And what a fitting name it is. The End of History Beer ($650-$900) is an ultra-limited — as in, it might already be sold out — 55% alcohol blond Belgian ale, brewed using crazy freezing techniques, and featuring hints of juniper berries, mead, and nettles. Of course, being the world's strongest and most expensive beer wasn't enough for these restless brewmasters, so they took things one step further, and packaged the beer inside taxidermied roadkill, creating the end game of premium beer. Seriously, just look at it.
First brewed in Manchester in 1778, Boddington's Pub Ale ($7) is a one-of-a-kind pale ale. Its pint-sized cans feature the "Draughtflow" system that uses a pressurized insert to release millions of tiny bubbles upon opening, creating the same creamy head as a traditional hand pulled draught. This tasty golden brew goes down great with lamb or game, or all by itself.
A new, even smoother version of Maker's Mark? Yes, please. Maker's 46 ($40) begins life as normal Maker's, removed from the barrel when it's fully matured. While it's removed, 10 seared French oak staves are attached to the inside of the barrel, then the Maker's goes back in to begin the months long process of becoming 46, a process which adds natural caramel, vanilla, and spice flavors without adding any bitterness. Only 25,000 cases will be shipped this year, so if you're wanting to give it a try and see it in the local liquor store, don't hesitate, unless of course someone is robbing said store at that very moment, in which case you should run.
As you can tell from the above shot of the Uncrate recycling bin, we love us some Dale's Pale Ale ($9/6-pack). Canned to keep light from interfering with its balanced but punchy flavor, this "voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale" offers up plenty of malts and hops throughout, and is strong in another way — at 6.5% alcohol by volume, you'd better respect the Dale's lest you wake up in an hourly-rate motel with a suspicious looking fellow named "Sam."
When we hear of something being cooked up by "the folks in North Carolina," soda isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, Cheerwine ($30/case) is a unique, cherry-flavored soda made with real cane sugar in the hills of NC since 1917. Tastes great, and is a lot less likely to get you arrested than that other drink we're drinking right nowthinking about.