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.
Originally released in 2008 to mark the 12th Anniversary of Stone Brewing, Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is back for a special encore bottling. Due to a worldwide hop shortage in 2008, Stone brewed this stout to showcase the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate as opposed to the usual hoppy bitterness to mark their anniversary. Brewed again to celebrate Stone's 20th anniversary this year, it's a treat we never thought would see store shelves again.
When a legendary distillery like Jack Daniels unveils its first new grain bill in 100 years, we pay attention. That's the story behind Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye Whiskey, the third release from Jack's Single Barrel Collection. Using the same cave spring water and proprietary yeast the entire JD line is made, Single Barrel Rye is sure to stand out in an increasingly crowded field of rye whiskies.
The craft beer and craft distilling businesses have lots in common, so it's great to see their paths intersect from time to time. Koval Distillery in Chicago and gypsy brewer Mikkeller have teamed up for Koval x Mikkeller Single Barrel Whiskey. Using the same grain to bottle distillation Koval is known for, this collaboration whiskey adds a new chocolate malt to the mix as well. This addition not only adds a unique chocolate aroma, but also provides a lightly sweet toffee taste as well.
A great bottle of wine is the perfect gift - but it can be hard deciding what to give to send the perfect message. Luckily, you don't have to do it on your own. Give Wine has your covered, from the incredible wines that hail from the most coveted regions in California and the custom jewel-box presentation to the carefully thought-out parings and the amazing attention to detail in each box. And that's not all: each package is delivered with care, thanks to a dedicated delivery service that handles your gift from order to drop-off. Boutique wines, unbeatable presentation, and first-rate delivery. And the best part is that your better half will give you all the credit while Give Wine does all the work.
The rich, creamy taste of a beer infused with nitrogen is a special experience. But typically, the experience is limited to stouts. Samuel Adams Nitro Beers include a Coffee Stout, but also add a Nitro White Ale, and a Nitro IPA to the line as well. Each can has a nitrogen filled widget that activates when you pop the top, bringing a rush of velvety smooth beer to your glass. A new way to experience beer styles from a craft innovator.
You drink coffee every day. Make sure it's worth your time with a subscription to Blue Bottle Coffee. This subscription service/cafe network visits farms around the world in search of the best beans, then roasts them to order, and delivers them to your door, giving you the freshest drink possible. They always have a selection of single origin coffees available, with early access to select coffees for members, and since you choose the frequency of deliveries, you don't have to worry about getting more than you need, or worse, running out mid-week.
Even though it's been a staple of the Suntory Whiskey portfolio for nearly a century, sherry and Spanish Oak flavors can easily overpower a whiskey. The Yamazaki Sherry Cask Whiskey has always managed a delicate balance, in large part due to the expert guidance of Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo. For the 2016 vintage, Fukuyo has once again selected casks that bring out the complex flavors that helped the 2013 vintage be named World Whiskey of the Year. And this year's 5,000 bottles use the same lot of whiskies that the 2013 vintage used for its base, suggesting another batch of awards may be in its future.
The latest installment in Upslope Brewing's Lee Hill Series could very well be the best. Upslope Barrel Aged Milk Stout is an imperial stout brewed using premium malt and lactose sugar. It's then placed in Maryland-style rye whiskey barrels for seven months. The result is a rich, complex beer with notes of cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon — elegantly packaged in slim, 19.2oz cans.
Made with the classic French 75 cocktail in mind, Few Breakfast Gin proves that gin should have a spot at your next brunch. Few considered adding coffee to make this gin stand out, but instead went with Earl Grey tea, as it compliments the juniper and citrus flavors of the gin. While the idea for a Breakfast Gin started off as a bit of a joke around the distillery, no one is laughing now at this perfect cocktail companion.
A preferred choice during the winter months, an English style Barleywine provides warmth and flavor to help ward off freezing temperatures. Mash from The Bruery not only fits that description, but was also aged in bourbon barrels to make is even more attractive. It's sweet but not cloying with flavors like dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, and toffee. Overall, it's a big beer. And at 12.5% ABV, it's a warming nightcap that's sure to thaw the iciest of palates.
For centuries, the Mulberry tree has lined English countrysides. The fruit from the tree has also been a fixture in Mulberry Gin, a lower ABV liquor commonly used in punches and cocktails. Boodles Mulberry Gin pays homage to those traditions, with a fresh take on the classic drink. It's a sweet sipper, with mulberries, raspberry, and currant flavors. It's the first mulberry gin to be made available stateside, and can be enjoyed over ice or in a punch for your next cold weather gathering.
