At this point, you're probably familiar with the Enjoy By line of IPAs that Stone Brewing has on the market. After all, they're fresh, hoppy, and the style that Stone does best. Stone Enjoy By 5.30.16 Tangerine IPA is the latest addition to the series, brewed using pureed tangerines that were added to create the same great taste you'd expect from a Stone IPA — with some tangerine zip. Brewed to drink right away, or at least before the date suggests, it's another fine example of Stone's hoppy greatness.
No distillery celebrates the Vikings quite like Highland Park. And Highland Park Ice Edition Scotch Whiskey pays homage to the Viking roots of the brand's Orkney Islands home. The 17-year-old single malt scotch clocks in at just under 108 proof and comes in a blue tinted bespoke bottle that features a Norse symbol which represents the creation of the world. It's also encased in a mountain-shaped wooden cradle, and under 4,000 bottles will see store shelves in the U.S. by the end of May.
That new IPA you can't get enough of that seems different than your tried and true favorites might be packed with Mosaic hops. A Pale Mosaic from Hops & Grain in Austin, Texas is a great example, starting with a German Pale Ale base along with Vienna malts. They then employ Oregon grown hops, followed by dry-hopping with the vibrant hop variety known as Mosaic. The outcome is a crisp, clean IPA with plenty of citrus that is only eclipsed by the subtle, clean packaging.
Crafted using malted barley and spring water from a nearby spring, each bottle of Craigellachie 13-Year-Old Scotch Whiskey is a standout from Dewar's Last Great Malts Collection. Craigellachie stands for "rocky hill" and was founded back in 1891 in the Speyside region of Scotland. And it's a single malt that not only satisfies the palate with rich notes of caramel, vanilla, and cloves — but also comes packaged in a eye-catching bottle with a label that is sure to reach out and demand your attention in a liquor store aisle.
It looks like any normal wallet. But unlike most, this one does more than just carry your cards and cash. The Pufftec Fumo Rolling Wallet is the preferred pocket purse for the sophisticated smoker. It's handmade from vegetable-tanned Italian leather, and has a built-in holder for your iPhone 6 across from spaces for cards and cash. Fold it further, however, and you'll find an area devoted to America's favorite herb, consisting of green Italian leather lining, a rolling paper dispenser, and a Makizara rolling dish. It arrives packaged in a tight-fitting wooden box that helps to protect your plants from moisture, keeping them fresh longer.
It's finally time to comfortably drink beer outside again. And with this change comes a shift in preference for many. Deschutes Hope Slice IPA not only pairs well with the outdoors, but brings a light, sessionable vibe to the table as well. Brewed with Meyer Lemons, it's a crisp, light IPA with a subtle citrus flavor that only weighs in at 4.5% ABV — ensuring your next outdoor drinking session lasts long enough to soak up the sunny afternoon.
Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon is exactly what it sounds like — Bulleit Bourbon bottled straight from the barrel. The same high-rye mash bill you've come to love in standard Bulleit is intact, but the uncut and unfiltered version clocks in between 118-125 proof. Available in 375 and 750 mL bottles, it's your first chance to taste the truest form of Bulleit Bourbon that's ever been bottled.
Inspired by the cutters used to halve cigars over a century ago, the Dedicato A David Tabletop Cigar Cutter is a useful throwback to a simpler time. Its sharp stainless steel blade is ideal for slicing through wrappers and leaves, and the 20mm hole will accommodate most cigars. It comes attached to a wooden base and has a handsome ox horn handle.
Almost every brewery has a coffee infused beer in their lineup. But no-one does coffee in beer better than Founders Brewing. Sumatra Mountain Brown Ale is the latest to be bottled and joins the already stacked Founders lineup. It's an Imperial Brown Ale made using caramel, flaked barley, and chocolate malt. Add in the rich, Sumatra coffee and you've got a 9% ABV beer that's the third release in Founders specialty lineup for 2016.
Minnesota is the largest producer of sugar beets in the United States. And sugar beets are the main ingredient in BET Vodka. Produced by two local friends with a shared interest in farm cooperatives and sipping vodka, BET Vodka uses the hearts of sugar beets that are distilled down to their essence and then crafted into this premium-pour vodka. Mix it in your favorite vodka cocktail or sip it neat for a pure representation of this unique spirit.
