Review: West Sixth Heller Heaven Double IPA

West Sixth brewing (aka: the guys that fought with Magic Hat over their logo) have been on a winning streak with seasonal offerings (I’m already counting the days until this year’s Christmas ale), and Heller Heaven is pleasantly no exception. Lots of summer on the nose with an abundance of citrus, a little bit of pine and…

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Review: Vov Zabajone Cream Liqueur

Primary colors on the label. A name in quotes — “VOV” — and all caps, at that. Opaque, white bottle. What the hell is Vov? Vov looks like something a clown would have to nurse to get through his next birthday party, but in reality, it’s an exotic Italian cream liqueur. This “traditional Italian Zabajone…

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Book Review: You Suck at Drinking

Hey Matthew Latkiewicz — if that is your real name! — who are you to tell me I suck at drinking! Oh, you write for McSweeney’s. I suppose that gives you some McThority on the topic of the proper treatment of hooch and hooch consumption. Kidding around aside — which is hard to do when discussing…

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Book Review: The Book of Wine

If you’re a rank novice when it comes to wine — I mean, you really know absolutely nothing — then Jackson Meyer’s primer, The Book of Wine, is as good a place as any to start — short of dropping in on your local wine bar, that is. In a breezy 220 pages, Meyer covers, as…

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Review: Gordon & MacPhail Imperial 1995

This was my most prized purchase in Edinburgh, where I nabbed the last bottle from Royal Mile Whiskies. Imperial was a Speyside distillery, opened in 1897 and shuttered in 1998 (and demolished in 2013), making this one of a dwindling number of bottles still available. Bottled in 2014, this is 19 year old Imperial, which…

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Review: Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky

Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky is so complicated it is typically accompanied by a flowchart explaining the convoluted method by which it is made. I’m going to try to digest this oddball Canadian rye for you… but don’t feel bad if you get lost. Really it’s all about what’s in the glass in the end. Alberta…

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Review: Paulaner Hefe-Weizen Natural Wheat and Weissbier-Radler NA

What, has Drinkhacker gone soft? Another non-alcoholic beer review? I promise, we review what we get. We even review water from time to time, after all. Here’s a look at two newly available ones from Munich-based Paulaner, a bold hefeweizen and a non-alcoholic “weissbier-radler.” Paulaner Hefe-Weizen Natural Wheat – Aka “Naturtrüb” if you want to…

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Review: Wines of Kendall-Jackson and Jackson Estate, 2015 Releases

It’s time to look at Kendall-Jackson’s latest releases, including a new pinot gris from the Vintner’s Reserve line and three releases from the more limited Jackson Estate collection. Thoughts follow. 2014 Kendall-Jackson Pinot Gris California Vintner’s Reserve – A simple wine, uncomplicated but loaded with melon character, creme brulee, and a touch of bitter anise…

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