Briggs Original

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Briggs Original Boston Cranberry
TypeHard Seltzer
DistributorMartignetti Companies
Country of originUnited States
Alcohol by volume5.0%
WebsiteOfficial website Logo.png Search Briggs Original on Amazon.

Briggs Original is an alcoholic seltzer company based in Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded by high school friends Michael Kurson and Neil Quigley in 2016.[1] Quigley, labeled a beer prodigy by the Boston Globe, created the product, while Kurson managed the business.[2][3]


Co-Founders Michael Kurson and Neil Quigley met while attending Newton North High School.[4] The idea for a cranberry flavored beverage first came to them on Thanksgiving in 2015.[5] In 2016 the pair decided to found Briggs Original, and launched their first product, Boston Cranberry in July 2017. Quigley and Kurson were only 21 when they founded the company.[6] Quigley is one of the youngest Beer sommeliers.[7] A third Newton North graduate, Greta Schindler, joined the team in 2017.[8]

The company's name comes from an iPhone auto-correct error, supposedly changing the word "bro" to "Briggs". This error became a joke between founders Kurson and Quigley, and the name was later adopted for the company.[9]


The company's only product is Boston Cranberry, currently produced in Somerville, Massachusetts.[10] It is a 5% ABV, cranberry-lime flavored hard seltzer.[11] It is made with cranberries sourced in Massachusetts. The company plans to launch new products, but hasn't revealed the flavors yet.[12]

Briggs Fest[edit]

Briggs Fest was a Hip hop music festival that took place on July 29th, 2017 to celebrate the company's launch. It was held at The Lawn on D in South Boston. Briggs Fest was the first hip hop music festival to be held at the Lawn on D.[13] The festival was praised for focusing on hip hop as the sole genre and highlighting local up-and-coming artists.[14] [15]

The festival was headlined by Sammy Adams, Waka Flocka Flame, and B.o.B.[16]

External links[edit]

Briggs Original (official website)

Briggs Fest (official website)


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  2. Dzen, Gary. "Meet Neil Quigley, 'beer prodigy'". The Boston Globe.
  3. "Boston's Berry: Redefining Tradition in Craft Beverages". Universe.
  4. Meehan, Doug. "Best friends running burgeoning beverage business Made in Mass". WCVB News.
  5. Siegel, Elisha. "Bringing Home The Briggs". Boston Chefs.
  6. "Briggs Original Announces Their First Annual Briggs Fest in Boston". Verge Campus.
  7. "Neil Quigley - The Chilled 100". Chilled 100.
  8. Meehan, Doug. "Best friends running burgeoning beverage business Made in Mass". WCVB News.
  9. Gerrard, Mike. "Briggs Original Boston Cranberry" (Vol. 10, Issue 4). Chilled Magazine.
  10. Pelletier, Jenna. "Wish List: Beach Snacks" (June). Boston Magazine.
  11. Cain, Jackie. "Briggs Original Boston Cranberry Is the Local, Boozy Seltzer Your Life Needs".
  12. "Longtime friends pool their resources and come up with an innovative product".
  13. "Briggs Fest Hosted and Curated by Briggs Original Boston Cranberry". North Shore Magazine.
  14. McDuffie, Candace. "Hip-Hop Shop: Listen to the artists playing the first-ever Briggs Fest at Lawn On D". Vanyaland.
  15. DiFabio, Cara. "Photo Gallery: Briggs Fest with Sammy Adams, Waka Flocka, B.o.B., Carter Reeves, Pham, Khary, Caye & more". Vanyaland.
  16. Juul, Matt. "Sammy Adams pumps us up for Briggs Fest with B.o.B., Waka Flocka Flame". Metro Boston.

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