The St. Paddy’s Day Digest for March 17, 2014


Before we to a few of the more interesting press releases that landed in our inbox over the past week, the Booze Dancing crew wishes all of you a very Happy St. Paddy’s Day. May your pint glass never be empty, and may your designated driver remember to stick with the Club Soda and lime! 

And now for the news…

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Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Partners With Luxury Shirt Brand Thomas Pink To Curate The ‘Perfect Pairings’

New York, NY (March 5, 2014) – Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky has partnered with luxury shirt brand Thomas Pink to present three distinct ‘perfect pairings’ of their Unnecessarily Well Made brands.

Glenmorangie shares many values with Thomas Pink, from a proud history to only using the finest ingredients and a relentless dedication to excellence. It is in celebration of this Unnecessarily Well Made approach to creation that the two brands have partnered to present three unique pairings of Glenmorangie Single Malt and Thomas Pink shirts, each representing a distinct personality and highlighting the rich diversity within the Glenmorangie portfolio.

‘The Classic Gentleman” pairing features Glenmorangie Original, an elegant and floral spirit and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range. A must have for any Scotch drinker, Glenmorangie Original is paired together with Thomas Pink’s Classic White Shirt, the hero of any gentleman’s wardrobe. This package is tailored to fit a knowledgeable and sophisticated man who is eternally classic, just like the original expression of Glenmorangie’s smooth and complex Single Malt.  

‘The Discerning Adventurer” pairing highlights the spirit of innovation with items which marry the traditional with the unexpected. This set features The Lasanta Sherry Cask Finish, a 12 year old Single Malt extra matured in Oloroso Sherry casks, coupled with Thomas Pink’s Bengal Stripe Shirt collection, a brightly colored line which takes its inspiration from the rare and beautiful fabrics associated with East India. This pairing is perfectly suited for a refined and confident man who indulges in life’s pleasures and enjoys new discoveries. 

‘The Ultimate Perfectionist” pairing celebrates 170 years of dedication to excellence, since Glenmorangie’s founding in 1843. This package joins together Glenmorangie Signet, the masterpiece of the portfolio alongside Thomas Pink’s Imperial Collection, a line of skilfully crafted shirts made from the finest fabric in the company’s range. This exquisite pairing fits the ambitious man who seeks out precious and rare items and goes above and beyond to experience the best that life has to offer. 

Maxime Balay, Glenmorangie’s Brand Director, said, “We are excited to partner with Thomas Pink. Like Glenmorangie, Thomas Pink has a long standing history steeped in tradition. We feel that they share in our relentless dedication to quality and craftsmanship whilst always keeping perfection in mind.” 

Glenmorangie and Thomas Pink will celebrate their partnership with a private shopping event at the Thomas Pink New York Flagship location where guests will be invited to experience these pairings, and taste the featured Glenmorangie expressions with Glenmorangie Master Brand Ambassador, David Blackmore. The three curated parings are available on Reserve Bar until the end of April. (http://www.ReserveBar.com//Glenmorangie-Thomas-Pink)

Additionally, Glenmorangie is giving one lucky winner and a guest a chance to win a trip to the United Kingdom for a custom Thomas Pink & Glenmorangie experience.

The winner will enjoy personalized shopping at the Thomas Pink flagship store on Jermyn St. in London, and fly to Scotland to visit the Glenmorangie Distillery to experience Glenmorangie’s pursuit of perfection first hand.  For more information and to enter please visit http://www.glenmorangiesweeps.com/thomaspink.

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Salty & Bubbly at Philly Farm & Food Fest

More Shopping, More Support and More Craft Brews, Cocktails & Shellfish at Expanded Show

Philadelphia, PA – March 11, 2014 – Philly Farm & Food Fest (#Fest) is thrilled to introduce Shellfish Salon, a new guided tasting opportunity led by Sam Mink, owner of the legendary Sansom St. Oyster House and the expanded Local Libations Lounge featuring more hourly sessions to sample brilliantly produced local spirits. Philadelphia area residents can shop, taste and enjoy at this family-friendly event with 100+ local farmers, food artisans and sustainable businesses on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex.

Experience freshly shucked salty beauties from Cape May Salts and Choptank Oyster Company. Heritage Shellfish Cooperative will be on hand serving up freshly cooked clams. Sam Mink will provide insights into the wonder of these exceptionally delicious east coast oysters and clams. Learn about aquaculture, sustainable seafood collaboratives and how oysters and clams are restoring coastlines and fishing economies at Shellfish Salon sessions. Four Shellfish Salons will be held throughout the event that begins at 11:40 and is held every hour thereafter.  Timed tickets to the Shellfish Salon are $15 each and must be purchased in advance.  Tastings are limited to groups of 30 so don’t delay.

