Review: Wines of Chile, 2021 Releases

Chile’s winemaking credentials should need no introduction, but lately the region has been promoting a less oft-cited characteristic: sustainability. The six wines reviewed here (which hail from all over the country) are all created with environmental, social, and economic stability as a goal. You’ll also note another common denominator among them: affordability. Let’s dive in.…

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Review: Novo Fogo Silver Cachaca Bar Strength

It’s been seven years since we reviewed the core lineup from Cachaca from Novo Fogo. Back then we praised the Silver’s nose of tropical and citrus fruit, with cedar, mushroom, and fuel-like aromas. Today, we have an update on the spirit dubbed the “Bar Strength.” As the name suggests this variant is targeted for on-premise…

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Review: Brody’s Cocktails – Air Mail, Black Orchid, and Touch of Grey

Brody’s Cocktails have had quite a rewarding year, having won numerous spirits awards recently. They offer five varieties of ready-to-drink / ready-to-mix cocktails in 375ml bottles that tout masterful blending and no artificial sweeteners. The backstory is simply of founder Cristy Neunson’s quest to simplify making quality cocktails at home, and filling what seemed to…

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Review: West Cork Stout Cask Matured Irish Whiskey

On the heels of its IPA Cask Matured Irish Whiskey, West Cork is back with another beer-aged bottling. Like the IPA edition, the name here is misleading: This is finished in Irish stout casks, not fully aged in them. (And like the IPA edition, the beer comes from Blacks of Kinsale and is limited to…

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Review: Ballast Point Calico, California Kolsch, Sculpin, and Big Gus

Ballast Point recently celebrated a quarter century of San Diego beermaking by releasing a mix pack of some of its greatest hits from those years, including four offerings: Calico (Amber Ale, 1996), California Kölsch (German Style Pale Ale, 1996), Sculpin (IPA, 2005), and Big Gus (IPA, 2021). You’ll get three cans of each in each…

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Review: Remus Repeal Reserve Series V Bourbon

MGP is once again getting ahead of the flood of fall bourbon releases with their crown jewel in the Remus line, Repeal Reserve. For those new to this one, it’s an annual limited edition that commemorates the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. This year marks the fifth release, and as always, it’s a blend of…

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Review: Firestone Walker Mezca-Limón and Tequila Barrel Sunrise

Firestone Walker continues to churn out creative barrel-aged brews from its venerable Vintage Series with two particularly unique releases dropping earlier this summer: Mezca-Limón and Tequila Barrel Sunrise. These “cocktail beers” are designed for warm weather sipping and meant to evoke classic flavors of Mezcalita and Tequila Sunrise, respectively. As of this writing, we’re still…

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Review: R6 Distillery Single Malt Whiskey

Hit the American whiskey section of any bottle shop and try to find something that isn’t a rye or bourbon. While there are plenty of great choices, seeing the same two categories dominate shelf space can feel monotonous. R6 Distillery in El Segundo, California must have came to the same conclusion, as they have released…

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