Review: Atlas Brew Works Giant Flaming Zombie Polar Bear Double IPA

Giant Flaming Zombie Polar Bear — GFZPB if you prefer — is Washington, DC-based Atlas Brew Works’ seasonal for winter 2020. It’s a fitting name for a fitting year — and a fitting beer, a double IPA featuring a blend of Bravo, Mandarina Bavaria, Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade hops. Aggressive with a classically creamy, resinous…

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Review: NV Hey French 1st Edition

Ready for something off the beaten path? “Hey French” is a white wine, not from France. It’s actually an multi-vintage “super-Bianco” from northeast Italy’s Veneto region, produced by Famiglia Pasqua and made from 60% garganega grapes, plus pinot bianco and sauvignon blanc, “sourced from several parcels of vineyard on the Veronese side of Monte Calvarina in…

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Review: Huling Station Bourbon, Wheat Whiskey, and Blended Whiskey

Memphis-based Old Dominick Distillery makes gin, vodka, and other goodies, but it’s arguably best known as the producer of Huling Station, a line of whiskeys that began with bourbon and expanded to wheat whiskey and a blended whiskey earlier this year. Old Dominick sources all of these whiskeys from MGP, but they’re all made in…

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Review: Still Austin Straight Bourbon “The Musician”

As a former resident of Austin, I can fully understand why a craft distillery in the Texas capital would dub its new flagship whiskey “The Musician” — and clearly the company behind the brand would love to have you singing the whiskey’s praises. Still Austin got started in 2014, and its first homegrown bourbon is…

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Review: Proseccos of Adami, 2020 Releases

Adriano Adami is a top-tier winery focused on Prosecco, having produced this classic Italian wine since 1933, when it created Italy’s “first commercial “cru” Prosecco from a single vineyard bottling from his Vigneto Giardino site.” Some additional backstory on Adami: Adami owns vineyards and has well-established long-term relationships with the best vineyard sites across the…

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Review: Rhum Barbancourt 4 Years Old

We’re working our way backwards through Haitian rum producers Barbancourt, now hitting the 4 year old expression, also known as Rhum Barbancourt 3 Stars. Like other Barbancourt rums, it’s made in the agricole style from fresh sugar cane juice. This expression is quite young, and the aggressive nose bears that out: hot and smoldering, with…

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Review: Waterford Distillery Organic Gaia Edition 1.1

We recently reviewed a handful of Waterford’s Single Farm Origin releases, which showcased the distillery’s obsession with terroir. With all of the fuss about soil and farms, it’s probably not surprising that Waterford is working diligently with its partner growers towards organic barley production. In total, there are some 86 different farms across Ireland that…

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Review: 2018 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Mount Veeder’s latest is a classically structured Napa cabernet sauvignon, rich with blackberry and currant but filtered through a fine layer of bittersweet tannins. Gentle notes of rosemary and thyme emerge as the wine develops in the glass, but the finish runs to a fresher red berry character, infused with a hint of tart cranberry…

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