Amaretto Sour a summer must-have

Something about the Amaretto Sour just sounds like a bad idea waiting to happen — it might be the fact that you’re combining sweet...

Good drink, poor tribute

It’s a geeky week, so here’s a geeky cocktail to whet your appetite: the Batman Cocktail. It’s not a perfect tribute to the Caped...

Broken Hearts taste and smell exactly like cheap bubblegum

Not everyone is smiling this week. Valentine’s Day has suffered its casualties, and lonely souls are running more rampant than the sickly sweet couples no one can seem to avoid.

Anchorage Brewing Company Galaxy White IPA

Local craft beer producer Anchorage Brewing Company doesn’t shy away from bold ingredients with their Galaxy White IPA. The Belgian-style white IPA is a...

Red Hook: Copper Hook Copper Ale

I've just been told that I can do a regular column on Beer. What a blast. What they may not know is just how...

Hard Apple Ale a local brew for the change of seasons

BREWERY: Moose’s Tooth Brewing Company BREW NAME: Hard Apple Ale BREW STYLE: Specialty Beer Stars: 4 Specs: 5.5% abv In keeping with the change-of-seasons theme, apple cider is a...

Dr. Mac mentholmint schnapps a dangerously smooth treat

Dr. McGillicuddy’s (“Dr. Mac” for short) quite possibly makes the finest schnapps there is, and their mentholmint flavor is possibly the best in their...

Oktoberfest returns, bringing German style lager Maierfest along for the fun

Maierfest Lager Rogue Ales Brewery 29 IBU, 77 AA, 5.60% ABV The first brew review of the season, Maierfest Lager by Rogue Ales Brewery out of...

‘Classic Dark’ dark lager bends the rules

Henry Weinhard’s Classic Dark Blitz-Weinhard Brewing, Hood River, OR 4.81% ABV, IBU 19.9 4 out of 5 stars "Henry Weinhard’s Classic Dark” is an example of a beer...

Fairbanks California Sherry: Not an original, but still a tasty wine

Despite not actually being from Fairbanks, this California Sherry wine definitely packs a punch. This sherry is light in color, a touch of amber in an otherwise clear liquid, and it’s got a powerful scent. At first, the scent is consumed with the odor of alcohol, but a second try reveals a deeper, nutty and earthy undertone.

One great beer and one greatly disappointing ale go under scrutiny

Alaskan ESB Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau, AK 5.0% Alc, 42 IBUs 5 out of 5 stars Remember Bridgeport IPA? Well, Alaskan ESB is its first cousin by marriage. This likewise untitled beer from Alaskan Brewing Company is a little less assuming than Bridgeport IPA, but it does possess its own set of multi-faceted layers.

Lemon Drop: so delicious, you can’t stop

Do you like the kick of a plain martini, but also enjoy fruitier flavors? The Lemon Drop martini is a glorious cocktail and fits...

Historic stout is dark & smoky but lacks a bite

Murphy's Stout is an Irish stout with a long recorded history to prove it. This beer is dark. It pours black with a white head. It gives a promising aroma and starts thick and creamy and chocolaty. But there is no bite. Moving into the swallow, Murphy's seems to thin a little (not undesirable) and there is a definite presence of hops.

Not all absinthes are created equal

Not all brands of absinthe live up to the Green Fairy seal of approval. Mansinthe by Marilyn Manson (yes, he has an official absinthe)...

Moscato a sweet and tangy wine

Kenwood Vineyards’ vintage 2010 North Coast Moscato is a delightful white wine. The nose is sweet, and is perfumed chiefly with honeysuckle. It also...

Lagasse cocktail recipe strikes out

Emeril Lagasse may be a fantastic chef, but at least one of his drink recipes needs to go back to the drawing board. It’s such...

Google fails with Mind Eraser drink recipe

When looking for a new drink to try, don’t just Google a combination of your favorite ingredients and pick the easiest one — especially if it has a ridiculous name.

Bottled Cosmopolitan, a must-have for lazy days

There is nothing more chic, sophisticated and feminine than the Cosmo. This fruity cocktail is a true doozy, and well-made ones challenge even the manliest of men to call them tame.

No-heat-o Mojito worth the effort

The No-heat-o Mojito virgin drink is not a simple mocktail. Its sweet flavor will appeal to both those under and over the drinking age. Despite its minor complexities, a focused attention to detail is well worth the delicious result.

‘Brutella”s short life worth celebrating

“Brutella” Moose’s Tooth Brewing Co. 6% ABV, 25 IBU 4 out of 5 stars I know, I know: it’s about time I paid tribute to one of Anchorage’s...

Red Chair a deceptively dark pale ale

Brew: Red Chair, NWPA Brewery: Deschutes Available: January to April ABV: 6.2% IBU: 60 For those who aren’t fond of pale ale, Red Chair is a decent in-between to...

Traditional brunch beverage with a twist

It is rare to come across an alcoholic beverage meant to be imbibed before noon, but when you do, it’s always worth trying at...

‘Liberty Ale’ tribute to Paul Revere’s ride rife with citrus flavor

By Trevor O'Hara “Liberty Ale” from Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco is aptly named. It was brewed in commemoration of Paul Revere’s famous ride....

Arrogant Bastard begats overbearing libation

Part of my generosity with my rating of “OAKED Arrogant Bastard” (four stars rather than three) has simply to do with the ale being...

Red Stag and Cola, a match made in heaven

Red Stag Black Cherry by Jim Beam is a beautiful bourbon, and it’s even better when mixed with some kind of cola. Stag & Cola...

Amber lager by George Killian influenced by Irish roots

George Killian’s Irish Red Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO 4.9% ABV 4 out of 5 stars Categorized as an amber lager, “George Killian’s Irish Red” possesses many qualities...

‘Urban Wilderness’ rides the fence in flavor

By Trevor O'Hara “Urban Wilderness” is an English-style pale ale from Anchorage’s own Sleeping Lady Brewery. It is a moderate among beers. “Urban Wilderness” walks...

Surprisingly vibrant ale for a Dead Guy

When in doubt, ask a waiter for one of the darkest beers the restaurant carries. But even if the darkest brew he or she has to offer is an ale, don’t turn him down. It might surprise you.

H20 is FTW

When it comes to the beverage industry, trends are everything. For the fashion-conscious choice of drink is can be a statement — “Are you Coke or Pepsi?”

‘Karma’ will transmigrate your soul to a better-tasting place

"Karma” Avery Brewing Co. Boulder, CO 5.2% ABV, 10 IBU 5 out of 5 stars I must have done something right somewhere along the line, because “Karma” from...