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12.2011

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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WILL HAPPY HOUR MAKE BARS HAPPY?

It’s been a quarter of a century since Massachusetts last had happy hours at its bars but that could soon be coming to an end. In October, the Massachusetts State Senate passed an amendment to the controversial casino bill that would allow state bars and restaurants to feature happy hour alcoholic drinks. The bill outlines the creation of three casinos and a slot machine parlor, and would explicitly permit these establishments to provide free or [...] Read More »

CAN BEER AND WINE SAVE THE US POSTAL SERVICE?

For several years the US Postal Service has been facing an ever-growing financial crisis. So dire is it that there has been talk of eliminating Saturday delivery service. US senators think the agency can solve some of its problems by turning to alcohol. In an effort to boost revenue, lawmakers recently introduced a bipartisan reform plan that would, among other things, allow postal workers to deliver wine and beer. The proposal on alcoholic beverages would [...] Read More »

HOW ABOUT A SHOT OF CABBAGE TREE TEQUILA?

With the exception of its wines, New Zealand has little to offer in the way of indigenous beers and spirits. To counter that, food science students of Auckland University of Technology (AUT) have been researching how to create the country’s first national alcohol: cabbage tree tequila. AUT Associate Professor Owen Young and his students have been working on a way to create a Kiwi brew and have re-created a colonial-era spirit made using the starch [...] Read More »

A TRUE OXYMORON: NON-ALCOHOLIC WHISKY

They’re not happy about this in Scotland. ArKay, said to be the world’s first alcohol-free “Halal certified” whisky, is going on sale worldwide in time for the holidays. It is said to look and taste just like traditional whisky. With its certification, Arkay opens up the markets in Muslim countries and the Middle East. Whisky distillers in Scotland are said to be in a state of revolt over the “alcohol free” creation. “It is not [...] Read More »

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