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Uber Buys Alcohol E-Commerce Giant Drizly For $1.1 Billion

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Uber has already established itself as a delivery and transport titan with its ridesharing and UberEats apps. It’s now going big in the alcohol space, as a new partnership poises it to become the largest alcohol delivery service in the country.

The tech behemoth just bought Drizly, an e-commerce drinks platform once known as the “Amazon of Alcohol,” for $1.1 billion. According to a press release, this deal will include the integration of Drizly onto the UberEats app, although Drizly’s independent app will also remain operational.

Uber will also begin to introduce perks and deals through Drizly once their purchase officially closes, which is expected to happen by the middle of 2021.

By acquiring Drizly, Uber is shaping itself as one of the kingpins in the food delivery oligarchy. They also own Postmates, meaning that DoorDash, Grubhub, and other delivery players are facing massive competition that just got a whole lot bigger.

It’s also unclear what this will mean for delivery drivers on both platforms. Uber did increase fees on its customers now that California has Prop 22 enacted, so we’ll have to see see if Drizly’s acquisition will result in a similar change for the alcohol app.

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Alcohol

Jose Cuervo Family’s Private Stash Now Available In Reposado and Platino In The US

Admittedly, I’ve only enjoyed tequila within the past couple of years. When I thought of the spirit, I was yanked back to memories of cheap bottles and nights bowing down at the porcelain temple. But thanks to a visit to the Jose Cuervo distillery in Tequila, Mexico, I was able to get tequila woke and learned just how delicious it can be. To be specific, all it took was a bottle of Jose Cuervo’s Reserva de la Familia to change my outlook on tequila.

Reserva de la Familia is the Jose Cuervo family’s private stash, bottling the finest of their tequila, originally offered to friends and family and made public back in 1995. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this introduction, Jose Cuervo has now made available Reposado and Platino expressions of their Reserva de la Familia tequila.

Characteristics of the Reposado are a unique barrel aging process that employs three different types of wood and barrel toasting styles. Heavily toasted American oak contributes intense notes of baking spices while whole, lightly-toasted American and French oaks bring forward mellow flavors of toffee and vanilla. As for the Platino, it is an unaged tequila, and due to a natural fermentation process, the notes of agave keep their original essence and come through profoundly in aroma and flavor. 

This is the perfect holiday gift for friends, family, and even yourself because you deserve it after making through to 2020, amiright?

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How Different Types Of Sake Affect The Umami Taste In Fish

Sake has to be one of the most versatile alcoholic beverages in the world. With all of the different types and flavors available, the options in your grasp when it comes to picking a sake are almost endless. 

One thing they all have in common, however, is their synergy with seafood when it comes to umami. Research has shown that sake is much better at enhancing the sensation of umami in our mouths when compared to other alcoholic beverages like white wine.

This is because sake contains an umami compound called glutamic acid that can interact with the umami compound in seafood, called inosinic acid. The two react on our taste buds to boost the effects of umami, and sake plays a large part in supplying the glutamic acid for that burst of flavor. 

Foodbeast and Instagrammer George LaBoda @atlasandmason got to try this out firsthand while visiting Hermanito, a restaurant in Los Angeles, California. There, he met up with sake sommelier Bryan West to sample three different sakes with Hermanito’s Hamachi and Uni Agua Chili Sunomo. Each of the sakes had different properties that affected LaBoda’s perception of umami. 

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One of the properties discussed was the ability to blend sakes, which was the case for the bottle of Hyaku Moku Alt. 3 from Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewing they started with. This blend of Junmai Daiginjo and Junmai Ginjo has a collection of fruity aromas to it. LaBoda also noted that the sake and seafood together opened up flavors he couldn’t perceive with just the dish on its own.

Another property of sake the pair dove into dealt with the polishing of rice. A higher degree of rice polishing doesn’t necessarily translate to a higher quality of sake. Instead, it refers to the amount of protein left, which means that something less polished has more protein available to create a unique range of umami flavors.

In comparing the final two sakes, a Tokugetsu Junmai Daiginjo from ASAHI-SHUZO SAKE BREWING and a Shirakabegura Tokubetsu Junmai from Shirakabegura Brewery, that difference was made clear. The Asahi-Shuzo sake was a lot more balanced, and even provided a cooling effect, lending itself to the fish. On the other hand, the full, rounded, and savory flavors of the Shirakabegura sake lent to the vegetables, creating unique experiences for both sakes from the same dish. 

None of the above necessarily has to be the “ideal” or “correct” pairing for a dish. If anything, the different qualities of the sakes show that each can provide a unique experience to the meal. However, the one commonality they do have is that synergy when it comes to umami. 

Hermanito’s Hamachi and Uni Agua Chili Sunomo will be available, with the Hyaku Moku Alt. 3 sake to pair with, through the month of December as part of the Unlock Your Palate campaign by JFOODO

You can learn more about the relationship between sake and seafood, as well as other restaurants featuring it, through JFOODO’s website, or by following the hashtags #UnlockYourPalate and #SeafoodAndSake. 

