Daily News: A New Wave of American Brandy, Rick Astley’s Beer

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

– Italy’s Franciacorta producers are hoping that an indigenous grape will be the key to withstanding climate change.

– Munchies joins Rick Astley and Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller as they brew a collaborative beer.

– The plummeting British pound continues to pose challenges for the export of Champagne.

– Finally, Kara Newman on a new wave of American brandy.

[Photo: Flickr/Luiz Eduardo]