Craft Brewers Collaborate on New Beers; U.S. Now Largest Wine-Consuming Nation


All 400 cases of Australia’s most expensive wine, a recently released Shiraz called Laird priced at $700 to $800 a bottle, have been sold.
[Wall Street Journal]

A number of good cocktailing options have cropped up around Times Square, including the newly revamped Rum House.
[NY Times]

The upgrade of bars around Times Square continues with plans for a new 25-seat cocktail bar in the Iroquois New York hotel, headed up by Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room.
[Diner’s Journal]

The latest trend among craft brewers is collaboration, such as Sierra Nevada’s joint effort with monks from the Trappist-Cistercian Abbey of New Clairvaux, California.
[Wall Street Journal]

German-born molecular mixologist Alex Ott wants to create cocktails for NASA that can be consumed in space.
[Diner’s Journal]

With more wine shipped here than to any other country, the U.S. surpassed France as the world’s largest wine-consuming nation in 2010.
[PR Newswire]

Snoop Dogg will help launch a new line of Colt 45 malt liquor beverages called Blast by Colt 45 that come in fruit flavors and contain 12 percent alcohol by volume.
[Wall Street Journal]

Skinnygirl, a low-calorie cocktail brand created by reality star Bethenny Frankel, has been acquired by Beam Global Spirits.

Due, in part, to the success of his show Brew Masters, Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione has decided to respond to increased demand by scaling back distribution of his beer.

A new study suggests heavy alcohol consumption, i.e., three or more glasses of liquor a day, is associated with an increased risk of death from pancreatic cancer.
[Times of India]

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