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The World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine; High-ABV Beer Is Exploding in North America; & More

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Booze news from around the world

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

—   It seems American craft beer is getting even boozier as the industry grows, according to CNBC. A study released by consumer research group Mintel found a 319 percent increase in releases of North American beers with more than 6.5 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) between 2011 and 2014.

—  Looking for a really fancy wine to impress your friends? UK Website WineSearcher has posted an exhaustive list that of the world's most expensive wine, according to Time. The 1985 Richebourg Grand Cru nabbed the top spot on this year's list with a hefty $15,000 price tag. Wines from the France's Burgundy region including the Richebourg earned top spots in the rankings that compared prices from 55,000 wine merchants encompassing more than 7 million wines.

— Wine lover's looking to preserve every last drop of their favorite bottles are in luck. The Boston Globe reports a new startup, Kuvée, is developing a high-tech bottle system that prevents wine from going bad. The bottles use a canister that dispenses wine one glass at a time, while preventing the rest of the bottle from being exposed to oxygen. Each bottle will be outfitted with an internet-connected "smart label" that display the brand and vintage of wine in the container and allows customers to order more canisters of the same wine for home delivery.

— Just like Crocs and bell-bottom jeans, wines come in and out of fashion. Such is the case for Chateau Lafite Rothchild's wines. Once the darling of the Chinese millionaire (and billionaire) set, according to Bloomberg Chateau Lafite's prices have dropped precipitously since its peak popularity — retailing for $19,400 per case — in 2011. Now, Lafite is practically a bargain at around $8,575 per case.