Review: Stone IPA, Tangerine Express, and Wizards & Gargoyles

Three beers from the California icons at Stone Brewing, something old, something new, and something in between. Stone IPA – Tasted as part of the “Guest Art Series” (seen above), which sees Stone cans emblazoned with the work of beer-friendly artists. This is about as classic and essential as west coast IPA gets, a deft…

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Review: Maker’s 46 Cask Strength Bourbon (2020)

Five years ago, Maker’s Mark dropped a cask strength version of Maker’s 46. The catch: It was only available at the distillery, and it has been ever since. Now, for a limited time — and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Maker’s 46 — Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength will be available nationally at…

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Review: Wines of Legende, 2020 Releases

The Lafite empire doesn’t just produce $500+ bottles of prized Bordeaux. Its wines also include some more affordable bottlings produced under numerous labels, including this one, Legende. A wine from a family of wine producers with a reputation such as Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) must be among the best of its kind in every…

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Review: Peg Leg Porker Tennessee Bourbon, 8 Years Old, and 12 Years Old

Carey Bringle is a longtime Tennessee barbecue maven, and after years of mastering the pit, he took a natural first step, launching his own bourbon brand, which shares a name with his BBQ restaurant. Peg Leg Porker is a sourced Tennessee bourbon — Dickel is the usual suspect but no one is officially saying —…

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Review: Buzzard’s Roost Single Barrel Straight Rye

Buzzard’s Roost Sippin’ Whiskey is yet another addition to the seemingly unending line of non-distilling producers crowding the whiskey shelves today. The brand was started by Bourbons Bistro founder Jason Brauner, who personally took part in more than 100 barrel selections over his career and supposedly pioneered the idea of private barrel picks for restaurants.…

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Review: Stronachie 10, 12, and 18 Years Old

Located in central Scotland, the county of Perthshire was home to the original Stronachie distillery until its doors closed in 1928, after nearly a three-decade-long run of operations. Independent bottlers AD Rattray purchased an original brand at auction, and with the quiet assistance of Benrinnes, resurrected the brand a few years ago. The core range…

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Tasting the Wines of Wine Insiders, 2020 Releases

Wine Insiders is a retail website “dedicated to helping wine connoisseurs find the best wine for them.” The focus, as with many retailers along these lines, is on value, with bottles starting as low as $10 a pop. There’s also a subscription service — the Wine Insider Club — which gives you 12 bottles every…

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Review: Old Elk Rye, Wheat Whiskey, and Wheated Bourbon (2020)

Last year, Old Elk — the Colorado-based operation run by former MGP master distiller Greg Metze — launched a pair of new whiskey expressions that were sold exclusively in Old Elk’s tasting room. This year, distribution of those releases has expanded nationally, and there’s a new whiskey in the mix, too: a wheated bourbon. (Old…

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