I do like the premise, but ya it's a bit too big for my tastes.
I'd like it if it was default off and you can press the Whiskey image for it to pop up when you want to scan whats happening on the other sites. When you go to the another page it'll revert to the small footer again.
Basically keep it off, but make link opening it noticeable so that you can open the footer to quickly find info on other whiskey sites.
I think thats a bit of nitpicking; playing the game is what matters. Most people who are playing offline probably don't care that much for achievements. Everyone is up at arms at not being able to play the games offline at all.