Book Review: Drink London

Euan Ferguson’s Drink London: The 100 Best Bars and Pubs certainly seems to live up to its name. I’ve never been to any of these joints, but I can assure you when I get to town I’ll be carting this slim volume with me (or at least copious notes from it). Updated from its last version…

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Review: Beers of Crux Fermentation Project, 2020 Releases

Bend, Oregon’s Crux Fermentation Project got its start back in 2012, and while it remains located in a humble garage that was formerly an Aamco transmission shop, it’s pumping out enough beer that one would argue that it’s no longer a “project” but rather a full-scale business. Recently we received sample of its three year-round…

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Review: Ferrand 10 Generations Cognac

The latest Cognac from Ferrand (“Pierre” has officially been dropped from the brand’s name) is a “legacy of 10 generations,” even though it comes across with an age profile of significantly fewer generations. Maybe half a generation? Anyway… What’s new here in this Grande Champagne Cognac is that it is aged in French oak casks,…

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Review: Atlas Brew Works Ponzi West Coast IPA

Here’s another one from Washington D.C.’s Atlas Brew Works: Ponzi West Coast IPA. Named after the inventor of the eponymous pyramid scheme, this beer is hopped with “criminal disregard,” which apparently means it has Cascade, Chinook, Centential, Mandarina, and Ahtamun hops on top of Munich malt. According to the website, “if it seems too good…

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Review: Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Stout, IPA, and Prosecco

Non-alcoholic beer and wine have not exactly found rousing fanaticism in the market, probably because they generally taste like pale imitations of the real thing. Alcohol-free wine may as well be juice. NA beer is typically a thin, watery lager that has to be ice cold to be even marginally palatable. Denver-based Gruvi has been…

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Review: Five & 20 Spirits Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Casks

Our recent visit with the spirits of Five & 20 only scratched the surface, with a deep dive into its straight rye whiskey. Now we’re back with a look at a second release from the New York operation, Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Casks. It’s the same mash as the standard rye — 80% New…

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Review: 2018 Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley

One expects a slap in the face with a butter-slathered oak stave here, and while Far Niente’s 2018 estate chardonnay has its share of vanilla-soaked lusciousness, it manages to keep itself in the median, with a delightful note of tropical fruit and a spray of white flowers. Notes of fresh baking spices and some toasted…

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Review: Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey (2020)

Next to Jameson, Bushmills has been half of the twin icons of Irish whiskey. While various expressions of Bushmills have come and go, the standard-level Bushmills — aka Bushmills Original — has been with us literally for hundreds of years. We last reviewed the iconic Bushmills way back in 2008, and we figured the time…

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