Booze News--Absinthe Makes a Comeback Despite Tasting Awful; Drinking Cheap Beer in a Bad Economy Benefits Big Breweries

The Wall Street Journal looks at the absinthe releases and re-releases of the last couple years, since the "green fairy" has been re-legalized. Despite the interest in the wormwood liqueur, its flavor profile is new to the American palate and difficult to appreciate. [Wall Street Journal]

Now that restaurants are slashing wine prices, abolishing corkage fees, and pouring it from boxes and beer kegs, there's never been a better time to get into wine. The NY Post has eight simple rules for how to order it. [NY Post]

Dr. Kenneth Mukamal of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is trying to answer the age-old question: Can a daily dose of alcohol help prevent heart disease? Previous research has suggested that it does, but the studies were flawed. This time, participants will be chosen randomly and fed spiked Crystal Light. [Boston Globe]

Sales of economy beers, such as Busch, Miller High Life and Pabst Blue Ribbon, are rising faster than other beer sales, helping big breweries like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors survive the economic crisis. [Wall Street Journal]

Fred Franzia, maker of Charles Shaw wine--known as Two Buck Chuck and sold for $1.99 at Trader Joe's--recently celebrated his four-hundred-millionth bottle sold. Franzia tries to sell as much wine as possible--twenty million cases per year--making his winery the fourth largest in the country. [New Yorker]


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