Cooper & Thief’s Complex, Non-Traditional Wines

Using unconventional barrels, the brand crafts a niche product worth savoring

Unlike more traditional winemakers, the team behind Lodi, California’s Cooper & Thief prove particularly fond of breaking conventions, all while employing centuries-old techniques. The wines they produce can still file under well-known categorical styles—Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Red Blend—but the spirit with which they produce wines could not be more different than conventional wineries in Napa and Sonoma. Though one of their three wines …

Goose Island’s 2019 Bourbon County Stout Variants

Over 20 years ago, then brewmaster Greg Hall executed an idea that he believed would render his brewery, Goose Island, and its 1,000th batch, a household name. He had met Jim Beam’s Booker Noe earlier that year and, through him, acquired a few barrels that he planned to bourbon barrel age beer in. It was an overwhelming success. Today, as Goose Island announces eight variants …

Infused, Smoked and Barrel-Aged Runamok Maple Syrups

The independent Vermont producer's classic taste and charming variations

Adding “flavors” does not necessarily improve a product (as we all may have learned from the vodka industry). And true maple syrup lovers know that nothing more is needed than the golden-hued goodness itself. Fortunately, Runamok Maple‘s premiere product, known as Sugarmaker’s Cut, is a premium, pure organic syrup that just so happens to marry well with a myriad of clever and complementary tastes. The …