Tea, wine steeped in shared history

Jun 1, 2014

Tea, wine steeped in shared history

Wine and tea, though one is alcoholic and the other is not, are not remote relatives in their rituals and cultivation, according to a newly opened exhibition in Beijing. Both are symbols of conviviality and lifestyle, have been consumed for thousands of years and ...

Food labs fight organized crime

May 4, 2014

Food labs fight organized crime

by Jamie Doward and Amy Moore

At first glance the sprawling campus amid glorious countryside looks an unlikely base from which to wage war against Italy’s most feared crime organization, the ‘ndrangheta. And yet the laboratories of Campden BRI, once part of the University of Bristol and now a major ...

Migrating birds carried heaven-sent lager yeast

Apr 14, 2014

Migrating birds carried heaven-sent lager yeast

Lager drinkers can thank birds for their favorite tipple — that is the conclusion of U.S. scientists who say the yeast involved in making the amber nectar could have been spread around the planet by migrating birds. The work, by researchers at the University ...

App helps American boozers to stay sober

Mar 27, 2014

App helps American boozers to stay sober

A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to bars helped keep some on the wagon, researchers found. The sobriety app they studied joins a host of others that serve as electronic ...

Behind doors, drinking thrives in Iran

| Mar 27, 2014

Behind doors, drinking thrives in Iran

by Parisa Hafezi

“Have a shot of tequila first, cheer up!” Shahriyar tells guests gathered at his luxury apartment in Tehran. His girlfriend, Shima, says they party every weekend. “Shahriyar has one rule: Bring your booze! We drink until morning,” she said on a Facetime call as ...