Review: House Spirits Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey

House Spirits, the makers of Aviation Gin, has expanded into the whiskey world, and they aren’t messing around. Westward is a very small-batch 100% single malt whiskey made from locally sourced (Pacific Northwest) barley. Westward Oregon Straight Malt is fermented with Scottish and American ale yeasts, then double pot distilled. The spirit is aged in…

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Review: Shock Top Campfire Wheat Experimental Beer

There’s no picture to this review because this beer is not for sale. You can try it — available on tap only — in extremely limited quantities at beer festivals around the country this year. Want to find this stuff? Try the San Francisco International Beer Festival on April 27, or the American Beer Classic…

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Review: Mangria

We’ve covered celebrity wine. Celebrity vodka. Celebrity Cognac. Even celebrity tequila. This is definitively the first and likely the only celebrity sangria that we’ll ever see. Mangria comes to us courtesy of sangria-lover Adam Carolla, who’s apparently still working the “man” angle on just about everything. Like Mansinthe, it’s a horrible name for a product,…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 04.19.2013

If it’s Friday and time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List — our regularly scheduled survey of the best (and worst) items arriving at our office over the past few weeks. We’ve had an incredibly busy past few weeks, including an extremely spirited overview of the Budweiser family of products from our resident beer expert and…

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Review: Dry Fly Distilling Triticale Whiskey and Port Finish Wheat Whiskey

Washington state’s Dry Fly Distilling recently launched a line of specialty whiskeys (and an aged gin) called the Creel Collection. These exotic spirits offer no age statements and are available only in half-size bottles. We sampled two of the five offerings. Thoughts follow. Dry Fly Distilling Straight Triticale Whiskey – Triticale isn’t a very sexy…

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Review: NV Pink Panda and 2007 Naked Rebel Red Wine

Targeting a clearly younger, more modern, and cost-conscious drinker, Naked Rebel is a new brand that’s offering two wines at launch. One is quite good. Thoughts on both follow. NV Pink Panda – “Sparkling grape wine with natural flavors.” Say what? There’s really no telling whats in this ultra-fruity concoction — it is reportedly a…

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Review: Dogfish Head Aprihop IPA

Why brewers keep putting apricots in their beers I’ll never know. If asked to choose a fruit to eat, the apricot will invariably be the last on my list. Fresh or dried. Meh. Aprihop is Dogfish Head’s IPA, brewed using the fruit that dare not speak its name and finished with whole leaf hops. Up…

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Review: Indio Beer

Indio: Not from India, but from Mexico. Born south of the border in 1893, Indio only made it to the U.S. in 2012, courtesy of owner Heineken (which makes Tecate, Dos Equis, Sol, and a ton of other familiar beers in the same brewery). Now that Indio’s here, how’s it taste? This curious, darker Mexican…

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