Review: Beers of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing can be found in sleepy Buellton, California, in the state’s Central Coast region, where it employs a whopping 200 people and produces dozens of styles of beer. Today we look at the production of the so-called FigMtnBrew for the first time, with reviews of four styles of beer. Thoughts follow. Figueroa Mountain Brewing…

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Review: Old Parr Blended Scotch Whisky 12 Years Old

At Drinkhacker, we strive to bring you reviews of the latest and the greatest in the spirits world, as well as the tried and true classics, but sometimes there’s a bottle out there that gets lost on our shelves. Old Parr Blended Scotch Whisky 12 Years Old has been one of those bottles. Old Parr…

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Review: Celis White Belgian-Style Witbier

When I was in college at The University of Texas in the 1990s, you drank Shiner day to day, but special occasions called for Celis. Celis was a Belgian-style beer brewed by a Belgian immigrant named Pierre Celis — the original creator of Hoegaarden — who moved to Austin, of all places, and started a…

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Tasting Report: Loire Valley Wines 2018

If you need a crowd-pleasing wine — generally a white wine — it never hurts to look to the Loire. These wines are often extremely affordable and usually quite approachable, even though stylistically they can be all over the map. (79 appellations can be found in this region, and 24 grape varieties are grown here…

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Review: 2017 Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc and Rose of Pinot Noir

Two new spring-and-summer releases from California’s Rodney Strong Vineyards. 2017 Rodney Strong Vineyards Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc – Billed as a “Northern Sonoma” wine, I get a bit of a funk on the nose of this wine, a surprisingly meaty note leading to a body that sees bright apple studded heavily with pork fat. The…

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Review: Glen Moray Elgin Classic Sherry Cask Finish

Glen Moray, one of Speyside’s stalwart whisky producers, has released a new expression to its permanent lineup, Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish. While this is a NAS whisky, some production details follow. Glen Moray is excited to introduce its newest addition to their Classic Range, the Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish. First aged in…

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Recipes for Cinco de Mayo 2018

It is fiesta time, whether or not you have Mexican heritage in your genes. Few of us can bypass a day of good food and great cocktails—not to mention that traditional Mariachi music. You don’t even need to dress all fancy for the celebration. Just throw on your jeans, T-shirt, and sandals and scoot on up…

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Review: Grandeza Orange Liqueur

Check out the single-serve bottle of Grandeza, a new orange liqueur. Why the little hook on the end of the mini bottle? Allow the Seattle-based company to explain: In 2014, Bernie Garcia, President and owner of Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar, conceived an idea for an upside-down orange liqueur sidecar bottle that could be hung…

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