Drinkhacker Reads – 06.24.2013 – Is Bigger Better?

Returning from a much needed vacation, we were surprised to see an article published in Slate arguing that big name distilleries like Beam and Wild Turkey were just as good as craft distilleries. While there are many valid points to be made for either side, in the end isn’t it a bit like comparing apples and oranges? [Slate]

Perhaps coincidentally, the Chicago Tribune runs an article discussing how big names like Jim Beam and Jack Daniels are getting “crafty” with new expressions. [Chicago Tribune]

While China is putting the chill on European Union wines and spirits because of some international trade issues, they’ve welcomed back with open arms Mexico’s tequila. We’re sure the timing is totally coincidental and has no political agenda whatsoever. [USA Today]

In science-related news, your gin may be in short supply very soon. Unlike the recent forewarnings about bourbon shortages due to supply, this alert stems from a recent outbreak of fungus attacking juniper plants, whose berries are an essential ingredients found in the spirit. Scientists are currently very hard at work to develop a solution to the problem, but so far results are mixed. Try not to get to shaken up over this stirring news. [ABC News]

And finally today, The New York Times talks to Jefferson’s main bourbon man Trey Zoeller about traveling, bourbon, and high-priced escorts he’s had the pleasure to have known. It’s a wonderful life, indeed. [NY Times]

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