National Vodka Day Recipes

October 4th is National Vodka Day, a celebration of one of the world’s biggest selling spirits. Why October 4th? According to the official website: While October 4th seems well documented as National Vodka Day, we have not found the origins of why, but it works for us. No harm celebrating responsibly on other days as…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.02.2013 – Government Shutdown Edition

We’re on day two of the U.S. government shutdown and regardless of one’s political affiliation, things are starting to get annoying. So what has this meant for the drinking industry? Quite a bit. Companies waiting on approval for label designs are sitting on their hands, with BeerPulse estimating about 400 labels a day stacking up.…

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Blind Review: Purity Vodka vs. Grey Goose (2013)

Sweden’s Purity Vodka thinks it has something special going on, and it’s itching to prove it. Recently the company sent out “tasting kits” — well, two mini bottles — so media could compare its vodka with that titan of the industry, Grey Goose. Taste the two blind and see which you prefer. Purity promises it…

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Review: J.W. Dant Bourbon

First, for your consideration, a bit of history: Joseph Washington Dant was a well-known Kentucky distiller who in 1836 gained a reputation for making his whisky using a log still. For those not versed in the distillation arts, that’s essentially a hollowed out tree trunk with copper piping running through the center. The logs would…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 09.30.13 – Return of the Son of Drinkhacker Reads Part II

After a bit of a summer/early fall hiatus, Drinkhacker is proud to return a feature of the site to its regularly scheduled program. Join us now as we return to the weird, wild and mildly informative side of drinking news. No doubt many readers are recovering from last night’s finale of Breaking Bad, and are…

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Review: 2012 Campo Viejo Rioja Garnacha

Campo Viejo is well known for its Rioja wines, which are typically made from Tempranillo grapes. Now the Spanish winery is launching its first ever Garnacha (aka Grenache), the second largest varietal in Spain. With a continued focus on affordability, here’s how Campo Viejo’s latest pans out. Mild to a fault, the wine eventually reveals…

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Review: Wines of Stickybeak, 2013 Releases

Stickybeak has an odd little boutique approach to winemaking, producing almost random wines (its first was a Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend) from both Sonoma and Italy, all under the same label — and for $20 and under. Thoughts on the two most recent releases from this odd duck with an even odder name follow. 2012 Stickybeak…

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Review: Sakes from Kasumi Tsuru Kimoto, SakeMoto, Murai, and Yoshinogawa

Oregon-based SakeOne is America’s largest producer of sake, and it’s one of its biggest importers of Japanese sakes, too. Recently the company added two new imported sakes to its lineup. We tasted them both (plus two previously available expressions), and have some opinions to share. Here are thoughts on the four new products, which should…

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