Some of the most unlikely collaborations are the best. And Brainville Rye Whiskey from Few Spirits and legendary Grammy-winning band The Flaming Lips fits squarely into the unlikely category. Just like Few's award winning rye, it's made using rye, corn, and malted barley that is grown within 150 miles of the Few Distillery and then aged in new, charred American oak barrels. The whiskey is then packaged in the familiar rectangular Few bottles with a special psychedelic label that shows the influence of the Lips. Available this October and limited to 5,000 bottles.
Whether you're stuck at work, out on the open road, or sitting around the campfire, a good cup of coffee is always mandatory. World Barista Championship competitor Kalle Frees is hoping to save your from a caffeinated nightmare with his hand-crafted instant alternative Sudden Coffee. Made from single-origin beans from trusted farms and then lightly roasted to bring out notes of citrus, chocolate, and toffee, each cup is individually brewed by hand. The liquid coffee is turned into crystals and packaged into handy little tubes, each making an 8-ounce cup. Once it's in your hands, mix it with hot or cold water or milk for traditional or iced coffees and lattes. Currently available in monthly subscriptions ranging from 8 to 32 cups.
Even during the summer months there are some darker beers that fit in well with cookouts and beach trips. Maui Brewing Coconut Hiwa Porter is one of those, made with hand-toasted coconut and hints of mocha. It's an easy choice year-round, and is even easier to choose with this newly unveiled can design. A flavorful porter that might be as close as you get to the Hawaiian Islands this summer.
The Booker's name is already known as one of the best barrel proof bourbons on the market. And now, with Booker's Rye Whiskey, they're aiming to set the bar even higher. The rye is made from some of the last barrels the late Booker Noe laid down 13 years ago in his favorite rack house and selected by his son Fred, the current master distiller at Jim Beam. It's older, darker, and more complex than just about every other rye whiskey you'll find, and packs a wallop at 136.2 proof. A rare, one-of-a-kind rye whiskey that is unlikely to ever be duplicated.
To amp up the simplicity of their great IPA Lunch, Maine Beer Company added Dinner to the menu of refreshing, hoppy beers. Dinner is a double IPA, dry hopped twice with over six pounds of hops per barrel. It gives off an aroma that brings to mind a tropical fruit smoothie and does a great job balancing sweetness and a mild hop bitterness on your palate. It weighs in at 8.2% ABV, and promises to not only enhance your dinner, but any meal or occasion you decide to open one with.
One of the most respected rum blenders in the world has finally put his name on bottles of his handiwork. Hailing from Panama, Cuba, Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez has been globally recognized as one of the best in the business, but until the release of rums like Don Pancho Origenes 30 Year Rum, he'd never lent his own name to a label. This luxury rum has plenty of oak, vanilla, and caramel flavors and should be consumed neat on special occasions. Limited to only 600 bottles in the USA.
Iced coffees are the best way to stay caffeinated during the summer months, but dumping your hot coffee over some ice isn't going to cut it. Grady's Cold Brew Pouch is making your life a lot easier by supplying everything you need to make your own concentrate. The kit includes 12 bags filled with ground coffee beans, chicory, and spices and a "Pour and Store" pouch. Dump some water over the bag and let soak it overnight in the pouch. By the time you get up, an icy morning pick-me-up will waiting for you in your fridge.
If it's peat and smoke you crave, it's tough to go wrong with The Peat Monster from Compass Box. It's a blend of single malt whiskies from the south coast of Islay and the village of Port Askaig, vatted with Ardmore. It was then matured in a mix of first fill and refill American oak casks. The result is a peaty dram that is balanced nicely with malt and fruit flavors. It might not be the biggest monster on the whiskey shelf, but it's certain to be one of the the best blended scotch whiskies you'll come across.
The freshest way to get any good is straight from the source. Between long travel times and the many stops along the way, by the time your beans make it to your mug they're actually several months old. Pergamino Coffee is taking a farm to table approach to give you the freshest coffee possible. Their beans are grown by small producers throughout Colombia and roasted in small batches not far from the farms in Medellín. From there, they're shipped straight to your doorstep. A minimum order of two pounds keeps the shipping cost low, so choose between three different profiles, ranging from their signature sweet and mild to a blend of cranberries and vanilla, or mix and match.
The latest trend to take off in the craft beer world is fruit infused IPAs. And if there's a craft brewery qualified to take a stab at it, it's Dogfish Head. Their take is called Flesh & Blood IPA, brewed with real lemon flesh and blood orange juice. Dogfish Head has experimented with fruit and citrus since 1996 — when they released Aprihop, an IPA brewed with Apricots. Flesh & Blood will be available across the country just in time for July 4th weekend, so make sure it finds a place in your cooler as you celebrate our nation's independence.
