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01.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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HEAVEN HILL SOARS

HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERIES WON both the “Distiller of the Year” and “Visitor Attraction of the Year” awards during the presentation of whisky magazine’s “Icons of Whisky-USA” which are “designed to celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies in the world,” according to the organizers. The winners of the three regional Icon Awards – USA, Scotland and the rest of the world – go on to the final. These are announced at an awards [...] Read More »

THE AFFORDABLE INDULGENCE

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FAMOUSLY DECLARED that in life “nothing is certain but death and taxes.” That certainly is true, but it can also be added that, in times of recession, one thing is certain: drinking. According to a recent Nielson Company trends report, consumers continue to see alcoholic beverages as an affordable indulgence, despite the grim economy. Nielson data shows that the recession is really hitting on-premise establishments hard. With consumers staying in and entertaining at [...] Read More »

WHISKEY FIT for a PRESIDENT

ON JANUARY 2O 2OO9, at precisely the time that President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office in Washington, DC, the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, will stop and set aside a barrel of Tennessee Whiskey to mark the swearing-in of the 44th President. The distillery will call this special barrel the “Presidential Barrel” in his honor.  Having already matured for a couple of years, the whiskey will then be placed in a special [...] Read More »

JUDGE RULES on OUT-OF-STATE DEBATE

A MASSACHUSETTS JUDGE has overturned legislation that put a production cap on wineries that were allowed to ship directly to consumers.  The ruling will permit wineries of all sizes to ship directly to residents of legal drinking age in Massachusetts. Judge Rya Zobel’s decision in Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins enjoined the state from enforcing its law that prohibits many out-of-state wineries from shipping to consumers in the state.  Massachusetts’ current direct shipping policy [...] Read More »

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