Daily News: Amazon Launches Sommelier Service in Japan, Israel Sees Craft Beer Surge

Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:

– New Zealand bar owners are arguing that cheap supermarket booze is putting a damper on the hospitality industry.

– In Japan, Amazon has launched a sommelier phone service where experts are available to recommend wine.

– Since 2006, Israeli craft beer has grown from one brand to over 200, with annual beer festivals in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.

– Australian Facebook users are on the receiving end of government scrutiny for trading goods and services for liquor on social media.

– Finally, Sydney police accused a wine bar of promoting “unsavory antisocial behaviour” after mistaking a promotion for natural wine as a deal for free wine.

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