Drinkhacker Reads – 11.04.2013 – Founder’s Finds Ford Pale Ale For Ship Christening

Microbrewer Founder’s is fashioning a special pale ale to be served at the christening of a new aircraft carrier named after their fellow hometown friend, former President Gerald Ford (both hail from Grand Rapids, Michigan). The beer will be on sale at select stores this week and President Ford’s daughter, Susan, will serve as the…

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Review: 2bar Spirits Vodka and Moonshine

Seattle-based 2bar Spirits is a craft distillery named after a ranch that was part of the owners’ family for generations… before they decided to trade South Texas for Washington and hooves for hooch. The company makes two spirits, both unaged. We got ’em both. Thoughts follow. Both spirits are 80 proof. 2bar Spirits Vodka –…

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Review: The Bay Seasoned Vodka

I like a shrimp boil. I grill fish all the time. Crabs? You bet. What do I rely on? Old Bay seasoning. When do I not rely on Old Bay? When I’m drinking vodka. And thus, when faced with Philadelphia Distilling’s “The Bay” Seasoned Vodka — no relation to Old Bay — I found my brain…

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Review: Smoke Liqueur

First things first: Smoke does not smell or taste like smoke. Expecting otherwise from this spirit — which is bottled complete with wisps of vapor on the label — will set you up for disaster. In fact, Smoke is about as far away from soke as you could get. Made from “top-shelf” vodka that is…

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Exploring the World of Madeira with Blandy’s 5 Years Old Lineup

Like you, I don’t often think much about Madeira. If I want a dessert wine, I drink Port almost exclusively. When I see Madeira on a menu I invariably ignore it. But maybe I shouldn’t be. And maybe you shouldn’t be either. Madeira is one of the most venerable wine styles from history which is…

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Review: Jagermeister Spice and Jagermeister “Classic”

Few spirits are as misunderstood and mis-consumed as Jagermeister. A classic of every dive bar (and upscale ones always have a bottle behind the bar, too), this “Krauter-Liqueur,” essentially Germany’s answer to Italy’s amaro, is a digestive, bittersweet liqueur with lots to recommend. And yet it is served primarily in shot form, and frequently ice cold…

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2013 Pumpkin Ale Roundup – Hermitage, Dogfish Head, and Hangar 24

Ah, Halloween approaches, and that means pumpkin-based beers are hitting the shelves en masse. We’ve had a fridge-load show up at Drinkhacker HQ in recent weeks, which can mean only one thing: Roundup Time! Here are some thoughts on three new, and wildly different, pumpkin brews. Hermitage Brewing Company Fruit Crate Pumpkin Ale – A…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.30.2013 – Miller and AnheuserInBev to $100 Billion Merge

In a surprise move to absolutely no one, there’s talk that the mega beer titans Miller and AB InBev could be forming one giant mega corporation set on dominating the beer world. The price for SAB/Miller would be right around $100 billion, which includes the lifetime stipend given to former spokesperson Bob Uecker. [Reuters] Only…

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