Add another NYC-based distillery to the ever-growing list. Industry City Distillery No.2 Vodka ($21) is the first spirit from Industry City Distillery, a new City Foundry venture located in Brooklyn's old Bush Terminal. Fermented using beet sugar yeasts, this unique drink is run through a steam powered stripping still before entering a high separation fractional distillation column that offers an unheard of level of control over the final composition, which should have you scrambling to create new recipes to take advantage of the unusual flavor. [Scouted by Rich]
If you're the type of person who enjoys a shot of whiskey in the morning, Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky ($30) should be right up your alley. This Canadian rye whisky features a rich hint of maple from trees tapped at the very beginning of spring, as well as the natural oak flavors that come from a blend of 3-, 5-, and 7-year-old rye whiskies, which are blended and matured further to create a one-of-a-kind flavor that may or may not go great with your flapjacks.
Corks? Corkscrews? Decanters? So last millennium. Stacked Wines ($15) does away with all of those — and the traditional wine glass — by packaging 750ml of fruity, sunshine-ready wine in four individual stemless glasses, allowing the package to mimic a traditional bottle of wine — and take up a similar amount of space — while removing the need for any tools, accessories, or extra glassware. [via]
Add a bit of spice to your bar with Knob Creek Rye Whiskey ($36). Made with a blend of high-quality rye, Knob Creek's latest creation is stout — 100 proof — and features a spicy, woody aroma with an equally spicy flavor that also incorporates rich oak and vanilla. Coming to select markets this month, and available nationwide this summer.
Nobody likes to waste good beer, so when it comes time to get wasted playing the noble game of beer pong, go with a brew that fits the occasion. Like Pong Beer ($15). Not so subtly named after the game, this "exceptionally crisp, smooth, and refreshing" beer is made using natural ingredients, and conveniently comes in 30 can "Rack Packs". Now available in most midwestern states, and arriving in beachside mini-marts all across the country later this year.
We've seen plenty of trends, styles, and drinks reemerge years after they were first popular, but none quite as old as mead. A modern take on the ancient drink, HoneyMaker Mead ($TBA) is still made from honey, clear, pure water and a proprietary yeast strain, but is available in a variety of flavors, including Lavender, Blueberry, Semi Sweet, Dry Hopped, and the ever popular Elderberry. Gold chalice not included, but highly recommended.
Feeling a little less than chipper after last night's drinking escapades? Start your recovery off right with some Charleston Bloody Mary Mix ($10). Available in Original and Bold & Spicy varieties, these tasty mixes include a number of premium Lowcountry ingredients, including Worcestershire, sea salt, ground peppercorn, tarragon, thyme, rice vinegar, habanero mash, and celery seed. Just add vodka.
While we'd rather skip the massive gut, everything else about Homer Simpson's lifestyle — compulsive eating, guzzling beer, and watching TV — seems a-ok. Now you can take one step in that direction by ordering up a case of Duff Beer (£25; roughly $40). Brewed in Germany, this surprisingly smooth 4.7 percent lager is the perfect way to pick up a dull barbecue or tackle a tough Thursday afternoon. Woo-hoo!
If the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup, consider spoiling yourself with a Wrecking Ball Coffee Subscription ($115). This high-end, six-month subscription provides you with a new 12 oz. bag of freshly-roasted beans each month, letting you savor whatever flavor the merry band of coffee-roasting geeks at Wrecking Ball are most enjoying at the moment.
It's not hard to find a place to get a bloody mary, but finding a good one? A far more difficult task. Apparently, so did the guys at Stu's, who you might know from their Spicy Garlic Pickles. The result is Stu's This Is Bloody Mary ($8). This powerful seasoning is designed to be used in concert with tomato juice and vodka to create a bold, flavorful drink that will send your celery stalk running for cover.
Not all tequila is made to shoot — instead, it's made to sip like a fine scotch. Peligroso Anejo Tequila ($60) falls into the latter category. Aged for 12-18 months, it's exceptionally smooth, with flavors of nut, pumpkin, oak, and spice, and is bottled at 84 proof instead of 80 for an extra boost of flavor. Arrives in a satin black glass bottle that's corked and numbered by hand before it's individually boxed, just another sign that it's not your average worm juice.
The soda aisle at the local grocery store can seem overwhelming, until you realize that it's basically just a bunch of variations on the same themes. UFlavor ($TBA) is out to change all that. This upstart Indiana-based company lets you pick the ingredients to create your very own soda, complete with a custom label that you upload yourself. Whether you want flavored water, an energy drink, a soda, or a tea, they have you covered — no word yet on a "create your own beer" option.