How big of a deal is three percent? If you're talking about whiskey, apparently a lot. Last weekend, the news that Maker's Mark was to be bottled at 42% ABVinstead of its current level of 45% ABV brought forth the full range of reaction from the Internet - y'know: disbelief, anger, torches and pitchforks. While the subsequent decision to reverse the ABV reduction has been broadly welcomed, some are starting to draw differentconclusions.
(Not that any of the above is actually relevant in certain markets.)
Topically, there's a very interesting NYT article from Harold McGee. The title? To enhance flavor, just add water.
The eternal Sydney/Melbourne rivalry takes another turn as the former is named Australia's bar capital.
A lot of good people in the Edinburgh bar/cocktail scene get some well deserved exposure, courtesy of the Scotland on Sunday, though the thing itself makes everything feel a little more like Portlandia than I remember it.
A couple of gems via the excellent if acronymically-complex TYWKIWDBI - Mixing alcohol with diet soda may make you drunker and a pretty epic wine poster for the oenophile in your life.