Review: Founders Brewing KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Espresso Stout

Fans of Founder’s Brewing Kentucky Breakfast Stout, affectionately referred to as KBS, recently got another breakfast brew option: Founder’s KBS Espresso. The original KBS was already brewed with coffee, but the Grand Rapids-based brewery decided to punch up the java content by aging the original brew on espresso beans. That extra coffee aging happens after…

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Review: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine Ale (2019)

Good news: Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout was more readily available in 2019, but you’ll still have to do some searching to locate the other Bourbon County releases. One of the more unique in that lot is Wheatwine Ale, the first non-Imperial Stout in the lineup since Barleywine arrived way back in 2013. It’s…

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Review: Grander Rye Finished Panama Rum

Grander Rum got its start back in 2015, kicking its brand off with an outstanding 8 year old expression. Now the brand is launching its first limited edition series, called the Barrel Series. Entry number one is this bottling, a blend of Panama-distilled stock, 65% 12 years old and 35% 15 years old, then finished…

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Review: Kininvie Single Malt 17 Years Old (Batch 1)

Kininvie Distillery is a small, relatively new distillery owned by William Grant & Sons. In 1990 it opened its doors on the same grounds as The Balvenie with just a stillhouse, and it began producing single malt whisky strictly for William Grant & Sons’ blends (Monkey Shoulder chief among them). In 2010, it briefly closed…

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Reivew: Hayseed and Housdon 2018 The 4:19 to Paso and 2016 Warrior

Paso Robles-based Hayseed and Housdon literally pours its wines in a garage on a downtown street here. Sourcing fruit locally and from Edna Valley, we tasted two of the winery’s recent releases. The donates a whopping 50% of its profits to local, SLO-based nonprofits, so hats off for some serious altruism from H&H. Oh yeah,…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A120 (January 2020)

When Heaven Hill’s wheated bourbon Larceny was originally released in 2012, I had a mixed opinion about it. I initially found the whiskey overly wooded and unbalanced, though plenty of fruit helped it showcase its charms. Since then, I’ve retasted Larceny on many occasions and found it more mellow and well-rounded than I initially declared,…

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Review: NV South Shore Wine Company Pét-Nat Riesling

Pennsylvania-based South Shore Wine Company makes this Pet-Nat from Riesling, a popular choice for this rustic, sparkling style thanks to its high acidity. Here, the nose immediately evokes oxidized fruit and a sort of Champagne vinegar quality. On the palate, a similarly oxidized character immediately rushes the tongue, with notes of apricot, lemon peel, and…

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Review: Sierra Nevada 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale

Holy crap. Sierra Nevada has been brewing beer for 40 years. 40 years! When they introduced the world to their iconic Pale Ale, the Berlin Wall was still up, music and movies were things you could hold in your hand, and people actually talked to each other. How things have changed, but not Sierra Nevada’s…

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