Welcome to Drinkhacker, the insider’s guide to good drinking, which covers cocktails, spirits, wine, and beer. Drinkhacker was founded in 2007 by Christopher Null, a longtime entertainment, technology, and lifestyle writer, award-winning winemaker, 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.
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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 lower ratings do make their appearances. 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.
Also, Drinkhacker reports U.S. proof for spirits and abv (alcohol by volume) for beer, some wines, and ready-to-drink cocktails. UK readers should take care to note that the U.S. definition of proof is calculated by multiplying the abv by two.
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 (and cover) industry events — formal tastings, trips, 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 any other financial consideration — ever — in return for coverage. Any unusual compensation (such as a meal) will always be disclosed. Sponsored content (a paid advertisement in narrative form) appearing on the site will always be clearly identified as such.
Periodically our coverage includes links to buy products from Amazon, Caskers, Drizly, or other online retailers. If you choose to click, the URL will contain a small code that signals the retailer to send Drinkhacker a small percentage of the money you spend. These links do not influence our ratings or coverage, but they do serve to support the site financially and helps us to limit the amount of display advertising you see on the site.
For product submissions, turnaround time until a review appears is anywhere from a day to four months, 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.
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We allow limited use of our logo, trademark, and excerpts of our published work by organizations whom we have written about or whose products we have reviewed. All requests for any usage of our logo or an excerpt or reprint of any material published on Drinkhacker must be made in writing, with a detailed description of your intended use along with any proposed editorial changes made to the original published work. We must confirm in writing your request before it may be used in any context. All appearances of our logo or any excerpt of our material online must be accompanied by a “dofollow” linkback to the page upon which the original source material appeared. To request an excerpt or reprint, please contact Christopher Null.
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