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: Goodwood Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Stout

By Drew Beard | February 16, 2018 |

Goodwood Brewing Company in Louisville, Kentucky distinguishes itself from most other craft breweries by wood-aging every beer in its portfolio. According to their website, this is done as “an homage to this region’s distilling legacy and to those old barrels out there that still have so much flavor left to give.” With some of the…

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Drinkhacker Asks: Limestone Branch Distillery’s Steve Beam

By Drew Beard | February 7, 2018 |

Recently, we kicked off our Drinkhacker Asks series with Jimmy Russell, one of the most recognizable names in the spirits world. While we’ll continue to interview big names in the industry, we also want to introduce you to some of the less well-known figures, as it’s our experience that often these folks have some of…

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Review: New Riff O.K.I. Reserve Straight Bourbon 10 Years Old

By Drew Beard | February 2, 2018 |

New Riff Distilling opened in 2014 in northern Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Like many new distilleries in recent years, it has been aging and bottling sourced whiskey from MGP to generate revenue while its own make comes of age. They’re honest about the source of this whiskey, which is thankfully a…

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Review: Clique Vodka

By Drew Beard | January 30, 2018 |

Clique Vodka really promotes its Russian connections (despite being produced next door in Latvia). According to its website, this wheat-based vodka is the result of “Russian production standards of distillation and the highest level of Russian equipment.” I guess with vodka, and maybe only with vodka, those are two things to brag about. While the…

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Review: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout and Bourbon County Brand Barleywine (2017)

By Drew Beard | January 20, 2018 |

The beer-loving world breathed a sigh of relief with the quality of the 2016 Goose Island Bourbon County series after the lactic souring issues that plagued some of the 2015 releases. To make things even better, in 2017, the series officially expanded to six offerings: Original, Barleywine, Coffee, Proprietor’s, Northwoods, and Knob Creek Reserve. There…

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Review: Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey

By Drew Beard | December 28, 2017 |

The number of craft whiskey distilleries in America continues to rise, but only a fraction of them can bottle their own distillate as a “straight whiskey,” meaning it’s at least two years old. Even fewer can claim to be bottling at 5-plus years, which is comparable in age to the core products from industry big…

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Review: Kentucky Owl Straight Rye (Batch 1)

By Drew Beard | December 24, 2017 |

Kentucky Owl was once known only to a truly dedicated set of whiskey drinkers who paid exorbitant retail prices (and worse on the secondary market) for the brand’s extremely limited bourbon releases sourced from an undisclosed distillery or distilleries in Kentucky. You may still have never heard of Kentucky Owl, but after its sale to…

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Bar Review: The Silver Dollar, Louisville

By Drew Beard | December 7, 2017 |

While you’ll find The Silver Dollar on many lists of the best whiskey bars in the country, the impressive brown water offerings at this funky and casual spot are not even mentioned in the “About” section of their website. The bar is a take on a 1950s Bakersfield, California honky-tonk, complete with rustic décor (exposed…

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Review: Casamigos Tequila Anejo

By Drew Beard | December 5, 2017 |

You may have heard over the summer that George Clooney sold his start-up tequila company, Casamigos, to spirits industry titan Diageo for an amount approaching a billion dollars. That’s right. A cool billion. While that price seems high, it’s reportedly the fastest growing super-premium tequila brand in America. We’ve already reviewed Casamigos Blanco and Reposado,…

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Drinkhacker Asks: Wild Turkey’s Jimmy Russell

By Drew Beard | November 30, 2017 |

Like most discerning drinkers, we here at Drinkhacker have many questions we’d like to ask the people behind our favorite wine, beer, or spirit. Every now and then, we get the opportunity to actually do so. For the first in our series of short interviews, we talked to the “the Buddha of Bourbon” himself and…

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