Daily News: Beer Culture in Bamberg, The Rise of Baijiu Stateside

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

– Alder Springs, an isolated vineyard in Mendocino County, has attracted a roster of high profile contemporary California winemakers (and their competitors).

– Baijiu, an ancient Chinese fermented grain beverage, is beginning to make appearances on cocktail lists and liquor store shelves across the U.S.

– Despite its small population, the city of Bamberg, Germany, has nine breweries and a historically rich beer culture.

Co-fermentation, a process in which two or more grape varieties are fermented and aged together during winemaking, is gaining popularity among some New World producers.

[Photo: Flickr/Ethan Prater]