Review: Yuengling Golden Pilsner

On the burly side for a pilsner, this new brew — the first new beer from Pennsylvania’s Yuengling in 17 years — is full of flavor from the get-go. Lots of malt and some spicy notes give the lager a chewy, mouth-filling body, but the flavor tends to fall a bit flat at times, falling…

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Review: Till American Wheat Vodka

Indiana’s MGP continues its push into original spirits — rather than providing material for third-party products — with Till, its first vodka. Till is made not in MGP’s Indiana facility but in Atchison, Kansas, from Kansas wheat “sourced from the best farms in the region and … distilled using a proprietary process perfected over 75…

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Review: Rogue Paradise Pucker

This sour ale from Oregon’s Rogue Ales is quite the concoction, brewed up with passion fruit, orange, and guava juice. Is this the recipe for paradise? It’s quite an oddity either way, kicking off the wild ale with an intensely sour attack, tightly vinegared with red wine notes, that impression driven by the ample dosing of…

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Review: The Street Pumas Blended Scotch Whisky

Back in March, we introduced you to three spirits from The Street Pumas line with a promise of a blended Scotch whisky that was still on its way over from Scotland at the time. Well, it finally made it stateside, complete with the same unique comic strip label as the rum, vodka, and gin. The…

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Review: 2017 Nik Weis Urban Riesling Mosel

This simple riesling from the Mosel Valley in Germany carries a mere 10% alcohol level, making it as refreshing and approachable as a wine cooler. A modest amount of residual sweetness brings the florals, fresh apricots, and figs to life with a bright honey and nougat character that lingers into the finish. Versatile. B+ /…

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Review: Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash

Crown Royal is launching a new line of whiskies called the Crown Royal Blenders’ Series. The first in that series is this: Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash. Here’s a little detail from the company: As the first offering in the Crown Royal Blenders’ Series, a new line of special whiskies that celebrate the art of blending, Crown…

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Review: Bass Note Sangria

Bass Note is a new line of sangrias with a focus on the exotic. Rather than red wine and oranges, Bass Note loads up on combinations of fruit juices and unusual extracts, including herbs and nuts in the mix, all blended into grape-based wine. Three expressions are available. We tried them all (over ice, as…

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Review: Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka

It’s typical for a spirit company to describe its product as “smooth,” a meaningless term that is typically used to describe spirits that don’t burn the throat. Actually putting the term on the label is something else entirely. What makes Seagram’s bottom-shelf Vodka “extra smooth?” It’s hard to say without tasting, because Seagram’s notes only…

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