Daily News: The Rapid Growth of Aperol, Boom in Long Island Distilleries

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

– The demand for small batch craft beer has rescued many hop growers from the brink of bankruptcy, reviving a once ailing industry.

Jay Z’s Champagne brand, Armand de Brignac, is shifting focus from its celebrity fan base to improved wine quality.

– While Gruppo Campari’s net sales fell over the last half year, Aperol grew by a significant 20 percent.

– Finally, Imbibe takes a close look at the boom in local distilleries and breweries on Long Island.

[Photo: Flickr/Paul Miller]