If you're ready to get past the everyday shelf Tequilas of the world and step up to something truly special, Tequila Ocho Anejo is a great one to seek out. This estate-grown, 100% Blue Agave Tequila is the first tequila to designate the year it was produced and the field from which the agave was harvested. The Anejo expression is aged for at least one year and is the smoothest, easiest to drink expression from a line full of great, hand crafted Tequilas. Since each batch is unique, it can be rare and collectible, making it even harder to pass up if you come across a bottle.
What is old is new again in craft brewing circles, as brewers dig up recipes from brewing's storied past. One of the latest — and greatest — in this line is Westbrook Gose, a German-style wheat beer brewed with coriander and sea salt. The result is pure summer refreshment in a can as the Gose is both sour and a bit salty, providing a tart sipper that clocks in at just 4% ABV. Leave to the brewers at Westbrook in South Carolina to bring a historic German recipe back from the dead.
What most people know about Trappist Ale is that it is brewed by monks in Europe. The nine monasteries that brew the delicious beer are were all in Europe until monks at St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusets threw their hat in the ring with Spencer Trappist Ale. What they came up with for America's first Trappist beer is a 6.5% Belgian style pale ale with some fruity, yeasty characteristics. And despite being new to brewing such a historically revered beer style, the monks have managed to make something that tastes like it could come straight from one of the well established European monasteries.