Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:
– Cocktail umbrellas, stirrers and sticks are the medium of choice for the latest large-scale installations by a contemporary Dutch arts collective.
– A 45-million-year-old leaf preserved in a piece of amber begins its second life as beer yeast for the aptly named Fossil Fuels Brewing Company.
– Ramiro Herrera is one of only a few dozen Master Coopers trained in the ancient trade of barrel building.
– Crimea’s Champagne industry has flourished following sanctions on imported goods from the West.
– A new wine startup, Winecrasher, offers users all relevant information about a wine except for the label.
– For New York readers: New Orleans’ Cure and Cane & Table bars will host a pop-up at the Roof at Park South, with 50 percent of the proceeds from their cocktail menu to be donated to Louisiana Flood Relief. The event will take place on Monday, August 29th at 6 p.m.
– Finally, the second annual Batalla del Vino in Toro, Spain, invites participants to wear white and douse each other in red wine.
[Photo: Flickr/Martha Jimenez]