Pique Mi Madre

Small batch Puerto Rican hot sauce packs heat in a great-looking bottle

Hand-picked, prepared and packaged in the mountain town of Coamo, Puerto Rico, Pique Mi Madre is the best-looking hot sauce we’ve also enjoyed tasting. The family-owned company uses only the choicest habanero peppers to give Mi Madre its kick, nicely balanced by a short list of preservative-free ingredients grown locally in the lush mountainous environment. The clear glass bottle displays the large peppers and fresh …

Middle West Spirits

Ohio's only artisinal micro-distillery turns out small-batch spirits using local ingredients

You may know that a few big brands (The Limited and Abercrombie & Fitch) call Columbus, Ohio home, but more recently small-batch operations (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and Homage) have been helping get the Midwest some of the recognition it deserves. A new creatively-minded business, Middle West Spirits, is the latest to join the movement. Ohio’s first and only grain-to-bottle micro-distillery, the upstart brews their …