Review: Samuel Adams Collaboration Beers, “Brewing the American Dream”

How do you get your tiny brewery noticed? Try partnering with the big guys. That’s what Sam Adams is doing with a new program called Brewing the American Dream, which invites small brewers to Boston to collaborate on something entirely new. These beers are sold in limited release in California and New York, and at…

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Review: Deep Eddy Vodka and Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

We previously raved about Texas-based Deep Eddy’s Sweet Tea Vodka, and now we’re taking a step back, looking at its original, unflavored vodka, as well facing the future, with a look at a new flavor that’s based on Texas-favorite Ruby Red grapefruit. Thoughts on these two vodkas follow. Deep Eddy Vodka – Stylistically modern. A…

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

Up next in this unique series of beers from Hermitage is this IPA made exclusively with Magnum hops. At first blush it’s just a very bitter, rather earthy beer, but as you sip it, a curious sweetness is coaxed out of it. It grows and grows on the finish until you realize — it’s pineapple.…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.08.2013 – Samuel Adams Is Not Anti-Religion

It seems as if a whole mess of folks were up in arms over the Samuel Adams decision to omit the word “God” from its recent Independence Day advertisements. More specifically, they omitted the phrase “by their Creator” from a script quoting the Declaration of Independence. Of course, there’s been a bit of brew-ha-ha (zing)…

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Review: Tequila ArteNOM Seleccion de 1079, 1414, and 1146

If you haven’t heard of what ArteNOM is doing, you’re not a tequila lover. NOMs are four-digit numbers assigned by the Mexican government to each tequila distillery. Want to know where any given bottle of tequila is made? It’s easy: Just look up the NOM, which is printed on every bottle of tequila sold. (Numerous…

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Review: Wines of Holman Ranch, 2013 Releases

This Carmel Valley-based winery makes a collection of delicious whites plus some exceptional Pinot Noirs — about 3,000 to 5,000 cases annually. We tasted pretty much the entire current release lineup. Thoughts follow. 2011 Holman Ranch Pinot Gris Carmel Valley – Fresh, fruity, very much alive. Friendly on a summer afternoon or with dinner, offering…

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Review: Iceberg Vodka, Complete Lineup

We last encountered this Canadian vodka — made with pure iceberg water, it’s said — last year. Now the company has expanded its lineup to include three flavored vodkas. Fresh thoughts on the original plus the three new offerings follow. Iceberg Vodka – Clean, Euro-styled vodka with a lightly medicinal backbone. Some sweetness develops as…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 07.05.2013

It’s Friday once again and time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, our semi-regular look back at the best and the worst of products we’ve reviewed over the last few weeks. Recently, we’ve had several product lines come through the mailbox courtesy of Hangar 24, Iceberg Vodka, Long Island Spirits and Sazerac, which has just released…

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