Drinkhacker Reads – 03.21.13 – Mega Contests And Competition Edition

Hey you! Do you want your own bar? Do you like free stuff? Are you smart? OF COURSE you are! So enter our contest from earlier this week for a chance to score an incredible, jaw-dropping prize. Speaking of incredible contests, we were hipped by Patron tequila to this one where folks can win $10,000…

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Review: Magic Hat Exotic Spring Ales 2013

Three new seasonal brews from our ever-experimental pals at Magic Hat, including a huge winner with coriander underpinnings. Thoughts follow. Magic Hat Ticket to Rye – It’s a nice IPA with a twist, rye grain in the mash that gives the beer a bit of an edge and a distinct, rye bread flavor. The chewy…

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Review: 2010 LangeTwins Zinfandel Lodi

Lodi-based LangeTwins is a winery we have covered in the past, and recently we received this new, affordable 2010 Zinfandel for review. It’s a really well-made Zin for this price. There’s solid fruit, but the jamminess is restrained. The fun is in what lies beneath. I love the subtle smokiness of the wine, which blends…

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Review: 2011 Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Sonoma Heritage Vines Sonoma County

This big Zin, touched with Petite Sirah, offers a flood of flavor. Big with strawberry jam and cocoa notes, and a touch of cedar wood on the side. The finish is long and a bit cloying, almost enamel-stripping in its incredible sweetness. Overall a fairly standard interpretation of Zinfandel in the ’10s — tons of…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 03.20.2013 – Hood River Acquires Lucid Absinthe

In a move that virtually no one saw coming, Hood River Distillery has acquired one of the world’s leading brands of absinthe for an undisclosed sum. Lucid Absinthe now joins such spirits as Pendleton, Monarch, Yazi, and Broker’s in the Hood River family of brands. A bold move, and one that signals Hood River has…

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Review: 2011 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay Sonoma County

This Chardonnay from Landmark — featuring an all-new, stripped-down label design — is everything you want from a California Chardonnay, for better or worse. Nutty, apple-tinged notes play on the nose, and the body matches that in stride. The body reveals the lightly woodsy notes, grilled fruits, buttery nuts (or nut butter?), and a mild,…

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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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