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Ten places that served and respected beer in 2012

The Best Beer Bars in Boston
One of the top questions we get asked on a weekly basis is: "Where do you guys drink in the Boston area?"
By: JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  December 18, 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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Membership has its (beer) rewards

Night Shift Brewing Barrel Society
While craft breweries offering memberships in exchange for exclusive beers is not a new concept, it's new for beer geeks in the Commonwealth.
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 29, 2012

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A Heat-Seeking Mission

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Living in New England, no stranger to the biting cold, you would think that heated alcoholic drinks would be an easy sell, but that's not always the case.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 21, 2012

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Anatomy of an Old Fashioned


When we asked the Hawthorne's Jackson Cannon to make Old Fashioneds with us, he didn't even blink. "I was born for this," he replied simply.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 15, 2012



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Six-packs for the hardpack


Five canned local craft brews to throw in the cooler for your next ski trip.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 07, 2012

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Meet applejack’s cooler cousin

How do you like them apples?
Every culture has its traditional alcoholic beverage of choice, but it has little to do with taste.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 07, 2012

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Keeping It Casual: Junk food, meet fine wine


Not every night calls for a petit filet topped with foie gras. Sometimes you just need a simple food fix — a few slices of thin crust or a big, beefy Five Guys.
By: CHERYL FENTON  |  October 31, 2012

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Ben Franklin’s Booze


There was this party, back in the day, where everyone's favorite scallywag, statesman, and pre-mixology mixologist, Benjamin Franklin, was working the bar and telling dirty jokes.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  October 31, 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 23, 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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You're Doing it Wrong: Bubbly

Don't worry. Our expert is here to help.
From morning mimosas to midnight toasts, champagne is one of our favorite alcoholic beverages.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 09, 2012

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Southie’s GrandTen enters the craft-distilling game

Getting into the Spirits
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.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 09, 2012

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Cocktail Central: A bar crawl through Cambridge's boozy epicenter


While the past year has seen a wealth of new craft-cocktail spots, from the elegant Hawthorne in Kenmore to Union Square's backroom-y Backbar, there still aren't enough for our taste.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 02, 2012

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Booze Your Own Adventure: Navigating the Boston Cocktail Summit


On October 4–6, the first-ever Boston Cocktail Summit will slake the city’s thirst for knowledge.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  September 26, 2012



2012 Boston Beer Summit

Photos: Boston Beer Summit 2012

Boston Beer Summit | Park Plaza Castle | April 13 & 14, 2012
Boston Beer Summit attendees had only two days to sample from the annual craft beer showcase, held at the Park Plaza Castle on April 13 & 14, 2012.       
By: DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 24, 2012

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Photos: Beer Summit Winter Jubilee

Park Plaza Castle | Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Beer Summit Winter Jubilee landed at The Park Plaza Castle on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
By: DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 25, 2012

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Pretty Things turns 21, in Dog Years

Old enough to drink
There's something so very Somerville about Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 30, 2011
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