BY ANDY CROUCH There is no denying that the India Pale Ale style has been pure fire in the past five years. And IPA has substantially evolved from its early days in American brewing, when it more closely resembled its maltier British predecessor. It changed over decades, growing less reliant... Read More
by PINK LADY Most of the world get shamrocks in their eyes in March, to which we say Slainte! We can thank Irish monks for turning the stills invented in ancient Mesopotamia (by early female chemists, ahem!) into Irish whiskey making machines. Back then they drank the first stuff that... Read More
by HARVEY FINKEL The immense wine resources of the small country of Portugal remind me of those diminutive circus cars from which issue forth endless numbers of clowns. Technology and sophistication have added finesse to the robust vigor we had come to expect. And while no longer nearly giving wine... Read More
This year’s Gameday Variety Pack includes Cold Snap, Sam ’76, Boston Lager and the new Bavarian Lager that has a floral, citrusy aroma with notes of tangerine and lemon. Medium-bodied, crisp with a slight sweetness. Suggested retail is $15.99 to $17.99 for a 12-pack. AVAILABLE FROM Burke Distributing, Commercial Distributing... Read More
This new line will be an evolving series using the 162O New England style IPA as the base beer recipe. The first release slated for March is dry-hopped with El Dorado, along with natural coconut and pineapple flavors added. The series artwork will feature the 162O Pilgrim skeleton, re-imagined to... Read More
This limited-edition release is a reinterpretation of the house style of the original Hendrick’s Gin. It has additional extracts of quinine, wormwood and lotus blossom. 5OOO cases. Suggested retail for a 75Oml is $35. AVAILABLE FROM MS Walker and United Liquors.
This line of hard Jun Kombuchas is now available. They are made from fermented tea and honey with organic golden cane sugar, fruit, herbs and botanicals. Flavors include Blueberry Basil, Raspberry Goji Rose, Mango Ginger, Hoppy Buzz, Tropical Turmeric. 5.6% ABV. Suggested retail is... Read More
Aged 12 months in French and American oak, with an additional three months in bourbon barrels, this velvety Cabernet has notes of black currant and tobacco with rich hints of bourbon. Suggested retail is $27.99. AVAILABLE FROM Trio Wine Company.
Heaven’s Door is a small-batch collection of handcrafted Tennessee Whiskies developed in partnership with Bob Dylan. The line consists of three expressions, Tennessee Bourbon, Double Barrel and Straight Rye. Suggested retail for the Bourbon and Double Barrel is $49.99 and $79.99 for the Straight Rye. AVAILABLE FROM Horizon Beverage Company.
There are two new wines available from 9O+ Cellars: the Reserve Lot 163 Merlot from Anderson Valley and the Collector Series Lot 164 Pinot Noir from Sebastopol. The Merlot has aromas of red plum, dried raspberries, strawberries and rose. Mild notes of cedar, toast and smoke. The wine is full-bodied... Read More