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NEW BELGIUM BREWING COMPANY

By Andy Crouch It has been a long and winding road for New Belgium Brewing Company. Often defined by its singular Fat Tire Amber Ale brand, New Belgium in recent years has experienced a dizzying level of change that has altered the complexion and direction of the storied brewery. When...
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STOCK This STUFF

By Kirsten Amann ‘Tis the season for retail therapy! Because the holidays can be a hectic blur, one-stop shopping is truly the best gift you could give to your customers. Here’s our annual list of creative gift ideas, the stuff you should stock to help customers delight the whims of...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH-STAR COCKTAIL

by PINK LADY As the days get shorter and crisper in New England we love to reach for brown spirits to use in our cocktails. Since bourbon, scotch and rye are always in the spotlight, we’re keeping the focus on applejack, America’s oldest distilled spirit, this month (see page 2...
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A DRINK WITH . . . MICHAEL RAY

by MAIA MERRILL GOSSELIN Bouncer, bartender, bar manager, beverage director . . . if there’s a title to be held in the Massachusetts beverage scene, Michael Ray has likely had it. Long considered one of the city’s most beloved (some would say legendary) bartenders, Michael has graced more than a...
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AS AMERICAN AS APPLEJACK

by KIRSTEN AMANN When I was ten years old my father’s job was transferred from Central New Jersey to Southern New Hampshire. That summer we moved, leaving the congested highways and suburban developments of New Jersey, the only home I’d ever known, for a tiny New Hampshire village that had...
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TALES OF THE COCKTAIL-IN THREE COCKTAILS

By Kirsten Amann “When the Tales of the Cocktail first began,” my seatmate Mark tells me, “we locals wondered, ‘is drinking cocktails really enough to base a festival around?’” We are twenty minutes out from touching down in Boston, home for me and a layover for Mark, discussing why I’d...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH-THE REVOLVER

By Pink Lady A little over a year ago, drinks writers were abuzz about the “resurgence” of the Espresso Martini. A NEW YORK TIMES column titled “The Espresso Martini Is Everywhere (Again)” wondered about the drink’s comeuppance: was it pandemic related, 9Os nostalgia, or simply a case of “everything old...
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WACHUSETT BREWING COMPANY

By Andy Crouch Wachusett Brewing Company has long enjoyed its status as a local powerhouse, distributing its beer throughout its central Massachusetts home. Founded by three local guys, all friends who attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute together, Wachusett remains a community-oriented brewery. Founders Ned LaFortune, Kevin Buckler, and Peter Quinn developed...
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A DRINK WITH MISTY KALKOFEN

By Maia Merrill Gosselin If you are involved with the beverage industry or have spent any time at all in the Boston bar scene, then Misty Kalkofen’s name is likely known to you. The theologian-turned-bartender is widely considered to be one of the industry’s truly great mixologists. During her tenure...
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