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03.2008

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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RUM

Article by: ROBERT BRADFORD - Last year saw total volume sales move above the 23 million 9-liter case-sale plateau in the American market for the first time ever. Looking down a category’s performance listing of the some 5O measurable volume brands, starting at the top with the #1 almighty 9-million-case category-colossus, Bacardi, you can find only six of them in negative sales territory, and all of these are in the unglamorous [...] Read More »

Irish Spirits

Article by: LEW BRYSON - I was recently out on the road visiting bars in, of all places, central New Jersey, for a drinking book I’m working on. I drive on these trips, but I drink a lot of water, and I usually only drink about a third of the lower alcohol session beers I order. I also keep a personal breathalyzer in the car. I’m careful and responsible. I take it easy.Then I walkedw Irish [...] Read More »

J.J. Foley's turns 99

Article by: LIZA WEISSTUCH - On a frigid night just before the new year, a group of men in button down shirts and ties sat around a long table in the recently opened dining room of J.J. Foley’s Café on East Berkeley Street in Boston’s South End. The men were from all lines of work – the courtroom, the boardroom, the boiler room – but regardless of where they spent their days, it was clear that they’d all spent many [...] Read More »

Kappy's Antonio Pani

Article by: Fred Bouchard - ANTONIO PANI • 57 • Wine Buyer & Store Manager • Kappy’s Fresh Pond, Cambridge, MADenny Morris, a Berklee colleague, buys wine at Kappy’s Fresh Pond; he usually drinks $1O Cal cabs, but says Antonio Pani has sold him up to finer Priorats. Some salespeople keep up their careers with tastings and wine mags. Pani, a savvy, straight-talking Italian, sidesteps into art history and literature; he hones [...] Read More »

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