Brewery Spotlight: Epic Brewing Company (Part I)

This week I’m going to start a new series of entries called “Brewery Spotlight.” These posts will look at multiple beers from a brewery’s portfolio with the hope of comparing, contrasting, and pointing out characteristics that are common among different beers, either because of water, house yeast, or preferential hop strains by the brewers. Our…

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Review: Barenjager Honey & Bourbon

You just can’t kill this honey+whiskey trend. It’s so popular that now they’re coming at it from the honey side: Barenjager, one of the original honey-flavored liqueurs (if not the original honey liqueur), is adding Bourbon (from Kentucky, but of otherwise unknown origin) to its recipe to create a hybrid spirit just like, well, all…

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Giving New Meaning to High-Octane Booze

According to Mother Jones, the waste products from whiskey-making are being turned into fuel. Here’s how it works: To make Scotch whiskey, you take barley, separate out the sugar, add water and yeast, and ferment it. The result is similar to beer. The next step is to distill the alcohol from that beer in pots.…

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Review: 2009 Treana Red Paso Robles

The flagship wine of the Hope Family Wines organization, Treana is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) with some Syrah (30%) thrown in for good measure. Hailing from Paso Robles, this blend is primarily a good representation of a Central Coast Cab, with that Syrah adding a touch of curiosity to the mix. Restrained for Cabernet, Treana…

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Vinalla Liqueurs Head to Head: Tuaca (2012), Navan, and Licor 43

Did you know: You can put Tuaca in a margarita to give it a sweeter, more dessert-like kick? To celebrate National Margarita Day (February 22, yeah, we’re late…) Tuaca sent us a bottle of this Italian vanilla/citrus spirit, the recipe of which dates back 500 years. But Tuaca isn’t the only vanilla liqueur on the…

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Review: Bushmills Irish Honey

Now the Irish are getting into the honey whiskey thing. Bushmills Irish Honey is the first honey-flavored spirit (to my knowledge) from the Emerald Isle, a simple blend of original Bushmills, Irish honey, and Irish water, bottled in the traditionally squared Bushmills-style bottle. The results are solid. As Jack Daniels proved with its Tennessee Honey…

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Review: 2010 Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Wine

Banfi’s Rosa Regale is unusual to the point of uniqueness. A deep red sparkling wine, it is made in Acqui in the Piedmont region of Italy from Brachetto grapes. Ferment in the Italian sparkling method (in tanks, not in bottle), it is bottled at all of 7% alcohol. You would swear by the nose and…

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Tasting Fladgate Ports with CEO Adrian Bridge, 2012

With 320 years of history and 11 generations under its belt, the Fladgate Partnership is a family business like few you’re likely to deal with. As CEO of the company that makes Croft, Fonseca, and Taylor Fladgate Ports, Adrian Bridge oversees one of the most renowned wine brands in the world. Bridge recently hosted myself…

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