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06.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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AWASH IN SUDS!

Article by: Fred Bouchard - When Suzanne Schalow and Kate Baker opened Craft Beer Cellars in Belmont Center three-and-a-half years ago, they were dedicated, hard-working, knowlegdeable, and somewhat business savvy.  But the amiably driven co-owners never did expect the brew-nami of beer and steep fan-to-geek-to-business partner trajectories that have followed in the wake.  Today they are riding high on beer’s continued ‘bacterial’ growth profile.  To date, Suzanne and Kate are running two successful retail outlets (medium in Belmont [...] Read More »

BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNES

Article by: Sandy Block, MW - Among the most interesting and delicious but least understood Champagne categories on the market is the pure 1OO% Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs.  Softly textured and nuanced with aromatic complexity, Champagnes made exclusively with white grapes are not only highly reflective of their terroir origins but they can also often prove quite ageworthy as their prominent natural acidity helps preserve even the Non Vintage examples.  The myth that you have to drink Champagnes soon after release [...] Read More »

ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: THE HEMINGWAY DAIQUIRI

Article by: Pink Lady - IF YOU’VE CAUGHT the Boston cocktail community’s latest fad/tradition, you are well acquainted with the Daiquiri Time Out.  To the indoctrinated, taking a DTO is simply taking a break from your hectic life to sip on a Daiquiri.  A simple mixture of rum, fresh lime juice and sugar, the drink is classy, accessible and, most of all, refreshing.  Couch that moment in laid-back repose and the effects are elevated from delicious to restorative.  [...] Read More »

FROM SICILY’S VOLCANO BENANTI ETNA ROSSO

Article by: Harvey Finkel - IT TAKES THE INTREPID to plant on an active volcano.  After tasting what they’ve wrought, we’re glad they braved Etna, Europe’s largest, most active volcano.  At nearly 11,OOO feet (3322 meters) and massive in bulk, this ill-tempered giant not only dominates and constantly threatens northeastern Sicily, but also presents to winegrowers a unique terroir.  Before the terroir, was the terror.  Wine-drenched locals had plenty to fear from Etna’s eructations.  Their mythology had the forges of [...] Read More »

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