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08.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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BOSTONíS GRANDTEN DISTILLERY

Article by: Chris Maggiolo - WITH THE legalization of homebrewing in 1978, the US craft brewing industry began its climb from as few as ninety breweries to its 2O13 record high of 2822.  The craft distilling industry remains about twenty years behind the brewing curve, yet a similar pattern of booming growth cannot be denied.  Where craft breweries abound, there too are the beginnings of a thriving and enthusiastic artisanal spirits community.  What makes GrandTen Distillery of South [...] Read More »

PINK LADYíS ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: THE SHANDYGAFF

Article by: Pink Lady - WHAT COULD BE more refreshing on a sweltering August afternoon than an ice cold beer?  A Shandygaff!  Beer aficionados (like whisky aficionados and tequila aficionados) shudder at the mere mention of mixing “stuff” in with their perfect brew.  We LUPEC ladies do not.  If you’ve never tried it, now’s the time.  The Shandygaff is a drink of English origin that is a true delight on a hot summer day.It’s origins are hazy: some [...] Read More »

USA CHARDONNAY

Article by: Sandy Block, MW - IT’S BECOME almost a reflex among segments of the wine community to dismiss domestic Chardonnay.  How could something this popular be any good?  A common prejudice I hear sommeliers express regards Chardonnays whose aromas or flavors reflect even a trace of oak contact as examples of the wine industry using cheap tricks to pander to the most obvious and superficial of consumer tastes. To all of this, I could not disagree more.  Yes, [...] Read More »

FORMULA ONE BUBBLY

Article by: Harvey Finkel - No question that Champagne sets the standard, but sparkling wines of character and elegance – and price – are also made in other places, even places not French.  Today we’ll consider those of Cantine Ferrari in Trentino.Located in Italy’s far north, the vines grow on south-facing slopes at between 3OO and 7OO meters in the foothills of the Alps near the city of Trento.  The company was established in 19O2 by Giulio Ferrari, [...] Read More »