Daily News: Drinking at the Oscars, The Return of Cork

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

– Celtic punk band The Pogues’ namesake whiskey collaboration with West Cork Distillers is now available in the U.S.

– As coffee pods are criticized for their environmental impact, the Chicago Tribune weighs their actual carbon footprint in comparison to other streams of waste.

– Despite the Oscars’ reputation as a dry awards ceremony, a bar in the back of the Dolby Theatre provides refuge at the Academy Awards.

– A spa in Sisters, Oregon, offers microbrew baths and foot soaks in ale for patrons in the craft beer-loving state.

– Anheuser-Busch InBev’s poor fourth quarter might have adverse implications for the company’s proposed merger with SABMiller and the deal’s potential $1.4 billion of annual savings.

– As screw-tops become popular among young wine drinkers, the cork industry is rallying to protect their historic and carbon-negative practice.

Canadian temperance posters are packed with beautiful design and Prohibition-era warnings about booze.

– Finally, Sweden faces a problem of teenagers drinking hand sanitizer, which must contain at least 70 percent alcohol.

[Photo: Flickr/Jeric Santiago]