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Review: Beers of Molson Canadian

2018-06-22 12:16:12

The fine nation of Canada hath given us many a wonderful thing: Rush, Hockey Night In Canada, Brave New Waves radio, and the sport of basketball. However, Canada can also lay claim to providing the wo


Review: Wines of Clos du Val, 2018 Releases

2018-06-22 00:15:28

A full passel of new releases from Clos du Val, these six wines run the gamut from summer sippers to serious steakhouse experiences. Let’s dig in. 2017 Clos du Val Estate Rose of Pinot Noir Carneros –


Review: Moosehead Pale Ale

2018-06-21 13:00:37

Moosehead Pale Ale is known internally at the Canadian operation as “The Beer that Built the Brewery,” but since its 1933 introduction it hasn’t been sold in the U.S. Only 85 years later the brew — ma


Review: Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale

2018-06-21 04:30:54

Dogfish Head is no stranger to creative brewing, and this is no exception. It was designed in celebration of Dogfish Head’s own “geographically-enamored seafood restaurant” Chesapeake & Maine in 2016.


Review: Straw Boys Irish Vodka

2018-06-20 13:01:00

As the name suggests, Straw Boys is vodka from Ireland, made from wheat and distilled in copper pots. (The distillery, Connacht, based in County Mayo, also makes poitin, gin, and Irish whiskey, among


Review: Crown Royal Texas Mesquite

2018-06-19 12:45:19

As a born-and-raised Texan, I can personally attest to the state’s love affair with Crown Royal Canadian Whisky. Why this is, I don’t know. I think they really just love the felt bags. As a distinct n


Review: A. Smith Bowman Abraham Bowman Sweet XVI Bourbon

2018-06-18 12:30:41

The latest experiment from A. Smith Bowman — Sazerac’s Virginia-based distilling operation — is here: Abraham Bowman Sweet XVI Bourbon. Bowman explains the concept: This limited release explores how b


Review: Woodford Reserve Straight Malt Whiskey

2018-06-17 18:15:28

So, Woodford Reserve’s early experiments with malt whiskey may not be among its best releases, but you have to give Chris Morris and crew credit for trying. To that end, Woodford is releasing a new ex


Review: Bear Republic Racer 500 Indy Pale Ale

2018-06-17 13:00:53

How’s this for cute? Building off its incredibly popular Racer 5, Bear Republic recently launched Racer 500 — “inspired by and brewed to celebrate ‘the greatest spectacle in racing,’ the Indianapolis


A Visit to Mauritson Family Winery

2018-06-16 11:15:12

Mauritson Family Winery is easily accessible on Dry Creek Road, the main corridor of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. The Mauritson family arrived here in 1868 and planted its first vines in 1884. Today, th


Review: Jagermeister Manifest

2018-06-15 10:31:46

Jagermeister continues its slow grind toward premium status with this, its second line extension following Jagermeister Spice, which arrived in 2013. Jagermeister Manifest is a high-end herbal liqueur


Review: King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 14 Years Old

2018-06-14 22:15:53

Bourbon nuts have already heard the big news: King of Kentucky, a brand established in 1881, acquired by Brown-Forman in 1936, and discontinued in 1968, is back. There’s nothing much connecting this 2


Review: Wines of Robert Mondavi, 2018 Releases

2018-06-14 13:31:14

A trio of wines from Robert Mondavi: Two whites from its Napa Valley line, and the latest release of Maestro, an upscale Bordeaux-style blend in a special bottle. Let’s taste. 2015 Robert Mondavi Char


Review: Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey (2018) and Alabama Style Whiskey Cask Strength 10 Years Old

2018-06-13 10:16:50

If any American distillery makes things confusing — not on purpose, mind you — it’s Alabama’s Clyde May’s. The distillery played down the “Conecuh Ridge” branding years ago, and its labels have change


Review: Stone I’m Peach Double IPA

2018-06-13 01:15:10

With current political discourse reaching contentious temperatures, it can be enough for even the most hardened political wonk to just disconnect and move out to the country. Not one to shy away from


Review: Weihenstephaner/Sierra Nevada Braupakt

2018-06-12 11:00:49

The world’s oldest brewery, Weihenstephan, recently collaborated with one of the oldest American craft brewers, Sierra Nevada, on the production of a limited edition Hefe Weissbier called Braupakt (Br


