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Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, and here you’ll find the entire Drinkhacker review archive in one place. Products are rated on a letter-grade scale that should be familiar to most, with F as our lowest, “failing” grade and the very rare A+ as our top score.

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Review: Sergeant Classick White and Gold Rum

By Christopher Null | May 19, 2008 |

Rum is just about the only spirit I don’t regularly drink straight (some superpremium dark rums excepted), but it’s also the one that makes for some of the most delicious cocktails. Funny, eh? Sergeant Classick is one of the only rums that claims to come from the state of Hawaii, as it’s made from molasses…

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Review: NV Seven Daughters Red and White

By Christopher Null | May 18, 2008 |

My dad once asked me what would happen if you took a bunch of different wines and mixed them together. Would they taste very good? The result would probably be something like Seven Daughters, curious and not entirely unsuccessful. Two wines — a white and a red, both labeled nonvintage “California” wines, which means the…

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Review: Stolichnaya Stoli Blakberi Flavored Vodka

By Christopher Null | May 18, 2008 |

In the pantheon of fruit, blackberry’s a pretty uncommon flavor, relegated to the wasteland somewhere between blueberry and plum. Is it a little odd then that Stoli’s latest infused creation used blackberry for its sweetness? Not at all, as it adds a unique spin to summer cocktails that you’re unlikely to get anywhere else. As…

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Review: 1800 Select Silver Tequila

By Christopher Null | May 17, 2008 |

Good lord, has anyone needed more of a kick out of their tequila? If good old 80 proof doesn’t cut it for you, run, don’t walk, to grab a flask of 1800 Select Silver. At 100 proof, it’s got a bonus kick to it, while still being true to the spirit of blanco tequilas. 1800…

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Review: Stevens Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat Beer

By Christopher Null | May 17, 2008 |

What’s better than a beer on a hot day? A beer at a nude beach, that’s what. Stevens Point’s latest seasonal release won’t get you to the beach proper, but it’ll get you close: Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat craft brew isn’t just a surprisingly refreshing beer, it’s also got a drawing of nekkid people…

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Return to Bourbon & Branch

By Christopher Null | May 15, 2008 |

Finally I got a chance to visit the “big boy” room at Bourbon & Branch, after two trips to the Library for private events. Night and day, folks. Literally, night: It’s pitch dark inside B&B. We went in at 6 and came out around 8:15 while it was still light out and felt like zombies…

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Tasting Gallo’s Gold Medal Awards, 2008 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 13, 2008 |

For three years now, the good folks at Gallo have hunted for the best artisan foodstuffs to pair with their wines. This year, seven winners were chosen, and the company was good enough to send some samples along with a bottle of their 2006 Gallo Family Sonoma Reserve Pinot Gris as a pairing. Both snacks…

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Review: X-Rated Fusion Liqueur

By Christopher Null | May 10, 2008 |

Club drinks are a mixed bag, but in a canon that includes some awfully weak entries, X-Rated is possibly the best thing going. At 34 proof, it’s light enough to go down easy on its own. Almost too easy, really. It’s sweet, light, full of fruit, and so hot pink you’ll think you were drinking…

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Review: Mascarade Liqueur

By Christopher Null | May 8, 2008 |

On paper, Mascarade sounds pretty interesting, as fruity mixers go, I mean: Peaches and apricots from France, Armagnac, and vodka. Not sure about mixing Armagnac and vodka but, sure, maybe this is just the upscale alternative to Southern Comfort that the market needed. I wish it was so. Mascarade just didn’t work for me. On…

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Review: Cirrus Vodka

By Christopher Null | May 8, 2008 |

With its sun-and-cloud logo and baby blue color scheme, what would you expect from the 80-proof Cirrus Vodka? Something light, summery, perhaps partly cloudy even. Well you can’t judge a book by its cover nor a vodka by its bottle: Cirrus is serious stuff, heavy duty vodka that, if I didn’t know it was from…

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