tire-bouchon's top of 2019...


III - "best bang for the buck" of the year: Old Forester Kentucky Straight Rye (88)

2. Four Roses Small Batch Select (89)
3. Paul John Bold (88)

IV - whisky-alternative of the year: L'Encantada Domaine Lous Pibous 1999 18yo (91)

2. L'Encantada Domaine Bellair 1997 20yo (90)
3. Chairman's Reserve Single Batch (90)

V - brew of the year: Amalgamator by Beachwood Brewing

2. Dolores by Phantom Carriage Brewery
3. Shadow Work by Grimm Artisanal Ales
4. Camoufleur by Grimm Artisanal Ales
5. √225 Saison by Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes (BFM)
6. Nec Beard by Libertine Brewing Company
7. Xocoveza by Stone Brewing
8. Obscura Vulpine by Telegraph Brewing Company
9. Lost Sandal Pale by Bootlegger's Brewery
10. Runner by Truman's Brewery

VI - brewery of the year: Phantom Carriage Brewery, Gardena CA

Truman's Brewery, London England
Tortugo Brewing Company, Inglewood CA

VII - winery/vineyard of the year (US): Lynmar Estate, Sebastopol CA

Forge Cellars, Finger Lakes NY
Whitcraft Winery, Santa Barbara CA

VIII - winery/vineyard of the year (non-US): Famille Dutraive, Beaujolais France

Martin Muthenthaler, Wachau Austria
Domaine Charles Baur, Alsace France