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The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Trudie Styler's Italian Surprise (Wine Spectator)

The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Trudie Styler's Italian Surprise (Wine Spectator)

The British actress and director—now also a Tuscan vintner—brought one of her Il Palagio wines and a familiar friend

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3rd Sign Brewery releases new seasonal IPA

3rd Sign Brewery releases new seasonal IPA

October 26, 2016

3rd Sign Brewery out of Waunakee, WI is releasing Forest their new seasonal IPA. Forest’s recipe has changed to highlight the piney bitter notes and adds extra aroma by dry hopping with 10lbs of Citra Hops.

Forest features piney and resinous notes, highlighted by aromatic Citra hops and a strong malt backbone. Forest IPA is a refreshing interpretation of an American original. An assertive bitterness and subtle warmth make this IPA the perfect companion to your camping trip – think crisp air, tall pines and a satisfying earthy brew in your hand. 6.5% ABV available in 6/12oz bottles & Keg formats, hitting shelves 10/24/16.

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Contact: Joe Goldfine
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3rd Sign Brewery Turns 1 and Launches TWO new Imperial Stouts

3rd Sign Brewery Turns 1 and Launches TWO new Imperial Stouts

October 26, 2016

3rd Sign Brewery in Waunakee, WI turned 1 last Saturday October 22nd, celebrated with a Huge party and released 2 new Imperial Stouts, Osiris & Osiris Afterlife. The 2 new stouts will be available in super limited quantities in 2 formats: 22oz bottles & Kegs.

Osiris 9% ABV Oak Imperial Stout– Osiris Oak Imperial Stout has an elegant fragrance of espresso and dark chocolate. The beer evolves into a silky smooth body with hints of oak, coffee, and a dash of sweet cream. Smoked oak and bitter cocoa linger on the palate, urging for another taste. One must exercise caution as Osiris is always watching. Osiris Afterlife 11% ABV – A 11% ABV Russian Imperial Stout with strong roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors, along with notes of date and fig that offer balance with a sweet lingering taste. Aroma carries notes of dark chocolate, plums and stone fruits with a fleeting hint of smokiness.

Look for them at your favorite retail store today!

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Jolly Pumpkin to Open Restaurant and Brewery in Hyde Park, Chicago

Jolly Pumpkin to Open Restaurant and Brewery in Hyde Park, Chicago
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(Chicago, IL)—Jolly Pumpkin is heading across Lake Michigan to open a new restaurant and bar in Chicago. Jolly Pumpkin has announced it will be opening a location in Hyde Park, near the University of Chicago, in 2017. The 5,800-square-foot restaurant will serve craft beers, distilled spirits, and wines available through the Northern United Brewing Company (NUBC) brand – including Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, North Peak Brewing Company, Nomad Cidery, Civilized Spirit and Bonafide Wines, as well as a full pub menu.

“We’re excited to expand our restaurants outside of Michigan,” says NUBC partner Ron Jeffries. “Hyde Park is the perfect location for us, the vibrant neighborhood shares an eclectic vibe with that of our company and Chicago’s craft beer scene parallels some of the greatest in the US.”

Jolly Pumpkin will be located at Harper Court, a 12-story University of Chicago office tower with retail on the ground level. “There has long been community interest in having a pub-style restaurant at Harper Court,” said James Hennessy, the University’s associate vice president for commercial real estate. “The addition of Jolly Pumpkin will enhance Hyde Park’s growing reputation as a new dining destination in Chicago while introducing a brewery to the neighborhood.”

This will be the fourth restaurant in the Jolly Pumpkin portfolio. The original being in Traverse City, followed by a downtown café in Ann Arbor, and a casual eatery in Midtown Detroit. While Jolly Pumpkin restaurants are known for their namesake sour barrel-aged beers, each location features a distinctive menu and identity.

Jolly Pumpkin Hyde Park will be a casual 30-plus tap bar with walk-up ordering service, indoor and outdoor seating. A unique bar will offer patrons a variety of draft beer and cider, as well as featured craft cocktails and wine. One beer that is sure to be featured on tap is Jolly Pumpkin’s Oro de Calabaza, an Artisan Golden Ale that the New York Times named the #1 Belgian Beer in the World in 2010.

