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ABCC MINIMUM PURCHASE AGE COMPLIANCE CHECKS

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Enforcement Division has announced that they will conduct Minimum Purchase Age Compliance Checks throughout the Commonwealth, starting on March 1, 2024, and continuing through September 30, 2024. There will also be Minimum Purchase Age Compliance Checks for Direct Wine Shipper starting on March 1,...
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MARTIGNETTI COMPANIES COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF QUALITY BEVERAGE LP

Quality Beverage is a leading distributor of beer and alternative beverages in Massachusetts, representing the Anheuser-Busch portfolio in addition to a variety of other domestic and imported brands, including Yuengling, Wormtown, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Harpoon, Liquid Death, and Beatbox. Previously owned by the Wetterau family, the company operates from...
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THE COLONY SPECIAL MARTINI

By Pink Lady Something just feels right about reaching for a gin cocktail in the spring, especially if you happen to be doing so at a tony restaurant while living your best “cafe society” life. The Colony restaurant was an epicenter of this lifestyle for the “see and be seen...
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PINOT IN ALL ITS GLORY

By Seema Tikare April is such an optimistic month. We know the spring is coming, the daffodils are out, the days are getting longer, and our coats are getting lighter. Coming out of the winter fugue state that I sink into, I also want to lighten and brighten the wines...
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A DRINK WITH . . . JOSH CHILDS

By Maia Merrill Gosselin A warm greeting and a friendly smile. Your favorite drink poured before you sit down. A good conversation. Personalized service and an experience that makes you want to return. In a nutshell: hospitality. It’s the key ingredient to success in this industry and it’s what separates...
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A Toast To HELEN DAVID

By Kirsten Amann Did you know that in 1945, Michigan passed a law prohibiting women from working behind the bar? There was a loophole that allowed male owners to employ their wives or daughters behind the stick, but according to the new law, even women who owned drinking establishments were...
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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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