Entourage’s main man Adrian Grenier has introduced his own beer, Churchkey, to the East Coast. The beer comes in an old-fashioned flat topped can with no pull tab. To open the bright blue container you need a special tool, appropriately named a churchkey. Clever right? We thought so. Kudos Adrian, we’re excited to hear how the East Coast responds to your brew debut.
Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. has announced their newest seasonal flavors. As if they don’t offer enough fruity flavors already they are providing us with Mike’s Hard Blood Orange. This flavor should be a bit more tart than their others, so we’re interested to see how it will compare. They’re also trying something completely new with their Mike’s Shandy, a combination of their hard lemonade recipe and lager. We love a good pairing, so sign us up.
Italian design company Pininfarina is in cahoots with Chivas Brothers. They’re designing a series of limited edition Chivas 18-year-old scotch bottles. The first design in the series has a metallic blue case and comes with a veneer that’s supposed to remind the drinker of the oak casks where they age the Chivas 18. The whole package comes with a bottle and 2 glasses. We have yet to see pictures of the design, but keep an eye out for it.
In honor of the ever-popular film Office Space, TPS Report and OF Face bring you Trinity Red Swingline Primitive IPA. The beer, which has been described as “super hoppy barrel aged and dry hopped sour,” should be released shortly. The partners have even let on via Facebook that they may have a second label in mind titled “Trinity Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta! Obscure Noir Black Wild Ale.” We’ll need to rewatch Office Space once this comes out so we get the true experience.
Frïs vodka has a newly redesigned bottle, aimed to reflect the spirits main appeal, that it is the only freeze-distilled vodka. The new design is a sharp looking bottle in a dark grey color, which is meant to look like ice. We are interested to see if the latest design changes will really have people chomping at the bit to get their hands on a bottle.
Yet another Internet wine company is up and running. For this particular site, Salon.com has teamed up with The Wine Spies to offer online customers a “wine-of–the-day” store. It has been our experience that people who buy wine online usually search for a particular bottle they have in mind. Salon.com does offer something a little different since the wine is discounted – it almost reminds us of a wine-focused Groupon. Would you check this out?
Grand Rapids Brewing Company has opened their newest brewery in West Michigan. This is their 20th brewery and the only all-organic brewery in the Midwest. The city of Grand Rapids has named itself “Beer City USA” this past year, and the excitement of the new brewery has the whole city buzzing. Another reason they are looking forward to the new brewery? It prides itself on reducing their waste by 90% with its recycling and composting program. Drink and save the earth, we’re in for a case or two.
Shaquille 0’Neal is following up his NBA days by getting into the booze game. He has partnered with Philadelphia-based Devotion Spirits to launch his very own vodka brand, Luv Shaq. Expect this coconut-flavored, sugar-free and gluten-free spirit in April 2013. Be afraid, the bottle is decorated with a picture of Shaq donning gigantic wings. Can’t say we didn’t warn you.
Attention: Game of Thrones fans, now you have another reason to be excited for March. Ommegang and HBO are bringing you the first of three beers, Iron Throne Blonde Ale. It will arrive right in time for the premiere of season 3, perfect timing to throw a few back while you watch.
The #1 drinking rule is to not mix different types of alcohol. Well The Blue Moon Company is telling you to forget it. Yes, you heard that right. They have a line dedicated to beer and wine, mixed together. They’ve just announced the release of their newest addition to the collection, Impulse (half beer, half Sauvignon Blanc.) Sounds gross? Well think again, because cases are selling out across the country.
Drink Savvy has created a cup that can detect and warn its drinkers of the presence of date rape drugs. We can see parents snapping up “Smart Cups” by the case and sending them with their daughters to college. Apparently they might apply the same technology to straws. We’re not sure how effective they are, but we’re willing to commend their efforts.
Winter is coming, and it’s bringing beer, courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery. Tomorrow they are revealing their smoked oatmeal stout “Winter is Coming” (Game of Thrones anyone?!) This is the 5th beer released from The Worshipful Company of Brewers, which gives each of their brewer’s an opportunity to create their own beer. It’s a dark, rich, 6% ABV brew that is designed to satisfy your post-Thanksgiving beer desires. We’re in.
We’re leaving Widmer Brothers Milk Stout out for Santa this year instead of regular milk. Rich malt flavors and the sweetness of chocolate combined with just enough bitterness make the perfect mix; this dark stout is on our Christmas list. The company’s tag line tells us “it’s okay to cry over spilt Milk Stout,” but if we don’t get our fair share before the season ends we will.
From Odell Brewing Company comes their winter brew, Woodcut Oak Aged American Ale. Different from the usual winter selections, this ale has a fruity taste including guava and grapefruit along with both vanilla and almond. With just a touch of spice, we think this one is worth including for the variety.
Who wouldn’t try a beer called “Pray For Snow”? If that’s not a good enough reason to grab some, 10 Barrel Brewing put cocoa, graham cracker and vanilla flavors in there. Offered on draft, Pray for Snow will also be available for the first time this season in 6-packs and bottles. We’re praying for snow already.
Stone Brewing Company has announced the 15th brew in their Stone Collaboration series, Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout. The series allows for Stone to team up with specialty brewing companies or home brewers to come up with something completely original. This batch, which was created in collaboration with home brewer Ken Schmidt and Iron Fist, lives up to its name.
Don’t worry, we know its Thanksgiving and we have happily started our celebrations with Mimosas and Bloody Marys. But, we still couldn’t resist updating you on the latest in the booze industry…
Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer is a huge seller in the UK, and is pleased to announce that they will now be expanding their distribution to 18 states in the U.S. They figured this was the perfect time with hard cider booming in sales, and more interest than ever in the craft market. We tend to agree. Bring it on Crabbie’s, we’d love to give it a taste.
Let’s pre-empt this by saying, no, we are not kidding. Rogue has added a flavor to their Voodoo Donut line of beer, and (drum roll) it is Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana flavored Ale. We’re thinking this is overkill, but then again, we wouldn’t eat a donut with all that stuff on it either.
Annie Leibovitz + Macallan = $2,750/bottle. You got that one right. Macallan has recruited Annie Leibovitz to do the latest bottle in their limited edition photo series. We think it’s a match made in heaven. If you’re looking for an almost $3,000 gift, then you couldn’t get anything better – but we’re not shopping in that price range.