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BRU/SFO Kicks off November 1st at Magnolia Brewing & 21st Amendment

BRU/SFO Kicks off November 1st at Magnolia Brewing & 21st Amendment

October 26, 2016

Magnolia Brewing & 21st Amendment are taking San Francisco beer lovers to Belgium and back this November with simultaneous releases of 12 Belgian beers between the two breweries. Named after the San Francisco and Brussels airport codes, the BRU/SFO Project launches on November 1st with the release of three beers at each location, followed by solo releases the following three Mondays. A boarding pass punch card will also be available to keep track of each new beer purchased at Magnolia Brewing’s Haight Street location and 21st Amendment’s 2nd Street brewpub. New this year, beers and boarding pass punches will also be available at 21st Amendment’s San Leandro Tasting Room and at Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing. At the end of the month, “frequent fliers” who have sampled all 12 beers can redeem their punched tickets for a complimentary, commemorative BRU/SFO glass (while supplies last).

Beginning November 1 and throughout the month, each brewery will release their Belgian influenced beers. The first three beers will be released on the first of the month with subsequent releases of one new beer from each brewery the first three Mondays in November.

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www.magnoliasmokestack.com
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21st Amendment Blah Blah Blah IPA added to latest fall variety fridge pack

21st Amendment Blah Blah Blah IPA added to latest fall variety fridge pack
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(San Leandro, CA) – ‘Tis the season to fall in love with beer all over again and 21st Amendment Brewery’s newest variety pack is here to inspire. After all, what do you get when an India Pale Ale, an imperial IPA, a Mexican lager and a spiced ale walk into a fridge? Answer: the ultimate autumn craft-beer collection.

[BeerPulse Note: You can find a variety of 21st Amendment beers online at our beer shop partner, CraftShack]

“Fall is a time when you’re not really sure what kind of weather you’re going to face and our variety pack will take the guessing game out of what beer you’ll be in the mood for,” says Co-founder Nico Freccia. “If the sun decides to make a guest appearance, our Mexican lager El Sully has you covered. If the temperature takes a sudden drop, our Fireside Chat spiced ale will warm you up with it’s rich malt flavor, soft spicing and cocoa notes from the addition of TCHO chocolate nibs. There’s a brew for every outcome.”

In addition to El Sully, a Mexican-style lager brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malts and flaked maize and Fireside Chat, Blah Blah Blah an Imperial IPA has snuck into this year’s round-up. Having made its first appearance for a brief time this past summer, Blah Blah Blah is a fleeting glimpse of greatness that is so elusive, it can only be available at this time in a variety pack.

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Hennessy Pays Tribute to the Roots of its Savoir-Faire with the Master Blender's Selection N°1

Hennessy Pays Tribute to the Roots of its Savoir-Faire with the Master Blender's Selection N°1

At Hennessy, Cognac is not made – it is crafted. Now, Master Blender Yann Fillioux reveals “Master Blender’s Selection N°1”, the first in a series of single-batch bespoke Cognacs.

COGNAC, FRANCE, October 2016 — Every artist, composer and master craftsman has a secret project on the side, an endeavor pursued simply for creativity’s sake. For Hennessy Master Blender Yann Fillioux, it was “Master Blender’s Selection N°1”, which in contrast to the many celebrated Cognacs he has composed throughout his distinguished career, this latest blend is a very personal signature that was only ever meant to be produced in a single, limited batch.

In French, a project like Master Blender’s Selection N°1 is called a “coup de coeur” — literally, a heart-stopper, love at first sight or, as in this case, a passion project. It began in Maison Hennessy’s reserves, one of the largest, most extraordinary reserves of eaux-de-vie in the world.

As the guardian of Hennessy’s reserves for half a century, Yann Fillioux knows every eau-de-vie stored there. Master Blender’s Selection N°1 came to life during a blending session, a moment of unbridled creativity. Innovative, robust and completely devoid of artifice, it is a truly bespoke creation.

MASTER BLENDER’S SELECTION N°1: A unique signature

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21st Amendment, Stone Brewing and Firestone Walker unleash El Camino (Un)Real cans

21st Amendment, Stone Brewing and Firestone Walker unleash El Camino (Un)Real cans
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(San Leandro, CA) – The story begins…it was an ordinary night that turned extraordinary when Mitch Steele, former Brewmaster of Stone Brewing in Encinitas, turned to Shaun O’Sullivan (Sully) Brewmaster and Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery and said, “Let’s brew a beer!”

