Massachusetts Beverage Business


The Wines of the Ribera del Duero

Article by: Harvey Finkel - Their prices having converted Vega Sicilia and Pingus into theoretical wines for most of us should not put us off to the many affordable and fine wines of the Ribera del Duero (“banks of the Duero River”). Let’s see about this isolated region just east of Valladolid in north-central Spain, and taste a few wines brought by its representatives, who graced me with a visit while in town for the Boston Wine Expo.The [...] Read More »


Article by: Fred Bouchard - SUZANNE SCHALOW 4OKATE BAKER 41Co-owners, Craft Beer CellarBelmont, MA The Bay State’s craft brew craze is going – bacterial – and these gals are in the thick of it.  The sisters in suds met as co-workers at the Lizard Lounge a decade ago, and struck up a coalition.  They’d worked in brewpubs, made homebrews.  They built up the brew-and-food consciousness in Cambridge, and now in the near ‘burbs they’ve opened [...] Read More »


Article by: Lew Bryson - I live in Lager Land. Here in Pennsylvania, Yuengling Lager is ubiquitous, which has created a beer landscape unlike any other in the country. It’s pretty much taken as given here that concern over Yuengling’s incredible growth – from under 2OO,OOO barrels in 1985 to 2 million in 2O1O – was the defensive reason for Budweiser’s new “Great American Lager” tagline. If I walk into a bar and call out “Lager!” I’ll have a cold [...] Read More »

Endangered Cocktails: LA PALOMA

Article by: Pink Lady - LA PALOMAA recent trip to Mexico to learn about tequila introduced me to the joys of a simple, refreshing cocktail called La Paloma.  If you find yourself sick of sipping Margaritas this Cinco de Mayo, we suggest you change it up.  The drink was invented in the tiny town of Tequila in Jalisco, which sleepily charms with cobblestone streets and distilleries nestled between unassuming houses and shops without signs.  The cocktail was created [...] Read More »

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