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...

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...

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...

Dessert cocktail good anytime

This week's drink review features the delectable Reese's Martini. When in doubt, do it yourself. That’s the spirit of the Reese’s Martini, the chief ingredient of which (Reese’s infused vodka) isn’t sold in stores.

Warming over the sting

The color of E&J Brandy VS is a deep and rich amber that suggests refinement and sophistication, and the brandy also has an earthy,...

Blind Russian blindsides

Blind Russian. Photo by Heather Hamilton/TNL The Blind Russian is an aptly-named cocktail that will slap you upside the face if you’re not careful. This...

Non-alcoholic beer, a tragic misconception

A glass of Vino, a bottle of Corona; these are foreign concepts to the underage here at UAA. But for the individual who loves...

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.

Smoked Porter completely smokes the competition

The first thing you’ll notice about the Smoked Porter is the richness of the nose. In addition to the fermented scent that many brews...

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...

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)...

The Godfather; a hard- boiled mixed cocktail

Your potential new client has sent an anonymous letter down to your office. You unfold it from your breast coat pocket, and trace your...

Viking’s Blood a kick in the mouth

Viking’s Blood isn’t a mead to be taken lightly. It boasts a deep and rich gold color that flirts with bronze, resembling a darker...

Wrap your mind around a spooky shot

It’s not Halloween without harvest-themed edibles. Candy corn, baked pumpkin seeds and bite-sized candy bars are a staple for the season. For the over...

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...

Esser’s 2009 pinot noir a fruity delight

Wine has been a staple in sophisticated society for ages. Nothing suggests class like a stemmed glass of deep, clear red wine. Except for...

‘Sweet Revenge’ a sweet sip

Captain Morgan’s Sweet Revenge is an aptly named cocktail that will knock you on your feet if not careful. Made with Captain Morgan Spiced...

Elegant and spunky: the French Lavender cocktail

The French Lavender is a fun but elegant cocktail. Consisting of lavender infused vodka, Chambord (blackberry-flavored liquor) and muddled lemon, it’s both tangy and sweet, neither flavor trait overbearing the other if ingested within a few minutes.

Rogue Ale goes organic

Brewery: Rogue Brewery Brew: Chatoe Rogue IBU: 35 Stars: :*: :*: :*: Welcome to the revolution. Rogue Brewery is on a grow-your-own kick, so they brewed up a...

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...

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...

Monk’s Mistress a fun and deceptively delicious ale

BREWERY: Midnight Sun Brewing Company BREW NAME: Monk's Mistress BREW STYLE: Belgian-Style Special Dark Ale Specs: 11.5% Alc, 13 IBU's The color of Monk’s Mistress resembles a big...

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...

‘Black Butte Porter’ is good, even when it’s not in season

Black Butte Porter Deschutes Brewery Bend, OR 5.2% ALC, 30 IBU It’s a little out of season, but “Black Butte Porter” from Deschutes Brewery has been one of...

‘Ise Kadoya’ ale a stunning surprise

Brown Ale Ise Kadoya Microbrewery Ise City, Japan 5% Abv. I have to say, when I think of Japan and alcohol together, the combination usually equates to sake....

‘Oatis’ christened ‘bad medicine’

Oatis Stout Ninkasi Brewing, Eugenem, OR 7.5% ABV, 45 IBU I was excited about Ninkasi’s “Oatis” oatmeal stout, a beer style I love (stout) from a new brewery...

Annual ‘Rondy Brew’ lacks festivity

RondyBrew 2010 Red Ale Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Anchorage, AK 5.5% ABV, 23 IBU Fur Rendezvous is one of Anchorage’s longest running traditions. It was started in February 1935...

‘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...

Dogfish Head’s ‘Chicory’ a great stout, but lacks chicory flavor

Chicory Stout Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc. Milton, DE 5.2% ABV, IBU 21 3 out of 5 stars Dogfish Head's Chicory Stout might be viewed as a forerunner...