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10.2012

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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Retailer of the Year - Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors

Article by: Kirsten Amann - “You’ve never been in a liquor store, right?” Rick Gordon quips as he walks me through the aisles of Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors in Waltham.  It’s mid-afternoon on Friday before Labor Day weekend and shoppers are bustling by us as he guides me through the aisles.  He shows me the large selection of kosher wines, 3OO single malt Scotches that line the back wall and their craft beer section boasting over 5OO varieties – [...] Read More »

ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH - APPLEJACK

Article by: Pink Lady - Could there be a more wholesome fall activity here in New England than apple-picking (full flask notwithstanding)?  It’s as American as apple brandy – or applejack, the American version.Applejack is America’s oldest distilled spirit, an apple brandy that first became popular during Colonial times.  Laird’s & Company were the first commercial producers.  William Laird was a Scotch-maker before crossing the pond in 1698 to settle in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  Apples were abundantly [...] Read More »

A PIONEER VALLEY CLUSTER

Article by: Harvey Finkel - Western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, along the Connecticut River within the Commonwealth, might seem an unlikely wine-producing region, but during a recent exploration I found that tasty wine is grown and producedata cluster of sites in Hampshire County’s share of the valley.The area is well known for its fertile farmland, as a tourist magnet, and perhaps especially as the home of the Five Colleges: Amherst College, the University of Massachusetts, and Hampshire College in [...] Read More »

LONG STAR TACO BAR LOVES MEZCAL

Article by: Fred Bouchard - Max Toste doesn’t like junk food or rotgut booze. For his side-by-side bars – Deep Ellum and Lone Star Taco Bar, nestled in Union Square, Allston – he handpicks every bottle (beer, wine, tequila, mezcal) and creates most of the dishes with Chef Rian Wyllie. Sitting with Max above the dark-wood Deep Ellum, he riffs on the evolution of Lone Star – the glistening zinc and glass band-box next door. “We’d had this [...] Read More »

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