Beer and baseball have always gone hand in hand. And now, with the release of Anchor Orange Splash Lager, they are linked at the hip even more. The first ever MLB craft beer collaboration, Orange Splash Lager tips its cap to the hometown San Francisco Giants. It's a refreshing citrus forward lager that is perfect to tip back as you root on the Giants, or your favorite team as the baseball season gets underway.
To begin the celebration of their 200th year distilling in the historic Islay region, Lagavulin are releasing this 8-year-old 200th Anniversary Scotch Whiskey. This bottling honors the work of the world's first whiskey writer Alfred Barnard, who visited Lagavulin for the first time in the 1880s. It's uncommonly smooth for an 8-year-old dram, and continues the legacy of one of the top single malts on the market.
It's not just cold tea, it's Twig Tea. Cold brewing tea draws out different flavors than you're used to with hot brewing. You get fewer bitter catechins and caffeine, which makes the drink a little sweeter and smoother. Twig uses no herbal or fruit infusions, no sugar, and no teabags, just filtered water and loose-leaf tea. Choose from Darjeeling from India, Keemun from China, Oolong from Taiwan, and Bocha from Japan.
Take complete control of your coffee drinking right from your phone with Doers Coffee. This new custom roasting service lets you choose fresh beans from the best regions on the globe, available as single-origin or mix-n-match blends, then have them roasted to your specifications for intensity, temperature, and duration. You can get your blend as whole beans, ground coffee, or in your choice of Nespresso capsules or Keurig K-Cups, and no matter which options you choose, you'll have your order in 2-3 days. The result is a great cup of coffee, no matter how you choose to brew it.
Just when you think the best IPAs on the market are set in stone, something comes along and shakes everything up. Julius IPA from Tree House Brewing in Massachusetts isn't brand new, but it's gaining momentum and new devotees every day. With 1.6 Oz per gallon of American hops, this IPA is about as citrus-loaded as you'll find. It's almost as if the beer is infused with orange juice. Add to that notes of passionfruit and mango and you're on a hoppy, tropical trip that you won't want to end.
It takes some serious intestinal fortitude to open up a Brandy distillery in the middle of bourbon country. Copper & Kings did just that, setting up shop and then having the gall to distill excellent brandy as well. Copper & Kings Craftwerk Brandy is their latest experiment, taking their American Brandy and then aging it for 12 months in craft beer barrels. The line includes brandy aged in Oskar Blues G'Knight & Deviant Dale's Double IPA barrels, Against the Grain Peated Scottish Ale barrels, Sierra Nevada Smoked Imperial Porter barrels, and barrels that once held Three Floyds Dark Lord Imperial Stout. You might not think you need a bottle of brandy, until now.
The latest addition to the year-round lineup for Hopworks Urban Brewery is a love letter to the Pacific Northwest. Hopworks Gear Up IPA is a Northwest-Style IPA brewed with organic malted barley from Oregon, naturally filtered water from the Bull Run Watershed, and local hops from Oregon and Washington. Even the label pays tribute to the local area, featured abstract Pacific Northwest landscapes along with the gear required to get outdoors and enjoy a new adventure. Gear Up is also the first 12 oz. six pack can for Hopworks, and hits store shelves in April.
Using hemp that's legally grown in Southern Oregon, the team at Humboldt Distillery have taken two vices and blended them into one. Humboldt's Finest Cannabis Vodka gives off the aroma of fresh cannabis, the small batch vodka doesn't contain enough THC to get you high, but the alcohol can get you where you need to be. A great replacement for gin cocktails, it's currently available in California and Colorado.
When some breweries open their doors, they can barely see past the first week. In the case of Taft's Ale House in Cincinnati's Over The Rhine, they were planning for their first anniversary before they opened shop. Taft's Ale House Old Wooden Tooth Beer is a Russian Imperial Stout that has been aging in bourbon barrels for the past year. It was then bottled in these beautiful 500ml bottles that come with a custom branded wooden box with a neck flag and label that are custom printed with 9 colors including a metallic copper ink on a cherry veneer label. If the beer itself is anywhere near as appealing as the packaging, you might need to make plans to be in attendance in Cincinnati for the release — which is slated for Opening Day.
When you're searching for a new gin, sometimes the best packaging ends up coming home with you. Graton Distilling Company's Benham's Dry Gin not only boasts a great looking design from Stranger & Stranger, but is also a delicious gin worthy of your next spring cocktail. Crafted using 12 botanicals, Benham's is made using a classic juniper base along with locally grown citrus to balance out a classic yet modern approach.
