American Vermouth Stages a Comeback; Beer Is Good for Your Bones

New Albany, Miss., an ultra-conservative and religious town, has voted to allow the sale and consumption of beer and wine coolers, effective in a couple of months. Liquor and wine are still illegal. [NY Times]

More good news for beer drinkers: a new study suggests that the brew helps keep bones strong, as its silicon content is a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. [Reuters]

Scottish politicians are up in arms over Buckfast Tonic Wine, a caffeine-and-sweet-wine drink that allows tipplers to be tipsy and bouncy at the same time. [NY Times]

Pegu Club, which was recently cited for its use of raw egg whites in cocktails (raw eggs can be tainted with salmonella), can now only serve such drinks if a customer requests it. [NY Times]

Big California winemakers used to make vermouth until around the 70s. Now, a San Francisco-based winemaker is making the first artisanal vermouth in a decade. [NY Times]

People are drinking their cocktails at home rather than out, according to data from the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. [BizJournals]

Big liquor companies have a tremendous amount of control over what people consume. The three-tier distribution system makes it hard to bypass wholesalers to find rare spirits. [Washington Post]

Armagnac is celebrating its 700th birthday with a new campaign promoting its "40 virtues." France's oldest spirit was once believed to cure hepatitis and "dry tears." [Independent]

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