A new, even smoother version of Maker's Mark? Yes, please. Maker's 46 ($40) begins life as normal Maker's, removed from the barrel when it's fully matured. While it's removed, 10 seared French oak staves are attached to the inside of the barrel, then the Maker's goes back in to begin the months long process of becoming 46, a process which adds natural caramel, vanilla, and spice flavors without adding any bitterness. Only 25,000 cases will be shipped this year, so if you're wanting to give it a try and see it in the local liquor store, don't hesitate, unless of course someone is robbing said store at that very moment, in which case you should run.
As you can tell from the above shot of the Uncrate recycling bin, we love us some Dale's Pale Ale ($9/6-pack). Canned to keep light from interfering with its balanced but punchy flavor, this "voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale" offers up plenty of malts and hops throughout, and is strong in another way — at 6.5% alcohol by volume, you'd better respect the Dale's lest you wake up in an hourly-rate motel with a suspicious looking fellow named "Sam."
When we hear of something being cooked up by "the folks in North Carolina," soda isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, Cheerwine ($30/case) is a unique, cherry-flavored soda made with real cane sugar in the hills of NC since 1917. Tastes great, and is a lot less likely to get you arrested than that other drink we're
drinking right now thinking about.
Handmade using traditional Japanese brewing techniques and the finest ingredients — pristine water sourced from the Oirase River in Northern Japan, Yamada Nishiki rice, handmade koji, and proprietary yeast strains — TY KU White ($175) is a high-end, Daiginjo-rated sake that's sure to liven up your next sushi dinner. Brewing of the White stuff is overseen by legendary sakemaster Yoishio Koizumi, and its small batch nature combined with its striking, sleek white bottle make it a great gift, as well, whether it's for a friend, family member, or angry Yakuza.