It's tough to beat a refreshing gin cocktail during the summer. And this Bully Boy Gin from Boston, Massachusetts looks like a great choice for your home bar. It's an Estate Gin, which means it starts with a blend of neutral apple and grain. It's then distilled using Stormalong hard cider — another Massachusetts company. Then wild Juniperus virginiana and McIntosh apples are added, sourced from the family farm of the Bully Boy co-founders. Coriander and lemon are then added for an extra botanical punch that blends in perfectly in your next summer cocktail.
It's called a pipe because it's far too classy to be called a bong. The Aura Water Pipe is a display-worthy smoking apparatus that's a far cry from the multi-colored glass of your youth. Its well-engineered design starts with the tapered glass chamber, topped by a single matte black part that forms the mouthpiece and downstem, the latter's length meant to enhance each hit. The mouthpiece also has a hidden storage area for your lighter, so you don't have to dig for it before each session, and the titanium bowl fits neatly inside, instead of hanging precariously out the front.
We already trust the folks at Stone when it comes to all things hoppy. And now, with Stone Mocha IPA, they've mingled their hop-perfection with rich mocha flavors. And while adding coffee and chocolate to your IPA might not sound like something you'd reach for, Stone has managed to blend and balance those flavors together to form a delicious beer. We aren't sure how they did it, but one thing is obvious, Stone has another great beer on their hands that is blurring the lines of beer style classifications.
Some of the best rye whiskey around comes from the folks at WhistlePig in Vermont. And their latest release, which is also their oldest to date, is another step forward for the brand. WhistlePig 15 Year Rye Whiskey is sourced from Canada, and then finished in custom charred barrels made from Vermont White Oaks trees found on the WhistlePig Farm. The trees have a denser wood grain than the wood from most barrels, which imparts a distinct flavor into every bottle of whiskey. It clocks in at 92 proof and is made using a 100% rye mash bill.
The salty, flavorful brine that is left behind from a jar of pickles has always had a special appeal for some, and now the folks at Gordy's Pickle Jar have finally made it a standalone product called Gordy's Fine Brine. Gordy's filter's and cans the brine from their hot chili spears and it's great in cocktails, as a pickleback chaser, or sipped straight from the can. And each can comes with a cocktail recipe developed by Adam Bernbach of the cocktail bar 2 Birds 1 Stone.
When you load up a cooler and head to the pool this summer, the folks at Bell's Brewing have a brand new beer that could be as essential as suncreen and flip flops. Bell's Poolside Ale is a Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale that promises to stay light and refreshing while bringing some great summer flavors to the experience as well. You'll get some clove notes and some slight tartness from the 100% Montmorency tart cherries that were grown in Bell's home state of Michigan. A great new choice from a respected brewer, it's primed to fill your koozy all summer long.
It's never easy to take over for a bourbon legend. But when Jim Rutledge stepped down after 49 years at the helm as master distiller at Four Roses last year, someone had to step in and fill those big shoes. Four Roses Elliott's Select Bourbon is the first limited release from new master distiller Brent Elliott, and while it won't make Rutledge fans forget his legacy, it's a great start for Elliott. Bottled at barrel strength after aging for 14 years, Elliott's Select uses the OESK recipe — one of ten that Four Roses produces. A delicious progression for Four Roses, only 10,000 hand numbered bottles will be available.
An award winning IPA for years, it's easy to brag about this great IPA — especially when it's brewed so close to our home. Columbus Brewing Bodhi IPA might seem simple enough, brewed with a blend of hops that are highlighted by one of the most aromatic — Citra. But there's nothing simple about its taste, as it manages to define what so many brewers have trouble with — consistency. It might not wreck your palate or smell like a fresh cut grapefruit, but it will be one of your new favorite IPAs, if it isn't already.
Gin is one of the most versatile spirits on the planet, and the folks at Pickering's put that reputation to the test with these limited edition Pickering's Oak Aged Gins. They traveled to source some of the best ex-Scotch whisky casks before bringing them home and filling them with their gin. Casks were chosen from each of the five Scotch regions — Highland, Islay, Island, Lowland, and Speyside. The different casks provide unique flavors and colors to the Pickerings' Gin, but with a yield of only 200 bottles per cask, they won't last long.
