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12.2013

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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CRAFT BREWERS GUILD + BLUEPRINT BRANDS

CRAFT BREWERS GUILD of Boston has added a craft spirits division, Blueprint Brands, which will feature a portfolio of craft distilleries. The portfolio currently includes brands from Lexington Brewing and Distilling of Lexington, Kentucky; Pür Spirits of Germany; Sound Spirits of Seattle, Washington; New England Distilling of Portland, Maine, 1512 Spirits of San Francisco, California; Middle West Spirits of Columbus, Ohio; Truth Spirits of France; SW4 Gin of England; Dulce Vida Tequila of Mexico; and [...] Read More »

SPIRITS CONTINUE TO GROW

IT WASN’T A BANNER third quarter for any of the beverage alcohol categories. According to industry data analyst group GuestMetrics, all three alcohol categories had their weakest volume performance thus far in the year in the third quarter. Spirits volumes were -2.4% in the first quarter, improved to -1.4% in the second, softened to -3.1% in the third and were even softer at -3.5% during the most recent four weeks. “Despite the weak volumes for [...] Read More »

BOOK - BEER TERRAIN: FIELD TO GLASS FROM THE BERKSHIRES TO THE MAINE COAST

Jonathon Cook + Suzanne LepageCraft beer is booming in the Northeast.  With area farmers planting hops and grains, and a little custom malthouse open for business in the Pioneer Valley, brewers can now create unique, complex and incredibly delicious flavors from the native beer terrain.  This is the story of artisans and craft brewing innovators; people who have chosen their line of work based on a blend of conscience and inspiration, leading the larger [...] Read More »

BOOK - ARCHITECTURE OF THE COCKTAIL: BUILDING THE PERFECT COCKTAIL FROM THE BOTTOM UP

Amy Zavatto + Melissa Wood Illustrated with a unique blueprints-inspired design, this new book features 75 different cocktails and recipes (including specifications, notes and embellishments) for both modern cocktails and classics.  The book lays out exact measurements from the bottom of the glass to the top, and discusses the order in which liquors should be layered, precise measurements needed and recommended brands.  Also included is a mini guide on identifying the correct glass as [...] Read More »

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