Based on last year’s popularity, Philly Farm & Food Fest has expanded the Local Libations Lounge to include more unique producers. Limited to groups of 60, Libations sessions will take place every hour from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This year attendees will experience guided tastings from 5 producers in each session. Featured beverages include: Frecon Farm Cider, Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey, Philadelphia Distilling’s Bluecoat Gin, Sly Fox Brewing, Subarashii Kudamono Asian pear liqueur, Stonekeep Meadery, Paradocx Vineyard, and Victory Brewing Company. Tickets are $15 per person, you must be 21 to take part and advance purchase is necessary.

For $50 advance purchase, enjoy all Philly Farm & Food Fest has to offer–entrance to Shellfish Salon and Local Libations Lounge as well as general admission. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at www.phillyfarmfest.org

About Philly Farm & Food Fest

Philly Farm & Food Fest was co-founded by Ann Karlen, and Marilyn Anthony and is a project of Fair Food and PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture), dedicated to showcasing local, sustainable foods and businesses to consumers.

Visit www.phillyfarmfest.org to learn more. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for frequent updates.

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Haymarket

Master Distiller Night at Louisville’s Haymarket Whiskey Bar – Monday March 17th

The third Monday of every month is Master Distiller Night at Haymarket Whiskey Bar, 331 E. Market St. in Louisville, Ky., when the bar hosts a different Master Distiller for meet and greets, bottle signings, special tastings, discussions, and more. This month’s event is scheduled for Monday, March 17th, and the Haymarket is particularly excited to host a rare appearance by the legendary Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey.

Master Distiller Night is always free and kicks off at 9 p.m. If you find yourself in the area, we would love to invite you out next Monday night to check it out and try some of the more rarer pours that often come out these nights.

ABOUT JIMMY RUSSELL:

Master Distiller James C. Russell, or Jimmy to anyone who has ever shaken his hand, has been making bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky at the Austin Nichols Distillery for 54 years. Growing up just five miles from the distillery, Jimmy followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, learning time-honored traditions and techniques uniquely suited to the heart of bourbon country. He trained under Bill Hughes, Wild Turkey Bourbon’s second master distiller, and Ernest W. Ripy, Jr., the son of the original owners. It’s a small community of men who have mastered bourbon, and within this brotherhood, Jimmy Russell has gained a reputation as “the master distillers’ master distiller” and the “Buddha of Bourbon.” Jimmy Russell is considered the longest tenured, active Master Distiller in North America.

ABOUT HAYMARKET WHISKEY BAR:

Haymarket Whiskey Bar is open Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. Located at 331 E. Market Street between the NuLu district and downtown, Haymarket boasts more than 100 unique bourbons, nearly 200 whiskeys, 50 craft beers, 7 rotating taps, and artisan coffee drinks. A proud member of the Urban Bourbon Trail and named one of the best whiskey bars in the nation by Thrillist.

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Dr. Seuss Birthday Dinner

Lafayette Hill, PA - This upcoming Wednesday, March 19, Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery will host a five-course dinner inspired-by Dr. Seuss’s 110th Birthday {which was earlier this month} featuring Ballast Point Brewing and Chef Paul Trowbridge’s One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish -themed menu that includes the following:

Amuse-bouche & Welcome Beer
“From there to here, from here to there,
funny things are everywhere”
Sesame Seaweed Salad
Ballast Yellowtail Pale Ale

“One Fish”
Sashimi of Tuna with chili jam, ponzu & scallions
Firkin of Ballast Sculpin dry hopped with wai-iti hops

“Two Fish”
Seared Scallop with Tobiko, lemon butter, roasted gold beets
Ballast Wahoo Wheat

“Red Fish”
Blacked Red Snapper, dirty rice
Ballast Calico Amber

“New Fish”
Grilled Chilean Sea Bass, tamarindo sauce, sea beans
Ballast Longfin Lager in cans (new format)

Dessert
Dessert Surprise
It’s a surprise. But we promise this: it’s super-cool.
From Daytime Sous Chef & Pastry Chef Melissa Stout-Greiner
Ballast Sea Monster Imperial Stout

“Then I say, ‘I wish for fish!’ And I get fish right on my dish.”

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TGIF Times for January 24, 2014


Below are a few of the more interesting press releases that landed in our inbox this week…

Glenmorangie Companta

Glenmorangie’s New “Friendship” Whisky

— The fifth annual offering from its award-winning Private Edition range —

Glenmorangie has released its eagerly-awaited fifth annual limited edition single malt whisky: Companta.

