Brand new from top Mexican import Dos Equis: a Mexican Pale Ale, as in a traditional Pale Ale with a Mexican twist that is fuller-bodied and delivers a subtle kick of heat. This sessionable Mexican Pale Ale will be available on draught at sports bars this fall, with a national launch in 2019. Dos Equis Mexican Pale Ale becomes part of the Dos Equis Interesante family and aims to prompt trial and awareness while promoting testimonials and referrals.
Georges Duboeuf is expanding with four varietal wines from the Pays d’Oc region of Southern France. The Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for the wines come from vineyards that have been sustainably managed and ethically farmed since the mid-1990s. The fields in the foothills below these vineyards are awash in vibrant wildflowers that have inspired the wines’ labels, linking them to Duboeuf’s well-known Beaujolais and Maconnais wines that also feature flower labels.
Craft breweries are popping up everywhere, but a dozen stand out for working with a special ingredient: rice. That’s because they’re brewing saké, not beer; the taproom conversation revolves around rice milling ratios and koji rather than hops and malt.
Hotel Bars are undergoing transformation. As the craft cocktail scene becomes more prevalent, more thought is being put into these bar programs. Alia Akkam interviewed Shel Bourdon of Two Roads Hospitality about her perspective on this evolution.
In a bit of a plot twist, Blanc de Bleu—the naturally fermented bubbly that enhanced with a gemlike turquoise hue—is going pink as well as blue. New from winemaker Bob Stashak, the sparkler’s pleasant yeasty character is coupled with the fruitiness of its Chardonnay (91%) and Pinot Noir grapes. Balanced acidity and refreshing, lively bubbles help Blanc de Bleu de Rosé Brut pair well with a wide variety of foods, including fish, pork loin, chicken, vegetarian dishes and salads. Marketed by Bronco Wine Co.
Following the success of their recently released Rye and Dark Rye, Basil Hayden’s “Two by Two” Rye breaks category norms. An unprecedented blend of two Kentucky Straight Ryes (5YO & 7YO “high rye”) and two Kentucky Straight Bourbons (13YO & 6YO), Two by Two aims to offer the best of both worlds: the full spiciness of rye, complemented by the sweet notes and finish of bourbon. 80 proof.