entry into the flavored vodka arena: While that might not be the vodka of choice for your next Bloody Mary, you have to admit you’re curious. That’s what marketers are counting on. Unusual flavors and packaging are helping companies in the alcoholic beverage market stand out in a saturated – so to speak – market. According to the latest data from the USDA Economic Research Service, consumers spent nearly  on alcoholic beverages in the U.S. in 2010.So, with a little creative packaging

    With a little creative packaging and a lot of innovation, spirits manufacturers are expanding the market. Check out some of the most unusual ways businesses are innovating in the world of alcohol.

  • Maker's Signature Mark     Monday, 14 May 2012 | 2:44 PM ET

    Maker's Mark sold over one million cases in 2010, with CNBC's Tyler Mathisen. "The Bourbon Boom" premieres on tonight's "How I Made My Millions" at 9pm ET.

  • Patron Tequila

    Cinco de Mayo festivities may begin tomorrow, but super-premium tequila producers have plenty of reasons to celebrate year-round.

  • Trading Securities for Suds     Friday, 4 May 2012 | 12:41 PM ET

    Steve Weiss, Short Hills Capital discusses his play on Caterpillar, with the FMHR traders. CNBC's Jane Wells also reports on the $90 billion U.S. beer market.

  • Starbucks: Breaking into Booze?     Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 11:03 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the coffee giant's earnings forecast and its attempt to perk up profits by venturing into wine and beer, with Keith Siegner, Credit Suisse restaurant analyst.

  • Distillery Hopes 4/20 Celebrants Pass the Hemp Vodka Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 11:41 AM ET
    Alaska Distillery’s Hemp Seed Spirits Vodka

    On Friday, Alaska Distillery seeks to capitalize on the cannabis celebrations as it officially launches the country’s first hemp-seed vodka.

  • Wine Prices Set to Rise Amid California Grape Shortage Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 1:28 PM ET

    As demand increases and inventories experience an extended shortage, consumers will have to choose between paying more, trading down or buying foreign imports, according to a new report.

  • PB&J Vodka? Unusual Flavors Launched to Boost Sales Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 3:25 PM ET
    Bakon Vodka

    With such whimsical flavors as cookie dough, smoked salmon and whipped cream, today’s vodka aisle is getting adventurous as companies seek to draw consumers and generate attention for their brands.

  • Pricing Power at the Bar Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 11:43 AM ET
    Drink Exchange Ticker

    What if drinks traded like stocks or commodities futures? In other words, what if their prices fluctuated depending on outlook, desirability, supply and demand?

  • Constellation Brands Worth Another Shot: Analyst Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 5:47 PM ET
    Constellation

    Higher expenses may have clouded Constellation Brands’s 2013 forecast, but Timothy Ramey, vice president and senior research analyst at D.A. Davidson and Co., says the outlook for the alcoholic beverage maker is still quite good.

  • The Buzz on Constellation Brands     Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 3:15 PM ET

    Shares of constellation brands are down more than 14 percent, so how can the company turn sales around? Robert Sands, Constellation Brands president/CEO, discusses his company's brand and business strategies moving forward.

  • Brewing Profits at Diageo     Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 3:47 PM ET

    Premium drink maker, Diageo, is teaming up with New York City's Dept. of Transportation for a month-long "Safe Rides Home" campaign. Discussing the promotion of responsible alcohol consumption, as well as profits, with Sheila Stanziale, Diageo-Guinness USA president.

  • Pawning 'Liquid' Assets     Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:51 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on what the 1 percent are pawning to get cash. Beverly Loan Company, a high-end pawn shop, is now accepting fine wines as collateral for cash.

  • Sam Adams Readies For St. Patrick's Day     Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    Discussing how much beer makers will sell on St. Patrick's Day, and why beer drinkers who go out tend to drink better, more expensive beers, with Jim Koch, Samuel Adams founder.

  • Learning From the Spurned and Tipsy Fruit Fly Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 8:57 AM ET
    Fruit Fly

    Fruit flies apparently self-medicate just like many humans do, using alcohol as a balm when rejected by desired mates, the New York Times reports.

  • Option Bulls Hope to Toast Gains in Beam Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 6:26 AM ET

    Beam has been performing well this year, and yesterday the bulls stepped in.

  • 2007 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    The online wine retailer TastingRoom.com now offers a solution for wine connoisseurs who wish to indulge in high-end wine by the glass at home. The strategy caters to consumers who are breaking out the corkscrew more often and whose tastebuds are more adventurous than those of older generations.

  • Bourbon: America's New Drink of Choice     Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 2:44 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look inside America's bourbon boom.

  • Bourbon to Boost Tornado Recovery?     Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 1:11 PM ET

    Kentucky was one of the worst states hit by devastating tornadoes, but will its bourbon business be the key to recovery? CNBC's Jane Wells has the details.

  • Demand for Bourbon Lifts Brown-Forman     Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 12:46 PM ET

    The spirits industry says that over the last five years gross volume sales for Bourbon are up 8% and revenue are up 23%, taking share from other alcoholic beverages, reports CNBC's Jane Wells. Woodford Reserve in Versailles, Kentucky, is one company that has reaped the rewards.