Drinkhacker Reads – 02.04.2013 – Parker Beam Promise Fund

Today’s Reads will boil down to one important story and that’s it. We’ll return to our regularly scheduled 5-6 stories of interest and bemusement tomorrow, but today we felt it important to highlight one particular news item that entered our inbox over the weekend. Any bourbon fanatic will instantly know the name Parker Beam, and…

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Book Review: The Kentucky Mint Julep

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is home to many a splendored thing: actors Clooney, Depp, and Shatner, bluegrass music, horses, Lionel Hampton, Loretta Lynn, and of course bourbon. While these are all claims of which to be Kentucky proud, one of the finer small indulgences signaling spring’s imminent arrival to the Bluegrass is the season’s first…

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Review: Belle de Brillet Poire Williams (2013)

I’ve had a mini of Belle de Brillet around for years. So it came as quite a surprise to find out that Kobrand would be “bringing” this brand (which launched in the 1980s) to the U.S. (The bottle I have was imported by Pasternak.) I figured I’d crack it open and give it a spin.…

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Recipe: Samuel Adams Boston Lager Pizza

With the Super Bowl happening today, kitchens around the nation will be busy preparing food for the big game. This one’s a bit off the beaten path, but if you’re looking for another way to involve alcohol consumption during the game, Mark Bello from Pizza School offers up these recipes for your consideration: Samuel Adams…

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Review: Maison Leblon Reserva Especial Cachaca

Aged cachaca is a surprisingly rare thing, but mainstream producers are finally getting in on the game. Leblon, which makes the ubiquitous and eponymous silver cachaca, makes this fancy version by taking its pot-distilled cachaca and aging the spirit for up to two years in new Limousin oak casks. Formerly available only in Brazil, it’s…

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Book Review: Shake, Stir, Pour

How enticing do all those artisan cocktails you see these days look, with their organic cinnamon-rhubarb puree and house-made schnozzberry syrup? I frequently enjoy these libations, then regret that I’ll never be able to make them the same way at home. Well, with Katie M. Loeb’s Shake, Stir, Pour: Fresh Homegrown Cocktails, now you can.…

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The A-List – December 2012/January 2013

A supplement to our Shopping List, The A-List recognizes those bottles we’ve received and reviewed to be of the highest quality (A+ to A- range). Judging from the quality of this list, the past two months were very good to us, with two bottles receiving A+ ratings; only the 18th and 19th expressions to do so…

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Review: Master of Malt Worship Street Whistling Shop Cream Gin

Master of Malt has no shortage of bizarre concoctions, but this one is a new one for me: Gin distilled using cream as a botanical. The result is called, simply, cream gin. Cream gin, we are told by MoM, “was popular in the Gin Palaces of the Victorian Era, however back then the gin would…

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