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Innovation and the Braggot
April 28, 2015 in Beer
Like your best friend from college, the craft beer industry couldn't stay young and carefree forever. You know at some point it had to grow up and get all businessy (how boring, right?).

Nevertheless, as much as we may want to believe that craft beer is all unicorns and rainbows about the love of great beer, the reality is that this industry has become incredibly competitive. Especially at the upper tier, where battles for shelf space are hard fought and growth is measured in fractions of points. But even the big craft breweries (at least the good ones) recognize that keeping the passion, innovation and culture of experimentation alive is important. It's part of the DNA of craft beer. And once you lose that, you're losing the essence of what made you successful in the first place. [...] Continue Reading
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East Meets West: Japan’s Nikka Whisky & Seattle’s Westland Distillery

This is part two of a two-part series. Check out Part I: ‘East Meets West (Whisky) At Craigie on Main here. It took a fortuitous dinner at the incomparable Craigie on Main to properly introduce me to Japan’s Nikka Whisky and Seattle’s … Continue reading


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Extreme Beer Fest 2015: Guide to Sours and Wild Ales

If you’re going to Extreme Beer Fest this week, and you really like sour beer, there are a number of beers and brewers you won’t want to miss. Here’s my short list. The Rare Barrel I was really excited to … Continue reading


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Extreme Beer Fest 2015: Guide to the Parties

For craft beer geeks, Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest (EBF) is the beer event in the Boston area. And this year’s fest is just a week away–taking place on March 20th and 21st. Here’s your guide to all of the … Continue reading


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Yellow Spot Review: Another Great Irish Pot Still Whiskey

Just about a year after the long sought-after Green Spot Irish Whiskey landed in the US, Pernod Ricard has announced the arrival of Yellow Spot—the 12 year version of its younger, greener, sibling. And it will be a very welcome … Continue reading


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East Meets West (Whisky) At Craigie On Main

This is part one of a two-part series. For more about Nikka Whisky and Westland Distillery (and reviews) check out part two, coming soon. Also, don’t miss the Sicilian Emerald cocktail recipe below. Yum! Unlike beer and wine, whisky doesn’t … Continue reading


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In The Hills Above St. Helena: Napa Valley’s Mountain Wineries

Beyond the glitz and decadent wine estates of Highway 29 in California’s Napa Valley, a mountainous landscape emerges on the horizon. You can’t miss it, really. Driving toward St. Helena, or even further up toward Calistoga; a landscape of beautiful … Continue reading


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Boston Wine Expo 2015 Countdown & Ticket Giveaway!

The holidays are over. The Super Bowl was last weekend (go Pats!). There’s not going to be a warm day in Boston for another three months. Yes, it’s that time of the year… again. Thankfully, there are a number of great … Continue reading


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Canadian Whisky: A Primer, Plus Five Whiskies Reviewed

As a Bostonian, the last place I wanted to go for vacation in January was Alberta, Canada. Going from cold to colder is not my idea of fun and relaxation. But, despite my trepidation and initial perceptions, I must admit … Continue reading


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Chasing The New California Wine Frontier (Part II: Scribe)

This is the second post in an ongoing series about wineries that are charting the new frontier of California wine. For Part I on Idlewild Wine, click here. If you were wondering where all the cool kids from SF and … Continue reading


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Chasing The New California Wine Frontier (Part I: Idlewild)

Just about five miles north of Healdsburg in a small industrial complex hidden amongst a picturesque landscape of vineyards and rolling hills, a winery is breaking down boundaries between what is and what is not California wine. 40 miles south of that, … Continue reading


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