Booze News: Belarus Boozes, Bourbon Booms, and Burke’s Beloved Beer

Booze News

Production of Kentucky’s fine brown liquor has soared. “Last year, Kentucky distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels of bourbon — the most since 1970, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Inventory has topped 5 million barrels for the first time since 1977, the group said.” That dreaded mint julep shortage that we’ve al feared may well have been averted. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Which country drinks the most booze? According to this handy chart, it’s Belarus, with 17.5 liters per capita. Moldova, Lithuania, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Andorra, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia round out the top ten. Ireland comes in at 21, Germany at 23, and Belgium at 30, so there’s my heritage right there. The USA is number 48, which is frankly a bit disappointing. (The Wall Street Journal)

Surprisingly plausible Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke was asked to choose between New Glarus Spotted Cow and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. Burke chose Spotted Cow and noted that it’s available only in Wisconsin. PolitiFact dug into this claim and rated it “true.” That’s some hard-hitting journalism right there. (PolitiFact)