Unless you live in NYC or the Bay Area, odds are you haven't had the pleasure of sipping on a cup of Blue Bottle Coffee. But now, thanks to their new subscription service, you can enjoy their fine brews no matter where you live. You can choose to receive your beans in 6-oz, 12-oz, 24-oz, or 36-oz increments, and get your choice of three subscription options: the Origin, which changes bi-weekly and includes a different single origin coffee every time, the Blend, which is a rotation of the company's drip coffee blends, or the Espresso, which is a rotation of espresso blends, with the occasional single origin thrown in for variety. It's like having a shop right in your kitchen.
The brewers at New Belgium and Perennial Artisan Ales believe that dessert is best poured — and their brand new collaborative release is proof. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is both decadent and desirable, brewed with belgian yeast, roasted malts, and a shake of salt to balance things out. The 9% ABV, pitch black, sweet chocolate treat arrives this month from two respected breweries.
The Fall season sees temperatures beginning to drop, leaves changing color, and most importantly, a steady stream of great new whiskey releases. Heaven Hill releases Parker's Heritage every fall, a special series named for Master Distiller Parker Beam, who was diagnosed with ALS several years ago. This year for the first time, Parker's Heritage is not a bourbon, but instead is a 13-year-old Wheat Whiskey that is bottled at a hefty 136.2 ABV cask strength. What emerges is a big, bold whiskey with a long, spicy tail. And $5 from every bottle sold goes directly towards ALS research and treatment.
As craft brewers continue to try and top each other with the latest extreme brew, it's nice to see a new beer that keeps things simple. Mosaic Promise from Founders Brewing does just that, highlighting a single malt — Golden Promise — and a single hop — Mosaic. Just released in limited markets across the US, Mosaic Promise not only is a simple, refreshing IPA, but also benefits a good cause, as proceeds will benefit ArtPrize, the world's largest art competition that just happens to take place in Founders backyard in Grand Rapids, Michigan.