Ready to get adventurous with your next beer purchase? If you are, Love Child from Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Missouri is a great candidate. The fourth batch in their Love Child Series, this beer is a barrel-aged wild ale made by blending batches of beer, aged between 11 months and 5 years in whiskey barrels, wine foeders, and stainless steel tanks. The finished product is a funky, fruity, sour creation and defies simple explanation but is sure to push the boundaries of your palette and possibly turn you into a fan of sour beers, if you aren't one already.
When it comes to classic cocktails, there aren't many as popular and tasty as the Old Fashioned. But it can be pretty difficult to replicate the perfectly mixed version of the drink you get at your favorite bar. Mr Lyan's Bonfire Old Fashioned is trying to change that, by taking the famous recipe and bottling it for you to enjoy at home. A pioneer with bottled cocktails in London, Lyan uses their whiskey, some cola bitters, and a rare black tea called lapsang souchong, which adds a smoky bonfire to the cocktail. Just chill the bottle, pour, and enjoy at home without the help of a trained mixologist.
The entire bourbon industry owes a debt to the distillers who laid the groundwork for the boom the industry is currently in the midst of, and Wild Turkey's Jimmy Russell is at the top of that list. Diamond Anniversary is a new bourbon honoring Russell and his 60 years of service to Wild Turkey, selected by his son, Master Distiller Eddie Russell. It's a blend of 13-16 year-old barrels that comes in at 91 proof and does an excellent job paying tribute to Russell and Wild Turkey. A must-have for Wild Turkey fans and anyone who appreciates great bourbon.
One of the best kept secrets in the booming brewing state of Ohio can be found in Athens at Jackie O's Brew Pub & Brewery and one of the staples of their impressive lineup is Dark Apparition. It's a Russian Imperial Stout that quickly lives up to its name thanks to a midnight black pour. Eleven malts were used during the brewing process and they bring out rich flavors like chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses. With such a great flavor profile and a rich body, it's hard not to let this 10% ABV ghost sneak up on you.