When you think of great sipping rum, you probably don't associate it with coffee or cigarettes. But you might begin to, thanks to Stolen Coffee & Cigarettes Rum. Inspired by the Jim Jarmusch series of short films 'Coffee and Cigarettes', this Caribbean rum is matured in oak for two years before being blended with all natural Fenugreek from Morocco, Vanilla Bean from Madagascar, and Arabica Coffee Beans from Colombia. And don't worry, the taste is not reminiscent of licking an ashtray, but rather provides the same type of mild smokiness you've come to expect from Scotch or Mezcal. Great for league cocktails, but recommended to be sipped neat.
When you're tired of trying to chase down the next big thing in the craft beer world, it can be refreshing sometimes to turn to an old standby. Flower Power from Ithaca Brewing in New York is a perfect example of this, and helped pioneer the path for many IPAs that have followed. With a tropical jungle of a nose and a hopped up taste thanks to five different dry-hopping sessions, this bad boy not only is an old stand-by, but also stacks up incredibly well to the avalanche of IPAs that have been trying to keep up over the past decade plus.
With so many new breweries flooding the craft beer market, it's difficult to keep up and decipher what is actually worth trying. Side Project in St. Louis is still young, but with beers like Oude Fermier, they are already ahead of the pack. Oude Fermeir started as a Saison, but was barrel fermented in Chardonnay barrels and aged for 12 months while mingling with wild Missouri yeast before bottling. The result is a fantastic beer, with lemon, yeast and some mild tartness. And being housed in such a beautiful bottle makes it even more attractive.
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.