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Staff Picks!

Visit this page each month to learn about new favorites from our staff. 

February 2024

Matt

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Redbreast 12

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I like this one because it is a classic copper pot Irish whiskey taste. Nice and sweet with a long finish of sherry.

Becky

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Absolut Vodka Cran

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Classic Vodka Cranberry is made even better with the Ocean Spray we all know and love. Sweet, tart, and perfectly sippable.

-Becky

Zach

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Monaco

Vanilla Cream 

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It is sweet and delicious. The perfect drink for the end of a long day.

- Zach

Javi

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Abbeywood Vice Black and Blue Razz

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This one doesn’t overdo the sourness nor does it cut the sourness with crazy dessert ingredients. You can see yourself having more than one of these. This simple and straight-forwards sour has the versatility for a lazy home hang-out or out-on-the-town adventures. Abbeywood Vice sours are always an excellent choice.

- Javi

Vi

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Sugerlands 

Banana Pudding

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It's like having a drink and a dessert all in one!

- Vi

Cara

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Graham Beck

Sparkling Wine

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Graham Beck sparkling wines. My favorite is the Brut. But, if you prefer your wines on the sweet side, they make a delightful sparkler called Bliss Nectar. Something for everyone!

- Cara

Chris

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Simply Spiked Limeade

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If you like limeade like I do, then this is for you!

- Chris

Matthew

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Glenmorangie

Nectar D'or

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A brown sugar palate combined with flavorful barbeque smoke makes a delightful but approachable Scotch for those who are hesitant to try single malts. This scotch pairs best with some smoked brisket in an Adirondack chair by the campfire.

- Matthew

Alex

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Abbeywood

Slick Shoes Porter

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Slick Shoes Porter by Abbeywood Brewing. Nothing wild. It’s a solid American porter clocking in at 7.1 ABV with clear and creamy notes of coffee and chocolate. Drink it. That’s it.

- Alex

Josh

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Capitoline

Vermouth

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Have the winter blues? Try this cool vermouth that can be mixed with sparkling wine or club soda with a lemon for a nice cocktail.

- Josh

Tyler

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Olde Mother Smashburgers

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Olde Mother Smashburgers in paradise- A good medium bodied ipa with a fruity flavor and experimental Bru-1 hops that is smooth for 8%

- Tyler

Christian

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Big Truck 

Half Cab

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Built Ford Tough

- Christian

Sanoy

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Cline Sauvignon Blanc

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Nice aromatic flavor with good alcohol content too!

- Sanoy

Steven

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Truly

Getaway Variety

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This is a brand new pack from Truly. All four flavors are equisitely bussin'. Mountain pear-adise is my favorite.

-Steven

January 2024

Matt

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Clase Azul Plata

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The plata is my favorite. Very flavorful. You can taste the agave but it's not dirty agave. The best way I can describe it is crisp and clean. There was so much flavor it's hard to describe.

- Matt

Becky

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Ceder's N/A Gin

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Perfect for dry(er) January! Try this mocktail recipe: 

2 parts tonic

1 part Ceder's N/A Gin

Lemon wedge

Sprig of rosemary

- Becky

Zach

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Woodford Reserve

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Woodford Reserve is a great bourbon for beginners and experts. Great bourbon to always keep around. Great for sippin' or mixin'

- Zach

Steven

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Deep Eddy Orange

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This $%*# exquisitely bussin'

- Steven

Tyler

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Dewey Optica

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Dewey Optica. A nice flavorful double IPA with notes of citrus, stone fruit, and pine. At 9% it's a refreshing beer for any occasion.

-Tyler

Cara

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Teutonic Gewurztraminer / Pinot Noir Blend

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An 80% Gewürztraminer 20% Pinot Noir blend is a little off the beaten path, but this wine is so floral, herbal, and delicious.

- Cara

Chris

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George Remus Wine World Barrel Pick

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Good smooth taste that I like to drink neat. Also makes a good Manhattan. You're getting a great bourbon for its price!

- Chris

Matthew

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Legent

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Legent takes the warm caramel and vanilla tones of a Kentucky bourbon to a new level through sherry and red wine cask aging. The resulting blend showcases an extremely long finish of raisin, nuts, and cocoa with light acidity. All this at an excellent price point!

