Review: Hermitage Brewing Company India Pale Ale Single Hop Series – Calypso

Our third review in San Jose, California-based Hermitage Brewing Company’s Single Hop Series of IPAs brings us to the Calypso hop, “a dual purpose hop that was originally bred from the Nugget hop varietal.” The nose is extremely fruity — big apples and some light citrus notes. On the body, waves of warm caramel sauce…

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Recipe: Chicago’s Signature Room Cocktails

Located atop the Hancock building overlooking the metropolis of Chicago, the Signature Room at 95th has been serving up fine dining for two decades. We were lucky enough to snatch the recipes from some of their classy, signature drinks to present for your enjoyment. Island Waters Martini (created by Jesse Bivens) 2 parts Pinnacle Whipped…

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Review: Krome Vodka

This “world’s greatest vodka” is made in Bend, Oregon, where it is distilled from locally grown corn and blended with water from the Cascades. It’s bottled in a distinct, opaque black bottle. Thoughts follow. You’ll find caramel notes on the nose, but otherwise it’s a very simple and clean spirit. The finish — driven, the…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 09.27.2013

It’s been a bit, but here’s the latest edition of our semi-regular Shopping List, summing up the best and worst of everything we’ve reviewed over the past several weeks. Bourbon season is definitely in full swing, with the Buffalo Trace Experimental and Antique Collections dominating the crowd. And with new maple flavored editions from Beam…

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Review: Wild Turkey Spiced

Spiced rum? Old news. Spiced whiskey is the future, bringing all the goodies of the baking cabinet to Kentucky’s finest. Wild Turkey is the latest to get into this game, bringing the traditional islandesque spices you’ll find adorning Captain Morgan and the rest of his crew to the world of Bourbon. There’s not a lot…

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Review: Wines of Menage a Trois, 2013 Releases

Menage a Trois is a second, low-cost label produced by Napa-based Folie a Deux. These aren’t the world’s most challenging bottlings, but they’re by and large good enough for everyday drinking. Here’s how the current batch of releases measure up. 2012 Menage a Trois Sauvignon Blanc California – Unsurprising Sauv Blanc. Huge grapefruit and pepe…

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Recipe: Fall Cocktails from Courvoisier

We’re well into the autumn months at this point, and the good folks at Courvoisier have offered us their fall collection of recipe ideas for your consideration. Of special note, the Blackberry Beret went over like wildfire at a recent football tailgating affair. Not exactly a standard offering associated with tailgating, but the supply went…

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Review: Greenhook Ginsmiths Beach Plum Gin Liqueur

Who knew they grew plums on the beach? This is the first commercial “beach plum gin” liqueur, and I have to imagine the reason for that is that making a liqueur out of beach plum gins didn’t occur to anyone. The beach plums in question hail from Long Island, and their juice is blended with…

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