Review: Cold River Vodka, Straight and Blueberry

This potato-based vodka hails from Maine — who knew they had potatoes in Maine? — from tubers grown on Cold River’s own farm and bottled using water from its own local aquifer. In fact, everything is done on the premises, and the results show in the finished product: This is a smooth and enchanting vodka…

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What You’ll Be Drinking: Glen Park Punch

For this year’s holiday party I’m eschewing the individually-made cocktail for a punch, and even bought a punch bowl just for the occasion. If you have the luxury of attending my pad this weekend, well, here’s why you’ll be stumbling home later instead of driving. Glen Park Punch 1/2 bottle white Lillet 1 bottle vodka…

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Review: 2007 ForeFront by Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

Pine Ridge is a Napa winery I recommend highly, and were their wines not so expensive I’d probably drink a lot more of them. ForeFront is the company’s new second label, sourcing grapes from all over but producing some very drinkable wines for its trouble. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a Bordeaux-style blend of 78%…

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Review: Weber Haus Cachaca Silver

I don’t think it’s just me who pegs “Weber Haus” as a distinctly German name… and maybe an odd choice for a Brazilian cachaca… but no matter. Weber Haus actually makes a wide variety of cachacas for the local and export markets, including aged and various, special bottlings. This silver cachaca, which has been sitting…

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Review: Sobieski Vodka – Cytron and Vanilia

Sobieski is making a name (and a bigger advertising splash) for offering reasonably good Polish, rye-based vodka at an extremely low price, and now it is moving into the natural follow-up: Flavored versions. Here’s how the first two shake out. Both are 70 proof and flavored naturally. Sobieski Cytron Vodka isn’t bad, a quite silky…

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What Beer Should You Drink?

With selections ranging from Country Club to Dogfish Draft, this flowchart should just about have ya covered… A mere snippet follows… Related Stories: TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null The Healthy Way to Drink… Drink Beer, That Is Welcome to Drinkhacker 2018 Drinkhacker’s Turning 10, and You’re Winning a Bottle of Booker’s Bourbon!

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Review: Samuel Adams American Kriek, Stony Brook Red, and New World Tripel

Aging beer in oak barrels isn’t exactly a new idea, but it’s a trend that seems to be taking off. While Deschutes is easily the leader in this tiny mini-industry, now some of the bigger players are getting in on the action. Samuel Adams has recently released three barrel-aged brews, each quite different. (Be warned…

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Review: Agwa de Bolivia Coca Leaf Liqueur

Made from coca leaves. Wow, OK. Not quite sure how to even begin with this one. Agwa de Bolivia (“crafted in Amsterdam”) is one hell of a liqueur, a mouthwash green monster that’s pungent with menthol character and greener than Scope — and, yes, made with real coca leaf. (Hey, don’t get too excited. So…

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