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by LEW BRYSON In September, I took part in a blind tasting of three single malt whiskeys with another whiskey writer. We didn’t know the brand, type of barrel they were aged in, or where they came from. The first smelled cleanly of caramel, malt, and some crisp apple, without...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH-EGGNOG

by PINK LADY Is there any drink we more deeply associate with the 25th of December here in the U.S. than eggnog? To the uninitiated, learning about the antique practice of making cocktails with eggs can seem a bit weird, and some among us will never adjust to the idea....
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STOCK This STUFF

by KIRSTEN AMANN As 2020 showed us, not even a global pandemic can deter the good people of Massachusetts from having a tipple. 2021 has seen a more hybrid period of socializing in and out of the home, but Bay State drinkers have not given up on the wine and...
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MIGHTY SQUIRREL BREWING

by ANDY CROUCH Massachusetts breweries have long pushed the envelope when it comes to ingredients, brewing practices, and marketing efforts. Some of these have been great successes (Boston Beer’s perennially popular Utopias on the positive side versus the company’s garlic beer on the not so positive side). When it comes...
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THE END OF AN ERA

by KIRSTEN AMANN Mark Fisher has been a fixture of the beverage alcohol business in New England for forty years. Since 2OO6 he has been President, Sales & Marketing of Martignetti Companies, the largest distributor in New England, and the 6th largest distributor of wine and spirits in the United...
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MOREY-SAINT-DENIS GRAND TOPONYMY II

by HARVEY FINKEL In this second installment on the origin of Burgundian place names, focusing on the grand crus of the Côte d’Or, we shall begin our march southward, entering Morey-Saint-Denis. We might recall that our journey began in Gevrey-Chambertin in this space of the August, 2O2O, issue of this...
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A TASTE OF NEWBURYPORT BREWING

by ANDY CROUCH The town of Newburyport on Boston’s far North Shore, bordering New Hampshire, has long been a popular tourist and vacation destination. With the bluffy beaches of nearby Plum Island on offer, the cozy and idyllic streets of Newburyport’s historic downtown district remain filled with bustling bars, restaurants,...
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