Rated B-

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, and at the B- level we begin to shy away from recommending these products except in relatively uncommon circumstances or for certain types of drinkers. On a five-star scale, these products would score 2.5 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 79 to 82 points.

Review: Casey Jones Distillery Total Eclipse Moonshine and Bourbon

By Christopher Null | April 1, 2024 |

Up next in eclipse tie-in booze is a pair of products from Casey Jones Distillery, based on Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hopkinsville won’t quite be in the path of totality during next week’s eclipse, but it was in the path during the 2017 eclipse — and it’ll be close enough in 2024 to warrant making a celebratory moonshine…

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Review – Nine Irish Whiskeys from the New Hampshire Liquor Commission

By Drew Beard | March 17, 2024 |

New Hampshire is a thirsty state. For nearly a decade now, we’ve periodically covered the NHLC’s acquisition of single barrel American whiskey and tequila. Now, through a partnership with Bord Bia, Ireland’s Agency for Food and Drink, the Granite State is getting access to a wide selection of unique Irish whiskeys. Per NHLC: The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) and…

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Review: Still Austin Bottled in Bond Bourbons – Blue Corn and High Rye

By Christopher Null | February 29, 2024 |

Still Austin‘s bonded expressions continue to arrive at a healthy clip. Today we’re looking at a pair of recent releases, a high-rye offering and one built around exotic blue corn. These are the second and third releases in Still Austin’s ongoing Bottled in Bond series. Both are of course 100 proof. Still Austin Bottled in…

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Review: Mash & Mallow S’mores Whiskey

By Christopher Null | February 20, 2024 |

Mash & Mallow looks on the surface like any old industrial flavored booze product, right? I mean… s’mores whiskey? Come on. Turns out the product is made by none other than Kaveh Zamanian, the man behind Rabbit Hole Bourbon and no slouch when it comes to quality spirits. So maybe there’s something to this after…

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Review: Wines of Opolo, 2024 Releases

By Christopher Null | February 9, 2024 |

We’ve been covering the wines of Paso Robles-based Opolo for years now, and today we look at five recent releases — all hearty, wintertime reds — from the operation. All hail from the 2021 vintage. 2021 Opolo Grand Rouge Red Blend Paso Robles – A blend of counoise, syrah, and grenache that punches well above…

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Review: 4 Brewdog Non-Alcoholic Beers and Cocktails, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | January 9, 2024 |

BrewDog’s U.S. arm has been embracing non-alcoholic options for quite a while now, and the operation continues to up the ante on “AF” offerings designed to appeal to the sober-curious (and sober-certain). All four of the products reviewed below are part of a box set that includes four six-packs, one of each product, for $50.…

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Review: La Maison & Velier Transcontinental Rum Line, 2023 Single Casks

By Christopher Null | January 7, 2024 |

La Maison & Velier — also known as La Maison du Whisky — recently launched a new series of rums called the Transcontinental Rum Line (aka TCRL). Complete with maritime labels, this line is “inspired by the historical journeys of rum barrels between the New World and the Old Continent,” and includes releases from all…

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Review: Joyus Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Wine and Cabernet Sauvignon

By Christopher Null | January 6, 2024 |

Joyus — or rather, Jøyus — is a new entrant into the NA wine category, producing a spray of wines made by dealcoholizing real wine, then blending in water and grape juice to plump things back up. We received two expressions from the company, a sparkling white wine and a cabernet sauvignon. Joyus Non-Alcoholic Sparkling…

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Review: 2022 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay and Fume Blanc

By Christopher Null | January 5, 2024 |

These two whites from Sonoma County’s Ferrari-Carano were late arrivals, but just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy white wine, does it? Let’s dive in. 2022 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Sonoma County – Unctuous and boldly fruity, with overtones of cooked apples and tinned pears. Vanilla notes are particularly strong here, but they find a…

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Review: MXXN Cannabis-Infused Alcohol Alternatives

By Christopher Null | January 5, 2024 |

Hear me out on this: What if you don’t want to drink alcohol… but you don’t mind replacing it with cannabis… and yet you still want to drink cocktails? That’s the promise of MXXN — pronounced “moon” — which is a hemp-infused non-alcoholic spirit designed for cocktailing. The idea? You won’t be consuming alcohol, but…

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