Its predecessor, Ealanta, was recently named the world’s best dram by Jim Murray, one of the world’s leading whisky experts. Created by wood management pioneer and three-time winner of Malt Advocate’s coveted Industry Leader of the Year award Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie Companta is the latest in the Private Edition range – a group of rare and intriguing single malts. Glenmorangie Companta is Scots Gaelic for friendship and celebrates Glenmorangie and distinguished French vineyards’ shared pursuit of perfection.

Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, said:

Having spent over 20 years travelling to some of France’s most renowned vineyards, I’ve had the opportunity to sample many rare and intriguing wines in search of the finest casks to complement the extra-maturation of our whisky. Some of my most memorable visits have been to Burgundy, where the dedication and attention to detail that goes into their craft never ceases to amaze me. The smaller vineyards of the region don’t seem to worry about yields, costs, or timings. They work tirelessly, simply to produce the very best wine. In the same spirit as Glenmorangie, they stop at nothing in the pursuit of perfection. This shared philosophy inspired me to create the ultimate tribute to my longstanding love for French vineyards and the friends that I’ve had the pleasure to make throughout my travels.

On the nose, Companta exudes rich, “autumnal” scents of red berries and damp forest floors, with a hint of fragrant woodsmoke complementing notes of aromatic, nutty oak. Upon tasting, a spicy palate redolent of cherries and stewed fruits is slowly revealed, as notes of sugared plums, blood orange and rose-hip syrup emerge alongside milk chocolate and brown sugar, leading into a mouth-coating finish.

Bottled at a strength of 46 per cent, and non chill-filtered for extra body and texture, Glenmorangie Companta is available from independent specialist retailers and department stores including Royal Mile Whiskies and the Whiski Rooms with an RSP of £69.99.

A refined balance between bold spice and rich, smooth sweetness, Companta is the result of a careful assemblage of Glenmorangie extra-matured in both renowned Burgundy Grand Cru Clos de Tart casks and sweet fortified wine casks from Côtes du Rhône.

Lumsden explained:

Selecting parcels of Glenmorangie which had been matured in traditional American white oak ex-bourbon barrels, I transferred the spirit into casks having previously contained one of my personal favourites – the full-bodied Grand Cru wine from Clos de Tart, one of the most celebrated vineyards in Burgundy. After a period of extra-maturation, the casks imparted additional body and deep berry-like flavours to the trademark elegant, floral character of the Glenmorangie. To complement the bold, spicy character imparted from the Grand Cru casks, I selected a parcel of Glenmorangie which had been extra-maturing in casks having previously contained a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône. It took some time, but with careful fine tuning we reached a harmonious assemblage which proved the perfect balance; neither too bold nor too tame!

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Two stories from Philly’s Devil’s Den…

Devil's Den

#1 – Late Winter Menu Released at Devil’s Den

–Rustic & Refined Dishes Complement Exceptional Beer–

Philadelphia, PA — Devil’s Den announces a late winter menu that combines rustic and refined with flavors imported from around the globe—all while maintaining the comfortable palate of elevated American pub fare.

Devil’s Den’s wood-burning fireplace and carefully selected craft beer list create a uniquely comfortable urban tavern oasis in Philadelphia’s brutal winter. The new menu items add to the enticement with diverse Small Plate selections, a variety of House Sausages, and hearty Entrees perfect for cold nights.

Small Plates include Pulpo, braised and seared Spanish rock octopus, crème fraiche, frisee, pomegranate; Sweet Potato Fritters, maple marscarpone, chile oil; Patatas Bravas, roasted potato tossed in spicy tomato sauce; Crab Tots with a cheddar beer sauce; and simply Mushrooms, seared trumpet, crimini and oyster mushrooms, pearl onion, sunny-side up quail egg.

House Sausages are inspired by Chef de Cuisine Matthew Daggett’s family in Germany and extensive study of sausage making in Europe (see additional release for more information). This season’s sausage offerings include Lamb Sausage with cannelli beans and honey-thyme mustard; Pork Belly Sausage with sweet potato and hot mustard; Boudin Blanc with roast potato, pickled cabbage and sweet mustard; and Chorizo with creamy polenta, manchego and whole grain mustard crème.

Entrees are decidedly hearty and rich, seasonally appropriate. Lamb Chops are served with celeriac puree, swiss chard, raspberry gastrique; Short Rib Ravioli is served with caramelized cioppollinni and pearl onion consommé, watercress, crème de Dijon; Duck Ragout is served confit-style with house-made duck prosciutto and creamy corn polenta cakes; Seared Scallops are accompanied by parsnip apple puree, warm truffle mushroom salad; Fresh Semolina Gnocchi comes with mushroom and butternut squash ragu. Also new to the menu is the new and popular Farmhouse Burger—dry rubbed patty, lettuce, roasted tomato, caramelized onion, house sauce, pulled pork, fried egg.

