Friends! Welcome to this week’s inventory! We’ve got a beer by Sam Adams that’s so high in ABV that it’s been banned in 11 states and tastes more like Cognac than beer.

Cheers! With the current weather we’d rather stay indoors and let other people take care of what’s happening in the outside world. That’s fine, we’re just here to read about it.

This week! In bar news! Scotland’s ‘Beast of Dufftown’ returns, Russian artist sell paintings for booze, German politicians are considering a ban on alcohol between the hours of 10pm and 5am,

The Blood and Sand cocktail is one of the most successful drinks making use of Scotch whisky. At the same time it's a bit of a mystery.