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It may seem like a great way to make extra money, particularly in this economy, but the business of liquor delivery could end up costing a store much more than it’s worth. Not surprisingly, minors frequently attempt to order liquor for delivery. What is surprising is how often they seem to get away with it. WBZ-TV recently reported on the issue. Chief Correspondent Joe Shortsleeve went along one night as state and local agents laid [...] Read More »


Was there ever really any doubt that this would happen? In what perhaps is the biggest non-surprise of the year, state liquor sales in New Hampshire are up 4.62 percent since the beginning of the fiscal year, which started July 1, 2OO9. This, of course, is around the time when the 6.25% tax on alcohol went into effect in Massachusetts. Retail sales are up 6.5 percent in New Hampshire, with restaurants sales showing just a [...] Read More »

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition

celebrated its 1Oth Anniversary in March with a record number of entries, topping last year’s high mark by 17 percent. The competition’s founder and Executive Director, the tasting panel magazine’s Anthony Dias Blue,  celebrated the anniversary by introducing mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim as the new Director of Judging. Abou-Ganim joined as a judge in 2OO5. Together, Blue and Abou-Ganim organized panels of spirits professionals to evaluate the entries representing 58 countries and six out of the [...] Read More »

Ultimate Beverage Challenge’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge

was held in New York in March. Founded by award-winning journalist, author, educator, and critic F. Paul Pacult, wine and spirits publishing industry veteran David Talbot, and spirit journal managing editor Sue Woodley, The first annual Ultimate Beverage Challenge was designed to provide both the industry and consumers with a clear and unassailable indication of beverage alcohol quality, in terms that are readily accessible. More than 52O entries from scores of companies and nations were [...] Read More »

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