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.
As we usher in the fall season, the inevitable onslaught of Pumpkin beers are upon us. And whether you roll your eyes at the seasonal change of pace or welcome it with open arms, Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing is not to be ignored. This fall, Pumking arrives with the same classic fall flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course pumpkin — but boasts a brand new label for the 22oz bottle this year. The king of Pumpkin beers is back, but will be gone before you know it.
As the thirst for Rye Whiskey escalates among spirits appreciators, it's getting tougher and tougher to find one that is good, available, and affordable. Old Scout Rye Whiskey from Smooth Ambler fits that profile to a tee, as the distillery quickly climbs the ladder of reputation in the industry despite only being around since 2009. Their Rye Whiskey is 7 years old, uses 95% rye in the mashbill, and clocks in at 99 proof — making it an excellent candidate to drink neat or to add to your next Old Fashioned.