Inspired from a mission to make the perfect cocktail gin, Vigilant Gin is a great looking new kid on the block in the gin industry. This London style dry gin employs hand-foraged Oregon juniper berries, citrus, and an herbal blend that helps balance it out nicely. Distilled in Washington, DC, it's worthy of a spot at your bar for the packaging alone, but makes a gin cocktail you can be proud of as well.
Matcha green tea is a great alternative to coffee. It delivers a comparable energy boost, but without the jitters, and has the bonus of providing antioxidants and speeding up your metabolism. PANATEA Instant Matcha is a perfect way to enjoy this clean green energy source on the go. Made from premium powdered Japanese matcha green tea, these packets dissolve instantly in hot or cold water, making them ideal for those of us who don't have the time to wait for leaves to steep.
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When it comes to holiday beer traditions, Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale is one worth reaching for every year. Brewed at Sierra Nevada headquarters in Chico, California since 1981, this fresh hop ale is a celebration of the holidays and the first hop harvest of the season. Unlike most holiday beers, no spices are added to the beer and it instead relies on a hop forward approach to satisfy IPA lovers. One of the first IPAs ever brewed, though never marketed as one, Celebration is a fantastic representation of consistency and tradition from one of the first craft breweries in the country.
In case you hadn't already planned to drink whisky each night in December, the Premium Whisky Advent Calendar is happy to change those plans. You get 24 wax sealed sample drams of some of the best whiskies in the world, a great way to try stuff you might never be able to find a full bottle of, or to scout out the next whisky to add to your growing collection. This year's calendar includes 50 year old Scotch, award-winning Taiwanese whisky and whiskies worth up to $700 a bottle.
The inspiration behind the newest pale ale from Stone Brewing comes from two places, both providing a different hop variety to the equation. Stone Brewing Ripper Pale Ale takes the citrusy, spicy Cascade hops from San Diego — the brewery's home town — and adds in gentle, tropical fruit forward Galaxy hops from Australia. The 5.6% pale ale taste more like an IPA thanks to the fresh hop combo, but everyone knows the best pale ales are hop heavy anyway.
The ceiling for American whiskey has been raised yet again in the form of Michter's Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey. The new release is the first Celebration in three years, and is the final one blended by Master Distiller Willie Pratt before his upcoming retirement. The whiskey comes from only six barrels, with ages ranging from a decade old to nearly 33 years aging. It arrives at a robust 116.8 proof with a yield of only 258 highly sought after bottles.