Review: Yuengling Flight

Yuengling Flight isn’t the first light beer from the iconic Pennsylvania-based brewery (that one came out in 1986), but it is the most in tune with the zeitgeist. Technically called FLIGHT by Yuengling, the beer hits just 95 calories and 2.6g of carbs, making for indeed a very light and low-carb experience. Low-carb brews are…

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Review: Schlafly Northeast IPA

While this is a new beer from Schlafly, it’s clearly a solid example of the hazy style — though no one would accuse St. Louis of being anywhere near the northeast. This rounded, easy sipper of a brew offers loads of apricot, apple, and malted cereal notes, with just a touch of tropical character —…

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Review: Montanya Rum Valentia 4 Years Old

We first encountered Montanya Distillers — an unlikely operation where Renee Newton is one of just a handful of female rum distillers, not to mention working in Colorado — way back in 2011. Recently the company released its third limited edition bottling, a “single barrel, double maturation release that celebrates the progress of women in…

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Review: 2017 La Crema Pinot Noir Monterey

La Crema is always reliable for a straightforward but unsurprising bottle of pinot noir, and this Monterey-sourced bottling offers few twists for the drinker. Notes of cola on the nose are counterbalanced by a fairly meaty, often doughy body, where notes of black pepper interplay with a core of raspberry, cherry, and some rhubarb. Easygoing…

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The Best Dry Vermouth Roundup – 16 Bottles Tasted, 1 Winner

In keeping with some of our recent roundups — you now know what the best banana liqueur in the world is — I figured I’d take on another big staple in the cocktail world: dry vermouth. The catch? There are way more vermouths on the market than there are banana liqueurs, and before I knew…

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Review: 3 Cognacs from Flaviar, 2020 Releases

My latest trio of tasters from Flaviar’s new quarterly subscription club takes us into the world of Cognac, featuring a trilogy from France’s most noteworthy brandy-producing region — none of which we’ve ever covered here before. Let’s dig in! Maison Surrenne Cognac VSOP – This is a collaboration between California’s Germain-Robin and Cognac’s largest remaining…

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Review: 2019 Sonoma-Cutrer Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Sonoma-Cutrer’s Russian River Rose is an early 2019 vintage arrival, and (as always) it’s a solid way to greet the nascent spring. Bold with strawberries and floral notes, the wine’s fruit eventually fades, showcasing a certain vanilla-fueled cookie character that recalls Nilla Wafers and, later on, tapioca pudding. Ample acidity on the back end gives…

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Reviews: Virago Four Port Rum, Port Cask-Finished Rum, and Modern Gin

Virago Spirits is a very young craft distillery, opening just two years ago in the hip Scott’s Addition neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. The distillery was started by three brothers, Barry, Brad, and Bart Haneberg (seriously), with a focus seemingly on anything but whiskey, which is rare for a craft distillery but not exactly unwise given…

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