Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:
– A craft beer pub, big enough for only two guests, is popping up in London with a strict no phone policy in an effort to encourage social interaction.
– AB InBev has bought Northern Brewer, the country’s largest supplier of home brewing supplies.
– The alcohol industry in Massachusetts has donated significant funds to halt the legalization of marijuana amid concerns that legally procurable pot will impact alcohol sales.
– In an excerpt from his new book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us, Baylen J. Linnekin highlights the detrimental effects of FDA regulations on craft brewers.
– Afar talks with a group of ampelographers, who seek to study, identify and preserve the world’s grape varieties.
– Bartenders from London’s White Lyan and Dandelyan have started an initiative called Trash Tiki, dedicated to crafting cocktails from bar waste.
– Finally, the Guzzle Buddy, inspired by a fictional device, allows users to bypass pouring by screwing a glass directly into the wine bottle.
[Photo: Flickr/James Palinsad]