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01.2012

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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LICENSE INITIATIVE PASSES

It’s official. Governor Deval Patrick has signed legislation that will permit supermarkets and other large retailers to gradually acquire more alcoholic beverage licenses.  Under the new law, the cap on licenses per corporation would be lifted from three to five in 2O12, up to seven in 2O16, and to nine in 2O2O.  The bill also would assess applicants $5OOO for every license they obtain in excess of three.  The bill does not create a new [...] Read More »

BEWARE THE DRUNKEN GUMMIE BEARS

Who would have ever thought that gummy bears would be the “go to” vehicle for teens to get drunk off? Yes, the sweet, chewy bears so many people enjoy are being soaked in alcohol and kids are gobbling them up, often right in front of adults. Bad enough that it’s gone viral, there are numerous websites offering instructions on how to prepare the boozy candies: Put them in a flat cake pan and fill with [...] Read More »

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

Like father like son. Renowned spirits industry experts Jeffrey and Jonathon Pogash have launched cocktail books simultaneously. Son Jonathan is the cocktail editor of the latest edition of an American classic, Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide (John Wiley and Sons; co-edited by Rick Rodgers) and father Jeffrey is the author of Bloody Mary (Thornwillow Press). Both books were released in November. To celebrate the occasion, father and son hosted dual book signings during December in [...] Read More »

HAS MADD GONE A BIT MAD?

For the last few years, Interlocks – the alcohol detection devices installed in cars – have been used mainly for repeat drunk driving offenders. However, if Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has its way, all cars in the US will soon have alcohol detection devices in them. However, The American Beverage Institute (ABI) trade association had something to say about that when it criticized MADD’s “Report to the Nation” which advocates them. According to ABI, [...] Read More »

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