Daily News: Canned Beer Turns 81, 20 Percent of Australians Drink Majority of Aussie Booze

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

– Juice crawls in Soho and dry happy hours in Los Angeles aim to change the “unsexy” reputation of alcohol-free events.

– Despite representing only 20 percent of Australia’s adult population, “super-consumers”—defined as those who drink four or more alcoholic beverages a day—are responsible for 74 percent of all alcohol consumption.

– As craft brewers face difficulties getting their beer in cans, here’s a case for growlers as the most environmentally responsible container for your brew.

– Last week, a Rhode Island distiller sent a care package with a bottle of whiskey to Peyton Manning, offering pre-emptive (and, as decided by Sunday’s game, invalid) condolences for not making it to the Super Bowl.

Canned beer celebrated its birthday this weekend, marking 81 years since Krueger’s Special Beer found its way into heavy, steel cans.

– For the past six months, coffee drinkers in a small South Dakota town have been paying forward their caffeinated purchases, with more than 3,589 cups of coffee bought for the people in line behind them.

[Photo: Flickr/Frankie Leon]