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Top 10 biggest stories from the first half of 2023

As the summer is starting to slowly fade and autumn is just over the horizon, now is the perfect time for db to look at the biggest stories from the first half of the year.

UK Airport lifts 100ml liquid limit (April 2023)

Japanese brewer Kirin pivots from beer in £667 million pharmaceutical investment

London City Airport joined Teesside International Airport in using new scanners to enable passengers to bring greater volumes of liquid in hand luggage through security, a move which could make transporting drinkable souvenirs significantly easier.

How safe is the ‘borg’ drinking trend? (February 2023)

In early 2023, the “borg” drinking trend swept across US college campuses, and began to raise concerns with health professionals.

Here’s what happens to your body when you give up alcohol for a month (January 2023)

While there are long-term term benefits to cutting down on your alcohol consumption, completely giving up alcohol for Dry January can actually make you feel worse, one expert said.

Porn-inspired beer removed from Australian market

A Queensland-based brewery has been forced to withdraw its ‘Barely Legal IPA’ from the Australian market, following a social media storm concerning its name and porn-inspired marketing campaign.

Monster Energy launches alcoholic product

Monster Beverage Corporation has launched The Beast Unleashed, made using “malt alcohol” and weighing in at 6% ABV.

New beer category ‘fresh ale’ is introduced

A new beer category, named ‘fresh ale’ has been created by Otter Brewery to bridge the gap between craft beer, cask ale and lager.

Aussie brewery says you need to be 35+ to drink one of its beers

Australia’s Lord Nelson Brewery has insisted people need to be aged 35 or over to be permitted to consume its Three Sheets Pale Ale.

Rare whiskey could be salvaged from 170-year-old shipwreck

The Westmoreland, which sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan in 1854, could contain more than US$20 million worth of gold and rare whiskey.

The 10 most expensive countries to buy a bottle of wine

With many of us doubtless daydreaming about summer holidays, this list of the 10 most expensive countries to buy a bottle of wine may help inform your next trip abroad.

Bill Gates ‘wastewater beer’ could be as disruptive as Microsoft

Disgruntled consumers might refer to bad beer as tasting “like dishwater” but new tech being developed in California could mean that before long beer could be made from purified shower, laundry and sink water, thanks to Bill Gates.

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