Review: 1800 Select Silver Tequila

Good lord, has anyone needed more of a kick out of their tequila? If good old 80 proof doesn’t cut it for you, run, don’t walk, to grab a flask of 1800 Select Silver. At 100 proof, it’s got a bonus kick to it, while still being true to the spirit of blanco tequilas. 1800…

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Review: Stevens Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat Beer

What’s better than a beer on a hot day? A beer at a nude beach, that’s what. Stevens Point’s latest seasonal release won’t get you to the beach proper, but it’ll get you close: Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat craft brew isn’t just a surprisingly refreshing beer, it’s also got a drawing of nekkid people…

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Robert Mondavi Dead at 94

Robert Mondavi, the founding father of the California wine industry, passed away today at 94 years old. Mondavi was crucial to the development of fine wine in California. He founded his eponymous estate in 1966, already 53 years old, and turned California from a place best known for jug wine and drunk staples like Ripple…

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Coors Light’s “Cold Activated Bottle”

Sometimes a picture’s all you need. Check it out below: The bottle on the right is at room temperature. The one on the left is straight out of the fridge. See the difference? If you’ve ever added beer to the fridge alongside stuff that’s already been chilling for days, you know that feeling the outside…

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Return to Bourbon & Branch

Finally I got a chance to visit the “big boy” room at Bourbon & Branch, after two trips to the Library for private events. Night and day, folks. Literally, night: It’s pitch dark inside B&B. We went in at 6 and came out around 8:15 while it was still light out and felt like zombies…

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Tasting Gallo’s Gold Medal Awards, 2008 Releases

For three years now, the good folks at Gallo have hunted for the best artisan foodstuffs to pair with their wines. This year, seven winners were chosen, and the company was good enough to send some samples along with a bottle of their 2006 Gallo Family Sonoma Reserve Pinot Gris as a pairing. Both snacks…

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Review: X-Rated Fusion Liqueur

Club drinks are a mixed bag, but in a canon that includes some awfully weak entries, X-Rated is possibly the best thing going. At 34 proof, it’s light enough to go down easy on its own. Almost too easy, really. It’s sweet, light, full of fruit, and so hot pink you’ll think you were drinking…

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Review: Mascarade Liqueur

On paper, Mascarade sounds pretty interesting, as fruity mixers go, I mean: Peaches and apricots from France, Armagnac, and vodka. Not sure about mixing Armagnac and vodka but, sure, maybe this is just the upscale alternative to Southern Comfort that the market needed. I wish it was so. Mascarade just didn’t work for me. On…

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