Brits Trade in Scotch for Bourbon; Guinness Good For You, Scientists Say


Scientists say that the future of winemaking depends on developing new varieties of grape that are resistant to disease.

Bottles of whiskey discovered last year from explorer Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic in the 1900s are being sent back to Scotland for analysis.

Brits are abandoning Scotch in favor of bourbon. Bourbon sales in the U.K. rose 25 percent, while Scotch sales dropped.
[Herald Scotland]

An ancient Celtic beer recipe was discovered by archaeologists in Germany, who are now working to reproduce the Iron Age beer from a 2,500-year-old brewery.
[Mother Nature Network]

Researchers are saying that the old advertising slogan “Guinness is good for you” might actually be true. It may work as well as an aspirin regimen to prevent heart attacks.
[Irish Central]

Meanwhile, another study suggests that moderate beer drinking can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.

How did Żubrówka, the bison grass vodka once banned in the U.S., make its comeback? By removing the illegal coumarin and renaming itself ZU.
[Wall Street Journal]

Brooklyn Brewery has completed its new Williamsburg complex, which will double its capacity from 110,000 barrels a year.
[NY Post]

Andrew Lloyd Webber put a chunk of his enormous wine collection up for auction. The sale was expected to pull in £2 million ($3.2 million).
[Wall Street Journal]

Bad weather and Chinese fakes have reduced quantities and increased prices of sweet Canadian and German ice wines.

Aussies are trading in beer guzzling for wine sipping, with an all-time-record 29 liters of wine per adult consumed in 2009.
[Sydney Morning Herald]

Meanwhile, several Australian winemakers are facing financial losses as police investigate a company that ordered but didn’t pay for thousands of bottles.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 18, 2011

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