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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Review: 2011 Bridlewood Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Bridlewood Estate Winery can be found in California’s Central Coast, where it makes a wide variety of wines using fruit from all over the state. Thoughts on two recent releases from the 2011 vintage follow. 2011 Bridlewood Chardonnay Monterey County – Pleasant, apples and lemon on the nose. The body offers an immediate contrast in…

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Review: Monday Night Brewing Eye Patch Ale, Fu Manbrew, Drafty Kilt

I may have found a new favorite craft brewery. Monday Night Brewing, based in Atlanta, has four beers in its arsenal, and more on the way. We got to sample three of them, with outstanding results. Thoughts follow. Monday Night Brewing Eye Patch Ale – This India Pale Ale is just about perfect for the…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.17.2013 – Martini Turns 150, Wine Enthusiast Lists Top 100 Restaurants

Just a quick note from the good folks at Buffalo Trace for those in the Kentucky area keeping tabs on the recent passing of Elmer T. Lee: Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18th at First Christian Church in Frankfort. The funeral will be held Friday, July 19th at noon at First…

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Review: Dad’s Hat White Rye and Rye Whiskey (2013)

Based in Bristol, Pennsylvania, Dad’s Hat is one of the darling craft distillers of the modern mixology movement. Focused exclusively on young rye whiskeys, the basic Dad’s Hat mashbill involves 80% rye, 15% malted barley, and 5% malted rye. Grains are sourced locally, and aging is done in smaller barrels. These two whiskeys make up…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.16.2013 – Kentucky Unites for Parker Beam With Master Distiller’s Unity Bourbon

In a stunning display of cooperation between bourbon companies, seven of Kentucky’s biggest are banding together to create Master Distiller’s Unity as a tribute to friend and longtime Heaven Hill master distiller Parker Beam, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in 2012. The top barrels from Four Roses, Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Wild…

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RIP Elmer T. Lee

From Buffalo Trace CEO Mark Brown: It is with a very heavy heart that we share with you that our beloved Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee, 93, passed away this morning, July 16, 2013 after a short illness. In the world of making really fine whiskey the role of Master Distiller is pivotal, but…

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Review: Bond Street Gin

This artisanal gin hails from Bend, Oregon, where Jim Bendis, of Bendistillery, was recruited to help craft this brand new, small-batch spirit. A “proprietary blend” of local juniper berries are used, but little else is revealed about the ingredients of this modern gin. (The base spirit is distilled from 100% corn and lava rock filtered.)…

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