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Starbucks Cancels 'Evenings' Program, Takes Wine and Beer Off Menus

Starbucks Cancels 'Evenings' Program, Takes Wine and Beer Off Menus

Starbucks is canceling its beer, wine, and fancy foods program

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Starbucks announced it would be canceling its Evenings program in order to focus on expanding lunch options.

For the past few years, Starbucks has been trying to increase late-afternoon and evening traffic by promoting beer, wine, and high-end foods as part of its “Evenings” program, which will be cut next week.

Starbucks’ Evenings menu included wine, craft beer, and food like truffle mac and cheese, bacon-wrapped dates, and other posh small plates. The fancy program eventually reached more than 400 Starbucks locations across the U.S., but as of Jan. 10, it will be no more, the Seattle Times reported.

“This will allow the majority of our locations to focus on our core business,” Starbucks said in a statement.

Wine, beer, and spirits will be integrated into the menus at new Starbucks Roasteries and Starbucks Reserve locations.


Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning. So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain’s Evenings menu.

Give yourself a boost: Follow @raablauren on Twitter.

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Lauren Raab is an assistant editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Angeleno, she joined The Times in 2008. She appreciates news tips, local history and interesting birds.

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Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning. So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain’s Evenings menu.

Give yourself a boost: Follow @raablauren on Twitter.

Get our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter for reviews, news and more.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.

Lauren Raab is an assistant editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Angeleno, she joined The Times in 2008. She appreciates news tips, local history and interesting birds.

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Cold and crunchy, kale salads stand up well after days in the fridge when all you want is to reach for something healthy and delicious for lunch.

A visit to Augustine Wine Bar can feel like being in the company of a generous collector.

The appearance of loquats on neighborhood trees is a beloved annual ritual in Southern California and remnants of an era when they, not avocados or oranges, were a marquee crop.

Through Dec. 31, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will be able to continue to serve alcoholic drinks in areas like sidewalks and parking lots.


Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning. So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain’s Evenings menu.

Give yourself a boost: Follow @raablauren on Twitter.

Get our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter for reviews, news and more.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.

Lauren Raab is an assistant editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Angeleno, she joined The Times in 2008. She appreciates news tips, local history and interesting birds.

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Cold and crunchy, kale salads stand up well after days in the fridge when all you want is to reach for something healthy and delicious for lunch.

A visit to Augustine Wine Bar can feel like being in the company of a generous collector.

The appearance of loquats on neighborhood trees is a beloved annual ritual in Southern California and remnants of an era when they, not avocados or oranges, were a marquee crop.

Through Dec. 31, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will be able to continue to serve alcoholic drinks in areas like sidewalks and parking lots.


Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning. So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain’s Evenings menu.

Give yourself a boost: Follow @raablauren on Twitter.

Get our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter for reviews, news and more.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.

Lauren Raab is an assistant editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Angeleno, she joined The Times in 2008. She appreciates news tips, local history and interesting birds.

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A visit to Augustine Wine Bar can feel like being in the company of a generous collector.

The appearance of loquats on neighborhood trees is a beloved annual ritual in Southern California and remnants of an era when they, not avocados or oranges, were a marquee crop.

Through Dec. 31, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will be able to continue to serve alcoholic drinks in areas like sidewalks and parking lots.


Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning. So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain’s Evenings menu.

Give yourself a boost: Follow @raablauren on Twitter.

Get our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter for reviews, news and more.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.

Lauren Raab is an assistant editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Angeleno, she joined The Times in 2008. She appreciates news tips, local history and interesting birds.

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Cold and crunchy, kale salads stand up well after days in the fridge when all you want is to reach for something healthy and delicious for lunch.

A visit to Augustine Wine Bar can feel like being in the company of a generous collector.

The appearance of loquats on neighborhood trees is a beloved annual ritual in Southern California and remnants of an era when they, not avocados or oranges, were a marquee crop.

Through Dec. 31, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will be able to continue to serve alcoholic drinks in areas like sidewalks and parking lots.


Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning. So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain’s Evenings menu.

Give yourself a boost: Follow @raablauren on Twitter.

Get our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter for reviews, news and more.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.

Lauren Raab is an assistant editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Angeleno, she joined The Times in 2008. She appreciates news tips, local history and interesting birds.

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Cold and crunchy, kale salads stand up well after days in the fridge when all you want is to reach for something healthy and delicious for lunch.

A visit to Augustine Wine Bar can feel like being in the company of a generous collector.

The appearance of loquats on neighborhood trees is a beloved annual ritual in Southern California and remnants of an era when they, not avocados or oranges, were a marquee crop.

Through Dec. 31, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will be able to continue to serve alcoholic drinks in areas like sidewalks and parking lots.


Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning. So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain’s Evenings menu.

Give yourself a boost: Follow @raablauren on Twitter.

Get our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter for reviews, news and more.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.

Lauren Raab is an assistant editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Angeleno, she joined The Times in 2008. She appreciates news tips, local history and interesting birds.

More From the Los Angeles Times

Cold and crunchy, kale salads stand up well after days in the fridge when all you want is to reach for something healthy and delicious for lunch.

A visit to Augustine Wine Bar can feel like being in the company of a generous collector.

The appearance of loquats on neighborhood trees is a beloved annual ritual in Southern California and remnants of an era when they, not avocados or oranges, were a marquee crop.

Through Dec. 31, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will be able to continue to serve alcoholic drinks in areas like sidewalks and parking lots.


Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning. So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain’s Evenings menu.

Give yourself a boost: Follow @raablauren on Twitter.

Get our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter for reviews, news and more.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.

Lauren Raab is an assistant editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Angeleno, she joined The Times in 2008. She appreciates news tips, local history and interesting birds.

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Cold and crunchy, kale salads stand up well after days in the fridge when all you want is to reach for something healthy and delicious for lunch.

A visit to Augustine Wine Bar can feel like being in the company of a generous collector.

The appearance of loquats on neighborhood trees is a beloved annual ritual in Southern California and remnants of an era when they, not avocados or oranges, were a marquee crop.

Through Dec. 31, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will be able to continue to serve alcoholic drinks in areas like sidewalks and parking lots.


Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning. So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain’s Evenings menu.

Give yourself a boost: Follow @raablauren on Twitter.

Get our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter for reviews, news and more.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.

Lauren Raab is an assistant editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Angeleno, she joined The Times in 2008. She appreciates news tips, local history and interesting birds.

More From the Los Angeles Times

Cold and crunchy, kale salads stand up well after days in the fridge when all you want is to reach for something healthy and delicious for lunch.

A visit to Augustine Wine Bar can feel like being in the company of a generous collector.

The appearance of loquats on neighborhood trees is a beloved annual ritual in Southern California and remnants of an era when they, not avocados or oranges, were a marquee crop.

Through Dec. 31, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will be able to continue to serve alcoholic drinks in areas like sidewalks and parking lots.


Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning. So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain’s Evenings menu.

Give yourself a boost: Follow @raablauren on Twitter.

Get our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter for reviews, news and more.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.

Lauren Raab is an assistant editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Angeleno, she joined The Times in 2008. She appreciates news tips, local history and interesting birds.

More From the Los Angeles Times

Cold and crunchy, kale salads stand up well after days in the fridge when all you want is to reach for something healthy and delicious for lunch.

A visit to Augustine Wine Bar can feel like being in the company of a generous collector.

The appearance of loquats on neighborhood trees is a beloved annual ritual in Southern California and remnants of an era when they, not avocados or oranges, were a marquee crop.

Through Dec. 31, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will be able to continue to serve alcoholic drinks in areas like sidewalks and parking lots.