Review: Alaskan Brewing Company Hopothermia and ESB

Alaskan Brewing Co., arguably Alaska’s most noteworthy brewery, is releasing these two beers this spring — with Hopothermia now joining the ranks as a year-round release. Bold, bitter, and hoppy, they’re both worthy sippers no matter what the weather is like. Alaskan Brewing Co. Hopothermia Double IPA – A stellar IPA, a little citrus, a…

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Review: 2012 Laetitia Pinot Noir Whole Cluster Arroyo Grande Valley

Laetitia’s latest from the Arroyo Grande AVA in San Luis Obispo is a a Pinot Noir made from whole clusters of Clone 115 Pinot Noir grapes, aged half in new and half in used French oak barrels. Classic dark cherry and cola notes dominate the nose, developing just the lightest touches of chocolate and cedar…

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Book Review: Wine: A Tasting Course

USA Today readers rejoice: There’s a book that takes the pedantic prose out of wine and turns it all into colorful infographics. Marnie Old’s Wine: A Tasting Course cues you in from the start, with a cover festooned with cartoony illustrations and questions designed to pique your interest in the category (“Which are the most important…

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Review: Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

Cutty Sark, from Scotland, brings us this upscale bottling in celebration of… Prohibition? An American phenomenon? Bear with us. “Cutty Pro” as it’s being taglined, “salutes the notorious Captain William McCoy, who courageously smuggled Cutty Sark into American speakeasies. McCoy possessed an infamous reputation as a distributor of the highest quality products, always genuine and…

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Book Review: Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course

Situated at the top of One World Trade Center, Windows on the World was a restaurant-bar-entertainment venue that was beloved by just about everyone until the tower’s tragic destruction. Its resident cellar master was the equally beloved Kevin Zraly, and for the last 25-plus years he’s been publishing his own book on wine. Actually, it’s…

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Review: BenRiach Horizons, Septendecim, Solstice 2ed, and Authenticus

It’s been over 5 years since our last serious look at BenRiach’s distillery bottlings, and things have been afoot. This Speyside distillery has recently launched four new expressions, retiring a few and updating a couple with older versions. Let’s not delay. Thoughts follow. BenRiach Horizons 12 Years Old Triple Distilled – Most Scotch whisky is…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 03.10.2014 – New Game Of Thrones Beer In Time For Season 4

Ommegang brewery is getting ready to launch the next offering in its Game of Thrones-inspired beer line. Launching at SXSW this week, the Fire and Blood Ale is the third in the series and slated to be on shelves right in time for the season 4 premiere of the HBO hit series. [USA Today] In…

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Recipe: Booker’s Bourbon Cocktails

When we approached Beam for a few ideas for mixing Booker’s Bourbon in a cocktail, they were caught off guard. Apparently, no one’s really requested them before. So Beam got together with resident mixologist Bobby G, who hit up a few friends to contribute some ideas. All of these recipes aside, we’re going to side…

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