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Quality Beverage Buys Williams Distributing

Quality Beverage of Taunton is buying 69-year-old Williams Distributing, the Budweiser and Yuengling distributor in Western Massachusetts. The deal, which needs the approval of Williams Distributing’s suppliers, will make Quality Beverage the state’s leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch InBev brand products. The transaction is expected to close in October, according to...
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REMEMBERING MICHAEL BRODY

By Kirsten Amann The Massachusetts beverage industry lost one of our brightest innovators and boldest leaders in June with the passing of Michael Brody, Executive Vice President, Spirits for M.S. Walker. Michael was a 46-year veteran of the industry who spent his career shaping the company and culture at M.S....
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A FRESH LOOK AT THE MANY STYLES OF PALE ALES

By Andy Crouch The journey of hops as mere preservative to dominant flavor and aromatic ingredient in beer has been a windy one. Once cast aside as purely offering unpleasant bitterness, American beer enthusiasts and brewers have embraced hops to all ends of the spectrum. Brewers now routinely work with...
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ALICANTE BOUSCHET

By Harvey Finkel Alicante Bouschet, a blue-collar, red-fleshed grape variety of waning popularity in southern France, has achieved elite status in southern Portugal’s Alentejo region. Officially named Alicante Henri Bouschet, this cross of Garnacha (Grenache) with Petit Bouschet was developed by the eponymous Henri Bouschet in the Hérault in 1855,...
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ISRAEL RE-VISITED

By Sandy Block, MW Three years ago we reported on the state of Israel’s wine industry, and its commercial prospects in the U.S., based on a tour of the country’s vineyard regions. Not much has changed in the interim. Quality continues to rise, across the board, but it’s still a...
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FINE BUBBLES FROM SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS

By Harvey Finkel You’d think you were looking through Alice’s looking glass to view the labyrinthine history of Scharffenberger Cellars, though the wines have been on a straight line of good quality. In 1981, the young John Scharffenberger, having studied agricultural geography at Berkeley, founded a marginally capitalized eponymous sparkling...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH THE STONE FENCE

by PINK LADY The Fourth of July is one of the great drinking holidays of summer, and while it’s certainly fun to serve guests red, white, and blue-themed beverages, a drink with true Revolutionary Era roots is sure to intrigue the history buffs at your picnic. If their numbers are...
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BURGUNDY 2O16

by HARVEY FINKEL Seriously delicious. Short supply. Stable prices. These are the key phrases one took away from the early reviews of the 2016 vintage in Burgundy, now in distribution on our shores. Like an inverted phoenix, the splendor of the wines arose, not from fire, but from ice. We’ve...
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