Review: KÖE Kombucha Sparkling Beverages

Back in the day when we ran the semi-daily news bulletin Drinkhacker Reads, we reported on an article featured in the New York Times discussing such trends as gluten-free beer, non alcoholic alternatives, and kombucha starting to take hold with the more health conscious among us, author excluded. Fast forward six years and we’ve managed…

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Review: Salcombe Gins – Rose Sainte Marie and Start Point

The UK’s Salcombe Distilling Co. has recently brought its two flagship products — both gin — to the U.S. for the first time. In addition to its product quality claims, the distillery notes that it is one of the world’s only distilleries directly accessible by boat. Let’s dig in and see how these acquit themselves.…

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Review: Mingle Mocktails Blackberry Hibiscus Bellini

The inherent challenge for any non-alcoholic beverage producer trying to win over a part of the booming spirit-free market is setting the right expectations; are you offering a non-alcoholic replacement for a specific cocktail or spirit, or offering any alternative to the standard seltzer/lime option. The former is a bit of a Quixotic pursuit (so…

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Review: Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion No. 18, Union Jack IPA, and Propagator Nectaron

“Fruitless” would not be an adjective best describing Firestone Walker. A count has yet to be tallied, but if I were to place a wager, Firestone would be one of the most frequently covered beer brands on this site. Last month, Drew reviewed the Firestone Walker XXIV Anniversary Ale, and in March Chris reviewed the…

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Review: Smoke Wagon Small Batch Bourbon

Smoke Wagon is the It Bourbon brand of the moment. It hails from Las Vegas’s Nevada H&C Distilling Co., and while its four expressions are all sourced stock from MGP, consumers have taken a shine to them all the same. In this review we look at Smoke Wagon Small Batch, a high rye bourbon which…

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Review: One Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey No. 17

Washington, D.C.’s One Eight Distilling is out with another edition in their Untitled whiskey line, No. 17. Fans of the brand may be wondering how No. 17 was released after last year’s No. 18. No, distiller Alex Laufer isn’t bad at math (I don’t think). When asked, he told me there was no good reason…

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Review: Indeed Brewing Flavorwave IPA and Mexican Honey Light Lager

Minneapolis comes correct once again. Any city which can stake claim to Mary Richards, Prince, Michael Cina, and Rod Carew gets a massive thumbs up from this fella. Expectations for these Indeed Brewing releases were high, to be held at this same level of excellence of notable residents both real and fictional. We received two…

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Review: Milam & Greene Port Finished Rye and Single Barrel Bourbon

Last year, we took a look at Milam & Greene’s Triple Cask Bourbon, a blend of sourced stocks and the distillery’s own bourbon distilled in Blanco, Texas. That younger, in-house bourbon is also now its own limited release, dubbed Distillery Edition, but the rest of the broader Milam & Greene portfolio relies heavily on sourced…

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