Review: The Glenrothes 2004 Single Malt

2018-06-11 10:31:38

2004 marks the first vintage release from The Glenrothes since 2001, which continues the every-three-years tradition that dates back to at least 1992. The distillery puts it best, perhaps: “During the


A Visit to Berkeley’s Broc Cellars

2018-06-10 23:00:04

Chris Brockway, originally a Philosophy major from Nebraska, has built a chic city winery, complete with spacious tasting room, in the industrial lands of West Berkeley. One side of Broc Cellars is fi


Tasting Chardonnay with Wente Vineyards, 2018

2018-06-10 12:15:33

In honor of the recent National Chardonnay Day (May 24), our friends at Wente organized an interesting tasting: A horizontal lineup of five of its chardonnay wines, all from the 2016 vintage. It’s dif


Review: Hine Rare, Homage, Antique, and H by Hine

2018-06-09 12:45:24

While we’ve previously looked at a couple of special bottlings from Cognac’s Hine — the Domaines Hine single-vintage 2005 and 2006 releases — we haven’t done a deep dive into its more readily availabl


Review: Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon

2018-06-08 12:16:24

It’s been a few years since we last checked in with West Virginia’s Smooth Ambler, one of the best-known and longest-lived craft whiskey producers in the U.S. (And now owned by Pernod Ricard.) Smooth


Tasting Report: WhiskyFest Washington DC 2018

2018-06-07 11:45:21

As with each of DC’s past three WhiskyFests, everyone in the room looked like they could use a few drinks. Thankfully, there was no shortage of unique whiskey options, from Knob Creek Single Barrel sa


Review: Bogart’s Irish Whiskey

2018-06-06 12:00:42

John Wayne got a posthumous whiskey named after him, why not Bogie, too? Humphrey Bogart gets not just a whiskey, but a gin, vodka, and rum, so the man can totally dominate your bar. The whiskey, the


Review: Hotaling & Co. Genevieve Genever and Barrel Finished Genever

2018-06-05 11:30:09

Those who say “genever isn’t gin” need to let the folks at San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling — now known as Hotaling & Co. — know. Here, their Genevieve is formally known as “genever-style gin,” and f


Review: One Eight Distilling District Made Straight Bourbon

2018-06-04 11:16:37

We reviewed a handful of products from Washington, D.C.-based One Eight Distilling late last year, including Rock Creek Rye, which was the first whiskey to be distilled, aged, and bottled in the Distr


Review: Tequila Corralejo Anejo

2018-06-03 11:01:00

We’ve covered both blanco and reposado expressions from Highlands-area Corralejo, as well as the rare Corralejo 1821 extra anejo expression, in the past. Today we finally fill in the final gap with Te


Review: Pyramid Outburst Berry Tart IPA

2018-06-03 06:30:11

The name’s a bit misleading: Pyramid Outburst Berry Tart is not particularly tart (aka sour) at all. Rather, this beer takes Pyramid’s Outburst Imperial IPA and adds in hibiscus, cranberries, and blac


Review: 4 Mezcals from Craft Distillers – Mezcalero #18 and #19, Mezcalero Special #3, and Los Nahaules Metodo Antiguo

2018-06-02 12:45:46

A full quartet of special mezcals from our friends at Craft Distillers, each with its own special provenance. We’ll discuss the particulars of each one in turn. Mezcalero Release #18 – “Don Valente’s


Review: 2017 Prophecy Rose Vin de France

2018-06-02 08:15:25

Though the Prophecy line of wines spans the globe, this expression comprises simple stuff from the south of France — a light and lively wine that finds room for strawberries and simple hibiscus notes,


Review: Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye Whiskey

2018-06-01 13:16:13

Sazerac’s venerable Old Overholt rye whiskey brand gets an extension and upgrade with this new bottled-in-bond expression, which ups the proof to 100, ensures the production is from a “single season”


Review: Drake’s Flyway Pils

2018-06-01 08:15:51

San Leandro, California-based Drake’s Brewing steps away from the double IPAs and looks toward northern Germany with Flyway, a crisp pilsner. Previously a draft-only beer, Flyway is now available in b


Review: WhistlePig Farmstock Rye Whiskey Crop 002

2018-05-31 11:00:46

After years of relying exclusively on sourced spirits, WhistlePig began bottling its own whiskey — haltingly — with last year’s release of FarmStock Rye Crop 001. FarmStock was hardly a grain-to-glass


