Drew Beard

Drew Beard is assistant editor for Drinkhacker and winner of several booze-related merit badges, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. A former federal employee turned hotelier and spirits journalist, he looks forward to his next midlife crisis.

Review: Mary Dowling Bourbons – Tequila Barrel and Double Oak Barrel

By Drew Beard | November 11, 2023 |

Some whiskey brands dig deep into obscure history for their backstory, but Mary Dowling, the latest from Rabbit Hole founder Kaveh Zamanian, is a story I’m honestly surprised hasn’t been told yet. I had the opportunity to chat with Kaveh about his new venture at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September, and he gave me…

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Tasting Report: Jack Rose Premier Drams 2023

By Drew Beard | November 7, 2023 |

After a bit of back-and-forth on the date, whiskey mecca Jack Rose Dining Saloon finally landed on October 2nd for this year’s Premier Drams festival. We would have honestly rescheduled a liver transplant to make it, and after the embarrassment of brown water riches on offer this year, we just might have to in 2024.…

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Review: IPAs of Wicked Weed: Pernicious, Perni-Haze, and Freak of Nature

By Drew Beard | November 4, 2023 |

We’ve tasted a lot of beers from Wicked Weed Brewing, but somehow it seems we’ve avoided some of their most straightforward offerings. Today we’re taking a look at three different India Pale Ales from the brewery, all available year-round. Wicked Weed Pernicious IPA – If there was a flagship IPA among all of Wicked Weed’s…

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Review: Remus Highest Rye Bourbon

By Drew Beard | November 2, 2023 |

Whiskey fans have come to appreciate, even adore, lots of MGP whiskeys since those early days of the bourbon boom when sourced was a dirty word. Their 95/5 rye whiskey helped turn neat sippers near and far into cocktail drinkers. And as more and more bourbon from the Lawrenceburg, Indiana distillery entered the market behind…

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Review: Isle of Skye Blended Scotch, Complete Lineup (2023)

By Drew Beard | October 29, 2023 |

While we encountered a younger Isle of Skye offering in a previous life, owner Ian Macleod Distillers has recently brought the entire range of Scotch blends stateside. The lineup runs a broad age gamut, from 8 to 30 years old, and each expression now sports fancy new packaging. Named for Skye, home to Talisker Distillery,…

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Review: La Pulga Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

By Drew Beard | October 27, 2023 |

Tequila continues to take the country by storm but perhaps nowhere more so than in Texas. Three Ft. Worth-based entrepreneurs are getting in on the action with another addition to the growing La Pulga, a tequila distilled and bottled in Jalisco, Mexico but proudly born in “Cowtown.” Or so goes the press release. The name…

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Review: Ragged Branch Bourbon Steak Bourbon

By Drew Beard | October 26, 2023 |

We dug into most of the bourbon lineup from Virginia’s Ragged Branch back in 2020, but now the distillery appears to be getting into the private barrel game in a unique way. The craft distillery, a Dave Pickerel protégé, is partnering with Washington, D.C.’s Bourbon Steak, described as Chef Michael Mina’s love letter to the…

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Review: McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey PX Cask Finished and Oloroso Cask Finished

By Drew Beard | October 24, 2023 |

McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt, famously the first American single malt ever produced, was bottled at just three-years-old for decades. Recently, however, the distillery appears to have started leaning hard into older stocks, releasing a six-year-old expression last year and then following that up this year with two higher proof, limited edition finished expressions, a first…

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Review: Jefferson’s Tropics Aged in Humidity Bourbon

By Drew Beard | October 23, 2023 |

Tired yet of the gimmicks from Jefferson’s? Me neither. Because the brand continues to pump out quality bourbons, I’ve been able to forgive the not infrequent “motion of the ocean” marketing backstory, but the tall tales behind this latest release may be a bit more challenging to ignore. Read for yourself: Jefferson’s is constantly experimenting…

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Review: Loch Lomond Original Single Malt and The Open Special Edition 2023

By Drew Beard | October 15, 2023 |

Loch Lomond is not your average Scotch distillery. Nestled in the far southwest corner of the Highlands, near the famously scenic loch (lake, for you non-Scots) of the same name, the distillery uses a combination of uniquely configured pot and column stills to produce as many as 11 different distillates, including grain whiskies. We got…

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