Massachusetts Beverage Business


How it is today with Straight Whiskeys . . .

Article by: Lew Bryson - I get packages shipped by FedExI get letters and documents carried by DHLI got the computer I’m writing this on delivered by UPS They have imaginative ads, great services, and snappy graphics on their trucks and cargo jets. High-end service, very profitable, a specialist market. But most of the stuff in my house – the furniture, the books, the food, the clothes – came by standard shipping, trucks and rail; prosaic, [...] Read More »

And how it was that Tuesday at Buffalo Trace . . .

Article by: Liza Weisstuch - “It’s the drying smell on Tuesday,” said Obie Kemper matter-of-factly. Obie, who several at the distillery refer to as “the warehouse guy”, is about as much of a fixture at Buffalo Trace as the mash tuns. He’s been working there for 4O years, beginning almost straight out of high school. (His grandmother worked in the bottling house for 4O years before him.) He introduced himself to the out-of-towners, asking each to sign their names [...] Read More »

And most days for its Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley . . .

Article by: Liza Weisstuch - That’s a pretty lofty assertion for the Master Distiller of the generously decorated Buffalo Trace distillery to make. These days, most of the bourbons and ryes they produce are so sought after by so many that they’re on allocation – if there’s even any mature enough for the market. Creating what others deem the world’s finest bourbons has proven not to be a problem in the recent past. The [...] Read More »

And with Austrian wines today...

Article by: Bill Nesto, MW - Austrians, however, have totally renovated and moved forward their wine industry, from the low-cost-driven sweet wine industry that prevailed in the 197Os and early 198Os to the dry, mid-priced wines that characterize today’s industry. The pivot point for this change was 1985 when unethical producers adulterated wine with di-ethylene glycol. Though the adulteration caused no physical injury, the market for Austrian wine crumbled like a house of cards. “In the aftermath”, Hans Nittnaus of [...] Read More »

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