Created in partnership with JFOODO.

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Alcohol

Guinness Brews Limited-Edition Gingerbread Stout For Holidays

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Guinness is releasing two new beers that are sure to brighten the mood on an expectedly bleak holiday season for anyone who lives and breathes stouts. 

The new Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout takes the warm flavors of gingerbread and bakes them straight into your beer. Brewed with allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, the stout boasts an 11% ABV. Holiday pairing suggestions for the gingerbread stout include roasted pork with fig, vanilla pan cotta, or creme brûlée. 

I might just have it with some Little Ceasars this holiday if we’re being honest. 

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Also joining shelves will be Guinness’ barrel-aged Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels, which features notes of chocolate, bourbon, coconut, and vanilla. At 10.5% ABV, the Imperial Stout boasts an oaky finish. 

You can find these two new Guinness stouts at retailers nationwide for a limited time. Not gonna lie. That gingerbread stout sounds delightful. 

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Alcohol Packaged Food

Cheez-It Wine Box Pairs White Cheddar Crackers With Rosé

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Last year, Cheez-It launched a limited-edition Original Cheddar and House Wine Red Wine box that will let you snack on the iconic crackers while pairing it with some box wine. The collaboration sold out in minutes and fans were left eating crackers, and drinking wine in separate containers like veritable chumps.

Those fans need not worry, as the annual pairing is back with a White Cheddar twist.

This year, Cheez-It is launching a White Cheddar & House Wine Rosé box that you can order through Original House Wine. Pairing White Cheddar Cheez-Its (arguably the superior Cheez-It) with House Wine Rosé.

The limited-edition Cheez-It White Cheddar & House Wine Rosé will be available online for $29.99 at OriginalHouseWine.com, starting at 2 p.m. EST on July 23 and will be available while supplies last.

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Alcohol

PBR Just Launched An Alcoholic ‘Hard Tea’ Just In Time For Summer

Pabst Blue Ribbon has just launched a new Hard Tea to help get all of us through this pretty miserable summer.

The new alcoholic beverage, a 4% ABV, is dubbed PBR Hard Tea and is brewed using real tea leaves recreating comforting flavors of summertime Peach Tea and packing it into a can.

This new addition to the Pabst line joins last year’s “Hard Coffee” release, which boasted a similar 5% ABV. The coffee, which was only available in select locations, received a nationwide launch earlier this year.

Pabst new Hard Tea is available now in 26 states including:

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Anyone curious about trying the new Hard Tea can order cans through Drizly.

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Alcohol Drinks What's New

Jack Daniel’s Canned Cocktails Are Here To Make Summer Refreshing

Jack Daniel’s is kicking off summer by launching a new line of canned cocktails in markets across the entire country.

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Earlier this month, Jack Daniel’s announced the release of these new cocktails, but has since updated their announcement to say the new mixed beverages are now available in stores.

There are three varieties of the new Canned Cocktails lineup, each with about the same alcoholic strength as a light beer (5-7% ABV). The drinks cater to classic flavors like Whiskey & Cola, Whiskey & Seltzer, and Whisky, Honey, & Lemonade. Super bummed there’s not an Old Fashioned variety, but these sound refreshing too.

For those looking for a low-carb option for canned drinks, the Whiskey & Seltzer variety has 0 grams of carbohydrates and checks in at 97 calories per can.

Jack Daniel’s just announced that the cans have hit select stores in many markets in the US, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Those looking for an easy option for pre-made cocktails that include whisky should find these easy to cool and then whip out any time they want to kick back.

Other markets and stores will continue to receive the mixed drinks as they roll out across the country throughout the summer. As they do, you best believe that a six-pack of that lemonade variety is going to end up in my fridge.

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White Claw Pizza Arrives At Blaze Pizza For One Day Only

It looks like White Claw Pizza is now a thing, and while my eyes are rolling, the lover of all things pizza within in me has to admit my curiosity is piqued.

Love it or hate it, the popular alcoholic selzter is getting its very own limited-time pizza for one day only.

Blaze Pizza will offer an exclusive pizza with a crust made with Mango White Claw in place of filtered water at more than 40 of their locations across the United States.

Since Blaze is known best for their build your own pizza model, Blaze executive chef Brad Kent recommends a few toppings to pair with the White Claw Crust. This includes the signature red sauce, shredded mozzarella, pepperoni, roasted red pepper, jalapeno, pineapple, and a fresh arugula finish after its done baking.

You can find this pizza only on Thursday, June 18 at participating Blaze pizza locations and will only be offered as a dine-in or takeout experience. You will not be able to order them through delivery apps.

Those interested can peep the stores serving up these White Claw crusts. When you get there just ask for a White Claw crust as your choice.