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A FITTING BOTTLE FOR THE CHAMPAGNE OF BEERS

Champagne dreams but a beer budget? Miller High Life has the solution to that. Sort of. The self-proclaimed “Champagne of Beers” will be available nationally through the holiday season in limited-edition 750ml Champagne-style bottles. Suggested retail price is just $3.49, significantly cheaper than virtually any sparkling wine. The bottles, which...
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PABST BLUE RIBBON EASY

      This crisp and refreshing session beer from Pabst has 11O calories and is 3.8% ABV. Available in 12-pack cans and 6-pack 16-ounce cans AVAILABLE FROM Atlas Distributing, Burke Distributing, Colonial Wholesale Beverage, Commercial Distributing Company and Merrimack Valley Distributing.

A PINDARIC ODE

by HARVEY FINKEL SING, O MUSE, of these nectars and ambrosias, and ponder that modern western civilization is informed by the oft-entangled legends and histories of the ancient Greeks.  We shall contemplate Pindar’s role in that heritage. Herodotus (fifth century BCE) is honored as the Father of History.  Our Greek...
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THE PINA COLADA

PINK LADY’S ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH by PINK LADY WARMER WEATHER has us thrilled to be reaching for cocktails served over crushed ice or in a frozen format.  Among these, the Pina Colada is an icon, a national treasure in fact – the official drink of Puerto Rico celebrated...
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QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ASKED

by HARVEY FINKEL WINE MYTHS AND REALITY, 2ND EDITION by Benjamin Lewin, MW ONE OF MY favorite wine books now appears in a second revised, enlarged edition. Still handsomely mounted and strongly and clearly written, it weighs in at just over four and one-half pounds, having gained a half-pound since...
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THE CLOVER CLUB

PINK LADY’S ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH WARMER MONTHS in New England are often heralded by gin drinks popping up on cocktail lists which delights gin-loving ladies like us! In the 11 years since LUPEC was founded, gin has most certainly arrived. Gone are the days when drinkers pushed “the...
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A Fresh Look at Craft Lager

by ANDY CROUCH IF INDIA PALE ALE is the undisputed heavyweight champ of the craft beer world, craft lager is the scrappy underdog just now starting to make a name for itself. Ranging from an afterthought to anathema for both craft brewers and consumers, lager seemed an unlikely up and...
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SANGRITA

PINK LADY’S ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH by PINK LADY CINCO DE MAYO means many people will be sipping on tequila in some form or another this month, whether in the Margarita, the world’s most popular drink, or in shot form. (Drinkers take note: Cinco de Mayo isn’t actually Mexican...
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AQUAVIT

by LEW BRYSON AQUAVIT? WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? “When you had it, you didn’t think about it, but when you ran out, it was suddenly a problem.” That’s Kate Palmer, Assistant VP of craft spirits at Horizon Beverage, and she got the calls, because “If it’s weird, you call...
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MALBEC from ARGENTINA

by SANDY BLOCK, MW ARGENTINA OWNS THE MALBEC CATEGORY on the US market and internationally. Why does it lack serious competition? This is a felicitous marriage of grape and terroir that isn’t possible to duplicate elsewhere. Virtually anonymous in its Bordeaux homeland, where Malbec is relegated to status as a...
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The Golden Touch

by ANDY CROUCH Get ready for warm weather with these golden ales. MANY CRAFT BREWERS have long eschewed catering to entry level or novice beer drinkers.  Focusing on highly hopped beers or chasing style trends, they have preferred to service more developed beer geeks.  This approach has led to some...
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