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Weekly DrinkDown: More Craft Beer M&A, Love That Dirty Water and Sukkah for Sukkot
October 3, 2015 in Friday Roundup
In this week's DrinkDown: more craft beer mergers and acquisitions, Harpoon Brewery releases their Charles River Pale Ale brewed with the "dirty water" of Massachusetts' iconic Charles River, and our drink of the week is a very unique liqueur from a startup spirits company out of Southern California. [...] Continue Reading

Buyouts and Investments Galore: The Changing Face of Craft Beer

There must be something in the air…  In September alone there were six craft beer acquisitions and investment deals announced. Let’s count them up: Golden Road, Saint Archer, Dogfish Head, Cisco, Lagunitas and Virtue Cider. That’s more than one deal per … Continue reading


Inside Napa’s Oldest Winery: A One-On-One With Peter Mondavi Jr.

How does the oldest winery in Napa Valley stay relevant and exciting in today’s crowded wine market? By staying true to their roots, continuing to put out excellent wine and by focusing on what they’re good at. Oh, and the whole … Continue reading


Best Beers: New England’s World Class Pale Ales

In today’s over-hyped IPA-crazy craft beer market, the humble Pale Ale often gets overlooked. But, there are some truly fantastic Pale Ales being produced that are absolutely worth seeking out, especially here in New England. In fact, after traveling and … Continue reading


Weekly DrinkDown: AB Courts Miller, Beer Camp Returns & Spottswoode 2012

The Megatron of Beer Acquisitions Anheuser-Busch InBev NV launched an effort this week to take over SABMiller, a bold move that, if successful, would create a brewing giant of monolithic proportions. The likes of which would rule the world over … Continue reading


Whisky Luxe: The Macallan Rare Cask

The famous drinks writer Michael Jackson once called The Macallan “the Rolls Royce of single malts.” He proudly heralded the distillery as one of the absolute best. And who could argue with that assessment? During Jackson’s time, The Macallan was at the … Continue reading


Weekly DrinkDown: Lagunieken, Buffalo Trace Antiques & Evening Land Pinot

Lagunieken? Heinitas? The biggest drink news this week is the announcement that Heineken International is purchasing 50% of Lagunitas. It’s slated to be one of, if not the biggest deal yet in the continuing saga of big beer taking over … Continue reading


This Week in Drink News: The Return of KMF, Deschutes Looks East, and Aurora Point

Return of the Kosmic Mother Funk Sam Adams this week re-released their limited-edition Belgian style ale, Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF) Grand Cru. This marks the second annual release of the beer, which is now heading out on the road for a Tasting Tour … Continue reading


Drinking New England: Summer Farm Sipping in Westport, MA

There are a lot of great drink-worthy “day trips” and getaways for beer, wine and spirits fans in New England. And I decided it was about time to start writing about them.  If you drive about an hour and a half … Continue reading


Compass Box’s Hedonism Quindecimus: Grain Whisky, Evolved

Hedonism Quindecimus.  Hedonism. Quindecimus. Say that ten times over. Okay, don’t say that ten times over. Just look at her awe. Stare longingly into it her beautiful eyes and be transported to some strange land that whiskymaker/mad whisky scientist John … Continue reading

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This Week in Drink News: Pot Beer, Wine Stock and The Bee

Is it 4:20 yet? Dude’s Brews, the packaged beer arm of a Colorado-based brewpub, will be releasing the world’s first line of high CBD, cannabis-infused craft beer starting in fall 2015. The first beers to be introduced under the Canna-Beer series are … Continue reading

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