The new dishes at Devil’s Den complement mainstay dishes that remain staples like their selection of Mussels, Shrimp & Chorizo, the popular Duck Fries, and several sandwich favorites.

Devil’s Den also offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday with unexpected favorites such as Scallop Benedict with seared scallops, bacon, brioche, apple hollandaise; Short Rib Hash with sweet potatoes, leeks, squash,, poached eggs, au jus; and Shrimp and Grits with a spicy tomato creole sauce. Brunch is served from 10:30am-3:00pm every weekend.

#2 – Devils’ Den Toasts National Peanut Butter Day with Nutty Draft List and Specials

Philadelphia, PADevil’s Den, Philadelphia’s premier beer destination, gets a little nutty this Friday, January 24 with the annual celebration of National Peanut Butter Day featuring peanut-butter food specials from the kitchen and accompanying nutty drafts.

Among the extensive draft options, on National Peanut Butter Day, Devil’s Den will tap and pour DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus— a chocolate peanut butter porter with a rich peanut butter aroma and intense chocolate taste— Twisted Pine Rhesus Stout—a chocolate peanut butter stout with a mocha head and earthy nuttiness— and Spring House Big Gruesome— an American double peanut butter chocolate stout brewed with two types of chocolate malt, raw cocoa nibs, and real peanut butter.

“We love any excuse to celebrate the relationship between quality food ingredients and craft beer,” says owner Erin Wallace. “Peanut Butter Day was a huge hit last year, so we expanded the offerings this year with different breweries and additional menu options.”

Back in the kitchen, Chef de Cuisine Matthew Daggett celebrates National Peanut Butter Day with a variety of peanut butter-infused specials that go beyond the average PB&J.

Menu for the evening will include Pork Satay, a marinated skewer of pork with creamy peanut sauce; Tod Mun, a Thai fish cake with a spicy cucumber sauce; Grilled Flank Steak with Peanut Sauce served over bok choy; and for dessert a decadent Peanut Butter Pie, loaded with peanuts mixed with cream cheese and covered in chocolate ganache.

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New Year’s Eve 2013 Cocktail Recipes from Brugal Rum and George Dickel No. 1


Since 2013 is rapidly coming to a close, we thought we’d share a few of the cocktail recipes that have landed in our inbox over the past couple weeks. The “It’s just the booze dancing…” crew wishes all of you a very Happy New Year! 

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Brugal Pomegranate Bliss Cocktail

Brugal Rum Cocktail Recipe – Pomegranate Bliss

Created by Micaela Piccolo, Distilled (NYC)

  • 2 oz. Brugal Extra Dry
  • 1 oz. Fresh-squeezed Lime Juice
  • .75 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 4 Basil Leaves
  • 3 tbsp Pomegranate Juice

In cocktail shaker, add basil leaves, pomegranate juice, agave nectar, lime juice, and Brugal Extra. Add ice to shaker, shake and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf and serve.

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George Dickel No. 1 Cocktail Recipes

Tennessee Roots

In a cocktail shaker combine:

  • 1.33 oz. George Dickel No. 1
  • 0.33 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.33 oz. simple syrup
  • 0.33 oz. pineapple juice

Shake all ingredients and strain over ice into old fashioned glass. Top with 1 oz. ginger beer. Garnish with lemon wheel.

Mr. Loveless

In a mixing glass combine:

  • 1 oz. George Dickel No. 1
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 0.2 oz. maraschino liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir all ingredients and strain into old fashioned glass over ice. Finish with lemon wheel.

Southern Spritz

Combine in a cocktail shaker:

  • 1 oz. George Dickel No. 1
  • 0.25 oz. Italian aperitif bitter
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey & hot water)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Top with 3 oz. dry sparkling wine. Garnish with orange twist.

Dale DeGroff’s Holiday Old Fashioned

Combine in a mixing glass:

  • 1.25 oz George Dickel No. 1
  • 1 dash DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters
  • 0.25 oz Dale’s Cherry Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz Simple syrup
  • 2 orange slices
  • 2 cherries

Muddle a cherry and orange slice with the syrup and liqueur and the dash of bitters in a bar mixing glass. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass. Add the whisky and ice and stir. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

Booze and Brew News for December 18, 2013


Below are a few of the more interesting press releases that landed in our inbox this week…

Philly Beer Week Raffle

Win a Trip to Belgium at the Philly Beer Week Benefit Raffle on 12/21/2013 at Field House

