Craft Brewers Collaborate on New Beers; U.S. Now Largest Wine-Consuming Nation

All 400 cases of Australia's most expensive wine, a recently released Shiraz called Laird priced at $700 to $800 a bottle, have been sold. [Wall Street Journal]

A number of good cocktailing options have cropped up around Times Square, including the newly revamped Rum House. [NY Times]

The upgrade of bars around Times Square continues with plans for a new 25-seat cocktail bar in the Iroquois New York hotel, headed up by Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room. [Diner's Journal]

The latest trend among craft brewers is collaboration, such as Sierra Nevada's joint effort with monks from the Trappist-Cistercian Abbey of New Clairvaux, California. [Wall Street Journal]

German-born molecular mixologist Alex Ott wants to create cocktails for NASA that can be consumed in space. [Diner's Journal]

With more wine shipped here than to any other country, the U.S. surpassed France as the world's largest wine-consuming nation in 2010. [PR Newswire]

Snoop Dogg will help launch a new line of Colt 45 malt liquor beverages called Blast by Colt 45 that come in fruit flavors and contain 12 percent alcohol by volume. [Wall Street Journal]

Skinnygirl, a low-calorie cocktail brand created by reality star Bethenny Frankel, has been acquired by Beam Global Spirits. [BusinessWeek]

Due, in part, to the success of his show Brew Masters, Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione has decided to respond to increased demand by scaling back distribution of his beer. [Delmarvanow]

A new study suggests heavy alcohol consumption, i.e., three or more glasses of liquor a day, is associated with an increased risk of death from pancreatic cancer. [Times of India]

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