Daily News: The Rise of Modelo, Must-Visit Dive Bars

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

– A group of chefs, bartenders and writers offer a list of their 20 must-visit dive bars.

Gin sales broke records this year, growing by 16 percent and surpassing the sales growth of beer and sparkling wine.

– Thrillist explores the rise of Modelo as the latest hipster beer.

Chef Dan Barber and Grimm Ales collaborate on a beer that celebrates crop rotation and its role in farming.

– Finally, Imbibe interviews Ray Oldenburg who coined the term “third place” in reference to community coffee shops and bars.

[Photo: Flickr/Alan Levine]