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MEDUSA BREWING COMPANY-A HIDDEN GEM IN CENTRAL MASS

By Andy Crouch Central Massachusetts often feels like a bit of a hidden vortex, a place you pass through on the way to Boston or to Western Mass and beyond. For beer lovers, however, the start of sloping landscapes obscures great breweries and bars. Locals have no inferiority complex, knowing...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH-THE IRISH BLONDE

By Pink Lady It’s fun to raise a glass of something Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and since we’ve covered most of the notable classic cocktails created with Irish whiskey pre-Prohibition, it seems quite fitting to turn our attention to a modern classic. The Irish Blonde is a creation developed...
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A DRINK WITH LAUREN CLARK

By Maia Merrill Gosselin Take a look at Lauren Clark’s resume and the first thing you’ll notice is that this is no ordinary beverage industry professional. During her years in the business, she has held a diverse range of titles including bartender, brewer, blogger, cocktail historian, writer/editor and importer marketing...
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THE BARBOTAGE COCKTAIL

by PINK LADY It’s Valentine’s Day and l’amour is on the agenda this month, meaning all eyes will turn to Champagne and of course, to Champagne cocktails. This year, add the Barbotage to the menu for a little French fizzy fun. “Barbotage” translates from French to mean “splashing” (which is...
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COURSE by COURSE

By Seema Tikare “We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.” -EDUARDO GALEANO, THE GREAT URUGUAYAN JOURNALIST Nothing makes eternity seem within reach like being in love. Valentine’s Day, Hallmark holiday or not, is a celebration of romance that we all need in this...
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ZERO GRAVITY BREWING COMPANY

By Andy Crouch Zero Gravity is quietly confident, a brewery run by long-tenured and well-respected founder, Paul Sayler. It’s not flashy or chasing trends. Instead, the Burlington, Vermont based brewery produces a line of excellent takes on classic styles. The packaging is sleek, capturing an unusual mix of retro nostalgia...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH-THE BIJOU

By Pink Lady In the colder, darker months of early January, once the holiday revelry and excesses have subsided, it can be quite cozy to sit with a simple yet elegant drink and contemplate what lies ahead in the New Year. The Bijou cocktail, made with gin, sweet vermouth, and...
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CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS TO GET US THROUGH

By Kirsten Amann Even the soberest of men will sometimes wake up and wonder what hit him after the second highball,” wrote Virginia Elliot and Phil D. Strong in the 1930 edition of Shake ‘Em Up. They were describing a hangover in their aptly titled chapter “Comes the Dawn”, but...
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THOSE BEAUTIFUL BUBBLES!

By Seema Tikare My favorite parties are those when I walk into the room and the host greets me with sparkling wine. It is immediately off to a great start. It eases all the awkward introductions if you don’t know someone, the decision of whether you need to take your...
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A DRINK WITH MATT LAMBO

By Maia Merrill Gosselin Matt Lambo is not somebody you easily forget. Cheerful with an impish grin and boundless energy, he is the longtime charismatic frontman for Nantucket-based Triple Eight Distillery’s line of spirits. The company also includes Cisco Brewers and Nantucket Vineyards and over the years Matt has held...
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