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Ellen Burkhardt, Managing Editor
Boozy Dr. Pepper. That’s the first impression this Italian liqueur imparts on both the nose and the sip. Of course, the classic red wine-based aperitif has a lot more going on than that. It hits the sides of the tongue with orange-rind bitterness and finishes sweet—sugary without being syrupy. Often called “Il Specialino” it begs to be paired with some bourbon and just a dash of citrus bitters.
■ Summit Extra Pale Ale
■ Cusumano Nero d’Avola
■ Far North Roknar Rye
■ Northbound Smokehouse Porter
James Norton, Food Editor
Wabasha Red Desert IPA
Naming a beer is half the battle, and it’s one that Wabasha Brewing won handily with their Red Desert IPA. This is a beer that wears its astringent, resinous bite with pride—and while a dry sharpness is the heart of its flavor, it’s not in any way burnt or unpleasant, and is ably balanced by a smooth, toasty malt heart and a nice clean finish.
■ Bad Weather Immortal Toast
■ FINNEGANS Brim Reaper Rye IPA
■ Fair State Giantsbane
■ Summit Great Northern Porter
John Garland, Deputy Editor
Hubert Clavelin Brut-Comté Cremant du Jura
My birthday plans this month call for a huge platter of ice, covered in oysters from the Canadian Atlantic and scattered with lemons and little bowls of cucumber mignonette. The drink: this sparkling chardonnay from the Jura region of France. It’s a burnished golden color and smells like pear skins and doughy pastry. A robust yeast character envelops a medium-bodied sip of white fruits, with a fine
minerality that peeks through at the end.
■ Torres 10 Gran Reserva Brandy
■ Fulton Pils
■ Brooklyn Brown Ale
■ Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum
Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief
Milk & Honey Deepcuts: Cider of the Woods
Milk & Honey Ciders’ Deepcuts series is yielding some of the most complex, interesting ciders in Minnesota. Their latest, Cider of the Woods, is a 6.9% bourbon barrel-aged offering, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find big boozy flavors. The barreling adds just the slightest note of oak and vanilla that adds depth and results in a cider perfectly balanced in acidity, tannin, and sweetness. It’s rich and round, like many keeved French ciders, and a brilliant choice for your next holiday gathering.
■ Ale Asylum Ambergeddon
■ Birch’s / 12welve Eyes Collab Belgian Sour
■ Macallan 18 Year
■ Indeed Wooden Soul: La Peche Mode