The Mad Scientists at Sixpoint are at it again with their latest offering Sixpoint C.R.E.A.M. The new release is brewed with a blend of pilsner and two-row pale and crystal malts. It's then stored cool and blended with cold-brewed coffee from the good folks at Stumptown Coffee Roasters. It's a blonde ale but exudes all the aromas you'd expect from a great cup of Joe. Packaged in the signature Sixpoint slim 12 oz. cans at 7.2% ABV.
As the bourbon industry continues to grow, it's great to see brands from the past revived. Yellowstone Select Bourbon is a product of Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky and is a blend of 4-year and 7-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The Yellowstone name was dusted off by the Limestone owners last year after over a century when their great-grandfather sold the brand. That lineage helped inspire the labels as well, with layouts taken from historical Yellowstone illustrations.
One of the first new IPAs of the new year is here, and it comes from one of the most trusted breweries around. Azacca IPA from Founders Brewing is made using one hop strand, Azacca. The new, experimental hop was created by Roy Farms in Yakima and is named for the Hatian god of agriculture. It's full of tropical fruit aromas and flavors, with a lightly bitter finish. It might be the best way to try out this new hop strand, especially when it comes from such a dependable source.
Distilled in South Tyrol at the foot of the Italian alps comes the first Italian single malt whiskey ever. Puni Italian Malt Whiskey comes from Italian distillers who have only been at it since 2012, but are already establishing themselves amongst serious whiskey fans. Two expressions are included in this release — the first — Puni Nova was matured for three years in American bourbon barrels and finished in European oak casks. Puni Alba was matured for two years in Marsala dessert wine casks and one year in Islay casks. Both are available at 43% ABV or 54% ABV and also arrive in these beautiful bottles.
You're familiar with the Angel's Share of whiskey that evaporates into the wood during aging. The same applies to beer that spends time in barrels like Lost Abbey Angel's Share Beer. Angel's Share is a Strong Ale brewed with a truckload of caramel malt that helps emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors that make barrel aging so popular. After a year in oak, Angel's Share is bottled at 12.5% ABV and is a sweet, smooth beer with incredible balance.
California is the headquarters of the best hoppy beer on the planet. That also happens to be the state that Stone Brewing and Sierra Nevada call home. And now, the two breweries have finally collaborated for Stone + Sierra Nevada NXS IPA. Making NXS involved brewing two batches of IPA. The first batch was split in half, with 50% being aged in gin-infused bourbon barrels and the other half aged in rye whiskey barrels. Batch number two was a fresh IPA, which was blended together with the first batch to make a hopped up IPA unlike any you've tried before. Leave it to two of the pioneers in craft beer to join forces and create yet another IPA we can't get enough of.
If you're sipping it neat or mixing into some egg nog, the holidays should always include some Woodford Reserve. And now you've got a reason to grab a fresh bottle of this Woodford Reserve Holiday Bourbon. Featuring artwork from Louisville artist Thomas William Foerster, it paints a snowy setting outside the Woodford Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. The same great juice but in a limited edition bottle that sets the scene for several chilly evening pours this winter.
When it's time to hunker down during a snowstorm this winter, you'd be hard pressed to find a better beer companion than Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing. A tradition since 1995, Hibernation is an 8.7% ABV English Style Old Ale that will warm you from the inside out. Each batch is aged for three months before it hits shelves to balance out the intense flavors. Available in cans for the first time this winter.
When a distillery known for their blending skills surprises fans with a limited release, it's worth noting. That's just what High West Distillery in Utah did with Yippee Ki-Yay Rye Whiskey. The juice itself is their Double Rye finished in Syrah barrels from Santa Maria, CA and Vermouth Barrels from Madera, CA. The result is a great pour that's sweet but not too sweet, great in a cocktail or over ice. Available only at the distillery in Utah, at least for this first batch.
For over 40 years, Anchor Christmas Ale has been a holiday fixture for beer lovers. Anchor Christmas Spirit extends that tradition and proves that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Anchor Distilling uses copper pot stills to double distill each batch in San Francisco using the remaining stock of 2014 Christmas Ale. It's then bottled at 90 proof and available for a limited time in California. Each bottle is a holiday celebration that encapsulates the spirit of Christmas past.