Last week found me drinking my way through the International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event, the younger, smaller cousin of the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. Each year, this event brings the newest spirits to bartenders and media throughout the nation. It's a good opportunity to encounter brand new brands—especially those from smaller labels. It's also a chance to see what new horrors the liquor industry has conjured up.
This year, a few standout products kept our morale up as we plowed through the packaged jello shots and energy drinks coming soon to a local watering hole near you.