Drinkhacker Reads – 10.09.2013 – Drink Me To The Moon, Part II

He may not be able to enjoy the fruits of his labor, but 11-year-old Michal Bodzianowski from Colorado has won a national competition to have his science project aboard the next space rocket heading to the international space station. His mission: to boldly go where no 11 year old gone before and brew beer in…

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Review: Wild Turkey Forgiven

Is it possible that a distillery like Wild Turkey made a new whiskey by mistake… and that it turned out so well they decided to commercialize it? Well, I don’t want to get in the way of a self-described “wild tale” or this new whiskey, the first-ever widely produced whiskey that’s a blend of bourbon…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project Bourbon Round Ten

We’re into double digits on Buffalo Trace’s “Single Oak Project” experiment. With 10 rounds down and 6 to go, the end of this extravaganza is finally in sight… all designed to find the Holy Grail of just what is responsible for the perfect glass of whiskey. Previous rounds can be found here: Round One (including all the basics…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.07.2013 – Drink Me To The Moon

These days everything has a marketing gimmick: maple this, spice that, aged in barrels made from the Italian Renaissance and so forth. But this one’s kind of cool, and unfortunately limited: Dogfish Head’s Celest Jewel Ale is only available at its brewpub, and is made with a small bit of moondust in each bottle. That’s…

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Review: Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey, 1991 Silver Vintage 21 Years Old, and Poitin

We don’t see a lot of new Irish whiskey brands on the market, so when a curiosity like Teeling comes around, Drinkhacker takes note. The Teeling Whiskey Company (aka TWC) is a new brand with some surprisingly old stock. Founder Jack Teeling has roots in the Irish biz dating back to the late 1700s, and now…

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Review: Jim Beam Maple

OK, I like maple syrup as much as the next guy (well, probably not as much, to be honest), but at some point everybody’s got to hit a breaking point. Maple has revealed itself to be one of the Next Big Things in spirits flavorings, and if you like the idea of literally pouring syrup…

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Review: Jim Beam Red Stag Hardcore Cider

The latest addition to the ever-expanding line of Red Stag by Jim Beam is this, called Hardcore Cider. You don’t need a lot of imagination to figure out this is whisky infused with apple cider “and other natural flavors.” Apple is a natural complement for bourbon (and plenty of cocktails mix whiskey and cider), so…

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Review: NV Calamares Vinho Verde

A decidedly simple Portuguese bottling, a blend of Alvarinho and Loureiro grapes. Slightly effervescent, and quite easy to get down — being 9% abv doesn’t hurt. The nose, more vaguely citrus-meets-alcohol in character, isn’t anything special, but crisp pear notes meet lemon and pineapple on the body are a surprising delight. The finish is short and…

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