Review: Van Brunt Stillhouse Whiskey, Rum, and Grappa

Van Brunt Stillhouse is a craft distillery based in Brooklyn — arguably the epicenter of microdistillery activity in America, if not the world. (The company is named after Cornelius Van Brunt, one of the founding fathers of Brooklyn.) The distillery produces whiskey, rum, and — unusually — grappa. We tasted all three spirits. All are…

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The Evolution of Canned Beer: Samuel Adams Joins the Can Parade

Earlier today, Samuel Adams announced that it would start distributing beer in cans. As of now, only the flagship Boston Lager and Summer Ale are slated to hit the market in time for beach excursions, but it would not be a surprise to see Samuel Adams’ other popular offerings roll off the canning line, especially…

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Review: White Pike Whiskey

White Pike is white whiskey, straight outta Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, New York, made from a unique recipe that includes corn, spelt, and malted wheat. The nose is traditional of most white whiskeys: Big corn notes and a maltiness to back it up. There are some indistinct forest floor notes in there, too. The…

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Book Review: Destination: Cocktails

James Teitelbaum has traveled the globe and has, apparently, seen nothing but its bars. This exhaustive book, subtitled “The Traveler’s Guide to Superior Libations,” takes you through more than 40 cities and hundreds of cocktail bars to let you know, should your travels take you to Austin or Anchorage, here’s where you can get a…

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Review: Master of Malt Speyside 30 Years Old (5th Edition)

Much like Kirkland, Master of Malt gets its hand on single malt whisky from time to time, which it bottles with an age statement… but without revealing the distiller. This Speyside malt is MoM’s fifth installment of its 30 year old whisky, now featuring a new bottle and label design. This whisky is heavily sherried,…

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Tasting the Wines of Lodi, California, 2013

Lodi, in California’s Central Valley, is known for making cheap wines, and lots of them. But you can find quality even amongst the mass-market wines common to the area. Lodi’s LoCA campaign sent us a mixed case of a dozen wines, all from different wineries in the Lodi region — including more than a few…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 02.15.2013

If it’s Friday, it’s time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List — our regularly scheduled overview of the best (and worst) things we’ve reviewed over the past few weeks. It’s printable and ready for you to take along on your next trip to the store! Along with this shopping list, we’ve also featured a generous amount…

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Review: 2007 Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port

There is considerable confusion over what Late Bottled Vintage Port is. Vintage-dated, it sounds like it should be very expensive, yet it’s cheaper than many blends. Late Bottled Vintage (or LBV) Port  is Port that was originally intended as Vintage Port, but which didn’t make it into a bottle, for whatever reason (typically the barrels…

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