AN ULTIMATE CHALLENGE . . . PART II
The inaugural Ultimate Cocktail Challenge was held in New York City in April. Founded by F. Paul Pacult, David Talbot and Sue Woodley, the competition assessed how well individual spirits performed in classic cocktails. Expert judges evaluated how, for example, different gins perform in various classic gin cocktails like the Dry Martini, Gin & Tonic and Aviation. Judges included well-known experts Dale DeGroff, David Wondrich, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Julie Reiner, Steve Olson, Audrey Saunders, Tad Carducci, [...] Read More »
BREWERS ASSOCIATION RECOGNITION AWARDS PRESENTED
Three members of the brewing community were recognized with awards for their dedication and service to the industry at the Brewers Association’s annual Craft Brewers Conference in early April. The Brewers Association Recognition Award went to Larry Bell, Founder and owner of Bell’s Brewery; the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing was presented to Ken Grossman, CEO/President of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; and the FX Matt Defense of the Industry Award was awarded to [...] Read More »
MASSACHUSETTS WON’T FIGHT COURT’S DECISION
This may be the final chapter in the controversial direct shipping case which has been the source of ongoing lawsuits and court battles. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will not fight a January federal appeals court decision that lifts restrictions on out-of-state wine shipments directly to consumers. The deliveries now depend on pending state legislation to establish a new regulatory framework for shipments by wineries, including licensing, reporting and tracking requirements. In January, the 1st [...] Read More »
SUNDAY MORNING COCKTAILS?
One of the longstanding arbitrary blue laws in Massachusetts forbids the sale of alcohol before noon on Sundays. It’s arbitrary because any other day of the week you can order a cocktail at 8am, if you so choose, and if the establishment has the right type of license. Sundays, however, are exempt from this even though it’s probably the only day of the week people are inclined to imbibe before noon. But that may be [...] Read More »