Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka has been banned in Ontario because the bottle looks like such a lifelike skull. Oddly, the Canadian-born Aykroyd thinks the decision “kind of makes the product more appealing.”
[Globe and Mail]
Meanwhile, Crystal Head Vodka has reached the 1 million bottle mark. The brand has racked up nearly $50 million in North American sales.
In other vodka news, the Kangaroo — or vodka martini — was named one of Imbibe‘s 25 Most Influential Cocktails. The drink marked the beginning of vodka’s rise in popularity.
And finally, is there an artisanal vodka trend afoot? Tito’s Handmade Vodka from Austin, Texas, Dutch EFFEN Vodka, and Slovakia’s Double Cross Luxury Vodka point to yes.
A French study has found that moderate drinkers are more likely to have healthy hearts, minds, and body weights. However, results could also be linked to drinkers’ social status.
[NY Daily News]
Chardonnay made in the Santa Rita Hills is ripe and fleshy, with bracing acidity, unlike most chards from California.
[Wall Street Journal]
Pabst Brewing Co., the maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Old Milwaukee, is seeking $100 million in loans to help fund a buyout by the private-equity firm C. Dean Metropoulos & Co.