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04.2012

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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The Spring Of The Old And New In Craft Brew

Article by: Andy Crouch - The spring tends to be one of the beer industry’s less celebrated times. With the focus squarely on the quantity-over-quality twin holidays of St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, the character of the beers sold takes a back seat to chasing big sales targets. Overshadowed by these commercial giants, the craft beer industry has been slow to try and retake the holiday. Throughout history, brewers have looked upon the spring as [...] Read More »

THE FAMILY BUSINESS

Article by: Lew Bryson - Marty Siegal, the owner of Marty’s in Newtonville, has been working in liquor retail for 44 years. (“We’ll make that from when I turned 21, let’s keep this legal,” he told me, adding that he got married that same year.) The family’s liquor business dates from 1948, when Marty’s grandfather got into the liquor business after being in groceries. That’s a long time to be in retail: people coming through the door, always wanting something, [...] Read More »

A DRINK WITH ALEXEI BERATIS

Article by: Brandy Rand - If you’ve been in this industry awhile, you’ve likely been served a drink by Alexei Beratis.  From behind the bar to behind the scene of some of Boston’s hottest bars and restaurants, Beratis now divides his time between beverage consulting(he owns Of the Spirits Beverage Consulting) and running the newly formed Boston Beverage Society with partner Jamie Walsh of Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale in downtown Boston.  The duo have solidified what many in [...] Read More »

ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: THE ROSITA

Article by: Pink Lady and Pinky Gonzales - We LUPEC ladies love agave spirits – and few things beat a good margarita.  Every once in a while, though, it’s nice to have your tequila strong and stirred.The Rosita is a perfect solution.  Made with tequila, Campari, sweet and dry vermouth, it’s an aperitif reminiscent of the Negroni ideal for stimulating the appetite before a meal.  The origins of the drink are unknown.  We first heard about it through Gaz Regan who [...] Read More »

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