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DIY Drinking: House-made ingredients are raising the bar

"When I moved to Boston," UpStairs on the Square bar manager Augusto Lino explains, "it was uncommon for bars to have anything house-made beyond a large container of vodka filled with pineapple on the back bar."

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  March 15, 2013
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A taste of honey: Moonlight Meadery

What comes to mind when you think of mead?

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 08, 2013
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Beer Advocate: Touring Boston’s Breweries

Although there are upwards of 40 licensed brewers in Greater Boston, many brew under contract at breweries that sell their excess capacity to other beer companies.

By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  March 01, 2013
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Beer Advocate: Q&A with Trillium Brewing, Boston’s newest brewery

Despite Boston's diverse beer scene, the city proper has hosted only three production breweries since 1986: Harpoon Brewery (1986), Samuel Adams (Jamaica Plain R&D brewery, 1988), and Tremont Brewery (Charlestown, 1993; closed).

By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  February 15, 2013
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The Hard Stuff: Cocktail balance

For bartenders, a cocktail's balance is everything.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 08, 2013
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A look at Harpoon’s new waterfront watering hole

Between its growing brewery scene and its scores of bars and restaurants, Boston doesn't lack for beer options. The one thing the city has lacked in our lifetimes is a beer hall — but this is about to change.
BeerAdvocate: Boston’s First Beer Hall
By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  February 01, 2013


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Aquavit and its caraway-flavored cousin

One of the few consolations of aging is that even as a lot of our other senses start to decline, our palates become more sophisticated.
Getting Carried Away
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 25, 2013
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BeerAdvocate: Jack’s Abby Gets La(r)ger

Although beers from small brewers are seemingly everywhere, light pale lagers produced by large brewers still dominate the market.

By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  January 18, 2013
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The cost of cocktails

After a brief, giddy period of inflation during the Great Cocktail Expansion, we seem to have settled on an unspoken baseline price structure.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 11, 2013
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John Harvard's new deal

We recently visited the original John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Harvard Square to check out renovations made this past September.
Beer Advocate
By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  January 11, 2013
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Ten places that served and respected beer in 2012

One of the top questions we get asked on a weekly basis is: "Where do you guys drink in the Boston area?"
The Best Beer Bars in Boston
By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  December 21, 2012


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Membership has its (beer) rewards

While craft breweries offering memberships in exchange for exclusive beers is not a new concept, it's new for beer geeks in the Commonwealth.
Night Shift Brewing Barrel Society
By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  December 07, 2012
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Lemons’ Aid

The second-most-popular liqueur in its native Italy — a sweet, zesty runner-up to bitter Campari — limoncello seems to capture the essence of sun-soaked lemon groves.

By ARIEL SHEARER  |  November 30, 2012