Review: NV Apothic Brew Red Wine Infused with Coffee

I’m not going to lie: I’ve been dreading pulling the cork on this since the day it arrived. But finally it had to be done, and I forced myself to experience what the marriage of red wine (reportedly Rhone style grapes, but Apothic doesn’t say) and cold brew coffee is like. Apothic is no stranger…

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Review: Sierra Norte Single Barrel Whiskey – White Corn, Yellow Corn, and Black Corn

“Mexican whiskey” isn’t just a euphemism for tequila. Turns out our neighbors to the south really do make honest-to-God whiskey, none of which is more visible than Sierra Norte, which markets three different expressions made from different strains of corn native to Oaxaca — white, yellow, and black. (The mash for each is 85% corn…

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Review: 2016 Count Karolyi Gruner Veltliner

Hungarian gruner, eh? I suppose it’s not so strange — after all, Austria and Hungary used to be one country. This wine is extremely dry, offering notes of tart green apple, grapefruit, and a lengthy mineral character that offers notes of flint and steel. Hints of peach and apricot linger on the finish — though…

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Review: Lost Spirits Distillery Jamaica Rum

Here’s a fun little one-off from Lost Spirits, the increasingly famous microdistillery that accelerates the aging of its spirits through the miracle of science. Bossman Bryan Davis shares a little detail about what makes this different than other Lost Spirits rums: I have always been a fan of Jamaican funky rums and decided to do…

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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┬ápassion 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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