Winter Ethanol Policy
(title borrowed from here)
Another half-year, another brew. Jess has recently acquired a taste for the hoppier brews, so I may be brewing some more IPAs in the near future.
In the meantime, more Rye and old-fashioneds should keep the cold away. In addition to the old reliable Old Overholt, I’ve added two interesting Ryes to my collection. The first is Russell’s Reserve Rye, which I finally saw locally. I’d tasted it in San Francisco, and was blown away by its spiciness — it finishes like a chili pepper vodka — and snapped it up as soon as I saw it. The second is Templeton Rye, from a small distillery in Iowa. This is now one of my favorites. It has the most Rye character of any rye I’ve had recently, but is unfortunately only distributed in Iowa and Illinois .
With the slowly-increasing variety of Rye and the amazing variety of good affordable Bourbons, I haven’t perused the Scotches for quite a while. The American whiskey market is starting to become as varied and interesting as the American beer market a decade or so ago. This is a good thing(tm).