Drinkhacker Reads – 11.11.2013 – Patriotic Dispatch Edition

First and foremost, a raising of the glass to the men and women who have proudly served in our country’s military branches. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

In true patriot form, Bostonians are once again taking it to the streets and marching towards the halls of politics. Members of the Massachusetts Beer Guild (which includes Samuel Adams and Harpoon) will be testifying at a hearing with state legislators tomorrow afternoon, claiming that four-decade-old laws and legislation regarding wholesalers and distribution are curbing growth and impacting 1,300 existing jobs in the commonwealth. We’re in the process of trying to find out if the hearing will be simulcasted, and if so we’ll post a link tomorrow. [Boston.com]

Jack Daniel’s is back in court again, this time suing a restaurant over the use of the phrase “No. 7″. Last week it was against Popcorn Sutton for the use of a similar bottle shape. We can’t wait to see them in court over the use of black and white as a color scheme. (Note: This is a joke. Please don’t sue us.) [Law 360]

In wine news: Bloomberg is reporting that France is already down on the rot-ridden 2013 vintage, already prompting an increase in wine prices, The Wall Street Journal reports that New York had a great year for its crop, and a new system in Germany can identify grape varietals and sugar content through optical techniques.

And finally today, the world’s oldest living veteran Richard Overton credits his 107 years of longevity to 12 cigars a day and whiskey in his coffee. “Whiskey’s a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender.” Overton said in an interview with an LA Times reporter. While not many doctors may agree with that assessment, we’ll drink to it. Cheers, sir. Tender cheers. [LA Times]

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