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Hey Colorado and friends nearby, Still on the Hill: a Grand Tasting of handcrafted spirits on Saturday, October 5 at 4pm, Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado! $25 ($30 at the event) gets you admission, complimentary tasting glass,...
Hey Colorado and friends nearby, Still on the Hill: a Grand Tasting of handcrafted spirits on Saturday, October 5 at 4pm, Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado! $25 ($30 at the event) gets you admission, complimentary tasting glass, delicious craft spirits tasting, craft cocktails, people’s choice voting, artisanal snacks and bluegrass music by the Honey Gitters! Below is a video from our previous coverage of the events on BourbonBlog.com ! Other festival events… These events take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Friday Night:Poker Run Saturday: Open House at Breckenridge Distillery, 1925 Airport Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424 Other events… Historic Saloon Walking Tour Breckenridge Distillery Tours Honey Gitters live show at the historic Gold Pan Saloon Hangover Brunch and Brunch Drink Specials Announcing! Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival 2012 “Still on the Hill” Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, Still on the Hill 2011 in Colorado Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival 2011 Grand Tasting Breckenridge Distillery at Tales of the Cocktail 2013
3 days ago
First Annual Craft Distilling Expo London at THE BOILER HOUSE, OLD TRUMAN BREWERY, LONDON E1 6RU Wednesday 2nd Oct – 12noon to 6pm Thursday 3rd Oct – 10am to 6pm BourbonBlog.com invites you to the First Annual Craft Distilling Expo Lon...
First Annual Craft Distilling Expo London at THE BOILER HOUSE, OLD TRUMAN BREWERY, LONDON E1 6RU Wednesday 2nd Oct – 12noon to 6pm Thursday 3rd Oct – 10am to 6pm BourbonBlog.com invites you to the First Annual Craft Distilling Expo London! Craft Distillers, Suppliers, Equipment Makers, Professionals and Enthusiasts, come together for the first time in London in October to experience and discuss the worldwide renaissance in craft distillation. Talks will be given by leading figures in the industry. Workshops will be held for those about to embark on a distilling project or already practicing the art but seeking more in-depth knowledge. Exhibitors include: FORSYTHS STILLS, JOHN DORE & CO, MUELLER POT STILLS, SPEYSIDE COOPERAGE, GLENCAIRN CRYSTAL, RANKIN BROS & SONS CORKS, VETROELITE, MUNTONS MALTS, ERBEN Packaging, FEVERTREE & many more… For programme info and tickets go to: DistillingExpo.com Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: American Craft Distillers Awards from the American Distilling Institute Conference American Distilling Institute 6th Annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits and Awards Oak Rum Bourbon Barrel Aged by Barrel House Distilling Downslope Distilling Double-Diamond Whiskey
6 days ago
BourbonBlog.com presents our original collection of Breaking Bad Cocktails below for you to drink as you watch the series finale tonight or as you watch the complete Breaking Bad series. During the past 5 years, some great booze has been...
