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03.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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CLASSIC BEERS FOR SPRING

Article by: Andy Crouch - A FEW DECADES AGO, popping to the store for a six-pack of beer would have been no big deal.  Depending upon where you lived, the local liquor or grocery store would have offered a dozen or so big named brands, including Stroh’s, Schlitz, Hamm’s, and the Big Three (Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and Coors).  If it was a good store, it might have even included a couple imported brands, such as Lowenbrau.  Today, that little selection has [...] Read More »

JEFF MARX Marx Consulting & Marketing

Article by: Fred Bouchard - FOR A GUY who barely squeaked by in high school and totally finessed college, Jeff Marx at 67 can say in all honesty: “I was one of the very lucky people in this industry.”  When Jeff retired from his job as Global Sales Advisor in early 2O14 after a 42-year career in the wine and spirits business, his Marx Consulting & Marketing, located in Duxbury, MA, was one of the larger sales-agencies in the Bay [...] Read More »

ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH THE WILD-EYED ROSE

Article by: Pink Lady - ON MARCH 17 jolly drinkers around the world will don green garments, shout “Erin Go Bragh”, and use St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse to get day drunk.  It’s a huge day for festivities in Beantown to be sure but, as anyone who’s seen Boondock Saints, Goodwill Hunting, The Departed, and The Towne can tell you, Boston is super Irish every day: You can’t swing a cat without hitting a Sullivan. From Somerville [...] Read More »

RUBY WINES AN AMERICAN STORY

Article by: Harvey Finkel - ATTENDING THE 3Oth Annual Wine Tasting of Ruby Wines, Inc., I wondered amid the cheerful bustle about the beginnings of this family company, and set up a breakfast meeting with CEO Bob Rubin to return to yesteryear.In the beginning was the soda company, and it was in Lynn.  Bob’s grandfather, Samuel Rubin, emigrated from Russia, settled in Haverhill and then moved to Revere.  He founded Ruby California Products in 1921.  Among those products [...] Read More »

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