Albert Trummer Sued by Apotheke Partner; Bed-Stuy Teens Not Feeling Spike Lee’s Brooklyn Absolut Vodka


Albert Trummer’s partner at Apotheke is suing him for ignoring orders to stop using booze to light up the bar for his signature pyrotechnic tricks. [NY Daily News]

A new study in the U.K. claims that alcohol is more harmful a drug than crack. Of course, the study was authored by Dr. David Nutt, who was fired as the country’s chief drugs adviser last year. [BBC]

Single malts are all the rage in China, as they’ve become a status symbol for affluent young men who prefer them over blended Scotches. [Wall Street Journal]

The Japanese wine grape koshu may become the country’s first internationally known white wine varietal. Apparently, its light and crisp wines pair well with Japanese food. [NY Times]

Clover Club has partnered with Mice at Play to host a women-only bartending class on November 11, led by consulting mixologist Charlotte Voisey. [NY Post]

Several new American vodkas are cropping up, including Vermont Gold, made from maple syrup; 4 Orange, made from citrus; and Boyd & Blair, a potato vodka. [Wall Street Journal]

As a nod to its Chinese customers, who love them some high-end Bordeaux, Château Lafite-Rothschild has put the Chinese numeral eight on its 2008 bottles. [Wall Street Journal]

A Portuguese wine family is trying to save 188 of the country’s 258 native wine grape varietals by planting them in an experimental vineyard. [Reuters]

A new study reveals that drinking red wine can help women lose weight as it may prevent the development of fat cells and generally speeds up metabolism. [KPSP Local 2]

Danish beer corporation Carlsberg has recalled 500,000 bottles of its Tuborg brand due to fears that they could contain small pieces of glass. [Sky News]

Bed-Stuy teens are pissed at Spike Lee for his Brooklyn-themed Absolut Vodka billboards, which dominate the still poverty-stricken area. [NY Daily News]

Brooklyn pickler Brooklyn Brine Co. has introduced pickles brined in McKenzie Rye Whiskey from Finger Lakes Distilling. [Ithaca Journal]