A to Z Wineworks Chardonnay Oregon 2012

The buzz surrounding Oregon chardonnay is explained in this stainless steel–fermented wine with its notes of grapefruit, mineral, and tropical fruit accented by crisp, tart acidity. atozwineworks.com

Elysian Brewing’s Punkuccino 

These guys go nuts making imaginative brews for Elysian’s annual pumpkin beer festival, but this year’s special release bottling—an ale made with Stumptown coffee, cinnamon, and nutmeg—has the makings of a classic. elysianbrewing.com

Clap of Thunder at the Admiral Benbow

In pirate lore, this is a catchall term for any face-punchingly boozy libation. West Seattle’s piratical sexagenarian dive bar was recently reborn with upgraded cocktails, like a Clap made with smooth Mellow Corn whiskey, organic maple syrup, and Carpano Antica, a vermouth so versatile that owner Allison Hill calls it “bartender’s ketchup.” It tastes like an old-fashioned fraternized with Halloween candy, thanks to a housemade garnish of caramelized bitters and sugars. benbowroom.com

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