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Seeking Enlightenment: Locally brewed Bière de Champagne
You could be boring (again) and ring in the new year with a glass of cheap bubbly . . . or you could impress your friends with something new: a locally brewed Bière de Champagne.
JASON AND TODD ALSTROM
| December 28, 2012
NYE 101: Pro tips on ringing in the New Year right
As is typically the case with any big drinking holiday, our advice for how to best enjoy New Year's Eve at the bars is to avoid it altogether.
| December 21, 2012
Dram On: The imported St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
While we take them for granted now, if you remember a bit of your history lessons, you know spices were a very hot commodity throughout much of the last millennium.
| December 14, 2012
Navigating the barroom breakup
It's pointless to plunge into the holiday bacchanalia with dead weight — namely, an insignificant other who doesn't need to meet nosy Auntie Gertrude at the family potluck.
You Got Served
| December 07, 2012
Liz Vilardi, wine goddess of Kendall Square's newly opened Belly Wine Bar — the latest branch in the Central Bottle and Blue Room family tree — is cracking up, her laughter echoing through the bar.
| October 26, 2012
Smoke Me Out
There comes a time in every drinking career when the nuances of a well-made cocktail — the subtle botanical notes, for instance — just don't cut it anymore. You need a more intense experience.
| October 19, 2012
Southie’s GrandTen enters the craft-distilling game
With so many small distilleries opening lately, from Ipswich's Privateer to Boston's Bully Boy, it seems like it's never been easier to launch a spirits brand.
Getting into the Spirits
| October 12, 2012
You're Doing it Wrong: Bubbly
From morning mimosas to midnight toasts, champagne is one of our favorite alcoholic beverages.
Don't worry. Our expert is here to help.
| October 12, 2012
Booze Your Own Adventure!
On October 4–6, the first-ever Boston Cocktail Summit will slake the city’s thirst for knowledge with more than 75 seminars, tastings, and parties at hotels and watering holes around town. We’ve assembled an interactive guide that hits some highlights. R
| September 28, 2012
Thanksgiving invites us to reflect on the Anglo-American model of indigenous relations: play nice for a bit, even share a feast, then murder everyone.
Sending Mexican upscale — with a brick oven
| November 25, 2011
Photo: JOEL VEAKWe spend much of our time talking about alcohol in consideration of its form (its tastes, colors, and textures), but less frequently do...
| October 03, 2011
Photo: Joel VeakThe laws regarding drinking in Massachusetts are a bit complicated. In fact, they're so Byzantine that many bars, particularly those without full liquor...
| September 19, 2011
PHOTO BY JOEL VEAKIf there's one thing I've learned from heroic TV marathons spent on the couch, it's that in fashion, one day you're in,...
| September 05, 2011
Privateer practice: Meet a new rum distiller with very old roots
Photo: JOEL VEAKIn talking about rum, we're talking about Massachusetts history. In fact, we're talking about our country's history. (Does that mean downing a Hemingway...
| August 22, 2011
Pop art: House-made sodas are raising the bar
Photo: JOEL VEAKThere's really no delicate way of putting this, so I'll just come out and say it: if your default drink is an "and"...
| July 25, 2011
Return to blender
Photo: JOEL VEAK Whether we're talking music, fashion, or cocktails, accurately predicting trend cycles is really quite simple. Here's the formula: 1) remember an old...
| July 11, 2011
Photo: JOEL VEAK Bartenders are the new rock stars in Boston, at least if you consult magazines like this one, where more and more space...
| June 27, 2011
Photo: JOEL VEAK I've done a lot of thinking about this lately, and I may have finally figured out the best part about going out...
| June 13, 2011
Getting crafty: Small brewers find a big showcase
Photo: JOEL VEAK Watery beer from the back shelf of the corner packie is so last season. So says Matt Lambo of Nantucket's Cisco Brewers....
| May 30, 2011
Boston boozing, by the numbers
Photo: JOEL VEAK Late last year, The Daily Beast released one of those wacky made-for-the-Internet lists, ranking the 40 drunkest cities in America. They used...
| May 16, 2011
Photo: JOEL VEAK It's warming up around here at long last, and that means it's the time of year for a couple of great traditions:...
| May 02, 2011
Got milk punch?
Photo: JOEL VEAK Our American forebears had the whole boozing thing on lockdown. So thanks to Ben Franklin and his buddies for inventing democracy and...
| April 18, 2011
Photo: JOEL VEAK Remember how acai berries in cocktails were going to make us all live forever and let us get drunk at the same...
| April 04, 2011
Popping your sherry
Photo: JOEL VEAK Contemporary cocktail trends can be a little hard to keep track of. Everything old is new again, of course, but everything new...
| March 21, 2011
Photo: JOEL VEAK What's in your liquor cabinet these days? No, seriously, what is that stuff in there? I've got bottles of, like, peanut-butter-infused...
| March 07, 2011
THE JINJA NASHI AT WAGAMAMA | Photo: JOEL VEAK There are any number of reasons you might find yourself in a chain restaurant. Maybe you...
| February 21, 2011
Photo: JOEL VEAK When it comes to wine, a lot of us are commitment-phobic. Sure, we'll take a chance on a bigger-ticket bottle on a...
| February 07, 2011
Small is brew-tiful
Photo: JANICE CHECCHIO At the risk of blowing your minds with this late-breaking news, this whole craft beer thing seems like it's not going away...
| January 24, 2011
Photo: JOEL VEAK In late November, the narcs at the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission decided to ban the sale of caffeinated alcoholic beverages like Four...
| January 10, 2011
Photo: JOEL VEAK Holiday party at your place, dude. I've got some bad news though. First of all, I apologize in advance for spilling cheese...
| December 13, 2010
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