Daily News: Big Tequila Threatens Mezcal, Belgian Beer Pipeline Arrives

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

– The future of beer distribution arrives in the medieval city of Bruges, Belgium, in the form of an underground beer pipeline.

– Big tequila brands are backing legislation that would hurt the microdistillers of mezcal.

– Amid scrutiny over his “tragic” and “bewildering” wine cellar unfit for a world leader, ex-Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot went on a spending spree lavishing upwards of $5,000 of taxpayer money on wine in a two month period.

– Until recently, when the country’s first spirit distillation company changed local legislation, it was illegal to produce spirits in the Faroe Islands.

– Finally, in First We Feast, Robert Moss offers a revisionist history of southern drinking.

[Photo: Flickr/Amante Darmanin]