NYC-Made West 32 Soju

A smooth take on the Korean alcohol

by Sun Pak Step into any Korean restaurant on a weekend night and you’ll find similar set-ups at every table: a green bottle of soju perched next to plates of sizzling meats (or bubbling stews) and a collection of small vegetable sides. The clear, simple liquor—akin to a less-alcoholic vodka—washes down the spicy dishes well, and it would be considered egregious to consume less than …

Stillhouse Moonshine

A clear corn whiskey in an unbreakable stainless steel can

Bottling moonshine and distributing it undermines the very meaning of the word—it’s your grandfather’s sitting-in-his-backyard-lawn-chair drink, not something made in a factory and sold in stores. But we just could not resist the stainless steel cans that Stillhouse’s 100% 80 proof corn whiskey comes in. They kind of look like gigantic flasks, or maybe brake fluid or gasoline cans. The fun packaging is also useful: …

Stonecutter Spirits, Vermont

Not even a year old, the award-winning aged gin makers release their first whiskey

Traditionally, gin is a clear, unaged spirit but the industry is warming up to the concept of adding another dimension to the juniper-flavored spirit. Australia’s Four Pillars soaks their scrumptious gin in nine French oak chardonnay barrels; Utah’s Beehive Distillery does something similar. Not even a year old, Middlebury, Vermont-based Stonecutter Spirits’ flagship product—the Single Barrel Gin—is aged in bourbon barrels, and has already become …