Daily News: Spiked Seltzer, Winston Churchill’s Alcohol Prescription

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

– In response to the state’s controversial HB2 law, three dozen North Carolina breweries have agreed to sell “Don’t be Mean” beer with all proceeds going towards local equality groups.

Starbucks debuts a new wine and beer menu in five Washington, D.C., locations.

Winston Churchill was prescribed an indefinite amount of “alcoholic spirits especially at meal times” by his doctor.

– A former professor of pulmonary medicine puts his scientific knowledge to good use: making wine smell better.

The power of big data is finally put to use by the wine industry, tracking when customers are most primed to engage with wine-related content.

Lavender Sunflower Date Honey Ale, or LSD, as it is more commonly known, is forced to rebrand after losing a lengthy battle with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

– Blanc Vermouth, the dark horse of the fortified wine world, trots onto the American market.

Food Republic investigates why Pappy Van Winkle is so popular on the black market.

Spiked seltzer is the low-carb, low-calorie answer to craft beer and the latest trend to hit the drinks world.

– Finally, Eater publishes their comprehensive guide to fortified wines, which have exploded into the American market.

[Photo: Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski]