Daily News: Considering Terroir and Other Myths of Winemaking, BrewDog Breaks into Coffee

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

– The Los Angeles-based group, Beer Thugs, is one of several mostly Latino craft beer collectives that gather to showcase and share rare bottles.

– Tej, the fabled, 4th-century honey wine once reserved for nobility, is now one of Ethiopia’s most popular local drinks.

– Scotland’s BrewDog, Britain’s fastest-growing drinks company, aims to attract daytime customers with its latest coffee venture.

– The relatively recent emergence of the term “craft beer” to describe small breweries, formerly known as “micro-breweries,” has rhetorical implications.

– Outraged French vintners hijacked and drained two tankers transporting Spanish wine to protest the increasing number of wine imports in the country.

Craft beer is on track to displace vodka as Russia’s drink of choice with over 1,000 microbreweries already in existence.

– Despite having earned a less-than-stellar reputation, sulfites are a naturally occurring byproduct of fermentation.

– The traditional Brazilian beverage, Catuaba, is making a comeback as brands release experimental iterations of the low-cost liquor.

– Finally, the title of a new book, Terroir and Other Myths of Winemaking, prompts debate over the deeper meaning behind the often-used term.

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