All the News You Can Drink: Dom’s New Balloon-Inspired Bottle, Hello Kitty Beer and more

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Jeff Koons Teams with Dom Perignon on New Bottle

It’ll cost you millions to get an original piece of art by Jeff Koons, but a Koons-designed bottle of Dom Perignon will only set you back $20,000. The company turned to the artist two years ago to create a new bottle design, along with gift boxes and a bottle holder. Koons eventually turned out a design inspired by his famous Balloon Venus sculpture, according to the New York Observer.

“Its color is deep, with light amber and copper tints,” the brand said in a statement, according to HauteLiving.com. “The wine’s bouquet erupts theatrically from its silken fleshy body, just as the sculpture’s reflective surface envelop the viewing in a dynamic invitation to tasting.” 

The bottle was unveiled this week in New York City, attracting A-listers who just happened to be in town for Fashion Week, including Martha Stewart, Carmelo Anthony, Eve, Maya Lin, Ted Allen and Donna Karan, among many others, Wine Spectator reports.[more]

Of Course China Sells Hello Kitty Beer

It’s surprising to find out that Helly Kitty has been around for 40 years, with some of its first fans now well into adulthood. Keen on still catering to its full range of fanatics, the brand has begun marketing Hello Kitty-branded beer in Asia. 

The fruit-flavored brews have about half the alcohol content of a Budweiser and come in flavors including peach, lemon-lime, passion fruit and banana. 

“The beers were introduced in Taiwan, and are now also available in China, where flavored beer is a new trend in the market,” a spokesperson for Hello Kitty manufacturer Sanrio, told Today. Sanrio licensed the brand to Taiwan Tsing Beer Company, who makes the brew. 

One blogger compared the drink to consuming fruit punch while another said they were more like wine coolers

For those of you that think Hello Kitty should stay catering to kids, you might have missed last year’s standout promotion when the famous cartoon kitty dressed up as a Hooter’s Girl. 

More Booze News:

– Oregonians can now buy wine and beer at their liquor stores.

– Four female brewers in Pennsylvania created a fundraising beer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Budweiser has signed a deal with Wrigley Field, ousting Old Style, which had been served in the park since the 1950s.

– A Ukrainian coffee vending machine started serving up Vodka instead.

Pernod Ricard India has signed on popular Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma as brand ambassador.

– Premium prosecco brand Scavi & Ray uses London Fashion Week to launch in the UK.

Mixing energy drinks and alcohol is a bad idea, new study says. 

Cruzan Rum is launching a new line of super-premium, blended aged rums called the Distiller’s Collection.

Baileys has a new liqueur: Vanilla Cinnamon Baileys.

– Britain gained 197 new breweries last year, bringing the total to 1,147—a 70-year high.

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