Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:
– Eric Asimov questions whether more restaurants should forego the ritual of offering guests the first taste of wine.
– Stanford University students have recreated a 5,000-year-old beer recipe.
– A Brazilian brewer is using branches from $20,000 bonsai trees in his beer.
– Finally, one writer recalls the soul-inspired ad campaigns of 1970s macro beers.
[Photo: Flickr/Alan Levine]