Review: Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche is a sour session beer, a “neo-Berliner Weisse” that is brewed with peach concentrate, creating a weird melange of a brew. Sour beers are not normally up my alley, but Festina Peche has charms. The peaches are clear and fruity, and the sour underbelly comes across something like tart cherry juice.…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.22.13 – Buffalo Trace Designated A National Historic Landmark

It’s been a mixed week of news for the venerable Buffalo Trace. With the loss of an icon and master distiller emeritus Elmer T. Lee last week, no doubt the joy in this most recent announcement was celebrated solemnly and seen as bittersweet at best. Nevertheless, kudos to the distillery for becoming a National Historic…

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Review: Craft Distillers Low Gap Single Barrel No. 1 Whiskey

This very, very limited release is a continuation of the Low Gap wheat whiskey, a single barrel bottling of its 100% Bavarian wheat whiskey, which we reviewed a few months ago as a two year old expression. This barrel was bottled in January 2013 after spendnig “two-plus” years in a 200 liter new Kentucky oak…

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Review: Suerte Reposado Tequila

Suerte is the tequila with the rabbit on the label. The name means fate or luck — as in rabbit’s foot — but inside the bottle you’ll find 100% agave tequila from the Jalisco Highlands. This reposado (the only expression we’re reviewing) is aged for 7 to 11 months in oak barrels before bottling at…

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Review: Cyrus Noble Small Batch Bourbon

An old brand, Cyrus Noble Bourbon dates to 1871, when it was reportedly a San Francisco favorite during the Barbary Coast days. Now the brand is being revived — the current owner has had the trademark since 1871 — with a focus on bringing quality Bourbon back to S.F. The Bourbon is sourced from Kentucky…

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Review: 2011 Bridlewood Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Bridlewood Estate Winery can be found in California’s Central Coast, where it makes a wide variety of wines using fruit from all over the state. Thoughts on two recent releases from the 2011 vintage follow. 2011 Bridlewood Chardonnay Monterey County – Pleasant, apples and lemon on the nose. The body offers an immediate contrast in…

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Review: Monday Night Brewing Eye Patch Ale, Fu Manbrew, Drafty Kilt

I may have found a new favorite craft brewery. Monday Night Brewing, based in Atlanta, has four beers in its arsenal, and more on the way. We got to sample three of them, with outstanding results. Thoughts follow. Monday Night Brewing Eye Patch Ale – This India Pale Ale is just about perfect for the…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.17.2013 – Martini Turns 150, Wine Enthusiast Lists Top 100 Restaurants

Just a quick note from the good folks at Buffalo Trace for those in the Kentucky area keeping tabs on the recent passing of Elmer T. Lee: Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18th at First Christian Church in Frankfort. The funeral will be held Friday, July 19th at noon at First…

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