PHILADELPHIA, PA – We know Philly beer drinkers are hearty souls and willing to trudge through snow for their favorite pint.  Still, we think everyone will have a better time if they don’t have to worry about getting home after a fun night at the taps.  With that in mind, we cancelled the original raffle date scheduled for December 10, at 7 p.m and rescheduled it for Saturday, December 21 at 2 p.m.Philly Beer Week (PBW) will host their annual Win a Trip to Belgium Raffle at Field House (1150 Filbert Street, 215-629-1520). Online ticket sales will continue through December 20 – and, because we are so sorry to disappoint you, additional prizes have been added:  an expenses-paid pub crawl with Joe Sixpack for two guests, including a chauffeured trip to the best bars in Philadelphia;  a full case of Philly Beer Week’s 2014 collaborative brew;  and various merchandise and gift cards from our favorite participating breweries and restaurants.

Guests will also have an opportunity to mingle and “vote” for their favorite local brewers. The grand prize remains unchanged as one lucky winner will travel to Belgium, courtesy of importer Vanberg & DeWulf, with his or her favorite brewer and consult on Philly Beer Week’s annual Belgo Collaboration beer, this year with Belgium’s youngest female brewer, Anne Catherine Dilewyns of Brouwerij Dilewyns.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20. They can be purchased online before the event at PhillyBeerWeek.org (http://phillybeerweek.org/pbw_raffle.cfm). Secondary prizes, including baskets of cheer, gift certificates from local bars and restaurants, and event tickets, will also be awarded.

“Our annual trip to Belgium is one of the high-water marks of the pre-PBW season, and we look forward to another great turn-out for this exciting event,” says PBW Executive Director Don Russell.  “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, both for the lucky winner and for the brewer chosen to accompany him or her, and every year we look forward to offering them this chance – and to reaping the delicious benefits when we unveil their special beer at Opening Tap.”

The PBW 2014 Collaborative Brew will be created in cooperation with Brouwerij Dilewyns and imported by Vanberg & DeWulf, who will provide the winner’s and brewer’s airline tickets and hotel rooms for the whirlwind expedition, and previously partnered with PBW and Brasserie Dupont in 2012. At the raffle event, guests will have the chance to mix and mingle with the participating brewers, and enjoy specialty brews from each. The Field House will serve its popular menu of beer-friendly pub fare, along with 40 local draughts.

Philly Beer Week 2014 will be held from Friday, May 30 until Sunday, June 8.  Established in 2008 as a celebration of America’s Best Beer-Drinking City, PBW is the largest beer event of its kind in the United States, featuring hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights throughout greater Philadelphia.  PBW highlights the region’s diverse beer scene – its world-class breweries, neighborhood taverns, trend-setting restaurants and rich beer culture and history.

For more information about Philly Beer Week, including the ever-expanding schedule of events both during PBW and throughout the year, a list of participants and other details, please visit www.phillybeerweek.org, follow us on Twitter (@PhillyBeerWeek) and like us on Facebook.

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Cutty Sark Prohibition  Edition

Cutty Sark Brings Back The Real “Real McCoy”

New Release Honors the Legacy of a Rebellious Spirit 

NEW YORK, NY (December 13, 2013) – Cutty Sark is announcing a new edition to its line of blended Scotch whiskies. A nod to the brand’s origins during the Prohibition era, Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky pays tribute to the style of liquid consumed during the 1920s.

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition (coined “Cutty Pro” by its early adopters) salutes the notorious Captain William McCoy, who courageously smuggled Cutty Sark into American speakeasies. McCoy possessed an infamous reputation as a distributor of the highest quality products, always genuine and never adulterated, giving rise to Cutty Sark’s affectionate nickname, “The Real McCoy.” The black opaque bottle design and cork seal are a respectful hat tip to the type of whisky bottles prevalent during the Prohibition era.

“This blend is created with exact precision as Captain McCoy himself would approve to celebrate the 80th anniversary of such a significant era,” said Kirsteen Campbell, Cutty Sark Master Blender. “We look forward to sharing this whisky with those who possess the same free spirit as McCoy’s original fans did in the 1920s.”

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition is handcrafted in Scotland in small batches from top quality grain and single malt whiskies, matured in American Oak casks and bottled at 50% ABV (100 proof).

Tasting Notes:

The full flavor of Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition is composed of black pepper and toffee notes with a subtle hint of vanilla and citrus fruits and a smooth finish due to its cold filtration process.

  • Appearance: Warm golden color
  • Nose: Soft, ripe citrus fruits, honey and vanilla
  • Palate: Creamy richness, hints of toffee with peppery notes
  • Finish: Smooth with subtle hints of spice

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition is available now in select markets, rolling out nationwide throughout 2014 with a recommended retail price of $29.99.

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Fair Food Philly

Announcing Fair Food’s First Education Series Workshop of 2014!

