Accused criminals in Washington could be required to pay thousands of dollars for drug and alcohol monitoring while they await trial.

Every major region of America has local distilleries. Both Seattle and Portland have tours where locals and tourists alike can venture through an array of neighborhood distilleries.

Erika Degens, owner and partner of Stone Barn Brandyworks in Portland, says there is something admirable about local distilleries.

Pouches of alcohol in granular or powder form will not appear in Washington stores, nor at this rate in Oregon either.

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers in the Washington legislature launched a move Tuesday to ban powdered alcohol.

Portland Brewery Puts Low-Carbon Beer On Tap

Jan 27, 2015
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It's opening night for a new beer at Migration Brewing in Portland.

"Can I get a couple tasters of the low-carbon beer," a customer says.

The new brew is called the Little Foot Red. That's because it has half the carbon footprint of the brewery's traditional red beer, the Blood, Sweat and Red. As it turns out, that traditional beer generates a fair amount of carbon emissions.

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A new distillery in the Tri-Cities is hoping to solar power your alcohol.

The founders of Solar Spirits are planning to distill vodka, gin and eventually whiskey – they would become one of the first distilleries in the Northwest to use solar power. The group calls their process “craft tech.”

Company Wants To Turn Sewer Water Into Beer

Jan 23, 2015
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An Oregon water treatment company wants to turn sewer water into beer. But current state rules wouldn't allow anyone to drink it. 

Clean Water Services runs four wastewater treatment plants in the Portland metro area. Some of its treated water is used for irrigation.

But spokesman Mark Jockers said the market for recycled wastewater doesn't have to end there.

His company has an advanced treatment process that can turn sewage into drinking water. To show off that system, it wants to give some of its highly purified wastewater to home brewers.

Alcohol Involved In One In Nine Oregon Deaths

Jun 27, 2014
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Excessive drinking accounts for one in every nine deaths in Oregon, according to a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That's slightly higher than the national average of one in 10.

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Prom season is coming up. That means tuxes, gowns and limousines. But these days an old-fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses. They carry more people and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road. But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide there have been nearly two dozen fatalities on these buses  including one here in the Northwest.

Now regulators in Washington state are getting ready to crack down on the industry.

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Imagine for a moment you're a busy supermarket clerk, ringing up hundreds of dollars of sales per hour. A young man hands you his ID, you make a quick glance and accidently transpose two digits in the birthday. The next thing you know you're under arrest for selling alcohol to a minor. Several former grocery store clerks told lawmakers that happened to them.