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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Review: Magic Hat 2012 Winter Brews

Magic Hat is back with more seasonal beers, these designed for winter partaking. Thoughts on the three, available as part of the brewery’s Winter Variety Pack, follow. Magic Hat Wooly ESB with Spruce – I was expecting a forest-fueled bomb but got, well, a fairly standard ESB, a mildly bitter brew with solid hops to…

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Drinkhacker 12.12.2012 – House of Johnnie Walker Launches in Beijing

Happy 12/12/12 Day! Just a few more days until we figure out whether or not the Mayans were spot on in the apocalyptic assessment.  But before the end of the world hits, you might want to spend a few minutes checking out our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Johnnie Walker has opened up yet another super…

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Tasting Report: Aromatic and Dessert Wines from Quady, 2012 Releases

With the holidays nigh upon us, celebrations will be in full force. Don’t forget the sticky stuff for dessert. Quady, which has been making its wines in Madera, California since 1975, offers a huge slate of dessert, fortified, and aromatic wines. We tasted a panel of six of its most popular offerings. Thoughts follow. (All…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.11.2012 – Top Trends For 2013

Technomic has released its predictions for top adult beverage trends in the coming year. Among them: wines will get sweeter, beers will be more carefully curated in restaurants, and more flavored spirits expressions will keep popping up, and not just in the vodka category. [Technomic] In semi-related coverage, Slate offers an explanation as to how…

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Review: XXX Shine Salted Caramel Corn Whiskey

How do you take the edge off of white whiskey? You can put it in a barrel for 6 years or so, or you can drop in some flavoring and sell it tomorrow. Shine (aka “XXX Shine”) makes a straight white dog, but it also makes two flavored versions, a tea flavored whiskey and this,…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.10.2012 – Diageo and Suntory Bid Big on Beam and Robert Parker Steps Down

Normally we try to land softly into news on Mondays, but this one is too insane not to lead off with: Reuters is reporting drink giant Diageo is in talks with Suntory to make a joint purchase of Beam Global. Though no formal talks have begun and the deal is allegedly in the early stages,…

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Review: Samuel Adams Utopias (2012 Release)

Our third look at Sam Adams’ Utopias — we also reviewed it in 2007 and 2011 — brings fresh eyes and fresh palate to one of the world’s most extreme beers. A blend of ultra-boozy liquids, some aged up to 20 years old, this wild brew is a mixture of Triple Bock beers, sweetened with…

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