Daily News: Staggering Wine Consumption in Paris, 3,300 Cases of Stolen Beer


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

– 3,300 cases of SweetWater Brewing Co.’s Goin’ Coastal beer, a pineapple-flavored IPA already in short supply, went missing when two trailers transporting the beer were stolen.

– A rare heirloom crop known as purple straw wheat has been rescued from the brink of extinction and will once again be used in baking and distilling.

Paris consumes the most wine of any city, downing 697 million bottles annually.

– Tokyo’s Nonbei Yokocho region, one of the city’s few remaining bar districts, faces an uncertain future as the city anticipates hosting the 2020 Olympics.

– Arguably the defining characteristic of the American craft beer movement, hops are a relatively recent phenomenon in the history of brewing.

– Lucky Peach chronicles the path of Cabresta Tequila, founded by tire-shop owners-turned-agave producers.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler demonstrates the type of difficult math problems bartenders face regularly with 11 hilarious example problems.

– Finally, FiveThirtyEight delves into the weird world of expensive wine.

[Photo: Flickr/Moyan Brenn]