- Matthew

Alex

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Dewey Outsiders Only

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This is an absolute banger of a barleywine! The 2023 edition of “Outsiders Only” by Dewey Beer Co. was given a chance to nap in our store pick Ross and Squibb Distillery and Remus barrels from last year. The “raisin-esque” nose on this dark brew is followed by rich malt flavors and a clear spice of the delightful bourbon. Enjoy it at room temperature or SLIGHTLY chilled to get the perfect flavor out of this delightful treat. A bourbon snifter or tulip glass will serve you well, in this situation. CHEERS, Y’ALL!   - Alex

Philip

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North Coast Pranqster

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A robust golden ale that provides a light sweet front that's followed by a strong malty finish. This is a year-round favorite.

- Phil

Samantha

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Bubba's Burnt Sugar Whiskey

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This is definitely a go-to for me! The lemon flavor isn't overpowering and is just the right amount of smoothness. It's great by itself or in a mixed drink!

- Samantha

Haley

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Jeppson's Malort

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Jeppson’s Malört:
The gift that keeps on giving. Having friends and family in town from Chicago this holiday season? A bottle of this Swedish-inspired liqueur with potent botanical notes will make them feel right at home.

- Haley

December 2023

Matt

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Lost Ark Brownie Cream Liquor

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The Lost Ark Brownie Caramel Cream Liquor is my personal choice for the colder months. It's perfect sweet and creamy. Matched perfectly with the great taste of salty caramel gooey brownie. It's sure to warm you up on its own or in your hot chocolate.

- Matt

Becky

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Ayana Sweet Shiraz

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This semi-sweet shiraz from Australia is very fruit-forward with notes of cherries and a hint of vanilla. Great party wine, easy to drink. Best served lightly chilled.

- Becky

Zach

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Other Half

All Citra Everything

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Imagine if your favorite IPA had a favorite IPA. Flavorful, creamy, smooth, and well-balanced. It doesn't get much better!

- Zach

Steven

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Smirnoff Kissed Caramel

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A little bit of this, a little bit of apple cider, mix 'em together and you got yourself a 'lil caramel apple cider. Perfect winter beverage warm or cold.

- Steven

Vi

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Cantera Negra Cafe

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This liqueur is for coffee lovers! The coffee and tequila blend may seem strange, but the pairing tastes very natural when you try this product. A genuine coffee flavor with little to tequila taste.

- Vi

Cara

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Jean Vesselle Brut

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When I was a young person I tried this wine and fell in love with it. Twenty years later it remains my favorite champagne I have ever had. Layers upon layers of complexity make this the gold standard of champagne.

- Cara

Chris

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Kentucky Coffee Cold Brew

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Actual black coffee without any cream and a great flavor. Not too sweet or too rich.

- Chris

Matthew

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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof

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I am not a fan of regular Wild Turkey or 101, but Rare Breed Barrel Proof surprised me. Very cherry forward ending with a hint of mulling spice. While I certainly enjoyed this bourbon neat, I also found it fit well in a New York Sour.

- Matthew

Angel

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Jean-Louis

Blanc de Blancs

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An inexpensive bottle with an expensive taste. My favorite way to enjoy it is in an apple cider mimosa or paired with Sanoy's staff pick for a flavorful cocktail perfect for any occasion.

- Angel

Philip

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Port City Pizza Night

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Port City's Pizza Night is a fun amber lager. Medium-bodied with hints of cheddar and oak notes. If you're looking to try something out of the ordinary try a Pizza Night.

- Phil

Javi

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Vice Red Velvet Sour

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The only cake-inspired sour I enjoy. Doesn't overpower, stays simple, and tastes great!

- Javi

Haley

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Jeppson's Malort

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Jeppson’s Malört:
The gift that keeps on giving. Having friends and family in town from Chicago this holiday season? A bottle of this Swedish-inspired liqueur with potent botanical notes will make them feel right at home.

- Haley

Christian

Staff Pick

Evan Williams

Bottled-in-Bond

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Best bang for your buck!

- Christian

Sanoy

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Mclintock Ginger Lime Cordial

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It's the season for a nice hot cup of tea with lemon so why not add a little something special to it during these cold months?!

- Sanoy

Samantha

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Bubba's Burnt Sugar Whiskey

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Bubba's Burnt Sugar whiskey is smooth and delicious! It's great to drink by itself or in a twist on an Old Fashioned.

- Samantha

Josh

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Colmant Brut Chardonnay

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This South African sparkling is the quality of a French Champagne at half the cost!

