Review: Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale

This latest release in Newcastle’s limited edition series is definitively its best, a black ale called Cabbie. Seductively dark, the brew is surprisingly mellow, with chocolatey malt notes and a nutty finish. Think coffee — but freshly picked berries, not dark roast. Cabbie’s got enough bitterness (just 25 IBUs) to keep it mouth-cleansing, but has…

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Review: Guinness Red Harvest Stout

Not quite a red ale and not quite a stout, the seasonal Guinness Red Harvest Stout looks far more enticing than it tastes. The reddish-coffee brown beer pours with a thick, Old World head, but from the start something is off. The nose is weak, with light roasted grain notes atop thin malt. The body…

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Review: Stone Arrogant Bastard Double Bastard Ale

As the back label copy of this brew states, “this is one lacerative mother of a beer,” and that’s not far from the truth. The burly American Ale begins with loads of malt and plenty of citrus backing it up. Breathe deep for some evergreen character, too. On the palate, it’s loaded with malty baked…

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Review: Hudson Whiskey Maple Cask Rye

Aka Hudson Maple Rye, this limited edition bottling is the latest from New York’s Tuthilltown Spirits, one of the original and most iconic craft distillers in the U.S. Hudson Maple Cask Rye is born from a deal the company has with a nearby maple syrup maker: They send old bourbon barrels to the syrup guys,…

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Review: Wolfgang Puck Wines, 2013 Releases

Celebrity chefs are plowing their way into the wine world (makes sense), and Wolfgang Puck is the latest with his own house wine that you can serve at your house. Made by DFV Wines (better known as Delicato), the two Puck wines we tried are easygoing and pleasant, but far from challenging or complex. Thoughts…

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Review: Wines of Mossback, 2013 Releases

The latest label from the Crew Wine Company, Mossback arrives with four California-focused varietals and price points around the $20 range. We tried two bottlings. Thoughts follow. 2012 Mossback Chardonnay Russian River Valley – Muted nose, some melon, some lemon oil notes, and a little buttery wood to smooth it all out. On the body,…

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Recipe: La Merida Punch

It cures what ails ya. (An original recipe.) La Merida Punch 1 1/4 cups orange juice (freshly squeezed is best) 3/4 cup pineapple juice 1/2 cup triple sec 1/4 cup Thatcher’s Prickly Pear liqueur 2 cups dark rum (more to taste) 2 bottles Prosecco Add all ingredients, as cold as possible, to a punch bowl…

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Review: The Dalmore Selected By Daniel Boulud

Well, here’s a new idea. The Dalmore’s Richard Paterson has teamed up with renowned chef Daniel Boulud to create a bespoke whisky: The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud. This is Dalmore’s first collaboration with a chef. The name doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, but it’s what’s inside that matters. The single malt is “a unique…

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