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: E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage

By Drew Beard | March 22, 2022 |

We’ve been dragging our feet on Buffalo Trace’s recent installments to the E. H. Taylor, Jr. line, but it’s not entirely our fault. Every bottle in the standard Taylor lineup has become a hot commodity, which means limited releases like this one are now almost impossible to track down, let alone afford once you actually…

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Review: Firestone Walker Parabola 2022

By Drew Beard | March 19, 2022 |

Parabola, the flagship in Firestone Walker’s Proprietor’s Vintage Series, is changing things up once again for 2022. While last year’s release saw aging, for the first time ever, in a mix of bourbon, rye, and wheat whiskey barrels, the latest edition is a much simpler, all ex-bourbon-aged creation with one catch; the barrels used were…

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Review: Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask Scottish Oatmeal Stout

By Drew Beard | March 17, 2022 |

The last time we took a look at Scottish brewers Innis & Gunn, they had just collaborated across the pond with Tullamore Dew to age their stout in the distillery’s Irish whiskey casks. While that bottling, dubbed Kindred Spirits, was a rare partnership with a particular distillery, it wasn’t the first time Innis & Gunn had…

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Recipe: Good Cork

By Drew Beard | March 10, 2022 |

This is not your typical Irish whiskey cocktail. While plenty of Irish variations exist on classic whiskey tipples like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned, few, if any, call for an equal measure of mezcal. Ordinarily, I would be a bit dubious of such a bizarre recipe, but the Good Cork has a reliable pedigree. It…

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Review: Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Limited Edition Bourbon

By Drew Beard | March 5, 2022 |

Kentucky Owl jumped into 2021 with a bit of an odd holiday-themed release, Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Edition. Before you get too befuddled about being persuaded to substitute a Kentucky bourbon for the Irish whiskey typically used to celebrate the occasion, allow Kentucky Owl to explain: For this special release, Kentucky Owl Master Blender John…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #6 and Discovery Series #6

By Drew Beard | February 24, 2022 |

Bardstown Bourbon Co. is kicking off 2022 with what else, their bi-annual Fusion and Discovery Series releases which now number six in total. This bourbon duo impressed us at launch back in 2019, and while the Discovery Series release has remained consistently top notch, the Fusion Series struggled a bit in 2021. Let’s see how…

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Review: R.L. Seale’s Barbados Rum 10 Years Old

By Drew Beard | February 23, 2022 |

Last fall, we reviewed R.L. Seale’s 12 Year Rum, but not long into the new year we discovered to our surprise it has a little brother. Same packaging; same Foursquare provenance; same super unique bottle, which, as an aside, is reportedly designed to mimic the leather rum jugs used by pirates, complete with a thumb…

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Recipe: Downhill Daring

By Drew Beard | February 17, 2022 |

While a cocktail like the Full Monte can be considered a form of the “Reverse Manhattan”, purists will argue that a true Reverse Manhattan is one in which vermouth (and not some other modifier like amaro) forms the backbone of the cocktail. While I’m always happy to kick up the amaro or liqueur (within reason)…

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Review: The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao

By Drew Beard | February 17, 2022 |

The Macallan is out with a new whisky series, and the backstory is a real doozy, so pay attention for a minute. The new Harmony Collection launched this fall to highlight the brand’s devotion to sustainable packaging. Per the press release: Sustainability has been a constant guiding principle for The Macallan since it began crafting…

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Review: Compass Box Peat Monster Arcana and Menagerie

By Drew Beard | February 16, 2022 |

Compass Box, as Chris already observed in his review last fall, seems to always be adding new spirits while also revamping their old ones, often for special releases and the like. Case in point: Peat Monster Arcana which hit shelves late in 2020 and Menagerie, which arrived not long after in early 2021. Always in…

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