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Raising Glasses is an importer/wholesaler based in Boston with warehousing in Woburn Massachusetts. While we are licensed for all types of alcoholic beverages (federal and Massachusetts) , our focus is the acquisition of superior single cask spirits for our own independent bottler brand and for small organizations (whiskey clubs, rum societies, collectors, etc.)


Serial entrepreneurs taking on their final challenge!

JOHN HSU (CEO) graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science and attended Hahnemann Medical School … only to flush it all away and pursue rock & roll stardom at Berklee College of Music where he received a Bachelor of Music degree and approximately ZERO platinum albums. He successfully fended off starvation for 10 years by co-founding Prophet Media Group Inc. (recording studios, CD replication and graphic design) until the Internet turned the entire music industry into a wasteland.

John then traitorously joined the infidels of the internet and co-founded the web and mobile development company SurfMerchants LLC, riding that wave for 21 years … until its ludicrously well timed acquisition ONE week before the Corona-pocalypse changed everything. The proceeds of the company sale and the vast amount of free pandemic time enabled John to turn his long-time whiskey & rum obsession into Raising Glasses LLC.

John finds nirvana in Tobermory scotch, Willliam Larue Weller bourbon, Enmore rum, his wife Lorri (see below) and their two dogs who graciously allow him to occupy 10% of THEIR couch.

LORRI KERN (Chief Sales Officer) founded the ground breaking KSS International Inc in 1998. As a pioneer in the market research industry known as mystery shopping, Lorri developed the best practices for mystery shop scheduling, dispatching millions of undercover evaluators over the last 20+ years.

Lorri enjoys Rosebank scotch, Parker’s Heritage bourbon, Caroni rum, and pretending she hates peat (while picking Laphroaig and Ledaig as her favorite EVERY WEEK during our weekly blind whiskey tasting Zoom!).

When she’s not traveling the world chasing Brandi Carlile performances, she’s flying “Sato” puppies from Puerto Rico to their new homes in New England.

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