Review: Beers of Molson Canadian

The fine nation of Canada hath given us many a wonderful thing: Rush, Hockey Night In Canada, Brave New Waves radio, and the sport of basketball. However, Canada can also lay claim to providing the world such monstrosities as Hawaiian-style pizza, the Bloody Caesar, and Celine Dion. All in all, a mixed bag but still…

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Review: Wines of Clos du Val, 2018 Releases

A full passel of new releases from Clos du Val, these six wines run the gamut from summer sippers to serious steakhouse experiences. Let’s dig in. 2017 Clos du Val Estate Rose of Pinot Noir Carneros – Fruity but also floral, this strawberry-scented offering is moderately acidic but also chewy — perhaps a bit gummy at…

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Review: Moosehead Pale Ale

Moosehead Pale Ale is known internally at the Canadian operation as “The Beer that Built the Brewery,” but since its 1933 introduction it hasn’t been sold in the U.S. Only 85 years later the brew — made with 100% Canadian barley — makes its debut on our shores. As sessionable pale ale goes, Moosehead’s rendition…

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Review: Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale

Dogfish Head is no stranger to creative brewing, and this is no exception. It was designed in celebration of Dogfish Head’s own “geographically-enamored seafood restaurant” Chesapeake & Maine in 2016. And now a word directly from Dogfish Head Communications HQ: “SeaQuench Ale is a session sour mash-up of a crisp Kolsch, a salty Gose, and…

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Review: Straw Boys Irish Vodka

As the name suggests, Straw Boys is vodka from Ireland, made from wheat and distilled in copper pots. (The distillery, Connacht, based in County Mayo, also makes poitin, gin, and Irish whiskey, among other delights.) Straw Boys Vodka is a solid example of the spirit. The nose is quite clean, with a light herbal note…

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Review: Crown Royal Texas Mesquite

As a born-and-raised Texan, I can personally attest to the state’s love affair with Crown Royal Canadian Whisky. Why this is, I don’t know. I think they really just love the felt bags. As a distinct nod to the state, Crown Royal is releasing a limited-edition whisky called Crown Royal Texas Mesquite. By far the…

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Review: A. Smith Bowman Abraham Bowman Sweet XVI Bourbon

The latest experiment from A. Smith Bowman — Sazerac’s Virginia-based distilling operation — is here: Abraham Bowman Sweet XVI Bourbon. Bowman explains the concept: This limited release explores how barrel entry proof affects bourbon flavor profile over long aging periods. The bourbon was allowed to age for sixteen years prior to bottling. This release is…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Straight Malt Whiskey

So, Woodford Reserve’s early experiments with malt whiskey may not be among its best releases, but you have to give Chris Morris and crew credit for trying. To that end, Woodford is releasing a new expression built around malted barley as part of its permanent lineup — only the fourth whiskey in the full-time portfolio: Woodford Reserve Kentucky…

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