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. ”
PR Newswire: BeerMaps, LLC Announces the Launch of an Interactive Brewery and Taproom Search Engine–BeerMaps.com (PRESS RELEASE). “The BeerMaps interface allows users to search for breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, taverns, and other beer businesses based on their GPS location so users can discover new places everywhere they go–it is now easier than ever for craft beer enthusiasts to find local craft beer! BeerMaps users can search by city or simply click the ‘near me’ button to discover breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, and taverns nearest to their GPS location.”
Microsoft: Meet the world’s first AI-created whisky. “Together with Finnish tech company Fourkind and Microsoft, Mackmyra is creating the world’s first whisky developed with artificial intelligence (AI). In an industry synonymous with deep-rooted tradition, human expertise and craftsmanship, what happens when 1,000-year-old techniques meet advanced 21st century technology?”
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.
Linfield College: Oregon Wine History Archive debuts new projects . “The Oregon Wine History Archive (OWHA) at Linfield College has three new projects covering various aspects of Oregon winemaking and winemakers available on its website to the general public. The first is a series of themed oral history videos showcasing common themes in the Oregon wine industry. The series consists of 209 videos on 26 different topics, such as ‘Advice to Newcomers,’ ‘All About Pinot Noir’ and ‘Oregon Wine’s Pioneer Spirit.’ The videos were funded by the Oregon Wine Board, Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and are freely available to promote the wine industry. “
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.”
EurekAlert: College binge drinkers are posting while drunk, ‘addicted’ to social media
. “College students who binge drink are frequently posting on social media while intoxicated and show signs of social media ‘addiction,’ according to a new study.”