Review: Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat Beer

On December 21, 2012, the world will end. Drinkmakers are taking advantage of this by producing special tipples to get you through the apocalypse. Shock Top is wearing the End of Days right on its paper label, with its End of the World Midnight Wheat limited edition beer. This just shipped last week, and it’s…

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Review: The Maltman Glenlossie 19 Years Old

The Maltman is a brand owned by Glasgow-based Meadowside Blending, a private bottler of spirits a la Chieftain’s and Murray McDavid. This new release is a 19 year old Glenlossie, a Speyside whisky with some odd character to it. The nose is, to put it lightly, on the strange side. Band-Aid, creosote, and plastic notes…

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The A-List – September/October 2012

And now for something completely different. Presenting The A-List; a recap of the best products we’ve reviewed over the last two months. While some of these high-quality drinks may prove impossible or very hard to find, others may be more readily available at your local fine retailer. Related Stories: The A-List – October/November 2012 The…

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Review: “Art in the Age” Rhubarb Tea Liqueur

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’s latest niche liqueur turns to the humblest of roots: The rhubarb. Formerly known as “Rhuby,” AitA went with a more descriptive name for this product for reasons that must sound obvious but are in fact due to legal problems with the original name. (Current bottles actually have the…

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Notes from Domaine Select Wine Estates Pop-Up Tour, October 2012

Our friends at Domaine Select Wine Estates (which handles a lot more than wine) are on the road, “popping up” in a half-dozen cities to let their producers show off their wares. I recently dropped in on the San Francisco installment to experience a few wines that were new to me (1982 Borgogno Barolo, yes…

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The Pisco of Chile: Control C and Espiritu de Elqui Reviewed

Chile celebrates its Independence Day on September 18, and this year the country took the opportunity to revive the battle its been locked in with Peru over who originated — or makes better — the South American spirit of Pisco. Distilled from grapes, Pisco is essentially unaged (usually) brandy, though in Chile they are more…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 11.02.2012

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured over the last few weeks. Along with our regular reviews, we’ve also had several extensive tasting reports not included on the list: Tasting Report – WhiskyFest San Francisco 2012 Tasting Wines with Francesca Planeta Tasting…

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Review: Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey

Is anyone not getting into the white whiskey game? JD, High West, Buffalo Trace… everyone’s got one. Why not Jim Beam, then? Jacob’s Ghost — named after the founding father of Jim Beam, Jacob Beam, who distilled his first whiskey in 1795 — is a white whiskey with a twist. Made from the same mashbill…

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