Drinkhacker Reads – 05.05.2014 – Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Looking for a break from tequila today? How about a refreshing gin and tonic? GQ today runs a quick portfolio piece on the new breed of American gins taking a share of the market traditionally held by the UK and Europe. We’ve reviewed most of these and agree with their rightful inclusion. [GQ] If you’re not…

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Review: 2012 Porter & Plot Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris

Porter & Plot is a new company specializing not in making wine but rather in finding limited-production wines from all over the U.S., and bringing them to consumers at prices of less than $20. (If you know Cameron Hughes, it basically does the same thing, just on a much larger scale.) P&P is just now…

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Review: Wines of Bianchi, 2011 Vintage

Bianchi is a Paso Robles-based winery making some impressively high-quality wines at around the $20 price level. We got a taste of the latest releases, three reds from the 2011 vintage. Thoughts follow. 2011 Bianchi Zinfandel Paso Robles – Initially quite jammy, intense strawberry and raspberry notes on the nose and the front of the…

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Review: Alaskan Brewing Company Icy Bay IPA (2014) and Jalapeno IPA

Two new brews from Alaskan Brewing — or rather, one new experiment from the “Pilot Series,” and one revamp of one of the company’s year-round offerings. No need to beat around the bottle. Thoughts follow! Alaskan Brewing Company Icy Bay IPA (2014 edition) – Alaskan recently updated the 2007 recipe for this staple by adding additional…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 1

Barrell Bourbon is bottled in the heart of Bourbon Country, in Bardstown, Kentucky… but it’s made somewhere else. That’s what makes this stuff a real rarity: Tennessee Bourbon that’s bottled in Kentucky. What is known is this: The whiskey is a mash of 70% corn, 25% rye, and 5% malted barley, aged for five years.…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 05.02.2014

Happy Friday everyone! Before everyone heads to the store to get supplies for Derby De Mayo, college graduation, or whatever else you’re celebrating this weekend, might we suggest you check out our list of everything we’ve reviewed in the past several weeks? It’s filled with some really great (and some not so great) affordable options…

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Recipe: 2014 Cinco De Mayo Cocktails

Whether you’re Mexican or not, it’s margarita time. Want something different? Try one of these… Superfecta 2 ½ oz. Camus VSOP Elegance Cognac dash of water 7 mint sprigs 1 tsp. sugar Muddle mint, sugar and dash of water in a shaker. Add cognac and ice and shake. Strain into rocks glass. Garnish with mint…

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Review: Perc Fresh Brewed Coffee Liqueur

Our friends at Vermont’s Saxtons River Distillery don’t just work with maple syrup, they also like coffee. Freshly brewed beans are the order of the day with Perc, a Kahlua alternative that’s artisanally made from locally roasted and cold-brewed Arabica beans instead of mass-produced. Results: Lightly sweetened, the sugar helps cut the richness of the…

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