Sam Adam’s has developed and produced some amazing barrel-aged beers over the last decade. A series of experiments led to their potent “Utopias” brews, which, due to unusually high alcohol content, they won’t call “beers.” This year’s batch, at 29%, will really lube you up but Sam insists the Utopias are all about complex taste. Available at select specialty beer and liquor stores.
Coffee fanatics take it black. This stuff, which is cold-pressed and steeped for 16 hours in an oxygen-free wine tank is about as pure as it gets—hence the name, Pure Black. It’s a full-flavored cold brew guaranteed to make your hair stand on end.
Whisky. It’s the perfect way to start every day of the holiday season. Enclosed in this adult advent calendar, you’ll find a different little sample-size bottle of whisky for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas—yes, 24 refreshing surprises & somewhere stashed inside is a 50-year old single malt.
Jack Daniels makes a variety of whiskeys, but the release of their latest offering, Tennesee Rye Unaged Whiskey, marks the first time JD has changed their recipe in over 100 years. The mashbill for this 80 proof moonshine is made up of 70% rye grain, giving it a sharper flavor than their barrel-aged sour mash whiskeys. Available in January 2013.
Whiskey expert Ian Buxton cuts through the hype and hyperbole of the spirit world to present a global guide to 101 of the world’s best, must-try whiskeys. Everyone thinks they’re an expert but, as a member of the tasting panel of the World Whiskey Awards, Buxton’s is a qualified opinion.
A good Bloody Mary is supposed to launch you right past the hangover from the night before with a spicy, salty snap that buries the generous dose of vodka you most desperately need on Sunday morning. Instead of fumbling with your own ill-fated attempt at concocting the proper mix of spice, pour in some Stu’s and forget about it.
If the sport and lifestyle of drinking beer isn’t enough & you’re compelled to read about it, too, this book is all you. Penned by two of the world’s leading beer buffs, this book offers a thorough history of beer through the ages as well as a guide to 500 of the world’s best brews.
For the avid craft brew drinker, loose growlers are a common problem. If you don’t know what a growler is, it sounds gross but growlers are just ½ gallon refillable beer bottles. Keep yours intact for transport by dropping them into this neat little BTU (beer transport unit) before hitting the road.
Normally when you say you haven’t been drinking it’s a lie. With this weird French contraption that turns cocktails into vapor, you can suck some booze-infused magic mist through the special straw and get a buzz without ever having to bend the truth.
Fear not, this isn’t like wine in a box. This is a complete one-gallon beer brewing kit that includes everything you need to make two batches of your own brewskies. Two different grain recipes and 8 reusable PETA bottles plus all the other gear will get you started properly.