Booze News: Two-Buck Chuck Gets Served; Fruit Flies Help Fight Alcoholism


What does your beer say about you? According to recent research, people who prefer domestic beers over craft beers or imports are generally middle of the road in their politics. People who don’t drink beer at all tend to be conservative.

Look out, Two-Buck Chuck. The 7-Eleven convenience store chain is releasing two low-priced proprietary wines in the United States and Japan. The Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, both from California, will retail for about $3.99 a bottle. [AP/Google]

Think your wine is being made by some salt-of-the-earth vintner in a quaint winery? Think again. Of the top 30 wine brands in the country, not a single one grows, produces, or bottles its own wine. Big volume brands buy tankers of bulk juice, and slap a label on it.
[Daily Beast]

A new study using fruit flies may help us to better treat alcoholism. Researchers studied how long it took fruit flies to react to alcohol — essentially get drunk — and were able to pinpoint specific genes that were affected as alcohol levels increased.
[Wired UK]

The word classic gets thrown around a lot in the cocktail world. But what exactly makes a cocktail a classic? Jason Wilson says it should be “something more than simply a drink grabbed from an obscure pre-Prohibition guide.” In fact, it can even be a “new classic.”
[Washington Post]