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Joseph Alton, Editor-in-Chief
★ Modist Deviation 010
The most unique thing about Modist Brewing—and there are a lot of unique things about Modist—is the way they filter their beers. Instead of a traditional lauter tun, Modist uses a mash filter to separate liquid from the grains they use for brewing. There are many benefits to using a mash filter, including increased efficiency and less water waste, but Modist is using the technology to feature unique ingredients that other breweries can’t. Deviation 010 is unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. Brewed with 100 percent husked barley, this experimental lager is a collab with BSG CraftBrewing. Featuring Denali, Huell Melon, and Bravo hops, Deviation 010 presents aromas of melon and a little sea spray. It drinks soft with a full mouthfeel and a round, grassy flavor profile that finishes nice and dry. It’s a weird beer, and that’s why I like it.
★ Summit High Sticke Alt
★ Ballast Point Fathom IPA
★ Milk & Honey Spirit Animal
★ Domaine Balliccioni Faugères Kallisté
Kate Murphy, Assistant Editor
★ Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon Whiskey
In the 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” down-on-his-luck George Bailey and his 292-year-old guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, mosey to a bar to escape the wintry chill. George beelines for a double bourbon, as Clarence tries (unsuccessfully) to order mulled wine. I’m inspired by the protagonist—and my favorite movie—to set the scene with a glass of Cedar Ridge’s Iowa Bourbon Whiskey. A brilliant butterscotch hue, upfront grain aromas marry with reserved scents of oak, caramel, and vanilla, as the palate follows the same suit. Cue the snowfall, I’m ready to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year—and this approachable sipping whiskey.
★ 12welve Eyes Lowertown IPA
★ Schell’s Dark
★ Bad Weather Lemon Sunshine
★ J. Carver Grimm Farm Ultra-Premium Gin
John Garland, Senior Editor
★ Domaine Saint-Rémy Crémant d’Alsace
In December, I’m bringing bubbles to every party. It goes with every food, popping a cork is universal shorthand for festivity, there’s hardly anyone who won’t have at least one flute. “Crémant” is what you’d call a traditional-method French sparkling wine made anywhere outside of Champagne, and the Domaine Saint-Rémy from Alsace is a stunner. This one’s 100 percent chardonnay, rich and smooth, but with that kind of minerality you’d expect from the region.
★ Far North Spirits Roknar Maryland-Style Straight Rye Whiskey
★ Averna Amaro, on the rocks with an orange twist
★ Excelsior Brewing Mr. Jimmy Baltic Porter
★ Birch’s on the Lake Blood Orange Sour
Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor
★ Unmapped Quadruplication
This time of year, I like to do a little contemplation with my beer drinking. Choosing a beer that is complex and demands to be savored sip by sip creates these moments for self-reflection and deep thinking. Unmapped Quadruplication is a perfect beer for this kind of drinking as its bold character slowly unfurls while it warms in the glass, moving from candi sugar and Belgian esters to figs and deep, dark caramel malt flavors.
★ Lift Bridge Harvestör
★ Talisker 18 Year
★ Ale Asylum Madtown Nutbrown
★ Asbach Uralt