North Carolina Brewery Wicked Weed Ventures into Natural Wine with Vīdl

Experimental, natural wines made by a team of former-brewers

Brewers do not view winemakers as the opposition; rather they see often wine as an area for experimentation. Some breweries mix grape juice into their beer, producing a hybrid offering that boasts qualities of both. Others rely on the flavors wine leaves behind, storing beer in leftover barrels for added flavor and textural development. North Carolina-based brewery Wicked Weed (known best for its barrel-aged sours) …

Kasama Rum Blends Contemporary Ideas With Family Heritage

Distilled in the Philippines, bottled in Poland and intended to shake up ideas about the tropical spirit

Tradition and modernity collide with Kasama, a new rum brand founded and helmed by Alexandra Dorda. In many ways, Kasama was born from Dorda’s family history. The daughter of one of Chopin Vodka and Belvedere’s co-founders, Dorda says, “I joke that I’m 29, but I have 27 years of experience in this industry. I was two when my dad started his businesses.” After working for …

Five Cocktails That Support the Cosmic Spirit of Hendrick’s Gin’s New Lunar Expression

Master Distiller Lesley Gracie produces a second limited edition liquid from her Cabinet of Curiosities

To accompany the first full moon of the year, which took place 28 January, Hendrick’s Gin released their Lunar limited edition in the US (it had its UK release earlier), as well as a moonbathing kit. With floral notes derived from botanicals that thrive at night, Lunar is the second spirit to be produced from master distiller Lesley Gracie’s “Cabinet of Curiosities,” an herbaceous wonderland …