The Tasting Panel magazine

January 2016

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january-february 2016  /  the tasting panel  /  73 In the Orchard Hops aren't just for beer anymore. More and more, we see hops making their way into other players in the alcohol industry. Enter Hops Square Mile Cider Co. Spur & Vine (6.7% ABV). A twist on its classic American hard cider, Galaxy hops add layers of melon and peach, yet it exhibits none of the bitterness you would expect with the word "hop" on the label. It's a great introduction to the coned flower for your beer-shy customers. SQUARE MILE CIDER CO. Red Hot Suds Created by two Los Angeles firefighters and with a por- tion of proceeds from every sale donated to the National Fallen Firefighers Foundation, Fireman's Brew quenches both your taste buds and your soul. A Red Amber Ale, its Redhead Ale (5.5% ABV) features nuances of caramel, toasted bread and pine. The Yakima Valley hops cut the sweetness from the malt for a dry finish. FIREMANS BREW On Tap If you are so lucky to own an establishment pouring draft beer in New York City, Westchester, New Jersey or Connecticut, you'll want to seek out the second release in The Bronx Brewery's B-Side Series: On The Black Pale Ale (5.7% ABV). West Coast El Dorado and Citra hops shine against a backdrop of American malts, producing a balanced beer with notes of chocolate and tropical fruits— just another reason to move to NYC! BRONX BREWERY RICHLAND SINGLE ESTATE RUM handcra ed field to glass in the U.S.A. copper pot dis lled matured in virgin American oak barrels 'America's best aged rum'. RumGallery 2015 2016

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