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.

Review: Bardstown Bourbon Fercullen Blended Whiskey

By Drew Beard | October 30, 2022 |

Bardstown Bourbon Co. embraced the trendy “bottle it yourself” concept back in 2021 with the launch of their Distillery Collection, a series of releases available exclusively at the distillery in Bardstown. Visitors can purchase these bottles in the gift shop or, if they really want a made-for-social-media memory, they can hand-bottle their own from a…

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Review: Cognacs of Drouet – VSOP, XO Ulysee, Fine Mélina, and Muscat Cask Finish

By Drew Beard | October 29, 2022 |

Drouet is a Cognac producer that traces its history back to 1848. Revitalized by the present, 4th generation, they use sustainable agriculture practices across their 40 hectares of vines located in both the Grande Champagne (70%) and Petite Champagne (30%) crus to create an impressively broad portfolio of traditional expressions and unique “craft” Cognacs. We…

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The Willy Wonka of Whisky: An Interview with Dr. Bill Lumsden (Part 1)

By Drew Beard | October 24, 2022 |

Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, is one of the most recognized names in the wide world of single malt Scotch — and for very good reason. In a career spanning nearly 40 years in the industry, he is known as the Willy Wonka of whisky for his seemingly inexhaustible…

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Review: Keeper’s Heart Whiskeys – Irish + American and Irish + Bourbon

By Drew Beard | October 23, 2022 |

What do you get when you combine a pioneer of the American craft distilling movement with a revered Irish whiskey Master Distiller? Apparently, the answer is Keeper’s Heart Whiskey. Inspired by the Irish-American heritage of the O’Shaughnessy family, Keeper’s Heart bills itself as a marriage of the best Irish and American whiskey-making traditions, and while…

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Review: Old Parr Blended Scotch Whisky 18 Years Old

By Drew Beard | October 22, 2022 |

Grand Old Parr isn’t a brand that we’ve seen a lot of stateside and nothing, until recently, beyond the flagship 12 year old blend. Its substantial popularity in Latin America inspired Diageo to bring more of the stuff north to our fair shores earlier this year, including this bottle, the portfolio’s venerable 18-year-old offering. Per…

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Review: Case 1 Rum Port Cask Finish

By Drew Beard | October 11, 2022 |

We first introduced you to the rums of Old Line Spirits last summer with their unique Single Malt Cask Finish. Since then, its Navy veteran founders, Mark MacLaughlin and Arch Watkins, have decided to rebrand their entire rum line with the Case 1 moniker. I’ll let Old Line explain that one: In Naval Aviation the…

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Review: Firestone Walker Parabolita

By Drew Beard | October 10, 2022 |

For over a decade now, Firestone Walker has offered an impressive variety of barrel-aged beers as part of its Proprietor’s Vintage Series, and all of those brews were available exclusively in glass bottles. But not anymore. For 2022, the California-based brewery has released its first-ever canned Vintage beer, Parabolita. As the name suggests, this beer…

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Review: GlenAllachie Virgin Oak Series, 2022 Lineup

By Drew Beard | October 9, 2022 |

GlenAllachie continues to expand an already expansive portfolio of single malts. Not only does the newly revitalized Speyside distillery offer an impressively broad core range (8 years all the way up to 30!), but they have also embarked on a robust single cask program, myriad different finishes, and now this line, the Virgin Oak Series.…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Plantation Rum Finish and Chateau de Laubade II

By Drew Beard | October 8, 2022 |

We’re back today with even more Bardstown Bourbon Co.: Two different releases, in fact, from their Collaborative Series. For those who have trouble keeping up with all of the BBCo. releases, the Collaborative Series showcases the distillery’s various finished whiskeys produced in partnership with breweries, wineries, Cognac houses – pretty much anyone who puts a…

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Review: Mile High Spirits Fireside Bourbon Bottled in Bond

By Drew Beard | October 7, 2022 |

Last summer, we tasted Fireside Single Barrel Bourbon from the irreverent and innovative Colorado craft distillery Mile High Spirits. Today, we’re digging into the oldest whiskey offering under their Fireside label, a Bottled in Bond Bourbon. As far as I can tell, it’s essentially the same rye bourbon as the single barrel but bottled in…

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