Massachusetts Beverage Business


The State Of Whisk(e)y in Massachusetts

Article by: Brandy Rand - It wasn’t too long ago that having an extensive whiskey selection was limited to a few specialty bars and stores. Most places simply stocked the standard call brands, because whiskey was not a staple on cocktail menus or “on trend” with mojito and martini obsessed consumers. What a difference a few years makes. Just ask Frank Weber, who has helmed the bar program for years at the venerable Omni Parker House, home of the whiskey-focused [...] Read More »

Endangered Cocktails: Boilermaker

Article by: Pink Lady and Pink Gin - Winter doldrums got you down?Can’t cope with the T anymore?Getting through a romantic break-up?Wondering what do drink after you’ve sent in your anonymous gripe?The Boilermaker, of course.A series of in-depth interviews with John Gertsen of Drink yielded the following: “I believe that all of the earliest saloon drinking was merely some strong whiskey and good ale.  It makes perfect sense to me that someone eventually put the two [...] Read More »


Article by: Sandy Block, MW - SANDY BLOCK, MWThe Sassicaia story is well known. Italy’s original, and in many ways still most emblematic, “Super Tuscan,” the wine’s very existence has probably had more indirect impact in elevating the country’s image internationally than any other. It was the first sustained attempt to create a world-class wine using imported Bordeaux varietals, and it helped establish the coastal Bolgheri zone as a mark of distinction to rival Tuscany’s other more famous sub-zones [...] Read More »

Oregon Today

Article by: Harvey Finkel - Return to the Willamette ValleyNEWBERG, OREGON To understand the wine scene in Oregon today, it helps to look back 6O million years to its genesis in the formation of the land, then, contracting the time scale, review the last 5O years. During this recent time, the scene has gone “from startup to stardom”, in the words of vintner and philosopher David Adelsheim, whose perspective and wisdom I was able to tap during [...] Read More »

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