Hiya pals! This week we got wind that Erik Lorincz is set to leave the American Bar after nearly eight years, Stella Artois recalls bottles across North America, New York gets its first sake brewery, brown spirits are all starting to taste the same, and Ryan Chetiyawardana and Danilo Tersigni debate Michelin stars for bars. Prost! 

Happy Easter weekend, folks! We have some good longreads today to keep you entertained during the four day weekend. BCB Brooklyn announces exhibitors, Bacardi bets on rum going upscale, Dave Broom launches a Kickstarter for a ‘Scotch-umentary,’ and the New York Times asks if blended Scotch still has a place in the modern bar. 

Welcome, friends! Today we have a huge deal: Diageo acquires Belzasar Vermouth. The United Kingdom (finally?) gets its very first cannabis oil-infused beer, a new magic flask promises to turn subpar hooch into premium spirits, and London’s Punch Room creates a historical cocktail menu. Ta! 

The Portrait Series menu at Karlsruhe’s Electric Eel is an intriguing experiment and a tribute to the bar’s cherished regulars. Owner and Chief Lifestyle Officer Craig Judkins tells me the story of his unusual new menu based around faces and personalities.  

Italicus hires Haley Forest as its US brand ambassador, Martin Hudak leaves the Savoy, Mario Kappes becomes Borco’s first luxury brand ambassador, The Balvenie gets a new global ambassador, and a New York liquor store moves to Alabama.  

Cheers folks! This week we have Team Lyan teaching you to make a more sustainable home bar, Scotland’s first female malt distiller Liz Stewart celebrates her retirement, we’re going to see calories and ingredients listed on EU spirits, and Coca-Cola launches its first alcoholic drink in Japan. Kanpai!

Bars in Kyoto, like the city itself, are cozy and welcoming. With less of Tokyo’s hustle and bustle, Japan’s former capital is the perfect place to take time over a well-crafted cocktail.  On a recent visit, Liv Fleischhacker found plenty of bars to like and a few places to avoid.

Welcome folks! In this week’s short but sweet inventory, we have an Australian brewery that’s trying to copyright the color of beer, the European Union prepares an import duty on US bourbon, and the definitive list of books that every spirits nerd should own. Cheers!