Daily News: Industrial Hop Extraction, Pho Cocktails in Hanoi


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

– A 5,000-year-old tablet reveals that workers were paid in beer in the absence of formal currency.

– Though nothing new, industrial hop extraction is shedding its taboo reputation in brewing.

Paul Draper, who led Ridge Vineyards to become one of the world’s most celebrated wine producers, is retiring.

A Hanoi bar specializes in pho cocktails crafted in a purpose built contraption.

– Finally, Forbes tackles the month’s best and worst in beer advertising.

[Photo: Flickr/Connie Ma]