Recipe: National Tequila Day, 2013 Edition

If there ever was a lobbyist-invented, industry-approved holiday we endorse wholeheartedly, it’s the arrival of July 24th as National Tequila Day, which should followed by July 25th’s much needed National Hangover Day, had it not already been placed on the calendar on January 1st. Perhaps a Hangover Solstice? (Furthermore, why would a holiday like this…

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Review: Konig Ludwig Weissbier

Warsteiner makes this hefewiezen and is making a push for it this year for Oktoberfest. About the ornately-decorated brew (per the company): Prince Luitpold of Bavaria carries on the great tradition which has associated the Royal Bavarian Family with the fine art of brewing since 1260.  This classic brew uses select Bavarian barley and wheat…

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Review: Summer White Wines from Chile, 2013 Releases

Chile isn’t just a solid spot for Cabernet, it also makes some affordable and interesting white wines — which are almost unilaterally very inexpensive. Here’s a look at three white wines from the country, all designed with summer in mind. (The results are hit and miss.) 2012 Echeverria Classic Collection Unwooded Chardonnay – Maybe should…

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Review: Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche is a sour session beer, a “neo-Berliner Weisse” that is brewed with peach concentrate, creating a weird melange of a brew. Sour beers are not normally up my alley, but Festina Peche has charms. The peaches are clear and fruity, and the sour underbelly comes across something like tart cherry juice.…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.22.13 – Buffalo Trace Designated A National Historic Landmark

It’s been a mixed week of news for the venerable Buffalo Trace. With the loss of an icon and master distiller emeritus Elmer T. Lee last week, no doubt the joy in this most recent announcement was celebrated solemnly and seen as bittersweet at best. Nevertheless, kudos to the distillery for becoming a National Historic…

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Review: Craft Distillers Low Gap Single Barrel No. 1 Whiskey

This very, very limited release is a continuation of the Low Gap wheat whiskey, a single barrel bottling of its 100% Bavarian wheat whiskey, which we reviewed a few months ago as a two year old expression. This barrel was bottled in January 2013 after spendnig “two-plus” years in a 200 liter new Kentucky oak…

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Review: Suerte Reposado Tequila

Suerte is the tequila with the rabbit on the label. The name means fate or luck — as in rabbit’s foot — but inside the bottle you’ll find 100% agave tequila from the Jalisco Highlands. This reposado (the only expression we’re reviewing) is aged for 7 to 11 months in oak barrels before bottling at…

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Review: Cyrus Noble Small Batch Bourbon

An old brand, Cyrus Noble Bourbon dates to 1871, when it was reportedly a San Francisco favorite during the Barbary Coast days. Now the brand is being revived — the current owner has had the trademark since 1871 — with a focus on bringing quality Bourbon back to S.F. The Bourbon is sourced from Kentucky…

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