Massachusetts Beverage Business



Article by: Liza Weisstuch - From Fantasy Football to Facebook forecasting trends and pop culture sensations can be as tricky an exercise as shooting fish in a barrel (or avoiding clichés).  When it comes to the alcohol who would have guessed ten years ago that Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller High Life would be the brew of choice among urban hipsters or that rye would make a heroic comeback, that people would be seeking out boutique gins or that [...] Read More »

Profile: Mike Cimini

Article by: Fred Bouchard - MIKE CIMINI • 39 • CEO Yankee Spirits Inc. • Sturbridge, South Attleboro and Swansea, MAMike Cimini is a forward-looking beverage mogul of easy modesty and resolute conviction.  The young owner of Yankee Spirits, the Bay State’s largest chain, was recently named beverage dynamics’ Retailer of the Year.  Mike toured me through his flagship Sturbridge store, oldest of its three 25,OOO square foot rented properties.  The others are a former Almacs with [...] Read More »

Keeping Up With Misty

Article by: Liza Weisstuch - Misty Kalkofen’s cell phone you might say, is her most valuable bartending tool. She regularly gets text messages from bartenders all around the country asking about recipes, products, and mixology methods. And, of course, she puts out sundry inquiries, too. She’s part of an informal but active network of tastemakers, trendsetters and craftspeople, all of whom have earned deserved recognition on the nation’s – if not the world’s – cocktail scene. They’re people that Misty, [...] Read More »

Alcohol + Cancer

Article by: Harvey Finkel, MD - So much of the information reported about the relationships of cancer to alcohol consumption is conflicted and confusing that the comprehensive 2OO-page meta-review from the Australian Cancer Institute in New South Wales ( is most welcome.  We must keep in mind that cancer is not one disease, but many, and that its risk factors are very complex and variable.It is clear that the risks of some cancers are raised by excessive drinking, and [...] Read More »

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