Our Favorite Libations of 2013

Dec 19, 2013 4 Comments

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2013 has been a long year filled with more than our fair share of libation research and Thirsty Thursday has attempted to provide you with the sustenance of both the good and the, well less than memorable, beers, wines, and spirits out there on the market.  As we reflect back the following are a few of our favorite libations which fit nicely into the following creative categories.

Most Likely To Drink A Case Of

This could have been just about any of the beers we consumed this year, but at the end of the day we’d have to settle on two beers. Southern Tier’s 2X Rye Ale is a sneaky sud that grows on ya with every finished bottle and Grand Teton’s Bone Warmer Imperial Amber Ale was nothing but a “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.”

Thirsty Thursday: Southern Tier 2X Rye Ale IMG_4217

Grand Teton Brewing Company Bone Warmer Imperial Amber Ale Review Thirsty Thursday IMG_4426

Most Unique Beers…

Really only two beers fit the bill this year: Hitachino Nest’s line of beers aged in sake barrels and 961 Lebanese Pale Ale which is an English IPA brewed with herbs like thyme, sumac, chamomile, sage, anise, and mint. All distinctive and quiet frankly delicious.

Thirsty Thursday Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale and Red Rice Ale 7

961 Lebanese Pale Ale Review IMG_3685

When One Bottle Isn’t Enough

The Glutton House enjoys our fair share of wines from the Iberian Peninsula and so it’s quiet befitting that two of the wines we could drink ad nauseum are from Spain.

2011 Nisia Verdejo

Thirsty Thursday 2010 Bodegas Breca Breca Garnacha Review 1

Cheap Doesn’t Mean It’s Bad

Money can’t buy you love but a few extra bucks can buy you some pretty tasty swill…

Thirsty Thursday 2010 Marius Blanc by Michel Chapoutier Review 08

Thirsty Thursday 2009 Campos de Risca Monastrell Review 8206

Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto Me

Thirsty Thursday finally jumped into the Sake realm this year, delivering a spirited libation for both sake and dirty martini lovers.

Bunraku “Nihonjin No Wasuremono” Yamahai Junmai Sake Review IMG_4615

Would You Like A Bottle?  No I’ll Take A Box

We crossed a line and dared you to explain why you shouldn’t proudly drink two specific types of boxed wine. Naturally, there was some trusting skepticism, but we still stand by both our red and white recommendations for personal or party consumption.

2012 Cave de Pomérols, Picpoul de Pinet, La Petite Frog Review

Thirsty Thursday: 2011 Reserve Grand Veneur, Côtes du Rhône Review 4809

We hope you were able to enjoy more than a few of libation recommendations this year and stay tuned for a few twists to Thirsty Thursday in 2014.

And of course we’ll leave you with a little libation enlightenment from Mr. John Belushi…Cheers!

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4 Responses to “Our Favorite Libations of 2013”

  1. Eva says:

    A lovely round up of the best thirst quenchers of 2013. Where did the year go? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. Sportschump says:

    Methinks a viewing of Animal House is due.

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    Fantastic round-up, Jed. I’ll just print this off and take it to my liquor store and hand it to a clerk. :)

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