And-Union-Unfiltered-Lager

Don’t judge a book by its cover is awful advice. How else are you going to make a decision when your local Barnes & Noble stocks something like a bazillion books? The same issue arises when we hit our local bottle shop. With fresh releases all the time, sometimes we just go with a cool label. Few are cooler than this. And Union’s Unfiltered Lager is a 5% beer with a malty taste and finish that’s packed in a can that looks like a game of Tetris played in a blizzard. We can’t speak to the quality of the beer itself, but we can say that it’s rather interesting, as And Union is a German brewery somewhat at odds with the Reinheitsgebot. While “craft beer” has been a trend slowly adopted outside of the U.S., it’s only now taking hold in Germany, and thanks to And Union, they already have the packaging right. 

Pappy-Van-Winkle-Hot-Sauce

Pappy Van Winkle is the name in bourbon. Bottles have sent drinkers on wild goose chases and left others with empty bank accounts. While we can’t help you procure any of that elusive elixir, we can bring a little Pappy into your life in another way. Pappy Van Winkle Hot Sauce is aged in actual Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. The distillery teamed with friends at Midland Ghost to make this flavorful hot sauce, which features the latter’s prized first generation Ghost Peppers. After the sauce was made, it was left to age in barrels that once held Pappy. That means you have a sauce that’s rich, oaky, and full of flavorful heat. Use it on meats, veggies, or, if you’re a special brand of crazy, just drink it straight from the bottle. It’s that good.