Review: The Traveler Beer Co. Aloha Pineapple Shandy

The latest in a line of limited-edition seasonal shandies available from this Burlington brewery takes a decidedly non-Vermont twist. Boarding a flight headed west to the land of Gabby Pahinui, Robin Masters, and Laulau, Traveler exchanges the flannel for a floral print with its Aloha Pineapple Shandy. The nose offers a faint note of ginger,…

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Review: Tullamore D.E.W. Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

Tullamore D.E.W. has been on a tear with new variants lately, and its latest expression, following up on last year’s Cider Cask Finish release, is here: Tullamore D.E.W. Caribbean Rum Cask Finish. As you might expect, this whiskey consists of “the brand’s signature Irish whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W. Original, finished in barrels previously used to age Demerara…

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Book Review: The Dirty Guide to Wine

Ten years ago, writer Alice Feiring told us that she “saved the world from Parkerization,” and now she’s back with this, her fourth book, which continues her unabashed love affair with natural wines. With The Dirty Guide to Wine, Feiring (alongside master sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier) attempts to use soil (hency the “dirty” guide) as the…

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Review: Malfy Gin Originale

Gin was invented in Italy? Such is the position of Malfy Gin, which offers a lemon-flavored gin as well as this new release, an unflavored expression called Malfy Gin Originale. Says the brand: Malfy Originale is distilled to a recipe that pays homage to the originators of gin – Italian Monks – who first distilled…

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Review: O’Hara’s Irish Stout, Irish Red, and Irish Pale Ale

Hey, Guinness and Harp aren’t the only beers made in Ireland. There’s a growing craft movement in this country, too. O’Hara’s Brewing Company (aka Carlow Brewing, named after the city in which it is based) was founded in 1996 and was one of the original craft operations here; today it’s the largest craft brewery in Ireland.…

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Top 10 Bourbons Under $20

The popularity of bourbon in recent years has not surprisingly coincided with an upward trend in prices. It’s now not uncommon to stare at a liquor store shelf full of bottles priced over fifty dollars, with a growing number twice that expensive. This obviously wasn’t always the case. In fact, for much of its post-WWII…

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Review: The Murph’s Famous Bloody Mary Mix – Original and Hot & Spicy

OK, who is The Murph? He’s Stephen Murphy, a Wall Street guy turned mixology enthusiast who figured he could whip up a Bloody Mary mix better than anyone else — and he put his money where his mouth was, selling his homegrown mix out of his car for nearly a decade. Now, The Murph’s Famous Bloody…

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Review: The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey Madeira Cask Finish 15 Years Old

Tyrconnell knocked it out of the park last year with its 16 year old single malt. Now it’s already back in the game with this release, a 15 year old single malt that is aged in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and finished in Madeira wine casks from Portugal’s Madeira Island. Can lightning strike twice? Let’s…

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