[BeerPulse Note: You can find a variety of 21st Amendment beers online at our beer shop partner, CraftShack]

Legend has it that Sully, thinking that was a fantastic idea, decided to seal the deal with an epic road trip along “The Royal Highway” (aka The El Camino Real) that would take them from Encinitas, California to the Bay Area with a pit stop in Paso Robles to pick up Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Company. While cruising the historical El Camino Real (aka Highway 101), havoc ensued…Matt made Sully sit in the middle, Mitch made them stop at midnight for Double-Doubles with onion and Sully made them take selfies at all 21 missions along the way. There was nothing on the radio but Jewish hip-hop and British punk-grass, causing Matt to start playing air banjo and Mitch to threaten to turn the car around. But then, Sully found an old mixtape in the back of the glove box and that’s when things really got weird.

“The road trip is the creative motivation behind our collaboration project El Camino (Un)Real,” says Sully. “We were driven (pun intended!) by our shared connection to the historical mission trail, El Camino Real, because fittingly, this route also links our three breweries together. Music plays a big part of brewing great beer and you can’t have a road trip without music coming out of your car’s speakers.”

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The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Matt Kramer's Most Exciting White Wines of the 21st Century (Wine Spectator)

The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Matt Kramer's Most Exciting White Wines of the 21st Century (Wine Spectator)

Wine Spectator's longtime columnist shared his wit and 3 wines that have most bewitched him recently—from some surprising locales

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“Is There a Limit to Tasters?” and 9 Other Pieces of Taproom Etiquette

“Is There a Limit to Tasters?” and 9 Other Pieces of Taproom Etiquette
10 Pieces of Taproom Etiquette

When you write about beer for a living, you better be prepared to answer a lot of questions about beer: on airplanes when you’re reading beer books; at family gatherings; via text, when friends send you a mammoth beer menu from whatever restaurant they’re at and ask, “What beer should I try?” (#help)

Recently, a really good question came to me from one of my oldest friends at Brew Bus Terminal & Brewery in Tampa. My friend isn’t new to craft beer — the industry is thriving in Tampa, and she happily hits up new breweries with her hubby and friends. (She even introduced me to Angry Chair.) But she still worries there are taproom rules only beer geeks know.

As she sampled her way through a couple tiny Dixie cup tasters, she turned to me and asked, “Is there a number of how many samples is acceptable before I should have a decision?”

(MORE: 5 Questions Brewers Wish You Would Ask During a Tour)

I’d never really thought too much about it. I’ve fallen into a comfort zone, for better or worse, and generally I try to keep it low ABV (God bless the return of berliner weisse and gose). But I also vividly remember the first time I took my parents to Atlanta’s Brick Store Pub. Dad asked the server, “What’s the closest thing you have to a Yuengling?” (My personal victory is that time he really, really liked Farmer Ted’s Cream Ale from Asheville’s Catawba Brewing). My step-mom, putting on her best adventurous face, ordered six tastes of craft beer, then went with wine instead. I remember sitting at Brick Store that day wondering, “How many tastes are too many?” making my Tampa friend’s question totally valid.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®: A new can for a perfectly aged ale

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®: A new can for a perfectly aged ale

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale will be available in 12 oz cans beginning October 26. The can’s barrel design reinforces the official slogan of the brand, The Beer of Bourbon Country.

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Just over 11 years after the introduction of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®, the beloved Kentucky Proud™ barrel-aged brew is showing up with a new look. On Oct. 26, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. will release Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale in six-packs of aluminum cans.

Designed to look like the bourbon barrel that the brew ages inside, the new cans will show consumers exactly what they are getting.

“We are very proud to be ‘The Beer of Bourbon Country,’ and our new cans embrace that, showcasing the best ingredient in the beer: the barrel,” said Ken Lee, master brewer for Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale was the third product produced by Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. and quickly became their best seller. The first shipments across state lines began in 2008 to Ohio, and now in 2016, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale can be found in 27 states with plans for three more by the end of the year.

Matt Cordle, regional sales manager, said, “It is very unique to have a barrel-aged beer offering available year-round to consumers, and this new package will allow us to access craft beer drinkers in ways we couldn’t with glass bottles.”

