Tasting the Fruited Sour Beers of Urban South Brewery – HTX

Urban South Brewery got its start in Louisiana in 2016. Its first satellite location outside the state got going in Houston, Texas in February 2020, offering a different collection of (230!) beers — heavy on fruited sours — than are available at the company’s home location. That started with the “Spilled” series (each featuring lots…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon The Prisoner Wine Collaboration II

Bardstown Bourbon Company is back with round two of its collaboration with The Prisoner Wine Company. Like the inaugural release last year, this one is finished for a whopping 18 months in French oak red wine barrels used to age the winery’s flagship blend, The Prisoner. The only difference here is that the sourced Tennessee…

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Review: Jefferson’s Rye Finished in Cognac Casks

Jefferson’s has plenty of bourbons in its stable, from Very Small Batch to the Ocean series and a variety of wine finishes and special releases, but the company has only once, in 2008, released a rye whiskey. Owner and blender Trey Zoeller is giving rye another go with this latest release, but this time, the…

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How Does Terroir Impact California Chardonnay? A Deep Dive at Chalk Hill

Terroir is a monster of a topic, and during a recent online tasting, our friends at Chalk Hill took a deep dive into the question of how micro-terroirs impact the winery’s chardonnay, offering three different bottlings from the 2018 vintage, each pulled from a different part of the 1285 acres that make up Chalk Hill’s estate,…

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Review: ALCO Canned Cocktails, Complete Lineup

New Liberty Distillery was started in 2004 by Robert Cassell with a focus on Pennsylvania’s whiskey heritage. But this review will not be about whiskey. It’s founder has now launched a new spirits company, American Liquor Company (aka ALCO), to enter into the ready-to-drink arena with a new line of canned cocktails. ALCO cocktails are…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection Mizunara Bourbon 15 Years Old

Rabbit Hole Distillery is wasting no time in releasing a second limited edition whiskey. Hot on the heels of last fall’s inaugural Founder’s Collection release, Boxergrail Cask Strength Rye, another installment is already hitting shelves. This time it’s a 15 year old bourbon, pulled from the sourced stocks of the distillery’s founder, Kaveh Zamanien, and…

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Review: Wines of Chemistry, 2019 Vintage

Chemistry is a new brand that marks a collaboration between the two wineries of Stoller and Chehalem. The value-oriented Oregon-based producer has four wines in its stable — the usual suspects, really — and here we look at three releases from the 2019 vintage (all but the sparkling rose). 2019 Chemistry Pinot Gris Willamette Valley…

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Review: NV Billionaires Row Champagne Les Roses

Good news, billionaires. There’s more than Cognac out there for you, there’s also a tax-bracket-friendly Champagne from the good folks at Billionaires Row: a rose Brut made from 20% pinot noir, 64% chardonnay, and 16% pinot meunier. The grapes are all premier cru, grown in the communes of Chigny-Les-Roses, Rilly-La-Montagne, and Ludes. The pricey Champagne…

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