Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:
– After visiting 150 bars in 90 days, Mary Jane Weedman reflects on the experience and considers what it means to be a dive.
– Austral, the world’s southernmost brewery, boasts a rich history in Chile dating back to 1896.
– Antiquated production methods have not hindered the rise of Armagnac, an Old World spirit that’s gaining a large, international audience.
– Imbibe explores the new wave of neighborhood bars that are replacing the classic ramshackle corner bars of yesteryear.
– The Eagles of Death Metal, the band that performed at Le Bataclan at the time of the Paris attacks last November, has partnered with a Canadian brewery to produce a new beer that will donate a portion of its proceeds towards victims of the terror attacks.
– Txikifest, a springtime street fair celebrating the new vintage of txakoli wine—having partnered with a lineup of the city’s best chefs—will take place on Sunday, May 15th, in New York City, with all proceeds going towards charity.
– Persephone Brewing Company, a community owned “beer farm” in Vancouver, British Columbia, is bringing an agricultural element to brewing with their farm-to-bottle approach.
– Finally, The Daily Mail showcases an infographic charting bizarre drinks around the world, including three-penis wine and panda dung tea.
[Photo: Flickr/Pandatea Art]