Food School: Chocolate and Beer Pairings with John & Kira’s and Yards Brewing Co.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 6:30 – 8:30pm

Rick Nichols Room | Reading Terminal Market | Philadelphia, PA

 Join us for this one-of-a-kind tasting event! Cocoa artist/local entrepreneur John Doyle from Fair Food member business John & Kira’s Chocolates talks artisanal chocolate making, sourcing fresh local herbs, running a sustainable small business — and, of course, the art of pairing fine chocolate with a variety of craft beers from Philadelphia’s own Yards Brewing Co.

We’ll taste decadent treats — like seasonal chocolates, Urban Garden bars made with produce from urban farms in Philadelphia and across the country, and Calabacita figs filled with whiskey-infused Valrhona chocolate — alongside selections from Yards’ Kensington-made craft ales and special brews. You’ll learn tips to make the most of artisanal chocolate and fine ale pairings for your next dinner party, potluck offering, or private tasting session. John & Kira’s will have sweets for sale (and maybe some even sweeter discounts, too).

Looking for something special for the beer and/or chocolate lover in your life — or the chance to treat yourself in the new year? Tickets to this delicious and educational experience make a great holiday gift!

Click here to buy tickets!

Repeal Day Record for December 5, 2013


So much news, so little time! Below are a few of the more interesting press releases that landed in our inbox. But before we get to that, let’s acknowledge what makes December 5th a very special day for the imbiber in all of us…

Prohibition Ends at Last

Click the photo find out more about the excellent Ken Burns Prohibition documentary on the PBS website…

HAPPY REPEAL DAY!

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

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Christmas Mulled Cup from Professor Cornelius Ampleforth

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth launches the solution to creating a perfect Mulled Wine every time—just in time for the Christmas season.

The Christmas season is just around the corner, and you know what that means: festive gatherings, chilly days, and deliciously warm and spicy mulled wine! The Professor has always enjoyed a mug of this classic, cockle warming beverage but has noted a few problems when sipping a home-made version of this Chrismassy concoction.

The Problems: Most good people have left spices languishing in their cupboards for far too long, leaving them dry, old and flavourless. In addition, it’s often difficult for the average ‘muller’ to find the sweet spot for each spice. They must be left in the wine long enough for all the rich flavours to come through, but removed at just the right moment so that no bitter notes remain. Cooked citrus can release some off-notes as well, freshly ground nutmeg is difficult the completely strain from the finished product, and fresh ginger, if not properly prepared, can be just plain dull. 

Achieving balance and consistency in a mulled wine is nearly impossible given the aforementioned problems.

The Solution: Christmas Mulled Cup! The Professor has dealt with every problem one by one so that you can make perfect mulled win every time. No muss, no fuss. How has he achieved this?

  • Spices: Tinctures. These are basically macerations of spices in alcohol (in this case, the Professor has used VSOP cognac) which not only have the benefit of extracting the essential oils from the spices in a much more effective way than wine at 15%, but also lend almost total reliability to the concentration of the final drink.
  • Citrus: Cold-distillation. The peels are macerated in high-proof wheat spirit, and then distilled to remove nearly all the pesky terpenes (those compounds that can lend off-notes to the finished product) and leave only fresh and zingy notes from the oils.
  • Nutmeg: Filtration. The Professor painstakingly filters the nutmeg tincture to remove all traces of solid matter.
  • Ginger: Cold-distillation again. Fresh root ginger is macerated and distilled to remove the precious gingerol and leave behind any heavier compounds that would break down over time and lend nasty notes to the drink.
  • Balance: Blending. This is where the finished product comes in. We’ve accurately quantified the amount of each ingredient needed to produce the base of a perfectly balanced mulled wine allowing you to easily increase or decrease the entire ‘mulled’ flavour without ruining the overall balance of the drink.

How easy is it to make perfect mulled wine with Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Christmas Mulled Cup? Here’s the recipe straight from the Professor’s kitchen:

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Mulled Wine 

  • 1 bottle of decent red wine (something fruity like an Australian Shiraz works well) 
  • 65g sugar 
  • 50ml (or more to taste) Christmas Mulled Cup 

Directions: Heat and serve.

Christmas is officially sorted!

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Misery Vodka

Misery Vodka of Iceland Prepares to Release Their Second Batch…

“The planet is f’ed. There’s a Mc Donalds on every street corner, H&M is a popular “brand”, and if you want to lighten things up with a bottle of vodka or two, next thing you’re lying in some gutter, hated by everyone you love, and Donald Trump still has his helicopter.

