We Have Only Ourselves to Blame for the Downfall of American Beer; Would You Pay $1,082 for a Mai Tai?


American beer sales are falling. The culprits? Wine, cocktail culture, the lack of innovation among big U.S. breweries, and the growing American bourgeoisie.
[The Atlantic Food Channel]

Pugliese Vineyards on Long Island is permitted to label its sparkling wines “Champagne” because it was already doing so before the law prohibiting it was passed.

Walgreens will start selling beer and wine again after a 15-year-long ban on alcohol. The decision was made in the hopes of boosting sales and market share.
[Wall Street Journal]

A young child was caught on camera drinking from a beer bottle at a Philadelphia Phillies game this weekend. Neither the child nor the parents have been identified.

A 20-year-old Post intern was able to get served at 17 of 30 bars in a sting set up by the paper. The bars face up to $10,000 in fines and could lose their liquor licenses.
[NY Post]

Simon Cowell was caught smuggling two bottles of Sapporo into London’s Mr. Chow. Apparently, the ex-American Idol judge is intolerant to common brewer’s yeast.
[Money Control]

Mets star Jose Reyes is one of 25 major league players who have teamed with Charity Wines to make their own branded wine label. The proceeds go to the charity of his choice.

A line of vintage vodkas by Karlsson’s Gold will probably not be released in the U.S. because, having odor and flavor, they don’t qualify as vodka.
[The Atlantic Food Channel]

The only bar in the world that serves the original Trader Vic’s Mai Tai is the Merchant Hotel Bar in Belfast. The cost? £750 ($1,082). Because the rum used is now-defunct.
[The Atlantic Food Channel]

Author Tom Robbins told NPR that he is such a fan of mayonnaise that he created a mayo martini. Dubbed the Gin Greasy, it contains Hendrick’s gin and mayo.