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Dos Equis Reveals More Legendary Adventures of The New Most Interesting Man in the World

Dos Equis Reveals More Legendary Adventures of The New Most Interesting Man in the World
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White Plains, NY- After premiering a trailer of The Most Interesting Man in the World last month, Dos Equis released a full-length commercial today, “Airboat“, revealing more of the character’s mystique and depth. In this latest installment, viewers ride full throttle alongside The Most Interesting Man and discover more about his legend, as he races airboats down sand dunes and spars in Samurai armor. The modernized campaign features a more interactive character whose adventures show why he’s different and how he’s gained his legendary status. The commercial also portrays how the creative and character have evolved over the past decade, reflecting the differences of what it means to be interesting to today’s millennial beer drinkers 21 and older.

“While ‘Legend Lines’ continue to be the backbone of our campaign, a lot has changed with the rollout of the evolved character,” said Andrew Katz, VP of Marketing for Dos Equis. “The Most Interesting Man is edgier and we’ve also modified the ‘Stay Thirsty, My Friends’ tagline at the end of each commercial. Staying true to the innate brand DNA, The Most Interesting Man can be seen celebrating interesting experiences with his amigos, while enjoying our new Dos Equis cans in high-energy settings.”


The creative evolution of the campaign, created by Havas Worldwide, is deeply rooted in research that the meaning of interesting has changed over the past decade: 84% of men think that what is interesting today is different from what was interesting a decade ago.[1]


“The new Most Interesting Man is a man of action. He’s never one to reminisce on times past, which stylistically changes everything. With a faster pace and more energy, we’re reinvigorating and modernizing one of the greatest campaigns,” said Toygar Bazarkaya, Chief Creative Officer of the Americas at Havas. “In the first full commercial, viewers will also see the Most Interesting Man being joined by an adventurous female travel companion who goes head-to-head with him.”


Synced with Dos Equis’ College Football Playoff sponsorship, The Most Interesting Man can also be seen giving a nod to the sport, and will be featured in two additional football-themed commercials running from the Playoff through the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 9, 2017. The 15-second spots, launching November 14, feature the icon at his helicopter RV tailgate in the Serengeti, kicking a field goal with a coconut through “the uprights” of two giraffes: “He has home field advantage, even when he’s away.”

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The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Christophe Baron of Cayuse (Wine Spectator)

The 2016 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Christophe Baron of Cayuse (Wine Spectator)

The Champagne native explains a unique terroir in the Pacific Northwest's Walla Walla Valley

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Four Pillars Gin

Four Pillars Gin

Four Pillars, an Australian craft distillery, introduced two expressions from its portfolio in the United States. Four Pillars Rare Dry and Navy Strength gins now are available in New York and California. Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is juniper-forward with a nuance from indigenous Australian botanicals, including lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and oranges, the company says. At 41.8 percent alcohol by volume, the Rare Dry expression is packaged in 750-ml bottles that retail for $38. Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin is a 58.8 percent alcohol-by-volume spirit that uses native Australian finger limes as well as fresh ginger and turmeric, it adds. The Navy Strength expression is packaged in 750-ml bottles that have a suggested retail price of $48.

Four Pillars, Australia
Telephone: +011/61-3-5962-2791
Internet: www.fourpillarsgin.com.au
Distribution: Select markets 

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Black Mountain launches new smoky whisky « BM Notes Fumées » – Whisky News

Black Mountain launches new smoky whisky « BM Notes Fumées » – Whisky News

Black Mountain launches new smoky whisky « BM Notes Fumées »

Black Mountain has revealed a new addition to its award-winning range (World Whisky Awards 2015, IWSC 2016). The expression comes in a stylish black painted bottle and sees the French brand go smoky. Well, delicately smoky.

