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Booze News Weekly

Booze News Weekly / June 16, 2016 / No Comments.

ACDC-Thunderstruck-TequilaDo you ever find yourself bored with your go-to booze? When you’ve grown tired of that mundane drink order, we’ll be here to talk you through what’s new and noteworthy this week:

AC/DC Tequila

For those who listen to classic rock at the pregame, pair those tunes with rock and roll alcohol. Iconic Rock Band, AC/DC has recently paired with Fabrica de Tequilas Finos to launch their very own line of Tequila, Thunderstruck Tequila. Thunderstruck will offer three distinct flavors, Silver, Reposado, and Anejo, with prices ranging from $29.99-$39.99.Thunderstruck is set to hit stands soon so keep an eye out.

Templeton Rye Whiskey

Ultra-premium rye whiskey maker, Templeton Rye has cooked up something new for their fans after a mere 10 years. With flavors ranging from hints of toasted oak, to vanilla, cherry, and green apple the limited edition Templeton Rye 6 Year Old is a rye whose taste satisfies. The whiskey set to be released this month spends a longer time in new American oak barrels, with a higher proof 45.57% ABV, overall making it a whiskey worth the wait.

Campari Rum

What’s good rum if you’re not able to taste the culture and flavors of the caribbean? Flavors such as cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, and many more are some of the natural ingredients found in Campari America’s new Baron Samedi Spiced Rum. The new rum available in select US markets nationwide, offers a distinct essence not only in its taste, but in its standout packaging. Named for the Haitian guardian of all things enchantingly dark and otherworldly, the packaging features hand-illustrated images including a complex label, and portrait of the infamous Baron Samedi. The 750 ml bottle is priced at $21.99 and will be available in stores in the following states: Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. 

Sour Bikini, Evil Twin Brewing

Summer officially begins in T minus 5 days so to get you in the spirit of summer here’s a beer that some call, summer in a can. Evil Twin Brewing has just released its latest beer, Sour Bikini. Pineapple juice is added post fermentation, while the base beer has notes of mango and papaya making this beer crisp, delicious, and pretty much what you’d like next to you at the beach.


Summertime Spirits Debuting this Season

Our Stories / July 6, 2014 / No Comments.

Three-Olives-Vodka-Apple As we dive deeper into the depths of the summer season, we know we’re not the only ones loving those long beach days, the warm breezes, and the never-ending sunlight. But with the heat comes a need to quench your thirst, and what better way to do so than with a cocktail that both compliments and cools. Experiment with this summer’s newest alcohol releases, complete with every fruity flavor from coconut to apple.

It’s not called sweet summertime for nothing, and UV vodka encapsulates that exact mood with their new flavor, UV Sugar Crush. With a tropical and candy-like taste, UV Sugar Crush was inspired by retro candies to appeal to an every day sweet tooth. Having an aroma of bubblegum mixed with an array of fruit, this launch is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

What’s fruit without a little kick? Three Olives vodka takes a traditional fruity spirit and adds some spice with their new Jacked Apple flavor. Combining the essence of both red apple and cinnamon, this vodka is ideal for when you’re winding down after one of many scorching summer days. At only $21 per 750-ml bottle, there’s no excuse not to take a taste of this bold blend.

If you’re into sipping something a little sweeter, give Hawaiian-based Kai Vodka a try. Specializing in rice-based spirits, the brand has introduced several unique tastes to the U.S. market for about $24.99 a bottle. Lemongrass, Lychee, Ginger, Coconut—these flavors will enhance any if not all of your summer cocktails. Don’t fill like being a bartender? Go at it alone and knock back a Kai Vodka shot to take your taste buds on a trip.

We all know that margaritas are a summer staple, especially if made with premium tequila like Patrón. This season, the world’s best-selling tequila has finally crafted a triple sec to help you master your marg making skills. At 80 proof, Patrón Citronge has the subtle aroma of orange with a slightly sweet aftertaste, and at $20 a bottle, we think this new addition added to Patrón’s traditional tequila will make for an epic combination.



Look Out for Tanqueray Old Tom Gin

Spirits / June 18, 2014 / No Comments.


For those of you gin and tonic lovers out there, get ready to experience Tanqueray’s Old Tom Gin. Launching late this June, the new limited-edition beverage combines the flavors of original, “malty Dutch genevers” with more Juniper, dry style gins. Created by none other than leading distiller, Tom Nichol, Old Tom will definitely be something to write home about.

