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A New Era for Harpoon, and for Craft Beer Independence
December 18, 2014 in Beer
It was a late summer night in Boston and Charlie Storey and I had just finished lugging kegs into a basement storefront on Newbury Street. A crowd had gathered inside and was anxiously awaiting the tapping of a new, collaboration beer that Harpoon had brewed with Ball and Buck (an apparel retailer). Wiping a little keg-lifting sweat from his brow, Charlie took his place behind a makeshift bar and with a giant smile poured the first beers around the room. [...] Continue Reading
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10 Great Gifts For People That Like To Drink

Welcome to DrinkInsider’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! For my fourth annual guide to giving during the holidays, I’m diversifying the lineup to include a variety of gifts—all under $100—for the drink lover in your life. Whether you’re looking for something … Continue reading


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Bourbon’s Virginia Home: A Visit To A. Smith Bowman Distillery

One of the most common misconceptions I hear about Bourbon is that it has to be produced in Kentucky. Bourbon doesn’t have to be produced in Kentucky—it just so happens that the vast majority of the best Bourbon is produced … Continue reading


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Bourbon County Black Friday: Because Beer Is Better Than Shopping

What are you doing the morning after Thanksgiving? Are you going shopping? Trying to find a killer deal on a new TV? May I make a recommendation? If you’re going to exert any energy at all on Black Friday it … Continue reading


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Talking Laphroaig’s 200th and Cairdeas Amontillado with Master Distiller John Campbell

Laphroaig’s Distillery Master, John Campbell, has had a pretty full plate as of late. In addition to the release of a number of new whiskies in the past few months — including this year’s Cairdeas and a new entry-level spirit … Continue reading


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Art Of The Single Barrel: The Balvenie 25-Year Traditional Oak-Aged Whisky

When I was getting into Scotch, The Balvenie 15-Year Single Barrel quickly became my first go-to whisky. Of course, it was a lot cheaper then than it is in today’s booming Scotch market; but even now, at about $90 a … Continue reading


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How To Drink Wine Like A High Roller (Even If You Aren’t One)

Plus, five wines from Sherry-Lehmann that you won’t feel bad about dropping some serious dough on. If you, like me, are not a high roller (yet) but want to drink wine like one, there’s a good way to accomplish this … Continue reading


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Blackjack and Beer: Kicking Off Fall With Mohegan Sun’s BrewFest

There are a lot of great getaways in New England, but one of my favorites is a weekend at Mohegan Sun. It’s like the sinful stomping ground between New York and Boston where everyone can forget their allegiances and just … Continue reading


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Patrón Takes Premium Tequila To The Next Level…Again: Roca Patrón

If you asked 100 drinkers to name a premium tequila brand, chances are the vast majority of them would say Patron. And there’s a good reason for that. Prior to Patron there really wasn’t a mainstream premium tequila industry in … Continue reading


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Get Your Whisk(e)y Drinking Hats On, Boston: Three Can’t Miss Fall Events

We all know that fall is Christmas for whiskey lovers when it comes to new releases. But, in Boston, it’s also about the events. In the next month, there are a number of big whiskey events happening as well as … Continue reading


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The Transformation of Lunch Car 773: Historic Landmark Becomes A Haven For BBQ And Whiskey

The Rosebud has been a part of Davis Square in Somerville, MA since 1941. The diner car was installed the same year that Citizen Kane was released, and the year that the US entered WWII. Yes, the Rosebud had already … Continue reading


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