Review: 6 Beers from Lagunitas, Early 2019 Releases

Today’s sextet of releases from Petaluma, California-based Lagunitas includes copious special editions and limited brews, plus two oldies available in new formats (hint: it’s cans!): Lagunitas perennial releases of IPA and DayTime. Let’s dig in! Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale – In 2005, Lagunitas was shut down for 20 days due to shoddy operations, and…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Distillery Series – Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Woodford Reserve’s Distillery Series saw two new spring releases last year. The first was Barrel Finished Rye, an impressive rye whiskey finished in a second heavily toasted but lightly charred barrel. The other release, Bottled in Bond, seems far less adventurous by comparison. Essentially, this is just a bottled in bond version of Woodford Reserve…

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Review: Wines of Tenuta di Fessina, 2019 Releases

In the region of Etna on the island of Sicily you’ll find Tenuta di Fessina, a winery established in 2007 by Silvia Maestrelli. From these 26 acres of vines, the winery produces seven wines under four different labels — Erse, Laeneo, A’Puddara, and Musmeci. Today we look at all but one of the current releases. Thoughts…

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Review: Coopers’ Craft Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Brown-Forman dropped its Coopers’ Craft Bourbon just 2 1/2 years ago (its first new bourbon brand in 20 years), and now its out with its first line extension: A 100 proof version of the whiskey intended to honor the craft of the cooper, the guys who make the barrels. Labeling on the original Coopers’ Craft…

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Review: Tedorigawa Iki na Onna “Lady Luck” Daiginjo Sake

The Tedorigawa brand was introduced to me through the documentary The Birth of Sake. The film follows the brewery through a difficult six-month brewing season, which illustrates the skill and dedication required to brew sake in the traditional manner. The process is so demanding that brewers must live at the brewery communal style, removed from all…

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Review: Padre Azul Tequila Silver

Padre Azul is a new brand of tequila with an odd heritage. The story goes that an Austrian schnapps distiller named H.P. Eder married a Mexican woman, and Eder partnered with his wife’s father to craft a tequila in Jalisco. Launched with the intent of bringing 100% agave tequila to Europe, where tequila isn’t nearly…

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Review: Sapling Vermont Maple Rye and Snowdrop Gin

We reviewed Saxtons River Distillery’s Sapling Maple Bourbon and Maple Liqueur back in 2014. At last we get to peek at Sapling Rye, which is sourced MGP whiskey that is flavored with local, Grade A Vermont maple syrup, just like Sapling Bourbon. We’re also reviewing Saxtons’ Snowdrop Gin, one of the few products from the…

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Tasting Aberlour Single Malts at the Burns Supper Celebration, 2019

On January 25, 1759, the great Scottish bard Robert Burns was born. I am slightly ashamed to admit that I was entirely unfamiliar with Burns, but I am now well acquainted as the folks at Aberlour distillery invited Drinkhacker to a traditional and relaxed Burns Supper at Palo Alto’s MacArthur Park restaurant. According to our…

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