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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 12, 2013


BeerAdvocate: Kicking Your Cask with Real Ale

The 17th annual New England Real Ale eXhibition (NERAX) is nearly upon us, bringing cask-conditioned beers and ciders from across the UK and US to five sessions from March 20 to March 23.
By: JASON AND TODD ALSTOM  |  March 13, 2013


Paddy Whacked: Bartenders dish on St. Patrick’s Day drinking

To partiers, Saint Patrick's Day is a noon-to-night marathon of drinking. But to bartenders, it's amateur hour.
By: SCOTT KEARNAN  |  March 13, 2013


A taste of honey: Moonlight Meadery

What comes to mind when you think of mead?
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 08, 2013


Boston’s (Ob)literati: How to hoist a pint like this town’s greatest writers — past, present, and future

If there's one thing we've always done right here in Boston, it's drinking.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 05, 2013


Beer Advocate: Paddy’s Dos and Don’ts

St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is insane.
By: JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  March 06, 2013


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


Introducing new wine app Drync Direct

Launched at this month's Boston Wine Expo, the locally developed Drync Direct lets oenophiles stock up on new vintages with their iPhones, whenever and wherever they discover them.
By: CHERYL FENTON  |  February 21, 2013


Beer Advocate: Extreme Circumstances

This just in: Extreme Beer Fest is taking over Saint Patrick's Day weekend!
By: JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  February 21, 2013

The tyranny of ‘girly drinks’ and other cocktail clichés

Gendered Benders
We've become accustomed to scoffing at gender stereotypes in many areas of life — and yet, a surprising number of people cling to ridiculous clichés when it comes to drinking.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 22, 2013


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 12, 2013


Beer Advocate: Sixpoint's new sip

This Valentine's Day, make it a threesome. We're of course talking about the new Sixpoint beer, 3Beans, infused with coffee, cacao, and Romano beans.
By: JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  February 06, 2013

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The Hard Stuff: Cocktail balance

For bartenders, a cocktail's balance is everything.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 04, 2013


A look at Harpoon’s new waterfront watering hole

BeerAdvocate: Boston’s First Beer Hall
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.
By: JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  February 01, 2013


Barleywine & Dine: Cambridge Brewing Company

Get acquainted with the stars of Cambridge Brewing Company's Barleywine Festival.
By: JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  January 30, 2013


Aquavit and its caraway-flavored cousin

Getting Carried Away
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.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 23, 2013


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 16, 2013


Game of Thrones–themed beers cometh

All hail the Iron Throne (Blonde Ale)!
Beer and fantasy geeks, rejoice! Game of Thrones , the fantasy series adapted from the novels by George R. R. Martin, is about to get its own series of beers, thanks to a recently announced collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, New York.
By: JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  December 28, 2012


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 26, 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.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 28, 2012
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