Misery is a micro-distillery on Iceland (actually, more of a moonshine operation). The vodka we make comes in really small batches. Every bottle is sealed by hand. The quality might not be the best, but it’s better than any of the other “ultra premium” industrial vodkas out there. 

Misery by Studio Total. Have a drink.”

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Three_Ships_5yr_Whisky

Three Ships Whisky is in Top Seven in the World at New York International Spirits Competition

The two proudly South African premium whiskies, Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish and Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old, are among only seven whiskies from around the world to receive a double gold award at the 2013 New York International Spirits Competition.

The competition, now currently in its 4th year, sees spirits from 37 countries competing against each other and with only 48% of entries receiving awards, the competition is fierce. The impressive judging panel of trade judges includes buyers, retail storeowners, restaurant and bar proprietors, distributors and importers – the very individuals who have a direct impact on sales.

The Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old is an artful blend of grain and malt whiskies, aged for a minimum of five years in oak casks. The whisky is robust, aromatic and unpretentious with a full peaty character, ending in a lingering, warm finish. The Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish is initially matured for three years, after which the final blend spends a further six months in oak casks originally used for bourbon. This results in the slight honeyed sweetness on the nose. The vanilla notes on the palate are complemented by subtle hints of pepper and spice, ending with a lingering finish and a hint of flavour from the bourbon casks.

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2013 Whisky Advent Calendar Video

Spirits bottler Drinks by the Dram has pulled out all the stops–just in time for Advent–to bring a most spirited advertisement to Whisky lovers worldwide. Featuring the incomparable talents from Whisky and drinks notables, this short film is sure to spread as much cheer as the Whisky Advent Calendars themselves.

This star-studded film features the talents of Japanese Whisky expert Marcin Miller of Number One Drinks, Ryan Chetiyawardana from Mr Lyan and White Lyan fame, Balvenie Ambassador extraordinaire Sam Simmons, Master of Malt sales director Ben Ellefsen, and the irrepressible Colin Dunn from Reserve Brands at Diageo as none other than Santa Claus!

We’d love to tell you more, but we’ll let this delightful piece of cinema speak for itself.

Malty Monday Monitor for November 25, 2013


Below are a few of the more interesting press releases that have found their way to our inbox over the past week…

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Two New Whisky Releases From ImPex Beverages

Kilchoman 2007 Vintage

Kilchoman 2007The Kilchoman 2007 Vintage is the next release in the Vintages range. We have previously released the 2006 Vintage which was a vatting of five year old bourbon barrels. The 2007 Vintage is a vatting of six year old fresh bourbon barrels and will be the oldest single malt we have released to date. The additional ageing of the 2007 Vintage brings through soft cooked fruits, vanilla and caramel on the nose with peat smoke, butterscotch and soft citrus fruits on the palate. There is a long lingering finish with peat smoke and sweetness very evident.”

Islay’s independent farm distillery, Kilchoman, is to release the oldest whisky to date. Only 10,000 bottles of the limited edition 2007 Vintage will be made available worldwide and it is expected to sell quickly.

With a smoky vanilla and caramel nose with cooked lemon and citrus fruits, the 2007 Vintage is smooth in the mouth with hints of butterscotch and soft citrus fruit, complimented by a lasting sweetness that blends with the peaty and fruity finish.

Anthony Wills, managing director of Kilchoman, said: “This is an exciting development and sees us enter a long‐awaited period in our history. Although we’re a relatively young distillery our Vintage six‐year‐old shows a level of maturity normally associated with much older whisky. We predict that this will sell quickly and hope Kilchoman followers share in our excitement in the development of our malt.”

Kilchoman’s portfolio now includes Machir Bay, Loch Gorm and a new edition of 100% Islay which is the only Single Malt in Scotland where every stage of the whisky making process, from the barley grown in the surrounding fields to the malting, distillation, maturation and bottling, takes place at the distillery.

With an ambition to take whisky production back to its traditional roots, Anthony Wills built and founded Kilchoman Distillery in 2005 on a farm situated on the rugged west coast of Islay. The first distillery on the island for 124 years, Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and one of only a handful left that still practise the traditional floor malting method.

The 2007 Vintage is bottled at 46% ABV.

RRP $80.00

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength

Arran 12 YO Cask StrengthThis whisky is the single malt release from the award winning Arran Distillery.

For Batch #2 of The Arran Malt 12 Years Old Cask Strength the Master DistillerJames MacTaggart has selected a combination of 17 First-Fill Sherry Butts and 4 Second-Fill Sherry Hogsheads which have been bottled at Natural Cask Strength. The influence of the Sherry Casks has enhanced the classic Arran characteristics of sweet fruit and spicy oak to create a rich and powerful new edition of The Arran Malt.

