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Smooth Ambler Whitewater Vodka

  Fresh from…. West Virginia! Smooth Ambler Spirits opened its doors in 2009. We first tasted their 80 proof vodka two years later (Batch 11), and already they were producing a fine grain spirit that can hang with the top shelf big brands. (Rating: Very Good) Read more at http://www.smoothambler.com. The distillery makes gin, vodka, […]

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Horton Vineyards Norton 2012

Go ahead, expand you palate. Try this bargain ($13) Norton from Virginia. It will changes your mind about the possibilities if red wine. Fruit bombs are increasingly the norm. The Norton grape, which Todd Kliman waxed eloquent about in The Wild Vine, is a different animal. This Norton is simple and worth a try. (Rating: Good) Read […]

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Green Hat Gin

This batch of standard Green Hat gin weighs in at 83.3 proof. (A more high octane navy strength version also is made.) Like Death’s Door, which was ballyhooed here a short time back, Green Hat very much is not a London Dry gin. The juniper is mild, the citrus is lively, and there are plenty […]

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Flying Dog Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

by Jacob Craft breweries are constantly evolving and becoming increasingly collaborative. Many breweries are actively seeking innovative ingredients that would never have been considered for a beer in the past and brewing new beers with other craft breweries and non-brewery partners. This summer, Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland has done both by teaming up with Old Bay–the […]

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