Compared to traditional Tanqueray, Old Tom Gin is lighter, sweeter and very exclusive. Inspired by a 19th century recipe belonging to brand founder Charles Tanqueray, there will only be 100,000 individually numbered bottles of Old Tom available around the world, primarily in top bars.

So keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to look out for Old Tom’s vintage bottle design based on the classic 1921 label.


New & Fairly Noteworthy

Our Stories / November 1, 2012 / 1 Comment.

Skyy Blue Velvet

 Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Skyy Vodka and the American Foundation for AIDS Research have partnered up to give you the perfect opportunity. Together they have redesigned Skyy’s customary cobalt blue bottle into a Blue Velvet Limited Edition bottle that is perfect for all your seasonal festivities. By making a few cocktails you can donate to the fight against AIDs at the same time. We think it’s a great chance to participate in some gift giving this winter – after all, we’re going to buy the vodka anyway.


The Handmade Cocktail Company has announced the release of their Experimental Series, premixed and ready to drink versions of some of the most classic cocktails. The cocktails made with top-notch spirits come in an elaborately labeled bottle complete with all the information and serving ideas you need to appreciate your pre made beverage. We appreciate the convenience of a quality cocktail ready to go whenever the desire strikes us – which of course, could be anytime. (PS. Worth noting that this isn’t your Parrot Bay Pouch, its high-end, classy, good stuff, aka expensive.)


Thanks to the folks at LetsPour, you can now order your favorite craft beers right from your phone. You can’t always be at your computer but does that mean you should miss out on the most sought after craft beers? LetsPour says definitely not. At the rate in which beers sell out you no longer have to worry about missing out on the most popular and hard-to-find beers. By downloading the free ‘LetsPour Deals’ app the brews can be on their way to your front door instantly. Convenient right? We think so too. The negative: it’s only on Android.


Two Firemen sitting on the side of a hill… no – this isn’t a clever pun, it’s a true story. In 2000, a couple of L.A. firemen resolved to create a beer that would “Extinguish Your Thirst”. Thus, they brought us the Fireman’s Brew, which donates a portion its profits to the National Firefighters Foundation in Maryland. Until now the handcrafted microbrews have been available in Colorado, Illinois and California but in November the line is pairing up with Alliance Beverage Distributing Co, to bring the beer to Arizona. If you’re ever in the area, support a good cause and “Ignite the Party!”



New & Fairly Noteworthy

Our Stories / October 18, 2012 / 1 Comment.

Absolut has released their latest “sparkling fusion”, Absolut Tune. As of a few weeks ago this combination of white wine and Absolut Vodka is on shelves here in the U.S. Grabbing the attention of Absolut fans is the unique packaging – the bottle that Absolut enthusiasts have come to know and love has been replaced with a double-layered champagne shaped bottle. We think Tune is definitely worth a try. Let us know how you feel about unwrapping this new bubbly vodka.

What better way to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War than with a beer? It seems that the Monocacy Brewing Company agrees. Their slightly hoppy Antietam Ale, created with beer recipes from the 1800s in mind, is now available on tap. What makes this even better is that it’s only the first of 9 beers to honor the occasion. Even if you’re not a history buff there’s got to be one you’ll try. And if you are, make sure to grab one before your battle reenactment.

Demeter wants you to smell like a cocktail with their Frozen Margarita Cologne. Everyone enjoys an icy margarita on their beach getaway (or every day during the summer), but we prefer to drink our margaritas, not wear them. We aren’t quite sure if this odd spray is meant for men or for women, but give it a try and let us know what you think.

Things just got a whole lot easier for every over-stuffed college apartment refrigerator. Platform Tavern has created The Pole-Axed brew, a beer that won’t freeze. It was designed specifically for workers in super cold climates… like Antarctica cold. By raising the ABV on this dark beer, we can all benefit – and you can stop worrying about forgetting those beers in the freezer.



New & Fairly Noteworthy

Our Stories / October 11, 2012 / 5 Comments.

Mike’s Hard Lemonade has introduced a limited edition winter variety mix-pack (as do almost all beer and ready-to-drink brands). Why we’re talking about this one? One of their new flavors is Mike’s Hard Chocolate Cherry. We’re just going to spit it out – we think this sounds gross. There’s a reason that this is the only flavor that isn’t offered in its own 6-pack. If anyone has tried it please tell us how it really is.
With all of the moonshine buzz and white whiskey talk, we still haven’t noticed a lot of people drinking the stuff. That might all change with Jack Daniels un-aged whiskey. Until now it seems that some micro-distillers want to release un-aged whiskey so that they have something to push while their other whiskey is still in barrels. That’s not the JD style. They are serious about their products and we’ve seen them change the game once already with their Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey; we know they can do it again.

