Review: Bear Republic Challenge Series 06

In case you’re confused by our review of Bear Republic Challenge Series 11 a few months ago, the California brewery’s experimental series does not go in order (the numbers are generated from a random roll of Dungeons & Dragons dice — they don’t say which one). Challenge Series 06 is subtitled Smells Like Citrus IPA,…

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Review: Penelope Bourbon Batch #1

Penelope Bourbon is a new brand that a pair of friends, Mike Paladini and Danny Polise, have constructed and named after Mike’s daughter. The duo bought six barrels of MGP bourbon (the staves are #4 char, the heads #2), each having spent a bit longer than two years in wood. Curiously, the six barrels comprise…

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Review: 2018 Duck Hunter Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

Duck Hunter is a relatively anonymous brand of New Zealand-based wines, with four varietals, typical of the region, on offer. These screwcapped wines tend to vary fairly widely in price, so shop around (or wait for a sale) if the tasting notes below interest you. 2018 Duck Hunter Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough – Slightly thin, this…

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Review: Una Vida Tequila – Complete Lineup

The march of the “Vida” tequilas continues. Not to be confused with Dulce Vida, Pura Vida, Sangre de Vida, and just plain Vida, here comes a new brand, Una Vida Tequila. It isn’t entirely clear from what part of Jalisco the agave is sourced for Una Vida, but the brand is a partnership with the Orendain…

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Review: Allagash Tiny House

Summer is here and breweries are trotting out session beers to enjoy in the hot weather. Tiny House is an Allagash limited release, based on its House Beer, which is low in alcohol and served only at the brewery. Tiny House is even lower in alcohol but shares its older sibling’s Belgian style and dry…

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Tasting Report: Champagne Billecart-Salmon, 2019 Releases

In the Champagne world, Billecart-Salmon is a comparatively tiny operation, its 2 million bottles produced each year but a pittance in comparison to monsters like Moet and Veuve. But new CEO Mathieu Roland-Billecart seems to care not at all. At a recent lunch at Auberge du Soleil in Napa, California, Roland-Billecart poured several current releases…

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Review: Lagunitas Lagur and Phase Change

California’s Lagunitas has recently dropped two brews built for summer sippin’. Let’s crack ’em open before the days start to shorten. Lagunitas Lagur – This limited release for summer 2019 is a zippy lager flavored with Loral 291 hops. Aggressively floral, the beer initially hits the palate with the hoppy force of an IPA, but…

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Review: Old Elk Straight Rye Whiskey and Straight Wheat Whiskey (2019)

Former MGP master distiller Greg Metze’s Old Elk Distillery came out of the gate with a unique blended bourbon a couple of years ago, and now the line is expanding with two new expressions, a straight rye and a wheat whiskey. Like Old Elk Bourbon, both are sourced, their actual origins undisclosed. The company explained…

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