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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Review: Italian Wines from The Order of Malta, 2014 Releases

The Order of Malta. The Knights of the White Cross. There’s a whole lot of mystery from the get-go with this collection of Italian wines, all of which bear the distinct white-on-red, stylized, squared-off cross on their labels… but which reveal nothing about what that insignia means. What’s it all about? The Sovereign Order of…

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Review: Bandit Chardonnay and Merlot

You’ve seen these brightly colored Tetra Pak wine canisters before, and probably never gave them a second thought. Wine in a plastic-and-cardboard box? Where’s the romance of that? Sure, Bandit isn’t aiming to replace Screaming Eagle in your cellar, but these extremely inexpensive wines do serve a purpose, besides being cheap. The containers are less wasteful,…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 04.30.2014 – Bonham’s Rare Spirit Auction

And so another edition of the Bonham’s Whisky, Cognac and Rare Spirits auction has started and the bids are currently flying fast and furiously. But the biggest head scratcher in the pile (so far) has been the 23 Year Old Rip Van Winkle that just sold for US$5,712. A complete list of items and results is…

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