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Starbucks Evenings menu now includes beer and wine

New York, Dec 20 (ANI): US coffeehouse chain Starbucks has announced on Tuesday that it had started selling beer and wine in its Dulles Airport location in Washington, DC.

The outpost joins 16 other locations in six states that serve alcoholic beverages after 4 pm every day, the Huffington Post reported.

The first, in Starbucks’ hometown of Seattle, started slinging booze on an experimental basis in October 2010. But about half of the 17 locations, including those in the Atlanta area and southern California, started doing so only after the program was formally branded “Starbucks Evenings” on June 29.

The Starbucks Evenings menu includes several kinds of beer and wine, which vary by region, and nine small plates, which do not.

Starbucks spokeswoman Alisa Martinez said that the wines are chosen by a certified sommelier who works at Starbucks HQ.

The expansion of the Starbucks Evenings menu is just one sign of a broad shift underway at Starbucks, which will ultimately leave Starbucks far less dependent on coffee than ever before.

The first sign of the changes afoot at Starbucks was arguably the introduction, in January 2011, of a new logo that, for the first time in the Seattle-based chain’s 40-year history, didn’t include the word “coffee.”

Then, in July 2011, Starbucks started selling savory food, in a form they called “Bistro Boxes.” This May, the company opened its first juice bar, following its 30-million-dollar purchase of the juice chain Evolution Fresh in November 2011. This November, it acquired the tea chain Teavana for a whopping 620 million dollars. (ANI)