BourbonBlog.com presents our original collection of Breaking Bad Cocktails below for you to drink as you watch the series finale tonight or as you watch the complete Breaking Bad series. During the past 5 years, some great booze has been featured on Breaking Bad like WhistlePig Rye,  Knob Creek Bourbon, Dimple Pinch Scotch and others. We invite you to tell us what YOU like to drink when you’re watching Breaking Bad below under comments on this link. All cocktails below created by BourbonBlog.com Chef / Mixologist Stephen Dennison, enjoy responsibly.  Tobacco Manhattan Don’t worry, even though this is in honor of the infamous ricin “poison cigarette,” this cocktail isn’t poisonous.  2 oz. Knob Creek ½ oz. Carpano Antica (or other) Vermouth 8 spritzes Tobacco Tincture Destemmed Marascino Cherry 2 spritzes tincture, to garnish Place Knob Creek, Vermouth and Tincture in iced tin. Stir for 15 seconds after frost has formed outside the tin. Strain into cocktail glass. Place Cherry in tin and pour cocktail over it. Garnish with two additional spritzes for bouquet. Bitter End Bubbly Sugar cube 3 dashes Dandelion & Burdock Bitters Sparkling Wine, to fill in Champagne Flute. Express Lemon Zest and discard Jesse’s Snack 2 oz. Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky ½ oz El Jimador Anejo Tequilla 3 drops Lagavulin Islay Scotch Stir well, strain into: - Cocktail glass, partially rimmed with a 1/1 proportion of ground sumac to granulated sugar. - Express orange zest. A Buried Barrel Fresh Mission Figs are a must as is dutiful application of technique. Choose those that are heavy for their size, semi firm, with no wrinkles or bruising. In Shaking Tin: Muddle 2 quartered figs and ½ tsp sugar, 5- 10 times, watching for over-bruising of the fig skin. Add: 2 oz. Old Forester Signature 2 dashes Pechaud’s Bitters 2 Lemon Squeezes - Cover, shake 8-10 times. – Add ice. Shake for 20 seconds after frost forms. – Pour over Collins glass filed with crushed ice. Stir with straw. Discard. Serve, with no garnish – The proper mist should encourage the guest to place their nose over the glass. Walter’s Bad Ass Alexander 1.5 oz Dimple Pinch Scotch 2 oz Coffee Ice Cream Ground Black Pepper, to garnish Combine Scotch and ice cream in blender. Blend until incorporated. Pour into snifter. Garnish with Black Pepper. Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: Knob Creek Rye Cocktails Knob Creek Holiday Punch Recipes and more Wild Turkey Cocktails Celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon Holiday Cocktails
6 days ago
All we needed was another “National Day!” So we’re adding spirits to the coffee with some of our favorite spirited coffee recipes below a.k.a. “Boozy Coffee” a.k.a. “Start the Day off Right?” Enj...
All we needed was another “National Day!” So we’re adding spirits to the coffee with some of our favorite spirited coffee recipes below a.k.a. “Boozy Coffee” a.k.a. “Start the Day off Right?” Enjoy these responsibly! Old Forester Kentucky Caramel Coffee 1 oz Old Forester Bourbon Whiskey 4 oz hazelnut coffee 1 oz caramel syrup Whipped cream Add 1 oz caramel ice cream topping to bottom of coffee cup, add Old Forester and hazelnut coffee. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel syrup. Fig Coffee Coffee cocktail .5 oz. fig preserves .5 tsp dark brown sugar 4.25 oz. CAMUS Coffee French Roast 2 oz. CAMUS XO Elegance Directions:  Prepare hot; stir to melt/blend; can also be chilled and served over ice. Walter’s Bad Ass Alexander Walter and Jesse- by BourbonBlog.com Chef/Mixologist Stephen Dennison 1.5 oz Famous Grouse Scotch 2 oz Coffee Ice Cream Ground Black Pepper, to garnish Instructions: Combine scotch and ice cream in blender. Blend until incorporated. Pour into snifter. Garnish with Black Pepper. Drambuie 15 Flaming Scotch Mocha By Anthony Caporale In a footed coffee mug, add: 1 tbsp. Cocoa 6 oz. Hot Coffee -Stir until cocoa is completely dissolved, add. 1-1/2 oz. DRAMBUIE® 15 Scotch Liqueur With a culinary torch, flame: -3 mini-marshmallows on a short wooden skewer -Extinguish by submerging skewer in drink.   Top O’ the Mornin’ Iced Coffee 1 oz Frangelico 1 oz Irish crème liqueur 2 oz espresso 2 oz. milk or cream chocolate flakes Blend ingredients with ice. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate flakes Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: Old Forester Bourbon Kentucky Caramel Coffee Old Forester Bourbon Kentucky Caramel Coffee Caramel Bourbon Coffee and Bourbon Oatmeal Drambuie Christmas Cocktails
7 days ago
Introducing new twists on the Old Fashioned in this collection of “New Fashioned Cocktails”. BourbonBlog.com presents these recipes below for the first time in one place for you to taste. The original Old Fashioned was invent...
