It's cause for celebration when a brewery has been around as long as Great Divide has. And Great Divide 21st Anniversary Ale is not only an attempt to cheer on the brewery that helped lay the groundwork for many others in Colorado and beyond, but it's also the first sour ale they've ever bottled. It kicks off what should be a robust sour program and was aged for 9 months in wine barrels before bottling. The result is a tart, but approachable sour from a brewery that many continue to try and emulate.
Whether Jack Daniel's is already your whiskey brand of choice, or you've strayed from the classic brand in search of new tastes, you'll want to make sure you try the new Single Barrel Barrel Proof offering. Rolling out next month nationwide, this JD expression uses the same 150-year-old recipe that put the brand on the map, but it's not watered down at all, with proofs ranging from 125 to 140. Each barrel will vary a bit, but what won't is the opportunity to sample a timeless whiskey straight from the barrel to the bottle, to your glass.
The dog days of summer call for plenty of beer drinking, and if you're smart, you'll reach for a session IPA rather than something that will weigh you down or knock you out. Citra Sunshine Slacker is a one of the latest entrants into the increasingly crowded field of low ABV IPAs, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve to help it stand out. A collaboration with 7venth Sun Brewing, Citra Slacker keeps things light and easy at 4.5%, while providing loads of taste thanks in part to one of the most aromatic hops around, Citra. Grab a 4-pack of pints and sip the suffocating temperatures away.
The Nordic Food Lab and The Cambridge Distillery have teamed up to create a gin that is the first in the world to use red wood ants. Anty Gin actually distills the wood ants known for the formic acid that sits in their abdomens, which just happens to be a perfect reactive compound for alcohol. Each bottle is labeled using The Cambridge Distillery's 1924 typewriter and contains the essence of around 62 wood ants. And when Bulgarian juniper berries and wild springtime botanicals are added, it's a unique gin that not only fits well in a cocktail, but carries an incredible story with it as well.
It's not as easy to enjoy a rich coffee stout during the warm summer months. Calm Before The Storm from Ballast Point Brewing is a great solution for beer and coffee lovers alike, and is a perfect fit this summer. It's a golden cream ale infused with cold brewed Caffé Calabria coffee and a hint of vanilla. A fantastic warm weather alternative to the equally delicious Victory At Sea Porter that is a standout in the Ballast Point line.
The history of Rye Whiskey from Maryland goes all the way back to the Civil War. And although Pikesville Rye Whiskey is no longer produced in the Mid-Atlantic, the whiskey remains true to the pioneers that paved the way. At 110 proof, this brand new expression from Heaven Hill Distilleries falls in the sweet spot between Bottled-In-Bond and the barrel strength rye that is becoming more and more popular. It's aged for six years and unlike its predecessor will be available nationwide.
No, it's not a fancy new container to hide your stash in. Instead, Potbox is a premium cannabis service, delivering hand-selected strains straight to your door every month. Currently limited to service in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the service starts with their curators asking what your preferences are, then tailoring your selection to your needs. Each box arrives with two four gram containers of ethically-grown bud, as well as two pre-rolled joints wax-sealed in glass tubes. Each shipment also includes lab results outlining THC, CBD, and other chemical levels, as well as info on where it was grown, its species, and more, so you know exactly what it is you're smoking.
Roughly 13 years ago, Oskar Blues brought canned beer to the craft world, and now they are ready to pioneer the same trail in the coffee market with Hotbox Roasters. The first line of coffee in a can is sourced from Bolivia, Kenya, and Indonesia and packaged in 32-ounce recyclable resealable crowler cans. It's all fair trade sourcing right now, but don't be surprised if the Oskar Blues team is roasting their own beans soon as well.
What was once reserved for private tastings and brewery tours is finally being bottled and is available for everyone. Brooklyn Brewery Wild Streak is a funky creation that begins as a Belgian-inspired golden ale. It is then aged in second-use bourbon barrels for months, which balances all the flavors. It's then bottled flat and re-fermented using priming sugar, Champagne yeast, and wild yeasts. It gains carbonation as the yeasts and sugars mingle, and ends up as a refreshing, earthy and funky beer that tastes great now, but will also benefit from aging.
Handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico, Alacran Mezcal is not only a complex, sought after drink, but it also scores points for its beautiful glass bottle with white matte coating. The spirit itself — made from the maguey plant — packs a smoky flavor expected with a Mezcal, but adds a complexity that makes it just as welcome sipped neat as it is in a cocktail.
Just in time for Independence Day comes Double Liberty from Anchor Brewing. The original Liberty Ale was introduced 40 years ago, so it's a fitting time for a new, hopped up version of a classic. Using the same whole cone Cascade hops that helped make the original famous, Double Liberty is twice as nice, with double the hops and the IBUs. The amped up version clocks in at 8.2% ABV, and despite the extra everything, is incredibly smooth and palatable.
You probably already know that Booker's Bourbon is one of the better choices in the increasingly popular world of barrel proof bourbons. But Center Cut takes things up a notch, not only because it was pulled from a part of the rack house that the late Booker Noe preferred, but also because it was specially chosen by an exclusive group of whiskey experts. Tipping the scales at 127.2 proof, Beam's Master Distiller Fred Noe headed up the tasting panel, and the results are a batch of Booker's that will likely be in greater demand than any other that is released this year.
It's certainly not the only cold brew coffee out there. But it's among the strongest. La Colombe Pure Black Cold Brew Coffee is steeped for 16 hours in stainless steel wine tanks, then pressed and filtered twice. The result is a drink that's rich, smooth, and filled with coffee flavor. Best when poured over ice, or used as an ingredient in other drinks or recipes.
The latest beer in the Stochasticity Project from Stone Brewing might have a modern appearance, but it's actually a tribute to a centuries-old tradition of combining the old with the new. HiFi + LoFi Mixtape combines new beer with aged stock ales to come up with a mix that is an experiment worth trying. It's a blend of a strong ale that was aged for three months in large wooden fermentation vessels with a fresh version of the exact same recipe, but with a lower amount of alcohol. The latest liquid harmony from Stone is bottled in 22 oz. bombers at 8.8% ABV.
Rye whiskey and rye influenced bourbons are fantastic drinks, but some prefer a sweeter taste when it comes to whiskey. 1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon replaces the often used rye grain in their bourbon mashbill with wheat, giving it a softer, sweeter flavor profile. The new 1792 expression was distilled in 2007 — and then aged, and bottled at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, KY. Wheated bourbons became famous thanks to the Pappy Van Winkle line — and while this isn't that, it's accessible, affordable and worthy of your booze dollars.
Since it's a style that translates incredibly well during warm weather months, the Gose is a hot commodity right now. Jammer from Sixpoint Brewing is the first Gose in their well established line, and it's one of the better new ones we've tried. Featuring hand-harvested sea salt from Netarts Bay, Oregon Jammer is salty, tart, and as refreshing a a wave in the face at high tide. Available in cans for the first time and perfect to sidle up to during your next trip to the beach.
One of the most historic bourbon brands around is getting nostalgic with their newest release, Old Forestor 1897 Bottled In Bond Bourbon. Crafted to honor the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond act of 1897, which was legislation enacted in reaction to the underhanded practice of blending additives and who knows what else into spirits and passing it off as bourbon. Bottled in Bond bourbon must have been the product of one distillation season, one distiller, and from one distillery. It's also aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years and bottled at 100 proof. You get all that and more with 1897, a lightly filtered small batch expression that celebrates the past in a proper, great tasting fashion.
A cold, refreshing Witbier is tough to beat on a hot summer day, unless of course you're tipping back a Lilikoi Kepolo from Avery Brewing. Lilikoi is a Witbier, but has loads of passionfruit added to the brew, giving it a unique aroma and flavor. The passionfruit takes it from a simple refresher to a special treat, with subtle tartness and the amazing ability to transport you to a tropical place instantaneously.
Choosing the best looking bottle on the shelf without any other knowledge of what it contains, won't typically yield good results. However, Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon is an eye pleasing example that looks as good on your bar as it tastes in your glass. Named after an old expression describing your best looking attire, Bib & Tucker is a six year old bourbon distilled in small batches and bottled at 92 proof by 35 Maple Street Spirits. Finally, a liquor store gamble that truly pays off.