Booze News In Brief

There’s doin’s a-transpiring amongst Wisconsin breweries in 2013. Isthmus beer columnist Robin Shepard rounds ’em up. (TheDailyPage.com)

In news that may as well be titled, “duh,” NBC reports that “new archaeological finds suggest that alcohol has been a social glue in parties, from work festivals to cultic feasts, since the dawn of civilization.” By the way, do the kids still say “duh”? I mean to suggest that this might be an unsurprising piece of information.  (NBCNEWS.com)

Author and historian Lesley Blume talks up her book Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition. “I feel like a lot of contemporary cocktail culture has gotten a bit self-serious, and one of the things that resonated with me was how unself-serious cocktail culture was in bygone eras.” Jam that in your house-made bitters, master mixologists! (NPR.org)