Smashbomb Atomic IPA Banned in Ontario; Scotch Auctioned for Relief in Japan Goes for $24K

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Heavy beer drinkers who carry a gene mutation involved in the metabolism of alcohol may face a higher risk of developing stomach cancer, according to a new study.
[US News & World Report]

Two Pennsylvania brewers are fighting over exclusive use of an elf on the label. Troegs, maker of Mad Elf Beer, wants Fegley's Brew Works to drop its Rude Elf's Reserve elf.
[PhillyNow]

A new beer in New Zealand is raising concerns for its promotion as a "breakfast beer." The cherry-flavored wheat lager is said to be ideal to replace champagne in the morning.
[FOX News]

An Ontario beer has been banned for its name -- Smashbomb Atomic IPA -- and label, which depicts an explosion.
[Toronto Star]

A bottle of Glenlivet Scotch being auctioned to raise money for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has raised £15,000 ($24,350).
[BBC]

New data has revealed that Scots spend twice as much on spirits as the English, and drink four more bottles per year per capita than in the 1990s.
[BBC]

A liquor store in Greenville, South Carolina, has introduced wine by the growler. Charles Bieler, of the keg wine company the Gotham Project, hopes the trend comes to New York.
[Diner's Journal]

An op-ed rails against wine wholesaling and a new bill that would allow for the prohibition of online wine sales and restrict out-of-state producers.
[NY Times]

The May issue of Vanity Fair has the story of a painstakingly planned yet easily foiled plot to poison the priceless vineyards of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
[Diner's Journal]


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