Introducing new twists on the Old Fashioned in this collection of “New Fashioned Cocktails”. BourbonBlog.com presents these recipes below for the first time in one place for you to taste. The original Old Fashioned was invented in Louisville over a century ago at the Pendennis Club. While there is no mention of which Bourbon was used that first time, we’d like to think it might have been Old Forester Bourbon, being another Louisville favorite. And this month, as we toast to the birthday of Old Forester Founder George Garvin Brown, it only seems right to use his famous Bourbon in these. Southern Fashioned 2 oz. Old Forester ½ oz. water ½ oz. maple syrup 2 tsp. brown sugar 2 peach slices 3 dashes orange bitters Place brown sugar in Old Fashioned glass and wet with bitters and maple syrup. Add two peach slices and muddle. Fill glass with ice, add Bourbon and stir.  Crash n’ Burn 2 oz. Old Forester ½ oz. water 2 slices peach 3 dashes cranberry bitters Place peaches in Old Fashioned glass and wet with bitters. Muddle fruit and add water, ice, then Bourbon, stir.  Express with flamed orange   Style Never Goes Out of Fashion 2 oz. Old Forester ½ oz. water 2 tsp. brown sugar Dash of cinnamon 2 drops vanilla extract ½ oz. maple syrup 3 dashes chocolate bitters Place brown sugar, cinnamon in a glass and wet with vanilla, bitters, maple syrup,and chocolate bitters. Muddle these ingredients and add water. Add ice and Bourbon and transfer into shaking tin.  Shake over ice, then strain into cocktail glass and garnish with thin strip of lemon peel.      Cashmere 2 oz. Old Forester 1 oz. syrup 3 drops vanilla extract Dash of cinnamon 3 dashes chocolate bitters 3 oz. half and half Add all ingredients to shaking tin and shake over ice. Then strain into cocktail glass full of ice.   Amended 2 oz. Old Forester ½ oz. water ¼ oz. pomegranate juice 2 peach slices 2 tsp. brown sugar ½ oz. maple syrup 3 dashes grapefruit bitters Place brown sugar, peaches  in an Old Fashioned glass and wet with juice, water, maple syrup and bitters. Muddle all these with the fruit.  Add ice and Bourbon and transfer into shaking tin.  Shake over ice, then strain into cocktail glass.   Old Vigor 2 oz. Old Forester ½ oz. water 8 blueberries Juice from one slice of lime 2 basil leaves 1 tsp. sugar 3 dashes grapefruit bitters Place sugar, 4 blueberries, basil leaves in glass and wet with juice of lime. Muddle these and add water and Bourbon.  Add ice and Bourbon, stir and transfer into shaking tin to shake over ice, then strain into cocktail glass. Add the remaining 4 blueberries which have not been muddled and garnish with Basil leaf.  Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: Old Forester Old Fashioned Bacon Old-Fashioned Chocolate Old-Fashioned Colorado Christmas Fashioned
7 days ago
Discount off your #bourbon tasting tour at Heaven Hill from @Groupon
Discount off your #bourbon tasting tour at Heaven Hill from @Groupon
109 14 days ago
Places for the March 12-14 "Chuck Cowdery Bourbon & History Tour Experience" are filling up fast so if you want to go, don't wait much longer before you pull the trigger. I'll be heartbroken if you're not there.Imagine it. You, me, a cou...