You don't need to be an expert to find and drink great wine. Club W brings terrific wines right to your doorstep without all the research. They work directly with growers and winemakers to bring members some of the best small-lot wines from around the globe, with bottle prices starting as low as $13/each. They'll introduce you to wines by making personal recommendations each month, based on your very own Palate Profile. Inside each shipment, you'll find information about each bottle, including pairing ideas and recipes, so you still get to look like an expert. And every selection also comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, ensuring that if you don't love your wine, it will be replaced at no cost to you.
New Belgium Brewing is 25 years old this year, and so is their flagship beer, Fat Tire. The New Belgium Fat Tire Riff Pack celebrates the iconic craft trailblazer, with 5 breweries collaborating with New Belgium to create new versions of Fat Tire. Included is Fat Funk Ale from Allagash Brewing, Fat Wild Ale from Avery Brewing, Fat Sour Apple Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewing, Fat Hoppy Ale from Firestone Walker, and Fat Pale Ale from Rhinegeist Brewing. Two of each beer, along with two original Fat Tire bottles, will be boxed together with a release happening this summer.
The Barton 1792 Distillery takes its name from the year Kentucky became a state, and might be the most underrated distillery in the bluegrass. 1792 Single Barrel Bourbon is the third special release from Barton in the past year, but the first that is a single barrel expression. Bottled at 98.6 proof, it follows the already sold out Sweet Wheat and Port Finish special releases and will likely follow suit when it comes to scarcity as well.
It's not easy to acquire a true latte without traveling to a coffee shop or firing up an expensive machine at home. But now, you get maximum taste that requires minimum effort thanks to La Colombe's Draft Latte. Each latte comes in a 9 ounce can that is ready-to-drink and features the same texture and foam that you'd get from your local barista. The blend includes an all-natural blend of cold-pressed espresso, milk, and 2 grams of cane sugar. Best served cold with a shelf life of up to 180 days.
Two of your favorite drinks collide in the latest offering from Rogue Ales. Rogue Cold Brew IPA takes the distinct flavors and aromas of their Rogue Farms hops and blends it with cold brew from one of the best in the country, Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The coffee is cold brewed for over 12 hours, then double filtered for maximum balance. And the hops from Rogue are specifically designed to mingle well with the cold brew coffee, providing a balanced transition from one delicious flavor to the next. Available in April from two great Oregon drinkmakers.
While most bourbons sit in a warehouse aging through seasons and temperature changes, the folks at Jefferson's wanted to take their barrels to sea. That's right, Jefferson's Ocean Cask Strength Bourbon set sail in an huge container vessel and stopped in five continents while crossing the equator four times. It's had a handful of releases already, but this is the first time it's been bottled at cask strength. With the whiskey moving constantly, aging is sped up, resulting in a truly unique dram at an ABV that's sure to set you afloat.
The rebirth of clear corn whiskey continues with Stillhouse Moonshine. Made from estate-grown corn in authentic copper stills by some of Virginia and Kentucky's finest distilleries, this 100% clear corn whiskey is also charcoal-filtered for better quality and flavor. It comes in an array of flavors, including unique variants like mint chip and red hot, and while it may not pack the same punch as the illicit variety, with an ABV ranging from 34.5 to 40%, it's nothing to scoff at, either. It works best as a chilled shot, as a surprise substitute in a classic cocktail, or in a handcrafted punch, and arrives in a display-worthy 100% stainless steel can, letting you enjoy it in places where glass bottles simply aren't an option.
It feels like every time you turn around there's a new IPA or hop variety to sample. It's tough to keep up with for brewers, but Firestone Walker has a great solution in the form of Luponic Distortion IPA. Each release is an evolution of the previous one, with a new remix hitting store shelves every 90 days. Each one promises to be a crisp, clean, aromatic IPA, and should help the FW brewers stay one step ahead of hop fanatics.
Inspired by the father of managing director Ciaran Mulgrew, who tended bar for over 50 years but told no tales, The Quiet Man 8-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey has just hit US store shelves. The 8 year variety is finished in first-fill bourbon barrels and boasts a high malt percentage that helps provide a smooth finish. It's also the first Irish whiskey produced in Derry, Ireland in more than 100 years.