Best in Beer & Spirits: California
The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel ($11 for 750 ml, available in 21 states)
Patrick Rue, the 31-year-old owner of The Bruery in Orange County, brings an experimental, Californian sensibility to his higher-alcohol, Belgian-style, bottle-conditioned beers: Trade Winds uses rice in the mash, which makes for an especially crisp and refreshing light-bodied beer. A touch of Thai basil and a lemony nose make it a gorgeous accompaniment for fish.
Note: Local laws may mean liquor has to be sourced through distributors in some states.