Review: Stella Artois Midnight Lager

The venerable Stella Artois recently put out a limited-edition winter seasonal: Midnight Lager, described as “a black lager with notes of Belgian dark chocolate and freshly brewed espresso.” (It isn’t brewed with any of these things, though — just dark malts to give it an inky brown color.) And… it’s fine. It’s a lager at…

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Review: Dry Fly Distilling Straight Wheat Whiskey Finished in a Beer Barrel

It’s been several years since we last checked in with Washington-based Dry Fly Distilling, but we’re finally back with a look at a whiskey from its new Cask & Release Series, which involves partnerships with breweries to finish its whiskey in shared barrels. First up is this offering, a wheat whiskey finished in barrels from…

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Review: 2018 Lucky Rock Pinot Noir County Cuvee

Last year’s County Cuvee from Lucky Rock was a marvelous pinot noir at a stellar price, and now the winery is back again with its 2018 vintage release. This year’s vineyard breakdown is 42% White Sage and Grava Ranch Vineyards (Monterey), 39% Vista Verde Vineyard (San Benito), and 19% Morelli Lane Vineyard (Sonoma). Once again,…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2019)

The annual release of the cask strength version of Angel’s Envy bourbon has arrived, and (as seemingly always) we’re a bit late in getting our review up. As always, this is Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels, but released uncut and at full strength. Otherwise it’s the same whiskey you’ll find in the standard…

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Review: Stoll & Wolfe Rosen White Rye Whiskey

Lancaster, Pennsylvania is best known as the heart of Amish country, but it’s also the home of Stoll & Wolfe, a rising craft whiskey producer making spirits out of Rosen rye, a heritage varietal that’s being revived. Dick Stoll was the last distiller at Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania-based Michter’s Distillery — the original location before it abruptly…

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Review: Underground Herbal Spirit

We’re taking another spin with Utah-based Ogden’s Own Distillery and looking at perhaps its most intriguing product, an herbal amaro called Underground. The nose immediately evokes a likable, Jagermeister-like elements of raisins, mulling spices, cardamom, and a significant licorice character. The palate continues the theme, pouring on the licorice and giving it a spin via…

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Review: The Funk Heavy Pot Still Rum

You can smell The Funk’s funk before you even get the cap all the way off. This rum, distilled in St. Catherine, Jamaica and billed as “unaged heavy pot still rum,” wholly earns its name. It’s produced by Proof & Wood, the outfit behind the Deadwood line of whiskeys, and is the only rum in…

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Review: Lonerider Bourbons and Whiskey Mule

Lonerider is a longtime Durham, NC-based brewery turned distiller (or at least bottler). With its first two whiskey offerings, it’s taking MGP bourbon and finishing it in house, alternately in sherry casks and in its own stout barrels. There’s not a lot of information on what goes into each bottling (and no age statements), but…

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