The Citizens’ Voice: Online database helps track down ‘Boozicorns’ available statewide. “Pennsylvania’s regulation of wine and spirits offers unique frustrations and, sometimes, opportunities. One of the opportunities is the ability to search the entire state for specific products through the state’s centralized web portal. Anyone who does this regularly will see how often odd lots of wine or spirits— a bottle or a few — may be tucked away somewhere, frustratingly, in Bryn Mawr or Cambria County. A wise-cracky techie created a program and website to scrape the data for those odd lots available in just a single store and dubbed them Boozicorns. ”
Tubefilter: Facebook And Instagram Ban User Posts Selling Alcohol And Tobacco. “Facebook and Instagram users are no longer allowed to utilize any of the platforms’ functions to privately sell, trade, transfer, or gift alcohol or tobacco products, per a new policy that rolled out yesterday. The new policy also affects businesses that post content related to alcohol and tobacco sales; from now on, they will have to place restrictions on that content so it can only be seen by users aged 18 and older.”
Augusta Free Press: JMU graduate students create digital archive of Rockingham prohibition records. “During the 2018-2019 academic year, a team of JMU [James Madison University] graduate students uncovered and digitized 6,379 prohibition-era legal records to create an interpretive website that seeks to put the documents into historical contexts.” I would not normally cover an archive like this in RB because of how it’s oriented toward a fairly small area. But the topic is so unusual, and the documents so specific, I think it’s worth a mention.
The Spirits Business: New resource highlights dangerous cocktail ingredients. “Cocktail Safe, which currently focuses on US regulations, provides information and advice on regulated ingredients such as quinine and wormwood, as well as prohibited ingredients like tobacco, tonka beans, and raw sassafras. The online resource also includes advice about potentially dangerous techniques and equipment, including liquid nitrogen, fat-washing and the use of vintage glassware.”
Global News: First of its kind database aims to reveal how FASD affects Canadians. “Saskatchewan, like other provinces, does not collect specific data on how many people have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) is launching the first national database, and first globally, on the disorder.”
UC Davis: UC Davis Creates Wine Price Database With Crowdsourcing, Famed Catalogs. “Recommendations for ‘best buys’ in Champagnes and party menus from some 50 years ago are among the treats in a new crowdsourcing database of historic wine prices from the University of California, Davis. Price the Vintage, with more than 200 digitized catalogs of famed New York-based distributor Sherry-Lehmann, is the most comprehensive online database of its kind. People from around the world can enjoy browsing the catalogs, enter pricing information and help chart America’s appreciation for wine.”
New-to-me: Barnivore, a database of vegan alcohol. From the home page: “It might seem weird at first, but your favourite drink might have more than just alcohol in it. Brewmasters, winemakers, and distillers may include animal ingredients in their products directly, or they might use them in the processing and filtration…. Our 34,684 entries have been checked and often double or triple checked by the Barnivore community and are gathered here for you to enjoy, and maybe submit a check of your own.”