- Josh

Alex

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Dewey Outsiders Only

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This is an absolute banger of a barleywine! The 2023 edition of “Outsiders Only” by Dewey Beer Co. was given a chance to nap in our store pick Ross and Squibb Distillery and Remus barrels from last year. The “raisin-esque” nose on this dark brew is followed by rich malt flavors and a clear spice of the delightful bourbon. Enjoy it at room temperature or SLIGHTLY chilled to get the perfect flavor out of this delightful treat. A bourbon snifter or tulip glass will serve you well, in this situation. CHEERS, Y’ALL!   - Alex

Tyler

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Other Half Special Broth

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Other Half Special Broth. A citrusy and creamy double IPA. The nectaron hops come through well with a flavor of peach and candy.

-Tyler

November 2023

Matt

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Rascal Pinot Noir

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I really like the Rascal Pinot Noir because it is very fruit-forward. Red cherry and plum notes on the front finishing with sweet vanilla and a hint of earthy basil. They also support the humane society!

- Matt

Becky

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Long Drink Cranberry

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Crisp, light, and refreshing. The subtle hint of cranberry makes for a perfect holiday cocktail in a can. Cheers!

- Becky

Zach

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Mobtown The Octopus

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Juicy, slightly sweet, and a touch of bitterness. It's everything I personally look for in a good IPA. The Octopus by Mobtown has become one of my favorites. If you're looking for a spinoff try the Negative Octopus as well!

Steven

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Right Coast

Wild Berry Whips

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You know I didn't think about this! Right Coast Whips are a perfect lil sipper while playing video games. Imagine 7.5% blue Gogurt, that's what you get with the Wild Berry. They're bussin'!!!!

-Steven

Vi

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Proper 12 Apple

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Proper 12 Apple is the only apple whiskey I've ever had that has a true apple flavor. One sip tastes like taking a bite straight out of a green apple. I enjoy Proper 12 Apple on the rocks or mixed with a little bit of ginger ale. 

- Vi

Cara

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Baileys Chocolate

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This Double Gold award-winning product combines two beloved treats – Baileys Original Irish Cream and real Belgian chocolate – to bring the pleasures of enjoying dessert to the bar. Best served in a chocolate martini, chilled, or as a dessert shot for when you feel like having something a little more special, we hope you look forward to sipping your dessert with Baileys Chocolate.

Anatoly

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Proper 12 Apple

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I just like it!

- Anatoly

Matthew

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Knobel Tennessee Whiskey

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Knobel Tenessee Whiskey is my favorite fall spirit. Showcasing notes of apple, cinnamon, and caramel, Knobel perfectly blends sweet and spicy characteristics into a whiskey that's great for drinking neat or on the rocks. To top it all off, Knobel is owned by Baltimore boy Mike Rowe.

- Matthew

Angel

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Sono 1420 Orange Kush

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Crushes aren’t just for summer. A convenient and smooth RTD that packs a punch at 14.20% ABV, made with premium vodka and triple sec. Great for brunch if you’re not a fan of mimosas, or if you just wanna kick back with a refreshing, quality cocktail.

- Angel

Kevin

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Mad Elf

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Christmas time is almost here! 

Troeg's Mad Elf is back in the house!!

- Kevin

Javier

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Vice Caramel Apple Fruited Sour

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This one doesn’t get too extravagant in mixing so many flavors. It sticks to something that makes sense for a sour beer and stays simple. Great sour taste with hints of caramel that don’t overpower. Great ABV to boot.

Haley

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Jeppson's Malort

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Jeppson’s Malört:
The gift that keeps on giving. Having friends and family in town from Chicago this holiday season? A bottle of this Swedish-inspired liqueur with potent botanical notes will make them feel right at home.

- Haley

Christian

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Don Julio Anejo

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Beautiful Tequila! I like to put it in the fridge and pour a little sip when I want it!

- Christian

Sanoy

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Avantis Malagousia

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Avantis Malagousia is a dry white that belongs in every wine bar, wine shelf, wine cabinet, and wine cellar.

- Sanoy

Samantha

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Seacret's Lemondrop

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This is definitely a go-to for me! The lemon flavor isn't overpowering and is just the right amount of smoothness. It's great by itself or in a mixed drink!

- Samantha

Josh

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Colmant Brut Chardonnay

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This South African sparkling is the quality of a French Champagne at half the cost!

- Josh

Alex

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Lost Ark Goetze's Carmel Cream Liquor

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