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Powdered Alcohol is Illegal in Massachusetts

A powdered form of alcohol is off limits for sale in the state, regulators warned on Thursday. The Alcohol Beverages Control Commission issued the advisory two days after a federal regulatory agency, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, approved Palcohol, a condensed form of apowder1 lcohol that is...
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Kahlua Introduces Salted Caramel

Kahlua, the classic rum and coffee liqueur, is helping consumers kick start spring and shake off the winter chill in time for summer with the release of its latest limited-edition offering, Kahlua Salted Caramel. This new flavor from the brand was formulated to tastily liven up an iced coffee and...
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HOW MANY CAN I – dare I – DRINK?

All of us must wonder sometimes what happens to the alcohol we drink. How much consumed translates to what blood alcohol concentration (BAC)? What might be the effects, good and bad, on various body organs and functions? How much might it take to get us in trouble with the law?...
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Frascati

Set in the evocative Castelli Romani area of the Alban hills southeast and within sight of the Eternal City, Frascati is the source of the white wine that floats down much of Roman food. Our attention was captured by the Boston visit of Mauro Merz, Director of Winemaking of Fontana...
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Retailer of the Year

IT’S THURSDAYRyan Maloney’s on the phone with his contractor – he had to talk about floor tiles.  Then there was the new stairway.  These days Maloney is part liquor store owner, part commercial developer.  His Westborough store, Julio’s Liquors is often under construction.  It’s not like anything at Julio’s needed...
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Endangered Cocktail of the Month

Most Scotch fans balk at the idea of mixing their beloved “water of life” with anything but, well, a little water.  We LUPEC ladies know a bit better.  A whole world of delicious whisky cocktails awaits the adventurous spirit.  Proud among these is the Mamie Taylor, a great old highball...
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A TREND CAN BE A TRICKY BEAST

Once it gains traction and attention, a trend can just keep steamrolling – snowballing, even – to the point where it’s impossible to ignore.  Everyone starts talking about it.  Everyone  wants to witness it for themselves.  But as quickly as it appears, another beast (stick with me on the analogy)...
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ENDANGERD COCKTAILS: THE MINT JULEP

In modern times we consider the Mint Julep a staple of Derby Day drinking, but once upon a time, like from the turn of the 19th century through the Civil War, the Mint Julep was a staple of everywhere drinking.  The beverage hails from the South and has agrarian roots,...
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CHÂTEAU TANUNDA from DOWN UNDER

It might be significant that in all of the several photographs I’ve seen of John Geber, he has his arm around someone or something: his wife, his daughter, a wine barrel. The guess would be that he is both affectionate and possessive. More to our point, he is the energetic...
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Pretty Things

“Dann’s somewhat famous for failing,” Martha says. “This time, people really wanted him to succeed.” That’s Dann Paquette, the brewer of Pretty Things beers, that Martha’s talking about; she’s Martha Holley-Paquette, Dann’s wife and partner in the Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project. Dann smiles wryly at this spousal evaluation,...
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ANDREW CABOT’S PRIVATEER RUM

Andrew Cabot has been sailing his whole life. In the last few years, he and his uncle have sailed around Europe, down the Arctic along the west coast of Norway, and then some. You might say a penchant for the seafaring life is in his blood. His ancestor six generations...
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