Review: NV Stella Prosecco DOC

2018-05-31 09:00:38

With a name and label clearly designed for “FUN!,” Stella doesn’t look like much, but inside the bottle it’s got decent enough street cred. Slightly sweet from the start, the wine is loaded with notes


Tasting the Wines of Australia’s McGuigan

2018-05-30 11:46:48

McGuigan is a major wine producer in Australia, crushing 6% of the country’s harvest each year and standing as the #1 wine seller in its homeland. And yet its wines aren’t sold in the U.S. — until now


Review: 2016 McCay Cellars Rose Lodi

2018-05-30 09:30:09

This rose of grenache is extremely dry, showing mild fruit and lots of herbs. The fruit exudes more of a gentle cherry tone than a strawberry one, all leading to a surprisingly tannic finish. Fans of


Review: The Balvenie Peat Week 14 Years Old 2003

2018-05-29 12:30:32

Much like Shark Week, Peat Week is proving to be an annual affair at The Balvenie. If you don’t remember the story, Peat Week is a special release from this Speyside distillery, made from barley that


Review: East Brother Beer Co. Maibock

2018-05-29 07:30:35

Richmond, California’s East Brother Beer Co. is launching a new series of brews, and first out the gate is this Maibock, a high-ish-alcohol German style bock that is quite a bit lighter in color and t


Review: Brothership Irish-American Whiskey 10 Years Old

2018-05-28 13:00:16

It isn’t often we encounter something truly unique in the whiskey world, but finally just such a bottle has crossed our desk. Brotherhood is a blend of two whiskeys from two countries: a 10-year-old I


Review: Deschutes Brewery Passion Fruit IPA and Twilight 2018

2018-05-28 04:30:49

Two new(ish) brews for Deschutes to help keep you cool for the summer… Deschutes Brewery Passion Fruit IPA – Formerly available only on tap, this one finally jumps to bottles, and you can easily see w


Tasting Report: 2016 Vintage Port (and Beyond)

2018-05-27 10:46:24

For the first time since 2011, a Vintage Port year is being widely declared for 2016. (A smattering of 2015 vintage wines were also released in limited rotation.) 2016 was a hot, hot year for the Dour


Review: Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA

2018-05-27 06:15:09

Stone’s latest is inspired by tiki culture, and was originally intended to include actual fruit in the brewing process. According to the company, once it the experimentation started, they realized no


Review: Stillhouse Black Bourbon

2018-05-26 12:15:10

While I have trouble believing that “America’s Finest” anything is packaged in the same type of can that they sell turpentine in, I am pleased to see that Stillhouse — best known for its increasingly


Review: Wines of Ironstone, 2018 Releases

2018-05-26 07:45:04

Ironstone Vineyards can be found in the Gold Country town of Murphys, California, part of the Lodi appellation. Today we look at four whites and one red from this affordable producer, part of the 2018


Review: Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990 and 1989

2018-05-25 13:45:08

Last year, Glenmorangie launched a new series of whiskies called the Bond House series, because it’s the last stocks named after the original production facility the distillery ever used. The Bond Hou


Review: Garofoli 2015 Podium and 2017 Macrina

2018-05-25 04:45:18

Garofoli is the oldest family-owned winery in the Marche region of Italy, where it’s been producing wines since 1871. Today we look at its best-known wine — verdicchio — in two expressions (and from t


Review: Cihuatan Rum Reserva Especial 12

2018-05-24 13:30:45

El Salvador isn’t a country one typically associates with rum, but it turns out they’re making some interesting stuff here, at Cihuatan Ron de El Salvador. Cihuatan, which was established in 2004, foc


Review: Beers of New Belgium, 2018 Releases

2018-05-24 05:15:12

Today we present four new beers from the ever-cranking innovators of New Belgium Brewing. Probably safe to say you’ll see plenty more from these guys later in the year. New Belgium The Hemperor HPA –


Review: Don Q Double Aged Rum Vermouth Cask Finish

2018-05-23 10:30:11

Puerto Rico’s Don Q continues to show itself as one of the most innovative producers of rum in the business. Its latest is this almost bizarre bottling, a blend of rums aged 5 to 8 years in bourbon ba


Review: 2015 Kay Brothers Basket Pressed Grenache McLaren Vale

2018-05-23 05:45:31

Imagine plump currants juiced into a glass and you have this wine, an incredibly sweet and, well, very fruity experience from Australia’s Kay Brothers. Some time in glass isn’t a bad thing to help bri