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Newcastle Adds Foreign Extra IPA to Fall Variety Pack

Newcastle Brown Ale announces the introduction of its second, limited-edition variety pack brewed in collaboration with Caledonian Brewery, one of the oldest and most respected breweries in the U.K. Newcastle’s new Fall Variety Pack will include offerings with higher ABVs and IBUs (International Bitter Units). Variety Packs are a growing...
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6 Beers

When the weather turns cold, consumers expect a strong, bracing drink to help them meet the challenges of another New England winter.  Not to disappoint, craft brewers readily offer a new set of beers to meet the physically and mentally challenging conditions and prospects of summer’s distant return.  The highly...
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Raising The Bar on Winter Warmers

During the chilliest months of New England weather, cozy bars are a snowbound escape for those looking to warm up – inside and out. After-dinner staples like Irish or Mexican coffee are often placed below the dessert menu, signaling the end of the night. Why not elevate and innovate with...
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The Urban Grape

With the endless variety of wines available in even small stores these days, choosing one can be a challenge for anyone.  There’s no magic formula to determine what a person will like if they want a recommendation for something new, but TJ Douglas has devised an innovative, carefully-calibrated system that...
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Of Mice and Binges

Folk wisdom (read collective observational experience) for millennia and epidemiological study stimulated by the French paradox for decades have accumulated ever-increasing support for the J-shaped curve of drinking and health: moderate drinking enhances health and longevity; abstinence seems an adverse health risk; and heavy drinking is a danger to health...
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Endangered Cocktails: Sazerac

What’s the best way to make something you like even better?  Amp it up – make it bigger, faster, stronger, etc.  As red-blooded Americans, these attitudes about consumption are pretty much woven into our DNA, even when it comes to liquor. If a Sazerac tastes delicious to you, what’s an...
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Boston Wine Expo at 21

If the Boston Wine Expo were a person, it would be old enough to buy a drink at its forthcoming edition – its 21st. Let me take you back to the beginning and behind the scenes, and then peek ahead, to appreciate this greatest of America’s trade and consumer wine...
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Endangered Cocktail of the Month: SEELBACH

“I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory.I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” -Lily Bollinger She’s a...
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Champagne

2O11 has been a challenging one for many Champagne purveyors on the local Massachusetts scene, reflecting larger issues nationally, but there remain areas of vibrancy, particularly in nightclubs, hotels and other luxury venues. Specialty Champagnes appear to be growing in popularity, as consumers begin to experience the diversity of Champagne...
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HUNTINGTON WINE & SPIRITS AT 75

In his office above Huntington Wine & Spirits, Steve Rubin has vintage Coca Cola bottles displayed on a high shelf.  The walls are festooned with old rock and roll concert posters: Pink Floyd, Woodstock, Aerosmith.  Judging from these collectibles, you might say Rubin is a nostalgic type.  You wouldn’t be...
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