According to Cédric Leprette, co-founder of Black Mountain, such an addition had been made natural and obvious since the very beginning of the adventure: « When we first met with our future consumers, a significant part, although not a majority, of fine whisky enthusiats showed a real interest for peaty/smoky whiskies. Committed to answer their needs in the best possible way, we then went on a quest to find the nectar that would suit their palate. »

The Black Mountain team still attached great importance in remaining true to themselves and stick to the house style, a style that has earned its whiskies many awards since its creation in 2013 : « The biggest challenge for us was not to shift away from our specific aromatic profile, mainly based on fruity and floral notes with a hint of spices. »

BM Notes Fumées appears quite light, floral and fruity with subtle herbal notes, a slightly medicinal profile and some aromas of toasted bread, dried fruits and vanilla. Despite its willingness to create a smokier expression, Cédric Leprette declares that « it wasn’t about offering a whisky meant to compete with the famous peaty beasts of Islay, renowned for this specific aromatic profile, but more creating a pleasant whisky with character, showing both a certain lightness and clear smoky notes that would appeal to smoky-whisky fans and novices alike. »

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Malt Messenger Bulletin – Whisky Week Events, Ardbeg Committee & More – Whisky News

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Whisky Week Events, Ardbeg Committee & More – Whisky News
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Malt Messenger Bulletin – Whisky Week Events, Ardbeg Committee & More

Whisky Week 2016 is just a few days away, and we still have room in some of our fantastic tastings at Kensington Wine Market. The party gets started on Sunday with two back to back Bruichladdich tastings hosted by Lynn McEwan, the daughter of Bruichladdich’s retired, legendary frontman. We have a big range of 8 whiskies including 4 new releases never before sampled in Alberta!

The following day, Halloween, we have Melanie Stranger for a not so Spooky Springbank tasting; costumes not required… For the occasion we have a couple of cool new releases never before sampled in Alberta, from Hazelburn and Kilkerran. We are crcking a Springbank 21 Year and have also stowed away a few interesting old Springbank bottlings to flesh out the tasting including the SOLD OUT Springbank 16 Year Local Barley. You won’t want to miss this one.

Things heat up the following night with Richard Urquhart from Gordon & MacPhail / Benromach. Another stellar range, we have be sampling the Benromach 35 Year and a 1990 Rare Old Rosebank. We will also be pouring our new exclusive Imperial 1996 and a Cask Strength Glenburgie 1995.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society November Outturn tastings are on Wednesday and Saturday next week. One of the perks of SMWS memberships is early registration for the monthly Outtrn tastings. While there are three seatings, two are sold out and there is only room left in the Wednesday night 8PM session.

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Victoria Caledonian Distillery: Inaugural Cask Offer – Canadian Whisky News

Victoria Caledonian Distillery: Inaugural Cask Offer – Canadian Whisky News
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Victoria Caledonian Distillery: Inaugural Cask Offer

- custom design your own 30L single malt, single cask whisky –

 

From Graeme Macaloney, Victoria Caledonian Distillery

I am delighted to announce the Victoria Caledonian Distillery is now producing single malt new-make spirit and has a popular 30L custom-designed single malt, cask owners program.

Uniquely, we have great Scottish whisky makers in Dr. Jim Swan and Mike Nicolson, the best pot stills from Forsyths coppersmiths in Scotland, and finest ingredients (incl. oak wood from Spain, Portugal and Kentucky) underscoring the quality of our single malt cask offer. Dr. Swan, said when commissioning our distilling process that:

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Kavalan Solist at Abbey Whisky – Taiwanese Whisky News

Kavalan Solist at Abbey Whisky – Taiwanese Whisky News

October 26th, 2016

Kavalan Solist

Bottled by Kavalan for their Solist series is this beautiful sherry cask matured whisky from Taiwan. 526 bottles have been filled at cask strength, without any colouring or chill-filtration.

£124.80

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CHAPTER 14 WINS BEST EUROPEAN WHISKY 2017! – English Whisky News

CHAPTER 14 WINS BEST EUROPEAN WHISKY 2017! – English Whisky News
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October 26th, 2016

CHAPTER 14 WINS BEST EUROPEAN WHISKY 2017!

We are thrilled to announce that Chapter 14 has once again been named Best European Whisky 2017 by the world famous Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Managing Director, Andrew Nelstrop says, “We are honoured to have received this accolade yet again. It is a true tribute to the team at St Georges Distillery”

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2016 New York Wine Experience: Pritchard Hill Cabernet Rocks (Wine Spectator)

2016 New York Wine Experience: Pritchard Hill Cabernet Rocks (Wine Spectator)

Five leading wineries provide a tasting tour of the famed spot for Napa's signature red

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