Review: Pusser’s Rum – 15 Years Old, Gunpowder Proof, and Painkiller Mix

Pusser’s (slang for “purser’s,” as in the purser of a ship) is a surprisingly new rum brand that only dates back to 1979. The company celebrates the British Royal Navy, but it’s actually based in Charleston, SC. Its rum is currently sourced from Guyana, where it is distilled in wooden pot stills. (Previously the brand…

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Review: Burwood Vodka, Gin, Honey Eau de Vie, and Medica Honey Liqueur

Alberta, Canada-based Burwood focuses on using local ingredients and “old world craftsmanship” to make white spirits — vodka and gin, mainly — and a wide range of liqueurs which it continues to expand at a rate of one new release each quarter. Today we look at four of the core products from the company, two…

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Review: Watkins Select Bourbon

Watkins Select is a bottom-shelf bourbon produced by mega-scale booze company LeVecke, but it’s at least one with promise. While it’s available in a variety of flavored versions, the standard bottling is denoted as a Straight Bourbon (so at least 2 years old) and it hails from Kentucky — lending it at least an inkling…

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Review: 2018 Rose All Day France IGP Pays d’Oc

Rosé All Day is a “wine project” built around — you guessed it — pink wine. The company’s offerings include sparkling rose as well as still wines, in both cans and bottles. Today we look at just one of the RAD offerings, a still rose made from French grenache grapes. Much to my surprise this…

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Review: Budweiser Harvest Reserve Lager Fall 2019

On July 11th, Budweiser introduced its new limited-edition Harvest Reserve lager. While the standard Bud is a blend of malt and rice, this new offering is 100% malt roasted longer for a richer flavor. Does it compare favorably to the standard Bud? Let’s taste and find out. To start with, the beer simply looks better.…

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Review: Bently Heritage Source One Vodka and Juniper Grove American Dry Gin

Bently Heritage is a new distillery in Nevada, admirably doing just about everything on site. The operation grows and harvests its own winter rye, wheat, oats, and barley, malts its grains in-house on its own malting floor — a practice you almost never hear about today — and uses its own Sierra Nevada-sourced well water…

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The Top 10 Beers of 2019

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our Top 10 Beers of the Year list, an annual feature that we’ll be running every summer, assuming all goes well. How are we creating a top 10 of 2019 in the middle of July? By being a little sneaky: Our selections are drawn from beers released between June…

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Book Review: The One-Bottle Cocktail

Craft cocktail books are wonderful to flip through, but they invariably call for such obscure spirits that I rarely end up actually up making them. For the typical home mixologist, such concoctions rarely  wind up as anything beyond aspirational. Maggie Hoffman offers a solution of sorts in The One-Bottle Cocktail, a compendium of 83 drinks that…

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