Review: Dogfish Head Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout and 120 Minute IPA

Since its World Wide Stout arrived in the Dogfish Head lineup back in 2019, it’s taken a few different, special edition forms, from bourbon barrel-aged to a more recent coffee-enhanced version. While those are pretty familiar stout renditions in today’s beer landscape, one World Wide Stout was quite the standout. In fall of 2020, and…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B523 (May 2023)

All things old are new again, as the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof line makes a big change beginning with editing B523, the second release for 2023. Out: the standard 12 year old age statement. In: variable age statements which will likely hover around the 12 year mark, but which will now vary from batch to…

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Review: Karbach Cerveza Especial, Crawford Bock, and Ranch Water Seltzers

Houston’s Karbach doesn’t just make beer, it also cranks out a variety of popular canned Ranch Waters, four in all, based on the Texas-favorite blend of tequila, sparkling water, and lime. Mind you, the canned Ranch Waters are all made from malt beverages — not tequila — and are sweetened with a combination of cane sugar,…

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Review: 2021 Domaine Bousquet Alavida Malbec

Alavida is a wine carrying an impressive roll call of health-conscious bona fides. More specifically, it’s USDA-certified organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. Quite a bit of effort goes into the production of this Malbec. Grapes are harvested from the higher-altitude vineyards of Domaine Bousquet’s estate and must be high in acidity as there is no…

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Review: The Kraken Gold Spiced Rum

After a sleepy decade with no new products, The Kraken has suddenly awoken from its slumber. A coffee-and-spice flavored rum hit in 2020. Now a new gold spiced rum has arrived. The concept seems pretty obvious: Spiced rums from the likes of Sailor Jerry and Captain Morgan are lighter in color and perhaps less daunting…

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Review: 2021 Flora Springs Soliloquy Napa Valley

Flora Springs‘ sauvignon blanc-heavy blend Soliloquy returns for another round, again hitting the ground with its unique blend of acidity and fruit, this year showcasing peaches and tropical notes, heavy on the pineapple. A touch of hospital character evokes a bit of petrol, though gratings of lime zest and a curious touch of kiwi offer…

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Review: 2020 Graffinga Glorious Selection Malbec

No matter the subject, anytime “glorious” is interjected into a product’s brand name, hopes are elevated rather highly that it will live up to its intended promise. What’s more accurate, however, is the label on this wine’s declaration that it is a “wine of character for those who embrace their own.” You’ll find no argument…

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Review: Kentucky Peerless High Rye Bourbon

Kentucky Peerless has released its share of specialty finishes and single barrels over the years, but the Louisville-based distillery hasn’t added a new recipe to the portfolio since its first small batch bourbon debuted in the summer of 2019. Kentucky Peerless High Rye Bourbon is, as the name implies, a higher rye version of their…

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