Drew Beard

Drew Beard is Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager for Drinkhacker. He has studied and written about beer, whisk(e)y, and other spirits since he first started drinking them, earning several booze-related merit badges along the way, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. A recovering Federal government employee, he is happy to have finally found a career where it is acceptable to drink on the job.

Recipe: Velvet Touch

By Drew Beard | June 23, 2022 |

If you’re like me, you drink a lot of Manhattans. Or at least a lot of variations on the Manhattan. I mean, there’s a reason this cocktail has remained in our cultural lexicon for nearly 150 years, amirite? I’m always in search of new takes on this eternal classic, the easier the better. And they…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Cavehill, Dareringer, and Boxergrail (2022)

By Drew Beard | June 20, 2022 |

Forever ago, back in 2019, when we reviewed Rabbit Hole’s Heigold Bourbon, we updated you on the distillery’s rebranding earlier that year in which the original bourbon, rye, and PX finished bourbon each received some new duds along with a brand-new name. At a recent sit-down with Rabbit Hole’s founder, Kaveh Zamanian, we tasted through…

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Bar Review: The Garden & Gun Club at Stitzel-Weller Distillery

By Drew Beard | June 19, 2022 |

Making whiskey is an industrial process, dirty and noisy and smelly. But you’d be hard pressed to find any of that on the modern Bourbon Trail. The entire Blue Grass State has become a veritable Disneyland of gleaming visitors’ centers and sparkling rickhouses, increasingly too clean to be mistaken for what they truly are: whiskey…

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Review: Death & Co. Canned Cocktails – Aurora Highball, Ranger Buck, and Moonsail Fizz

By Drew Beard | June 18, 2022 |

Ready-to-drink fans take notice. We may be experiencing the halcyon days of canned cocktails now that a brand as well-respected as Death & Co. has thrown their impressively plumed hat in the ring. Last fall, in partnership with Craft Spirits Cooperative, the company launched a line of three canned libations modeled after original cocktails created…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #7 and Discovery Series #7

By Drew Beard | June 11, 2022 |

The seventh editions of Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s Fusion and Discovery Series have hit the shelves. While the concept behind the two hasn’t changed, this latest pair of releases does appear to mark a new level of complexity and uniqueness, at least in their basic construction. The blending wizards at Bardstown Bourbon Co. have rarely combined…

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Review: Kentucky Owl The Wiseman Straight Rye Whiskey

By Drew Beard | June 5, 2022 |

After Stoli Group took over, Kentucky Owl Rye became the more affordable (but still pricey) offering from this cult Kentucky brand. If you lived anywhere but the Bluegrass State (where even the bourbon was exceptionally scarce), it was the only Kentucky Owl product you had much of a chance at finding. We reviewed a few…

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Recipe: Smoky Cola Highball

By Drew Beard | June 2, 2022 |

Rule #1 when getting into whisky: don’t ever let anyone tell you how you should drink the stuff. It’s no cardinal sin to add ice or water, or heaven forbid, a simple soda mixer. And if someone should make a stink at a bar the next time you order a Bourbon and Ginger or an…

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Review: Firestone Walker Kentucky Mule and Gold Rider

By Drew Beard | May 29, 2022 |

The brewing brainiacs at Firestone Walker have gotten increasingly creative with their barrel-aged Proprietor’s Vintage Series in recent years. In addition to the tried-and-true classics like Parabola and Stickee Monkee, the brewery has launched several limited edition, cocktail-inspired brews. We covered one of the first of these, Old Man Hattan, back in 2019, as well…

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Review: Waterford Distillery The Cuvee

By Drew Beard | May 29, 2022 |

Ireland’s Waterford Distillery splashed on the whisky scene in 2020 with its terroir-focused Single Farm Origin releases, a slew of which have hit the shelves since we first looked in on them. Their Organic Gaia release shortly after was the distillery’s first blend of distilled barleys from various farms, although it was limited to only…

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Review: Amrut Bagheera Indian Single Malt Whisky

By Drew Beard | May 28, 2022 |

Last summer, Indian whisky-maker Amrut released this special edition single malt, dubbed Bagheera. Bagheera also happens to be the name given to the black panther character in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (who appears to be skulking around in the foreground on the label). That, along with a gilded image of the grand Mysore Palace…

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