It’s always good to have choices, especially when it comes to the beer in your Binny’s Pick Six. Here are a few recommendations for the Perfect Summer Pick Six.
We paid our yearly visit to Gordon & Macphail to look at barrels for the fall, had a great visit with Stuart Urquhart and company. They never fail to put forth great barrels that always make our job difficult, a good problem to have! I couldn’t narrow the field down, so I brought back selections from Miltonduff, Glenburgie, Mannochmore, Craigellachie, Glen Keith, Balblair, Ardmore, and of course Caol Ila. In another bit of exciting news, they are expanding Benromach, one of my personal favorites, to meet the rising demand of single malt in general and this gem in particular.
Just as their popularity is skyrocketing in the West, Japanese whiskies are becoming scarce. Like their Scottish counterparts, age statements are disappearing from some Japanese bottlings, giving the distilleries more flexibility as they wait for aging stocks to mature. Which is why we had to jump at the chance to grab the last few cases in the US of Suntory’s masterful Hibiki 12-year-old.
Horse blankets, pineapples, and sweat socks. Do we have your attention?
Brettanomyces, or Brett, is an infamous yeast that is feared by many and treasured by others. Since it occurs naturally in the wild, most breweries try their hardest to prevent it from getting into their beers. Its signature barnyard aroma and flavors are viewed as a flaw in most beer styles. Several Belgian brewers decided instead to showcase its eccentricities and many American craft brewers are beginning to experiment with this beguiling creature. While it’s often present in sour beers, beers brewed with Brett are not inherently sour. Depending upon the particular strain of Brettanomyces, it tends to produce earthy notes with accents of peppercorn and sometimes even tropical fruit. It’s a voracious eater so be prepared for dry and effervescent beers. Here are a few of our favorites. Are you ready to get down with the barn?
We’re lucky to live in the midwest, home of iconic beers including KBS and Hopslam. It’s been a while since the Beer Buzz team last traveled to Michigan, so we packed up the bus and hit the road again. This time even more beer-loving Binny’s employees explored, tasted and learned about some of Michigan’s best breweries – and even a cidery – and we’re bringing our passion back for you.
The Gold Standard sets the bar for excellence. The heavy combo of sugarcane spirits creates a golden hue, and the fresh lime and syrup adds sweet and citrus flavors. Move over mai tai, we have a new rumtastic cocktail in house.
We’ve been vocal fans of Journeyman since their 2011 launch. They’ve given us gin, whiskey and everything in between. Their output has never been better than right now, and we have proof.
They recently sent us three barrel samples of Last Feather Rye and three barrel samples of Buggy Whip Wheat. Like any other week, we had already tasted through barrel samples from a few other distilleries. Without naming names, we can tell you Journeyman beats one of the Big Boys hands down. All six JMan samples were so expressive and complex that it was tough to settle on just four. One shocking detail is that all of these samples were from 15 gallon barrels. Smaller barrels age faster than standard 53 gallon American barrels, but short cuts rarely yield fully mature whiskey. These samples, aged for a full year, show amazingly flavorful whiskey. Clearly, Journeyman has whisky production dialed in. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these new Binny’s Handpicked Selections from Journeyman and see how it’s done.
Mom deserves special treatment every day – not just on Mother’s Day. Binny’s can’t help you with the flowers, but we have you covered for the perfect brunch cocktail. When it comes to brunch, don’t go too sweet – Mom’s sweet enough already! Try these three momtastic takes on the classic mimosa.
One of our Whiskey Hotline’s favorite distillery is Mississippi River Distilling Company. After six years on the scene, they’re producing some amazing brown spirits. Few distilleries handle all aspects of their process as intimately as MRDC, whose grain to glass philosophy includes using only local grain grown within 25 miles of the distillery, giving them first pick on the finest and freshest grain. We recently hit the road to Iowa to grab three new Binny’s Handpicked Selections from MRDC: two barrels of Cody Road Bourbon and one of Cody Road Rye.
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