Welcome to Drinkhacker, the essential blog covering cocktails, wine, and beer. Drinkhacker was founded in 2007 by Christopher Null, a longtime entertainment, technology, and lifestyle writer and the finicky proprietor of what has been called “the best home bar in San Francisco.” This blog has grown from a personal project to a well-regarded and heavily-trafficked website about all things drinking, so let us take a moment to thank you personally for your patronage and explain a bit more about what you’ll be reading here.
A word about ratings. We rate beer, wine, and spirits on a simple F (fail) to A+ (perfect) scale, which you can translate to the 100-point scale if you like by considering an A+ to be a 99 or 100, an A- about a 91, a B about an 85, and so on down the line (most 100-point scales bottom out at 50). We won’t waste a lot of time on reviews of awful stuff unless it’s truly noteworthy; expect to see most reviews in the B- range or higher. However we do visit a lot of wineries and tasting events, so the occasional C and lower does make an appearance. The ratings, particularly for spirits, do take value into consideration. Throughout the site, prices for wine and spirits reflect 750ml bottles unless specified otherwise. Beer prices reflect six-packs of 12oz. bottles, again unless specified otherwise.
We do accept samples of liquor, wine, and beer for coverage in the blog. It would be impossible to keep up this volume of coverage without them. We also attend industry events — formal tastings and dinners — which are complimentary and are sponsored by producers or industry groups.
As a strict rule, the site does not accept cash payment or other financial consideration — ever — in return for coverage. Any unusual compensation (including a meal) will always be disclosed.
For product submissions, turnaround time until a review appears is anywhere from a day to six weeks, and while we try to review everything, we can’t guarantee coverage. Please see our full guidelines here for submission information or use the “email” link in the sidebar to your right to contact us directly.
You may contact the relevant beat editor directly using the information on our Contact Information page.
Cheers, and thanks for reading!