Now that Smuttynose has finished brewing all of their seasonal pumpkin beer they’ve found time in their busy schedules to churn out some limited release brews, just for fun. Can we say overachievers? Good thing they are because we get to benefit from it with Herbaceous that releases today, an amber ale made from fresh Citra hops picked directly from the vine. And to make the deal even sweeter, they’re releasing two other beers in the next two weeks, Lindz (Kolsch Malt) and Zinneke (Belgian Stout).



New & Fairly Noteworthy

Our Stories / September 27, 2012 / No Comments.

Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing Co. has partnered with Baltimore’s Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Denmark’s Evil Twin Brewing to create a new beer, The Perfect Crime. Billed as a smoky black saison, the 7.5%-abv brew was made at Stone’s Escondido brewery in collaboration with Stillwater’s Brian Strumke and Evil Twin’s Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso. The Perfect Crime will be available in 12-ounce bottles and on draft, with its launch date yet to be announced.

Letherbee Distillers has unveiled its debut seasonal entry, Letherbee Gin Autumnal. The first in the gin brand’s seasonal series, Letherbee Gin Autumnal includes fall- and winter-inspired flavors such as clove, nutmeg and allspice. The new limited edition expression will be available at select retailers and bars in the Chicago metro area.

Papillion, Nebraska-based Nebraska Brewing Co. has added a new brew, Responsibly, to its limited edition Inception Series. Rolling out on September 27 at the Nebraska Brewing brewpub, the 11.8%-abv offering is a Belgian-style Quad aged in 50-year-old French oak Cognac casks.

Michigan’s New Holland Brewing and Artisan Spirits will release two products this fall — Charkoota Rye Smoked Doppelbock Lager and Beer Barrel Bourbon. Charkoota Rye Smoked Doppelbock Lager, which builds on the previous Charkoota Rye by aging it in brandy barrels, is now available in 22-ounce bottles for around $7.99. Beer Barrel Bourbon has been aged in New Holland’s own Dragon’s Milk beer barrels for 90 days. It will be available in nine states beginning October 1 for $29.99 a 750-ml.

Yahara Bay Distillers has unveiled Seraphine Chai Tea Vodka. Rolling out in select markets in November, the artisanal chai tea-flavored offering features artwork by Brazilian artist Jonatas Chimen on its label.



New & Fairly Noteworthy

Our Stories / September 20, 2012 / No Comments.

Budweiser has named the three winning beers to be featured in its limited edition “Project 12” Sampler Pack. The three finalists, named for the zip code in which the beer was originally brewed, are Budweiser Batch No. 91406 lager (Los Angeles), 63118 pilsner (St. Louis) and 23185 lager (Williamsburg, Virginia). The 12-bottle sampler pack will be available beginning Oct. 29, featuring four bottles each of the winning brews. “Project 12” began earlier this spring when Budweiser’s 12 brewmasters across America were given the chance to create a unique brew. Six of the recipes were chosen to be brewed in small batches and then given a summer-long nationwide sampling effort where the brewmasters asked for consumer feedback to help select the final three. We’re wondering if this is Bud’s response the craft beer craze…

Craft spirits producer Philadelphia Distilling has released a new flavored whiskey offering, XXX Shine Salted Caramel Whiskey. Rolling out nationwide this month, XXX Shine Salted Caramel is made with American corn and triple-distilled, blending sweet, buttery notes with the flavor of sea salt. The 80-proof offering is priced around $25 a 750-ml. Can’t go wrong with sea salt and caramel, what flavor would you want to see?

Islay single malt Scotch whisky Bowmore is set to release what it says is the oldest Islay malt ever made available to the public, Bowmore 1957. Only 12 bottles of the 54-year-old expression are being released, with the first two set to be auctioned by Bonhams in Edinburgh on October 10 and in New York City on October 28, respectively. A minimum reserve of £100,000 ($161,870) has been set for each of those bottles, with all net proceeds to be donated to five Scottish charities. Two more bottles will be reserved for the Bowmore archive, and the remaining eight will be sold at the distillery for £100,000 ($161,870) each.

Pittsburgh-based La Dorita LLC — which specializes in producing small-batch dulce de leche — is launching its new La Dorita Dulce de Leche liqueur this fall. Rolling out in Pennsylvania and other select markets, La Dorita Dulce de Leche liqueur blends premium potato vodka made by Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries with La Dorita’s dulce de leche milk caramel spread. The 17%-abv offering is priced at around $27.99 a 750-ml.