Review: Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Style Beers

Alexander Keith was a Scotsman who moved to Canada in the early 1800s. He got into the beer business and started making Scottish-style brews. 200 years later, his company is still going and it’s bringing three new beers to America — they’re actually new versions of the company’s Canadian brews, which are slightly different. These…

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Review: 2006 St. Francis Merlot Sonoma County

Merlot Day has come and gone, but considering how poorly Merlot wine has been selling (ever since Sideways, it’s true), there’s plenty of the stuff on the market ripe for the picking. Merlot of course has gotten a terribly bad rap in the last seven years. A lot of juice on the market is incredibly…

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Recipe: Drinkhacker’s Sangrita

My secret sangrita recipe on Food Republic. Dig in! Related Stories: Review: Tequila Tamer Sangrita TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null Welcome to Drinkhacker 2018 Drinkhacker’s Turning 10, and You’re Winning a Bottle of Booker’s Bourbon!

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Review: Jose Cuervo Low-Cal Margarita/No-Cal Margarita Mixes

Pre-bottled margarita mix is certainly one of the biggest scams perpetrated on the American public since the Flowbee. Really, people, how hard is squeezing out some lime juice and adding a little sweetener, if you’re so inclined? And yet the just-add-tequila margarita mix remains and, judging by the vast amount of shelf space these mixes…

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Review: Becherovka Original Liqueur

For 200 years, Becherovka liqueur has been a Czech staple. Now it’s arriving on our shores, courtesy of Pernod Ricard. This strange, secret recipe spirit is nothing if not unique. The nose brings big, almost straightforward cinnamon, anise,$26/  and allspice notes. But taking a sip provides a vastly different experience. Initially quite sweet, Becherovka quickly…

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Review: Absolut SF Limited Edition Vodka

For its fifth city-themed, limited edition vodka, our friends at Absolut have brought us something awfully close to home: Absolut SF (because presumably “San Francisco” was too long for the bottle). Three fruity infusions are added to this special bottling: grape, papaya, and dragon fruit. No huge explanation for the flavoring agents is offered; however,…

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The Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Tips, Tricks, and Advice for the Traveler

In Kentucky, Bourbon is a religion. They have plenty of real religion here, too, but based on the statues, plaques, and other honorifics on every corner and wall, Bourbon is second only to Jesus. Any whiskey fanatic owes it to himself to visit at some point America’s most hallowed home of the stuff: Bourbon country.…

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Review: Germain-Robin Select Barrel XO Brandy

Craft Distillers’ Germain-Robin makes just ten barrels a year of this California brandy, now featuring a blend of 12 varietal brandies, seven of which are Pinot Noir. At 17 years of age, this spirit is young and a little brash by European standards but stands now as one of the best American brandies being produced…

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