Places for the March 12-14 "Chuck Cowdery Bourbon & History Tour Experience" are filling up fast so if you want to go, don't wait much longer before you pull the trigger. I'll be heartbroken if you're not there.Imagine it. You, me, a couple of bottles, with somebody else driving, criss-crossing Kentucky's bourbon country. I'll show you all of the cool and fun bourbon-related places we can squeeze into three days. It's as up-close and personal as any sensible person would want to get.The folks at Mint Julep Tours will make sure we're safe and sound, amply fed and watered, and exactly where we're supposed to be at all times. Go here for complete details. To book, or for any questions, call Josh Dugan at 502-384-6468, ext 306, or email him at josh@mintjuleptours.com.You may wonder why there are only a couple of distillery tours on the itinerary. It's because the distilleries do a great job of showing you around, explaining everything, and answering your questions. You don't need me to help you tour Jim Beam. In fact, if you want to hit some of the other distilleries, come a day or two early or stay through the weekend. They'll be happy to see you. If you want to do it on a bus, with somebody else driving, Mint Julep can hook you up.Instead of visiting every distillery, we'll hit some of my other favorite places. We'll see bourbon barrels being made. We'll see bourbon stills being made, in the place where virtually all of them have been made for the last 100 years. We'll visit the world's only bourbon museum, and eat some good Kentucky grub. There's even a cemetery on the itinerary.Each day of our tour will begin and end in Louisville, so you can enjoy everything that city has to offer, including some great hotels, bars, and restaurants. We'll start and end each day at the Mint Julep offices in the Galt House, which is right on the Ohio River and close to everything downtown. Every day except Friday, that is. We'll end the last day with a special tasting and nosh at the St. Charles Exchange.Come on. You know you want to be there.
8 days ago
Warning: this post is very inside, about the booze business and the laws that regulate it. It may be sleep-inducing for some readers.The U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause was intended to create a national market for goods and servi...
Warning: this post is very inside, about the booze business and the laws that regulate it. It may be sleep-inducing for some readers.The U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause was intended to create a national market for goods and services by preventing states from unfairly favoring in-state versus out-of-state businesses. With regard to alcoholic beverages, the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed Prohibition, turned the Commerce Clause on its head. It gives the states broad discretion in the regulation of beverage alcohol sales.Although the Twenty-first Amendment doesn't specifically require it, all states have used a mandatory 3-tier distribution system as part of their regulatory scheme. That means producers may only sell to state-licensed wholesalers, and only they may sell to the state's retailers, both stores and bars. (Missouri actually has a 4-tier system, but that's irrelevant for our purposes.)Part of the rationale for this system is that producers are often national or international. It might be very hard for a state to legally 'reach' an akvavit producer in Sweden. That's why all states require wholesalers to be local business entities. The Swedish producer might be out of reach, but the distributor that actually brings the product into the state is not.Unfortunately, a way around this requirement was easily found. Wholesalers are able to operate in multiple states by simply incorporating a subsidiary in every state in which they want to operate. As a result there are many wholesalers, such as Southern Wine and Spirits (SWS), that are effectively national companies. They comply with the letter of the law, if not its spirit.Missouri's alcohol regulators have an answer for that. Simply incorporating a subsidiary in the state isn't good enough for them. They require that the licensee be at least 60 percent owned by Missouri residents and they carefully define who qualifies as a Missouri resident for their purposes.Back in 2011, SWS sued in Federal Court to challenge the constitutionality of Missouri's rule. The trial court sided with the state and on Wednesday the 8th Circuit affirmed that decision, ruling that "the legislature legitimately could believe that a wholesaler governed by Missouri residents is more apt to be socially responsible and to promote temperance, because the officers, directors and owners are residents of the community and thus subject to negative externalities -- drunk driving, domestic abuse, underage drinking -- that liquor distribution may produce."SWS was emboldened to sue because the U. S. Supreme Court's 2005 decision in Granholm v Heald (54 U.S. 460) revealed a chink in the Twenty-first Amendment's armor. The Court famously held that, "the aim of the Twenty-first Amendment was to allow States to maintain an effective and uniform system for controlling liquor by regulating its transportation, importation, and use. The Amendment did not give States the authority to pass nonuniform laws in order to discriminate against out-of-state goods, a privilege they had not enjoyed at any earlier time."What the Court ruled was that the Twenty-first Amendment does not grant states a universal pass on the Commerce Clause when alcohol is involved. It was the first case to acknowledge an exception. When a law is unrelated to a legitimate state interest in regulating the transportation, importation, and use of alcohol, the usual application of the Clause applies.SWS has not announced if it will appeal to the Supreme Court.
9 days ago
You know George better than you think…  In 1870, George Garvin Brown founded Brown-Forman in Louisville, KY, U.S and his original brand, Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky. His birthday is this month, so we invite YOU to...
