Review: Deschutes Brewery Squeezy Rider

Here’s a rarity: A one-off review of a new release from Deschutes, Squeezy Rider, a west coast style IPA that joins the Squeeze-centric lineup of IPAs from the Bend, Oregon-based brewery. Built to be an approachable expression of IPA, it’s made with Cascade, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops — but focuses on Strata, which was developed by…

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Review: The Balvenie Stories – The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19 Years Old

In 2019, The Balvenie dropped three inaugural entries into The Balvenie Stories series, a line of whiskies that “tell the story” of various key figures at the distillery. Recently, a fourth Story has arrived, a 19 year old called The Edge of Burnhead Wood, though it doesn’t exactly have a human element behind it. To…

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Review: Hopworks Urban Brewery Stoner Fruit Apricot Sour

Stephen recently rounded up three IPAs from Portland’s Hopworks, but it turns out the operation also has its hand in other styles, including this sour brewed with apricots. The beer executes on its name pretty much dead on: The attack is bold with apricot and sour, vinegary notes, though the latter are filtered through a…

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Review: Lawson’s Finest Liquids Little Sip IPA

Little Sip is, well, the “little” version of Vermont-based Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine, a lower abv and crystal-clear beer that evokes freshness and fairly traditional IPA leanings, with a focus on mild grapefruit, orange peel, and hints of forest floor. Decidedly west coast in style — or at least, fairly far from the…

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Review: Plantation Rums – Isle of Fiji, Fiji 2005, and Jamaica 1996 x NY Distilling Rye Cask

Plantation’s rum lineup continues to explode in size, with at least 10 expressions available on the market. Today we look at the latest rum to join its permanent lineup — Isle of Fiji — plus two limited editions offerings. Plantation Rum Isle of Fiji – This new addition to Plantation’s full-time lineup is a blend of…

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Review: Simple Goodness Sisters Drink Syrups

Simple Goodness is the name of a Washington farm and the sisters in question use its produce to make a number of drink syrups, cocktail mixers with an artisan bent. We recently received two of the sisterhood’s lineup to taste, and our thoughts follow. A 200ml bottle should be good for about 13 drinks. (The…

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Review: Troegs Joyous IPA

Tröegs’ latest installment in its Hop Cycle lineup of seasonally rotating IPAs is Joyous, made from a a yeast strain called Hothead Kveik and hopped with Citra, Sabro and Azacca hops. Per Troegs: “Joyous is the first Hop Cycle beer to emerge from Tröegs’ Scratch Lab, a new 3-barrel BrauKon nano brewhouse designed to replicate…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 26 and Batch 27

It seems like it never takes long for Barrell Bourbon to come out with more batches. Thankfully, the overall quality in these releases makes them always something I look forward to sampling. We received samples of Batch 26 and Batch 27 for review. Batch 28, the first release for 2021, has already hit shelves, so…

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