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05.2011

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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VODKA

Article by: Aimsel Ponti - From the locally crafted to the iconic imports, vodka reigns as it’s poured.  One conspicuous point of distinction has been that several so-called “value” brands have gotten more than their fifteen minutes of fame courtesy of the economy.  Some consumers have traded down and have made the discovery that there’s plenty of bang for one’s buck to be found out there in an ever-churning sea of vodka.  Before diving headfirst into the aforementioned [...] Read More »

ADAM LANTHEAUME AND THE BOSTON SHAKER

Article by: Liza Weisstuch - They say the devil is in the details, but it’s commonly accepted that the details are what can transform the mundane into something heavenly. That said, Adam Lantheaume has become something of an Archangel Gabriel figure to the local cocktail scene, bringing good news – and good products – from far beyond Boston to his store, The Boston Shaker, and revealing the long inaccessible secrets of obscure or forgotten cocktails. And he sells glassware, barware, [...] Read More »

SEEN & SIPPED AROUND THE GLOBE: TRENDS THAT ARE TAKING OFF

Article by: Brandy Rand - BARTENDER, I’D LIKE AN “APP-EALING” DRINKNext time a customer asks you for the ingredients in one of those fashionable pre-Prohibition era cocktails and you aren’t quite sure of the recipe, just turn to your iPhone.  Much more discreet and all-encompassing than a battered Mr. Boston Bartender’s Guide, there are dozens of apps available for every type of establishment (event the home mixologist).  Just to name a few: Cocktails+, 1O1 Cocktails, Drinks & Cocktails, and [...] Read More »

ALPINE TREATS

Article by: Harvey Finkel - I was surprised and delighted by the Alto Adige when I first visited twelve years ago. This beautiful alpine corner of Italy does not at all conform to one’s usual expectation of that delightful land, as registered by more southerly regions. Here are the picture-postcard peaks and valleys of the Dolomite Alps. The prevailing languages are atypical German and Italian. In two or three isolated valleys dwell woodcarvers of prodigious skill who prefer Ladin, an [...] Read More »

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