Spending extra money on organic fair trade coffee isn't a bad thing. When some of that money goes to help animals in need, it's even better. Grounds & Hounds Coffee offers a range of tasty blends, as well as single origin coffees from Ethiopia, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, and Papau New Guinea. And with every purchase you make, the company gives 20% of the proceeds to no-kill rescue organizations that provide safe haven for dogs in between homes, giving them a second chance while you get your second wind.
We all know that the relationship between an American Stout and a bourbon barrel can yield fantastic results, but what you might not know is that time in a Tequila barrel can be equally impressive. Tequila Barrel Noir from Almanac Brewing is the proof, with its jet black appearance and hints of smoke and agave from the barrel. You might not expect the influence of tequila flavors to mingle with a stout this well — but the folks at Almanac have proven otherwise.
The jackalope, a mythical creature that is said to be a cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope with horns, is an example of a unique, yet mythical blend. Bourye from High West Distilling is a blend of equal interest, but is very real and available again after disappearing for years. Bourye is a blend of 9-year-old straight bourbon, 10-year-old straight rye whiskey, and 16-year-old straight rye whiskey. The resulting dram showcases some bold rye spice along with traditional sweet bourbon flavors like molasses and caramel. Hunt some down before it's as rare as a jackalope again.
When you have an iconic beer like Black Tuesday in the fold, it only makes sense to release variants to build off of that success. Mocha Wednesday does just that, taking the bourbon barrel aged imperial stout and adding cacao nibs from TCHO in San Francisco. They've also tossed in fresh coffee from the Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa to create a beer that measures up to its big brother. This massive 19.2% ABV brew begs to be shared, so jump at a chance for a taste if you should be so lucky.