Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:
– With the craft beer movement ever on the rise, bakers and brewers are increasingly in competition for quality grain.
– Giacomo Rallo, founder of Italy’s Donnafugata winery, died this morning.
– Munchies interviews the 70-year-old publican who has worked at London’s The Golden Heart pub for over three decades, serving celebrities, nuns and everyone in between.
– Thomas Jefferson’s meticulous records of wine purchases between the years 1791 and 1803 have been digitized, including his order of 100 bottles of Champagne for $172.50.
– In The Washington Post, Tom Acitelli declares Budweiser the worst contender for rebranding itself “America.”
– Fetzer Vineyards in California has adopted earthworms as part of their winemaking approach, using them to clean up their wastewater amidst drought.
– As American craft pilsners multiply, Serious Eats highlights some standout bottles.
– Finally, micro mezcal distilleries are increasingly marginalized as the Mexican spirit goes mainstream, and are often forced to label their product by a different name.
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