Review: Short’s Brewery The Liberator

Tucked away in a small town in northern Michigan lies Short’s Brewery, a former hardware store turned brewhouse. The Liberator became a 30th birthday present for Joseph Short, the creative mind behind Short’s Brewing Company, which offers here its interesting take on a double IPA. The Liberator’s most surprising feature are the citrus tones that…

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Review: Peach Street Distillers Colorado Bourbon

Peach Street Distillers, in Palisade, Colorado, is one our rising microdistillery stars, named Distiller of the Year in 2012 by the American Distilling Institute. This Bourbon — you’ll have to look at the fine print to see the distillery’s name at all — is one of Peach Street’s flagships, a very small batch whiskey —…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 03.18.2013 – Cee-Lo Shares Sake By The Seashore

As everyone who was Irish for the day is recovering from what was no doubt a magically delicious 24 hours of revelry, might we suggest trying out the Irish Kentucky Java from the cocktails we posted last week? If Irish coffee isn’t your thing for recovering, real estate blog Movoto has designed a catchy infographic…

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Book Review: The Big Book of Martinis for Moms

The premise of The Big Book of Martinis for Moms is straightforward enough and to its credit, is never deviated from through 250 pages and 175-plus recipes. What one sees is exactly what one gets. Authors Rose Maura Lorre and Mavis Lamb (both professional bloggers and highly accomplished cocktail journalists) have painstakingly developed and curated recipes for every demonstrable…

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Review: 2010 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley “Ellie’s”

We’ve written about Hall from time to time, but it’s a winery that has largely worked in the shadows of more famous operations for years… at least until Wine Spectator named one of the company’s wines the #2 wine of the year in 2011. Pow, to the moon! Now in its fourth vintage, Hall’s “Ellie’s”…

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Review: Cruz Tequila – Silver and Reposado

This new tequila brand hails from Los Altos, in the Jalisco Highlands. Packaged in squat, antique glass bottles, it’s as eye-catching as it is easy to drink. Thoughts on the two expressions — an unaged blanco and a reposado — follow. Both are 80 proof. Cruz Silver Tequila – I hate it when spirits are…

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Review: Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey 16 Years Old

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all! If you’re drinking Irish today (and you probably are), consider upgrading your dram with something a little more sophisticated. Bushmills 16 Year Old is a single malt (rare enough for Irish) that is matured in ex-Bourbon barrels or Oloroso sherry barrels — a portion of the production in…

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Review: Band of Brewers Third Shift Amber Lager (2013)

MillerCoors is getting the creative juices flowing with a new brand straight out of the company think tank. The Band of Brewers, a collaborative group of brewers spanning across the MillerCoors network, have joined together to release to release Third Shift, an amber lager within the Märzen style. While February marks the first month that…

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