Daily News: Kabul’s Non-Alcoholic Beer Market, Vine Disease and Steven Soderbergh’s Bolivian Eau de Vie

Steven Soderbergh

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

– The dangerous vine-loving bacteria that causes “Pierce’s Disease” and once ruined several California vineyards has been found on French soil.

– Craft beer may be rising in popularity, but there are still 11 huge brewing companies in the U.S. that make up 90% of the beer on the market.

– The U.S. Virgin Islands’ environmental agency wants to file violations against two major rum operations, Cruzan Rum and Diageo USVI, because of complaints of black mold.

– Non-alcoholic beer has caught on in cities like Kabul, where alcohol is only attainable on the black market. (But its success in the US still remains to be seen.)

– Steven Soderbergh is all about Singani 63, a grape-based liqueur from Bolivia.

– General Director of the Venezuelan Federation of Liquor Producers Fray Roa was—suspiciously—arrested just after he revealed to journalists why the country is running out of alcohol.

– Finally, Americans with higher incomes drink more often than the rest of the country.

[Photo: Flickr/Siebbi]