One of the best IPAs you can get your hands on this summer doesn't come from California or the current hotbed of hops on the East Coast. Tropicalia from Creature Comforts comes from Athens, Georgia, and it has an aroma and flavor that is worth your time and attention. The smell is the first thing that jumps out, full of tropical fruit and sunshine. And the taste cinches the deal, with plenty of balanced flavors that make sure you know it's an IPA — but without the bite that would stop you from reaching for another can.
The whiskey market is flooded with new releases on a regular basis these days. But it's a rarity to find a release as unique as Lock Stock & Barrel 16 Year Rye Whiskey. It's not only a 16-year-old rye — which you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere — but it's also made using a 100 percent rye grain mashbill. It was distilled in copper pot stills, unfiltered, before aging for 16 winters in new, charred American oak. The packaging it just as unique, as each drop of rye whiskey sits in these black glass bottles, complete with a gold embossed label.
You don't have time to scout out the best coffee in your own city, much less the entire world. That's where Collected Coffee comes in, curating a great coffee that is delivered directly to you each month. They start by talking to roasters around the world and then selecting beans that's both unique and delicious. They then taste the selections blind before choosing the blend of the month. A partner roaster then roasts the beans to order and bags them on site before sealing them fresh and sending them to you. Coffee is finally curated for people that love it, from a team dedicated to providing a great experience.
If you love IPAs then you probably love Sixpoint Resin. And if you love Resin, then the latest hop-forward release from the Brooklyn based brewery should be right up your alley. Sixpoint Puff is an unfiltered version of Resin with an extra dose of dry hops that help turn it into it's very own puffy, hop cloud. It's the closest thing to drinking an IPA straight from the tanks and is hitting store shelves this month.
If Knob Creek is your go-to bourbon of choice, you'll want to pay special attention to the latest release from the folks at Jim Beam. Knob Creek 2001 Bourbon is the oldest Knob Creek release to date, spending 14 years in barrels before being bottled at 100 proof. 2001 was also the year that current master distiller Fred Noe had the torched passed to him from his father, the late Booker Noe. Some of the last barrels that Booker laid down in 2001 are represented in this special batch of Knob that also comes packaged in this commemorative wooden case.
The introduction of pure yeast to beer brewers in 1833 by Carlsberg changed the landscape of brewing as we know it today. And now, thanks to the discovery of a 133-year-old bottle found in their cellars, Carlsberg has re-created that landmark beer, dubbed Carlsberg Father of Lager Beer. Up until pure yeast was introduced to brewers, beer of consistent quality was non-existant, so all beer brewers today owe the Carlsberg team a debt of gratitude. Father of Lager Beer was created using yeast extracted from the 1833 bottle and is your chance to get a taste of beer history.
It might not feel like summer yet, but it will before you know it. And stocking the right summer beer should top your list of summer prep. Mandarina from Almanac Beer Co. is a brand new release, and it will be available in these great looking, ready-for-summer cans. Mandarina somehow manages to pair hops with tart citrus flavors — resulting in a crisp, warm weather beverage that's refreshing and flavorful at the same time. And since it's canned, it's even easier to transport to the beach or any other outdoor drinking venue as the temperatures climb.
After two centuries of distillation, Laphroaig continues to churn out some of the best scotch on store shelves. And to help celebrate their 200th anniversary, they've released Laphroaig Lore Scotch Whiskey. Lore is distinctly Laphroaig, with plenty of smoke, peat, and seaside minerality. The whiskey was drawn from a selection of ex-bourbon barrels, first-fill sherry butts, and smaller quarter casks. A fitting tribute from one of the standard bearer's in the whiskey world.
The craft beer movement has reached the point where nearly every imaginable flavor and style of beer is accessible to pretty much everyone. But sometimes you don't need a grapefruit saison to quench your thirst — you just want a beer. That's exactly what House Beer provides. This premium lager is brewed with noble hops and crystal malts, making it flavorful, smooth, and at 4.8% ABV, perfect for session drinking on a lazy summer day. Available in 12 oz. cans or bottles or in 16 oz. tallboys.
Already one of the leaders in the Imperial Stout game, The Bruery are back with yet another big beer that also happens to be for a good cause. The Bruery Share This Coffee Stout is the first in a series that will spotlight a worthy charity with each sale. This 11.9% ABV stout uses freshly-roasted coffee from the Phillippines and for every bottle produced, Free Wheelchair Mission in the Phillippines will receive one dollar. The cause makes it worthwhile by itself, but a coffee-infused imperial stout from The Bruery only makes it more enticing.