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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Review: Royal Combier Orange Liqueur

While straight-up Combier is a clear, pure-orange liqueur, the “Royal” version adds a spin. The boozemasters at Combier start with the top-notch triple sec, then add cognac and (their words) “arguably the most famous of all French hygienic liqueurs in the 19th century, Elixir de Combier (which includes ingredients such as aloe, nutmeg, myrrh, cardamom,…

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Review: Buckbean Orange Blossom Ale, Black Noddy Lager, and Tule Duck Red Ale

Buckbean makes three brews, and they all come in cans (you can read all about why on the company’s website, linked below). We tried them all. Buckbean Original Orange Blossom Ale – Yes, orange beer. The appropriately copper-colored ale is incredibly juicy — as in orange juice, complementing solid hops with surprising fruit character. Sounds…

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Try the Purell Old Fashioned

It’s either this or Robitussin, I guess… The best way to drink hand sanitizer is straight, like whisky, and down it “like a shot,” explains Tyler, a Grade 10 student who lives in Toronto. Undiluted, the alcohol-based liquid tastes a little like “vodka and bug spray,” he adds. The alarming comment from the 15-year-old mirrors…

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Review: 2006 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

I haven’t gone out of my way to try Louis M. Martini’s wines due to — as it turns out, completely incorrect — association with Martini & Rossi (you know: Asti Spumante). Turns out the California-based Louis M. Martini family is, as near as I can tell, wholly unrelated to the Martinis of Italy. (It…

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