You know George better than you think…  In 1870, George Garvin Brown founded Brown-Forman in Louisville, KY, U.S and his original brand, Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky. His birthday is this month, so we invite YOU to tweet #BirthdayBourbon and include your birthday wish, a short toast and / or a photo of your bottle of Old Forester if you have one handy. OR if you don’t have any Old Forester close, grab another brand under the Brown-Forman umbrella pictured below and send a tweet, we’re sure George appreciate all those bottles even today. In all, Brown-Forman has more than 25 brands in its portfolio of wines and spirits. We want to collect as many wishes as possible, so feel free to include@BourbonBlog and @OldForester OR include your birthday wishes under comments on this story. Old Forester was America’s first bottled bourbon and remains one of Brown-Forman’s finest brands today. There is an annually released bourbon called Old Forester Birthday Bourbon that is hand-selected to honor George’s birthday. To keep with family traditions, Geo. Garvin Brown IV, a descendant of the founder, is part of the 5th generation of Brown Family members engaged with the company and serves as the Presiding Chairman of the Board. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Brown-Forman is one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies, sells its brands in more than 135 countries and has offices in cities across the globe. Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: Old Forester Releases 2009 Birthday Bourbon Edition Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2013 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2012 and interview with Chris Morris Old Forester Old Fashioned
10 days ago
Amor y Amargo mixologist Sother Teague’s chili pepper-infused cocktail named “Retox” won an el Jimador tequila-sponsored competition celebrating the one-year anniversary of Evelyn Drinkery in the East Village (cocktail and Sother Teague ...
Amor y Amargo mixologist Sother Teague’s chili pepper-infused cocktail named “Retox” won an el Jimador tequila-sponsored competition celebrating the one-year anniversary of Evelyn Drinkery in the East Village (cocktail and Sother Teague pictured above). Jared Shepard tells BourbonBlog.com that he and the other co-owners of Evelyn Drinkery “Built themselves as a bartender’s bar.” In that spirit he invited four guest bartenders to battle for the opportunity to have an el Jimador tequila-centric cocktail featured on the bar’s fall drink menu. Bartender Danny Neff of Extra Fancy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn served “The Sun Also Rises,” his variation on a Hemingway daiquiri featuring Falernum, a sweet syrup that added a depth of flavor that helped cut the fresh citrus also used in the drink. Jessica Wohlers, who attended the event and is a bartender at Cienfuegos, was impressed with Neff’s balancing of flavors and said “It was a very round, refreshing summer cocktail.” Jillian Vose of Death & Co in the East Village prepared “Segundo Primo” which means second cousin in English and refers to el Jimador as a member in the Tequila Herradura family. This was the only stirred cocktail in the competition, featuring a range of flavors from the herbal Bénédictine to the perfumy créme de pêche. Bakar Wilson, an English professor living in Brooklyn, said “Jillian’s drink is for the cocktail nerd I think. It’s boozy, it’s prominent in your mouth.” Then there was Tim Cooper of Gold Bar in SoHo who created “Solstice” which crossed the acidic flavors of pineapple and lemon with the holiday-friendly spices of cinnamon and vanilla. It tasted like a Hawaiian Thanksgiving in a glass. But the crowd of about thirty guests voted after trying the four cocktails and chose Teague’s spicy “Retox” which Wilson said “Has a nice slow burn to it, but it’s not overwhelming. It leaves a nice reminder in the back of the throat.” In addition to having his signature cocktail on Evelyn’s menu, Teague received a $500 gift certificate to Cocktail Kingdom, a bartending superstore. Teague had seemed confident about the competition from the start when he said the winning beverage was “Drink I’ve had in my pocket for a while.” Article and photos by BourbonBlog.com correspondent Oresti Tsonopoulos reporting from NYC Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: Maker’s Mark Bourbon Wins Over Jose Cuervo Tequila, do you think they look the same? Royal Wedding Cocktail Competition Drambuie’s Tales on Tap Competition at Tales of the Cocktail Casa Noble Tequila and intervew with Jose Hermosillo at Tales of the Cocktail
10 days ago