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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.

By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  December 28, 2012
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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.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 21, 2012
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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.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 14, 2012
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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.
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By KARA BASKIN  |  December 07, 2012
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Orange Crush

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.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  October 26, 2012
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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.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 19, 2012


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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
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 12, 2012
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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.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 12, 2012
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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

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  September 28, 2012
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Review: Zapoteca

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
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 25, 2011
Bitter truths

Bitter truths


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...
By Luke ONeil  |  October 03, 2011


Cordially Yours

Cordially Yours


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...
By Luke ONeil  |  September 19, 2011
Glam glasses

Glam glasses


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,...
By Luke ONeil  |  September 05, 2011
Privateer practice: Meet a new rum distiller with very old roots

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...
By Luke ONeil  |  August 22, 2011
Pop art: House-made sodas are raising the bar

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"...
By Luke ONeil  |  July 25, 2011
Return to blender

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...
By Luke ONeil  |  July 11, 2011


Band-tenders

Band-tenders


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...
By Luke ONeil  |  June 27, 2011
Pitcher perfect

Pitcher perfect


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...
By Luke ONeil  |  June 13, 2011
Getting crafty: Small brewers find a big showcase

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....
By Luke ONeil  |  May 30, 2011
Boston boozing, by the numbers

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...
By Luke ONeil  |  May 16, 2011
Barroom botany

Barroom botany


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:...
By Luke ONeil  |  May 02, 2011


Got milk punch?

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...
By Luke ONeil  |  April 18, 2011
Coco loco

Coco loco


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...
By Luke ONeil  |  April 04, 2011
Popping your sherry

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...
By Luke ONeil  |  March 21, 2011
Liquor leftovers

Liquor leftovers


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...
By Luke ONeil  |  March 07, 2011
Chain reaction

Chain reaction


THE JINJA NASHI AT WAGAMAMA | Photo: JOEL VEAK There are any number of reasons you might find yourself in a chain restaurant. Maybe you...
By Luke ONeil  |  February 21, 2011


Saving grapes

Saving grapes


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...
By Luke ONeil  |  February 07, 2011
Small is brew-tiful

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...
By Luke ONeil  |  January 24, 2011
Buzzed boozing

Buzzed boozing


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...
By Luke ONeil  |  January 10, 2011
Punch drunk

Punch drunk


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...
By Luke ONeil  |  December 13, 2010