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: Baltimore Spirits Fumus Pumila

By Drew Beard | November 25, 2018 |

Maryland’s Baltimore Whiskey Company is producing far more than just whiskey. In fact, their portfolio has become so varied that they changed their name recently to Baltimore Spirits Company. We haven’t even reviewed one of their whiskeys. They only offer one. Why were they called Baltimore Whiskey Company to begin with? Anyway. Our first taste…

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Review: One Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey No. 10 and No. 11

By Drew Beard | November 10, 2018 |

Washington, DC’s One Eight Distilling has been bottling its own rye and bourbon under the District Made brand for a year or so now. But the Untitled series that started their foray into brown spirits hasn’t taken a back seat. While harder to find, the line continues to be a successful outlet for experimentation with…

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Review: Goose Island Islay Scotch Barrel Imperial Stout

By Drew Beard | November 9, 2018 |

Goose Island is well known for its Bourbon County barrel-aged line, but there are several other beers in their Barrel House offerings that don’t touch a bourbon barrel. One of those is this: Islay Scotch Barrel Imperial Stout. This beer is aged in barrels from Scotland’s Ardbeg Distillery, which uses malt peated to between 50 and…

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Review: New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon

By Drew Beard | October 31, 2018 |

New Riff Distilling hasn’t wasted any time adding a single barrel offering to their core lineup. Most of these will enter the market as private barrel selections, so expect to see plenty of liquor store and bourbon club picks popping up in the near future. Here’s more from New Riff: At New Riff, single barrel…

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Review: Boone County Eighteen33 Bourbon 12 Years Old

By Drew Beard | October 29, 2018 |

Since Halloween is quickly approaching, it seems only appropriate to review a whiskey from a distillery with the tagline “Made by Ghosts.” Kentucky’s Boone County Distilling Co. is referring here to the ghosts of distillers past, specifically those that founded and operated Boone County’s Petersburg Distillery which was the largest bourbon producer in the state…

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Book Review: Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol

By Drew Beard | October 23, 2018 |

There are plenty of wine books out there, and a smaller, yet not insignificant, number of books on beer. Spirits books, mostly focusing on the recent whiskey craze, seem to hit the shelves every other week. Few authors, however, attempt to cover all types of alcohol, much less place it in the context of recorded…

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Review: Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye and Double Oak Rye

By Drew Beard | October 21, 2018 |

Pick up any book about the history of whiskey in America, and you’ll probably read that rye, not bourbon, was the first whiskey distilled in these United States, with “Maryland-style” being one of the more popular offerings. The category almost completely disappeared not long after the repeal of Prohibition, but Sagamore Spirit in Baltimore is…

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Review: Firestone Walker Sucaba Barley Wine Ale (2018)

By Drew Beard | October 7, 2018 |

The explosion in barrel-aged beers has led to a growing trend in the cellar aging of these brews. High in alcohol content with boozy barrel notes, barrel-aged beers are widely believed to improve, like many wines, with a year or more in the bottle. California’s Firestone Walker Brewery has an impressive stock of barrel-aged beers…

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Review: Compass Box Hedonism Quindecimus

By Drew Beard | October 5, 2018 |

In the 18 years since Compass Box began blending whisky, there have been only four special editions of Hedonism, the grain whisky that put the whiskymaker on the map. We sampled the first of these, Maximus, back in 2008, but the 10th anniversary release, which yielded only 144 bottles, unsurprisingly eluded us (as has the most…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky (Batch 1)

By Drew Beard | September 28, 2018 |

Virginia Distillery Co. is continuing an impressive trend of creative cask finishing with Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky. This new and limited addition to the line-up features finishing casks sourced from local breweries. With this first release, Virginia Distilling Co. kept it close to home working with Three Notch’d Brewing Company in Central Virginia. Three Notch’d…

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