Drinkhacker Reads – 12.17.2012 – Game of Thrones Gets a Beer

The New York Times is reporting the arrival of a new line of beers based on the hit HBO series Game Of Thrones. The first offering, Iron Throne Blonde Ale, will arrive in time for the Season 3 premiere this March, with more editions to follow. [New York Times] The Daily Beast offers a review of William…

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Review: 2010 Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon

Melka was a new brand for me that I wasn’t familiar with. This Napa-based winery produces only a few thousand cases a year under two major sub-labels, Matisse and CJ. Today we look at the 2010 CJ, named for the initials of the two children of Philippe and Cherie Melka. It’s unclear whose eyeballs are…

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Looking for the Green Fairy with an Absinthes.com Sampler Pack

Interested in absinthe but don’t know where to start? With bottle prices that can top $100 a pop, it’s tough to justify the price for a bottle if you aren’t exactly sure what you’re getting in to. Germany-based Absinthes.com attempts to correct that with its collection of miniatures — 50ml bottles of absinthe available for…

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Review: Fair Vodka and Cafe and Goji Liqueurs

You have to appreciate a company that wants to do some good in the world, even while it’s getting people liquored up. Fair (technically “FAIR.” with a period) bills itself as the first Fair Trade-certified spirits manufacturer. Based in France, the company offers a vodka and two liqueurs. We tasted them all. Thoughts follow. Fair…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 12.14.2012

Once again it’s Friday and that means time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a printer-friendly weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured over the previous weeks. Related Stories: The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 11.16.2012 The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 12.07.2012 The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 11.30.2012 The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 10.19.2012

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Review: AnestasiA Vodka (2012)

Much has been written about AnestasiA to date, so I won’t belabor obvious points. This weird and wacky spirit is far from the beaten path. I’m sure there are tons of club kids who’ll find this to their liking. I found it strange to the power of 100. AnestasiA is marketed as a “Sensational Spirit”…

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Review: 2010 Four Vines Zinfandels

Think you know Four Vines Zinfandel? This isn’t that Four Vines. That Four Vines sold its name to Purple Wine Corp. The old Four Vines is now called Cypher. The new Four Vines, well, it’s making pretty good Zinfandel in the footsteps of the original owner of the name. Here’s how the new 2010 bottlings…

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Drinkhacker Reads 12.13.2012 – Westvleteren XII Madness

From the high-end stores to the corner stores, people around the world were waiting in lines yesterday for the release of Westvleteren XII, regarded by many as the world’s best beer. The decision to do a mass release was simple: the monks who craft the fine brew needed a new roof for their abbey. [ABC News]…

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