Drinkhacker Reads – 10.21.13 – The Great Pappy Van Winkle Saga Continues

Pappywatch continues: While no definitive leads made their way into the public, officers are still investigating possible suspects and those who may have had access to the large quantity of Pappy Van Winkle stolen last week. Bourbon Blog has been doing the excellent heavy lifting while the rest of us sinners took it easy this weekend, and its coverage is giving folks possible clues as to whether or not their newly acquired Pappy is the black market or legitimate version. [Bourbon Blog]

Good news for wine drinkers: Amazon’s wine service is expanding to New York, Michigan, Arizona and Louisiana. Mashable reports that Amazon’s revamped wine marketplace is growing in popularity and size, and allows more wine merchants an accessible marketplace from which to sell their wares. [Mashable]

Better news for beer drinkers, specifically those in the New Jersey area: 15 new microbreweries are slated to open within the next year. [Philly.com]

Worse news for Anheuser-Busch/INBev: another lawsuit has emerged for the mega-conglomerate, this time courtesy of a Florida man who states the company’s Beck’s beer line is misleading consumers into thinking the beer is brewed in Germany. [St Louis Post-Dispatch]

NPR reports on a new book which helps folks scratch and sniff their way into becoming a wine expert. While nothing could possibly beat the education one receives from sampling glass after glass, this could prove to be an interesting trend in the drinking world. Elsewhere on NPR, Scott Simon writes with great romanticism and whimsy about the new Absolut Chicago offering. [NPR]

Elsewhere in science news: Gizmodo’s Steve Savage makes the case on why GMO grapes could potentially make for great wine. [Gizmodo]

And finally today, Bloomberg TV has a roundtable discussion about current trends in bourbon including flavored bourbon, white whiskey, and microdistilleries. Nothing groundbreaking or earth-shattering revealed here, but it does reveal an interesting portrayal of how whiskey is being portrayed in mainstream media. [Bloomberg TV]

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