Review: 2012 Assembly Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi

Assembly makes a handful of wine in the Lodi AVA of Northern California. Here’s a quick look at the company’s latest zinfandel release. This is a tough wine, with a tobacco nose and echoes of beef jerky. The body is dense and chewy, with blackberries at the core alongside menthol, leather, and hickory smoke notes…

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Review: Shock Top Ghost Pepper Wheat Experimental Beer

Earlier this year, Shock Top┬ádidn’t release its experimental Campfire Wheat Beer, a balls-out brew meant to taste like s’mores. Like Campfire, Ghost Pepper Wheat is destined for service at beer festivals only, so you’ll have to keep tabs on Shock Top’s website or Facebook page to figure out where it can be found. Fortunately, unlike…

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Book Review: Uncorking the Past

As I took the opportunity to sample the Dogfish Head Ancient Ales collection, it felt appropriate to enjoy a book written by one of the men whose scholarly pursuits inspired and acted as a catalyst to many of the creations. It’s a nice supplementary companion while drinking and enjoying. Dr. Patrick E. McGovern is the…

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Recipes: Christmas Cocktails, 2013 – Part II

And now we present round two of our Christmas cocktail round up, starting things off with an incredible concoction! Art In The Age Sage Cobbler (via Art In The Age) 1 part SAGE liqueur 3 parts cranberry juice 1 part simple syrup Combine ingredients and top with club soda and a wedge of lime. (Author’s…

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Review: Plantation Original Dark Rum and Extra Old Rum 20th Anniversary (2013)

We’ve covered a number of rums from France-based Plantation, and now we have a pair of new releases, both blends of the Caribbean’s best to write about, including one special release bottled in honor of the distillery’s 20th anniversary. Thoughts follow. Plantation Original Dark Rum 40% – One of Plantation’s standby bottlings, a blend of…

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Recipes: Christmas Holiday Cocktails, 2013

The Christmas holiday season is once again upon us, and with that a flurry of places to go, people to do, things to see. We’ve received a bountiful number of recipes this year for your consideration, and we’ve taken great pains (and hangovers) to ensure that these are some of the best of the bunch.…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.18.2013 – On The Matter Of Festivus Poles, Fashion and Alligators

We have seven days until the whole gift-giving thing commences. If you’re without a clue as to what to bring to that holiday party to make that all important impression, why not stop on over at our full color gift guide for some suggestions and solutions? We’re here to help! Also in keeping with the…

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Review: Talisker Storm

As stocks of old Scotch whisky dry up and are replaced by wee young ones, it’s no surprise that the single malt industry has slowly begun to turn away from age statements in favor of evocative names… ones with no numbers to be found on the label. Talisker Storm is one of the most visible…

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