Daily News: Champagne Makers Develop New Grapes, Sam Adams’ Special Brew

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

Craft brewers in Germany are battling against a medieval beer purity law that mandates that the beverage include only barley, water, hops and yeast.

– Gosling’s Rum has five trademarks for their Dark ‘n Stormy recipe and they’re not afraid to defend them.

– With China now ranking as the world’s sixth most important wine producer, Jancis Robinson asks whether Chinese wine is ready for the export market.

New cold-resistant grape varieties are opening up the possibility of wine production in territory formerly considered too inhospitable for vineyards, including upstate New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Telegraph profiles Steve Daniel, the renowned British wine buyer.

– Champagne makers look to the future as they seek to develop new grape varieties resistant to disease and warmer climes.

– Sam Adams has once again produced its limited edition, low alcohol “26.2 Brew” to commemorate the 120th Boston Marathon, which took place today.

[Photo: Flickr/Pipers Brook Vineyard The Lyre Pinot Noir]