Hydroponic Hops May Help Save The World's Beer
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In 2022, hop yields were down 40% in Czechia, 21% in Germany, and 12% in the US. To ensure a sufficient supply of the flowers essential to beer-making, Spanish company Enokoke has begun growing hydroponic hops under LED lights in Madrid warehouses. Its systems aren't subject to climate change and use about 95% less water than traditional outdoor farming. A limited edition IPA using Ekonoke's hops is already on tap in a Madrid bar and one of its funders, industry giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, calls the venture "very promising."
Jack Daniel’s New Construction In Tennessee Blocked Due To Pervasive Black Fungus
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Whiskey that evaporates during aging is romantically called the “angel’s share." But the angel's share results in the devil's fungus, according to those who live near distilleries. Whiskey fungus is driving a wedge between residents of Lincoln County, Tennessee, and Jack Daniel’s, the distillery founded in 1866 in neighboring Moore County. For decades, JD's whiskey fungus has been coating homes, cars, patio furniture and road signs in a stubborn, sooty crust. Complaints have been filed. Lawsuits have been brought. Now, a local Tennessee court has halted construction of a new Jack Daniel's barrel house.
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Spirits Edge Out Beer With 42.1% Market Share
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For the first time ever, spirits surpassed beer in US market share, according to the US Distilled Spirits Council. Fueled in part by a resurgent cocktail culture and ready-to-drink cocktails, spirits claimed 42.1% of the alcohol market share, with beer sales just behind at 41.9% market share. In 2022, more than 60% of total spirits revenue came from sales of super-premium spirits such as tequila and American whiskey.
Edinburgh Scientists Restore 19th Century Scotch Flavors
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Researchers at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University have begun testing how 8 varieties of barley from the 1800s respond to modern processing methods. A 200-year-old variety called Chevallier, the most popular barley in Britain for 100 years, is under the microscope. Scotland's Holyrood Distillery is sponsoring the research and hopes the heritage barleys will bring back flavors and aromas that have been missing from Scotch whisky for many decades.
WineMag Forecasts Drink Trends For 2023
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Outer-space inspired whiskey? Martini madness? Sochu? Drinks writer Kara Newman interviewed spirits pros around the country to find out what people might be sipping at bars, night clubs, and their own homes in 2023. These year-end forecasts often don't come to pass, but here's one prediction I'd bet on: the ascent of agave spirits will continue.
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