My favorite US brewery is Lost Abbey. Their brews tend to be heavy, dark and strong.
Try the Angels Share or Santas Little Helper.
Former Valley Rat, alpinist and mountain guide. I finally got a real job and climb for fun now
High end tequila has become very trendy, but not all expensive tequila is worth the money. It has become very fashionable to bottle generic tequila in fancy bottles, then charge premium prices: Patron is the epitome of this practice. Patron pretty much invented the fancy bottle for export. You can buy pretty much the same tequila at Trader Joes under a different label for less than half the price.
Another trend, with many small proprietary labels popping up, is to chemically match flavors of well known brands, rather than to embrace the natural, distinct, flavors of a specific distillation. These are products of chemistry, not artistry. So buyer beware.
Like ACOPA said: Tequila is like any other liquor. Shots of the cheap stuff for the amatures, and sipping the best for those who know.
The Tequila bong and various other ways of getting you shit faced are popular in tourist bars, but are not part of the culture.
I was in Scotland two years ago. The 16y/o Lavagulin was the Peatiest/ Smokiest whiskey that I sampled. I don't know about ownership, but if it was truly 18 y/o, it predated change of ownership. Angus Thuermer (Anguish on ST) has roots on the isle of Sky, and Talisker frequently popped up on our various rambles amongst the hills, but to each their own. I really prefer Tequila or Rum to whiskey.
Not all Tequilas are equal. As I currently live 1 hour from the town of Tequila, and Jalisco is the original source of Tequila( Several other Mexican states are now licensed to make "Tequila"). This is about Tequila, not Mezcal, Solera, etc. we can talk about those elsewhere. My personal taste is for strong flavors; spicy food, strong coffee, smokey scotch, and Extra Añejo Tequilas.
Most of us probably had a high school experience with Jose Cuervo Gold, after which we swore never to touch Tequila again. Fortunately, age is supposed to bring wisdom, so eventually, many of us gave it another shot (pun intended). Cuervo Gold, during my high school days was not actually Tequila. Real Tequila is made from the Blue Agave cactus, anything else (including Cuervo Gold circa 1980s) is not Tequila. Tequila comes in a variety of styles. There is Tequila Blanco (sometimes called silver), Reposado (rested for three months), Añejo (aged for a minimum of 1 year) and Extra Añejo (aged more than three years). There are also names like Cristalino, Joven etc. that are popular with a small set.
Most Mexicans prefer Tequila Blanco. You can buy a bottle here for the equivalent of $5, or you can pay $200. Reposados are also somewhat popular, Gold Tequilas, they can be cheap, or expensive. Añejos are not so popular, you can expect to pay more for a good añejo ($20) or more, and then we have the Extra Añejos.
Extra Añejo Tequila is more like Cognac than the fiery Tequila Blanco. You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $500 or more for a good one. My favorite, for taste and value, is Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia. The reserva is about $100 a bottle, so its not like you are going to be drinking a lot, but after a day of climbing it's nice to sit back and sip a