Book Review: The Microbrewery Handbook

The world is collapsing. Most national economies are in shambles, or staring down the face of collapse. The main street of your childhood hometown is an endless row of empty shells filled with ghosts of commerce past and vacancy signs. Your spouse (or romantic partner) has run off to the Cayman Islands with a day trader…

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Review: The Single Malts of Scotland Caol Ila 10, Glen Elgin 13, Ardmore 21, and Glenrothes 30

The independent bottling operation The Single Malts of Scotland may not have the most creative name, but it’s certainly a descriptive one. This operation has been up and running since 2005 but its releases have only been available in Europe — until now, thanks to importers ImpEx. Its first U.S. run includes 10 individual casks…

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Review: Toast! Before You Drink Gummies

It makes sense to fortify yourself before you start drinking — both to counter any negative effects of alcohol and to prevent hangovers the following day. While most hangover remedies focus on curatives, a few products (like my beloved Zaca patch) are designed with preventative measures in mind. The latest of these is Toast! —…

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Review: 5 of Geijer Glogg’s California Liqueurs and More

Earlier this year we brought you coverage of California Fernet, a fun spin on the classic Italian style that mixes in both Californian and Swedish sensibilities. Now we’re back to the well with five more products from Martin Geijer’s Geijer Glogg, the San Francisco-based company behind the brand. This quintet spans a wide range of…

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Review: 2018 Quinta de Roriz Post Scriptum Douro DOC

We’ve checked out Prats + Symington’s Post Scriptum on several occasions; as a refresher, this ever-changing red blend is a dry table wine made from the same grapes and hailing from the same region as Port. For 2018, the grape makeup is 58% Touriga Nacional, 39% Touriga Franca, and 3% Tinta Roriz. The 2018 Post…

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Review: Aberfeldy 12, 16, and 21 Years Old

Aberfeldy is best known for its significant contributions to Dewar’s Scotch blends (Dewar’s being the distillery’s corporate owner), but it’s also the home to its own line of single malts, with bottlings reaching as old as 40 years of age. Situated uniquely between the Highlands and the Lowlands region of Scotland — technically either the…

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Review: 2017 Clos Mogador Priorat Gratallops

Spain’s Priorat region has a reputation for being one of the inkiest, deepest, most intense wines on the planet. What a surprise then to tuck into this Gratallops-grown red (a blend of 46% garnacha, 29% cariñena, 15% syrah, and 10% cabernet sauvignon) and find such a fruity, lively delicacy. The wine is bursting up front…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B520 (May 2020)

Earlier this year, Heaven Hill dropped a barrel proof version of Larceny, and now those barrels are charging ahead in the same vein as Elijah Craig, with a rotating series of ultra-proofed whiskeys coming out 2-4 times a year. Larceny is right on the heels of Mr. Craig with its 2nd release of 2020 (Elijah…

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