Daily News: Craft Malt for Craft Beer, Nancy Reagan’s ‘Tea Summit’

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

– As the demand for craft whiskey and beer increases, small malting businesses are supplying brewers and distillers with artisan barley malt.

– Spain’s Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit lodged by the Champagne industry against the Spanish drink Champín, ruling that the soda does not infringe upon Champagne’s protected designation of origin status.

– The Australian wine industry hopes that feeding grape marc—crushed grape waste—to cattle will lower methane emissions in the livestock industry.

Trump Winery, unsurprisingly, the largest in Virginia, sells sparkling, white, rosé and red wines for $16 to $50 per bottle.

– As Japan enjoys an increase in wine consumption, wineries in northeastern Japan hope that wine tourism will bring an economic boom to the region, which is still suffering the effects of the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster.

– Finally, with the passing of Nancy Reagan this week, NPR recalls the First Lady’s 1985 “tea summit” with the Soviet Union’s Raisa Gorbachev.

[Photo: Flickr/Allagash Brewing]