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: Old Weller Antique Selections from B&B and Liquor Outlet

By Drew Beard | September 7, 2018 |

Limited release whiskeys like Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection or Heaven Hill’s Parker’s Heritage Collection seem to be getting more limited every year. Still, if you’re looking for a rare whiskey to show off about, it doesn’t get much rarer (in terms of bottles produced) than a private single barrel, and even better you don’t have…

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Review: Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin

By Drew Beard | September 4, 2018 |

England and Scotland are home to some of the biggest gin brands in the world. But what about that smaller island just off their western coast? Irish distillers have actually been busy churning out a variety of gins in recent years, including the Glendalough Distillery in County Wicklow, just south of Dublin. Their Wild Botanical…

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Where to Drink in Asheville, North Carolina

By Drew Beard | August 28, 2018 |

The eclectic, mountaintop city of Asheville, North Carolina has long been a mecca for craft beer in the southern United States. Craft brewing behemoths like Sierra Nevada and New Belgium have even set up East Coast operations there, alongside more than 40 other, smaller breweries. But there’s more to Beer City USA than beer, as…

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Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon 24 Years Old (2016)

By Drew Beard | August 27, 2018 |

You might be asking, aren’t we almost on the 12th release of the annual Parker’s Heritage Collection? The answer is yes, and our review on that one will be out soon, we promise. (Next week! -Ed.) The short version of this story is that it took us a while to locate a sample of the…

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Review: William Heavenhill Single Barrel Bourbon (5th Edition)

By Drew Beard | August 27, 2018 |

William Heavenhill Single Barrel is a distillery exclusive bottling from Heaven Hill Distilleries that is available only at the Bourbon Heritage Center that adjoins the distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. It was named for a 19th century distiller and owner of the land where the distillery now sits. For the 5th edition of William Heavenhill that…

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Book Review: The Way of Whisky

By Drew Beard | August 23, 2018 |

Let’s face it. Japan is a fascinating place, and so, too, Japanese whisky. As the popularity of the latter continues to skyrocket, more and more books on the subject are hitting the shelves (as evidence, see our last book review). Well-known spirits author Dave Broom was an expert on Japanese whisky long before it became…

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Review: Allagash Little Brett

By Drew Beard | July 27, 2018 |

Portland, Maine-based Allagash is best known for their Belgian-inspired wheat beer, but they don’t shy from experimentation with their broad portfolio of limited releases. A good example of this is Little Brett, which relies exclusively on the uncommon (and, for some brewers, unwelcome) Brettanomyces yeast, Allagash’s 2-row barley blend, and a healthy dry hopping of…

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Review: Old Pulteney 25 Years Old

By Drew Beard | July 19, 2018 |

Old Pulteney, one of the most northerly distilleries on the Scottish mainland, is keeping true to its name with the recent release of a 25 year expression; yet another extra-aged release that follows on the heels of last year’s outstanding 35 year old. The whisky spent 22 years in ex-bourbon casks and the final three…

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Review: Compass Box Phenomenology

By Drew Beard | July 18, 2018 |

Phenomenology, one of the latest limited releases from merchant whisky bottler Compass Box, is a celebration of the idea that taste is subjective. Compass Box is well-known for sharing the details of their sourced whiskies in minute (and sometimes legally risky) detail, but for this special blend the goal was to keep things confidential in…

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Review: Avery Brewing Tequilacerbus

By Drew Beard | July 17, 2018 |

The craft brewing movement emerged, in part, out of a desire for more creativity, but the recent trend in barrel aging has sometimes been anything but. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good bourbon barrel-aged dark beer, but the category is getting more saturated by the day. Thankfully, breweries like Colorado’s Avery Brewing are…

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