Booze News in Brief

Booze News


It’s Presidents’ Day. Celebrate with mattress sales and by drinking as former chief executives may have. Like Richard Nixon, who apparently favored the mai tai. Fascinating. I would have thought him more of a bourbon flip man. (

“The global beer industry,” analysts at Goldman Sachs tell us in what are undoubtedly sage and soothing tones, “has undergone a steady process of consolidation.” You can see just how this process has gone over the past decade in this handy chart.  Anheuser-Busch InBev is the behemoth in the room, of course. (Business Insider)

The traditional British pub is under siege, with over 7,000 closing since the 2008 financial meltdown. But wait! “New legislation is letting people petition to have a pub designated an ‘asset of community value,’ a status that provides a degree of protection from demolition and helps community groups buy pubs themselves, rather than seeing them get snatched up by real estate developers eager to convert them for other uses or tear them down.” There’s probably a stirring Shakespeare reference to be made here, but I don’t have it in me. (New York Times)

Another day, another story about robots taking over the brewing industry. Recent Kickstarter projects “Picobrew Zymatic” and “the BrewBot” are taking us down the road to mechanized ruin. “While the two devices have different designs and different principles, they both have the same aim; making it simple for you to brew beer.” And world domination, no doubt. Load up on canned goods and shotguns. (Mancave Daily)