Well, this certainly isn't what we expected. Despite their names, these vino-inspired blends from Vintage TeaWorks ($16-$18) don't actually contain any wine. Instead, they're meant to mimic the flavors and food pairings of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, using various types and blends of teas. Made from natural ingredients, they're a great wine alternative for the alcohol adverse.
Fall is nearly upon us, which means football, cooler weather, and pumpkins. Lots of pumpkins. Samuel Adams Fat Jack ($7) celebrates this seasonal squash by cramming 28 pounds of the stuff into each barrel, along with traditional pumpkin pie spices that give this double pumpkin ale a rich, smooth flavor (and an 8.50% ABV) that'll go over great at your next autumn feast.
No beer is impervious to light — even if the brewery is right down the street. The Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Growler ($50) protects your suds with double-walled stainless steel construction and a BPA-free cap, ensuring that it gets from point A to point B without a flavor transformation. The 64 oz. capacity? Just icing on the cake. [Scouted by Andrew]
Carnival-style labeling meets microbrew mastery in these Coney Island Craft Lagers ($TBA). These award-winning beers include a traditional Lager, Mermaid Pilsner, Albino Python white lager, Sword Swallower IPA-style lager, and the seasonal Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead American bock. They're worth picking up if for no reason than the labels themselves (and the 10.83% ABV in the Blockhead).