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MassPack Partners with Intellicheck on Age ID

Intellicheck, which specializes in identification authentication solutions, announced a partnership with the Massachusetts Package Stores Association to make Age ID available to its hundreds of members throughout the state. Age ID authenticates driver licenses and other forms of identification to prevent the use of altered and fake IDs when making...
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Sebago Lake Distillery Debuts Range Of High End Craft Rums

Sebago Lake Distillery is proud to announce the official opening of their Maine-based distillery and the successful launch of three distinctly different and innovative, handcrafted rum brands, with another set to debut later this year. Sebago Lake is Maine’s only distiller focused exclusively on producing rum. Sebago Lake Distillery represents...
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SESSION BEERS

by ANDY CROUCH FROM NEAR OBSCURITY to something to be laughed at to rising phenomenon to mainstream stability, session beer has experienced a roller coaster of emotions on its way to general acceptance among beer drinkers.  Americans have never been great about limiting their alcohol consumption or even spending much...
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THE KIR ROYALE

PINK LADY’S ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH 1O YEARS can seem to pass quickly, and if you’re a LUPEC Boston gal, you might just one day wake up and realize you’ve been spreading the gospel of the well-made cocktail for a decade.  Cheers to how far we’ve come! One of...
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A Model of Cooperation – Produttori del Barbaresco

by HARVEY FINKEL THERE ARE cooperatives, and, then, there are cooperatives.  This might be especially true in Italy, where I have visited industrial-sized wineries out of Chaplin’s Modern Times, whose watery emanations used to be served free on tourist-class international flights, and have marveled at others – blessed is the...
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Oregon Pinot Noir

by SANDY BLOCK, MW NO OTHER REGION does Pinot Noir quite like Oregon.  Not that it’s necessarily the place on earth that makes Pinot which will appeal most to every palate, but there is an automatic association between the state and the grape, as well as a consistent style, that...
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BURGUNDY 2O14

by HARVEY FINKEL HAVING HEARD increasingly positive word about the recently arrived 2O14 Burgundy vintage, an enthusiastic coterie of members and aspirants of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin were drawn on an evening in April to the upstairs room at La Voile, the sweet little brasserie on Beacon Street...
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Canadian Whisky

by LEW BRYSON “OH, IT’S . . . just the Canadian.” That’s a line from the pilot episode of “Due South,” a 9Os TV show about a Mountie who winds up working with a Chicago cop. His boss at the Canadian consulate is explaining how he overhears secrets and gathers...
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STOUTS and PORTERS for HOT SUMMER’S NIGHTS

by ANDY CROUCH WHEN THE WEATHER turns cold, thoughts in the beer world turn immediately to dark beers.  Pints of warming, inviting black pints of stout are what is needed to combat snow piles awaiting the shovel.  Light hefeweizens, airy witbiers, and quenching Berliner weisses remain excellent selections when the...
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Decoding the Genetics of DRINKING

by HARVEY FINKEL, MD ALCOHOLISM TENDS TO cluster in families.  Observers have long wondered whether this destructive addiction, or at least susceptibility thereto, is inherited, however difficult it is to imagine the intricate individual steps required for genetic determinants to be translated into complex behavior. Studies aiming to uncover human...
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