Awards: Silver Medal at the International Wines and Spirits Competition 2012, Double Gold Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Autumn Gold

Nose: A sweet balance of dried tropical fruits and toasted oak

Palate: Complex and refined, notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans dominate while a drop of water brings out fresh orange zest and roasted almonds

Finish: A lingering finish with a spicy twist which tempts another sip…

RRP $67.99

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Ants Pants Cafe

Ants Pants Cafe Launches BYO Dinner Program

Popular South Street Eatery Offers Exciting New Flavors to Meet Local Demand

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Local Fitler Square-area café, Ants Pants Café, recently launched a new, comprehensive bring-your-own Dinner Program to meet the growing need for good, wholesome dinnertime meal choices.  The program, developed by co-owners Liz Fleming and Nancy Silverman, is offered Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00-9:00 PM. It includes the flexible option of dining in or taking out and embraces local business by suggesting surrounding area stores to purchase wine or beer for the in-house dining BYO concept.

New Chef, Nicole Loesch, who hails from Fork and understands the concept of delicious, approachable food, is executing the dinner menu offerings. Together, the team developed a nutritious and inspiring menu reflective of their brand, which embraces Aussie culture, traditions and colloquialisms – hence the “Ants Pants” name. Menu items include: Salt and Pepper Calamari [$10]; Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Sydney-based Toby’s Estate Coffee Vinaigrette [$12]; Burger with the Lot with Grilled Pineapple, Roasted Beetroot, Fried Egg on a Challah Bun [$13]; Fish and Chips [$16] and Pavlova [$7].

In addition to the new menu, certain dishes have suggested beverage pairings and directions to local establishments on where to purchase those beverages not only as part of an initiative they hope will encourage small business growth in the community, but also as an added service for customers.

“Fitler Square and South Street have both exploded in terms of develop with new residences, shops and dining options,” explains Liz Fleming, Co-Owner Ants Pants Café. “It’s important to keep the local business community thriving while at the same time recognize the need for a number of new options to keep existing and new patrons excited and happy.”

Located at 2212 South Street, Ants Pants Cafe has been a friendly, popular mainstay in the Graduate Hospital/Fitler Square neighborhood since 2004. Founded by childhood friends Liz Fleming and Nancy Silverman, Ants Pants Café celebrates all the good things in life: food, coffee and community. It brings a little of the Aussie spirit to the City of Brotherly Love through its unique menu items and laid back, casual approach.

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Enter to Win a Trip to Belgium to Brew the Annual Philly Beer Week Collaborative Beer

PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m.Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2014 will host their annual Win a Trip to Belgium Raffle at Field House (1150 Filbert Street, 215-629-1520). 

Guests will have an opportunity to mingle and “vote” for their favorite local brewers. One lucky winner will travel to Belgium with his or her favorite to help brew Philly Beer Week’s annual Belgo Collaboration beer, this year with Belgium’s youngest female brewer, Anne Catherine Dilewyns of Brouwerij Dilewyns.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20. They can be purchased online before the event at PhillyBeerWeek.org (http://phillybeerweek.org/pbw_raffle.cfm). Secondary prizes, including baskets of cheer, gift certificates from local bars and restaurants, and event tickets, will also be awarded.

“Our annual trip to Belgium is one of the high-water marks of the pre-PBW season, and we look forward to another great turn-out for this exciting event,” says PBW Executive Director Don Russell.  “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, both for the lucky winner and for the brewer chosen toaccompany him or her, and every year we look forward to offering them this chance – and to reaping the delicious benefits when we unveil their special beer at Opening Tap.”

The PBW 2014 Collaborative Brew will be created in cooperation with Brouwerij Dilewyns and imported by Vanberg & DeWulf, who will provide the winner’s and brewer’s airline tickets and hotel rooms for the whirlwind expedition, and previously partnered with PBW and Brasserie Dupont in 2012.

At the raffle event, guests will have the chance to mix and mingle with the participating brewers, and enjoy specialty brews from each. The Field House will serve its popular menu of beer-friendly pub fare, along with 40 local draughts.

Philly Beer Week 2014 will be held from Friday, May 30 until Sunday, June 8.  Established in 2008 as a celebration of America’s Best Beer-Drinking City, PBW is the largest beer event of its kind in the United States, featuring hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights throughout greater Philadelphia.  PBW highlights the region’s diverse beer scene – its world-class breweries, neighborhood taverns, trend-setting restaurants and rich beer culture and history.

For more information about Philly Beer Week, including the ever-expanding schedule of events both during PBW and throughout the year, a list of participants and other details, please visit www.phillybeerweek.org, follow us on Twitter (@PhillyBeerWeek) and like us on Facebook.

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Brew Trail

New Website Helps Beer Lovers Plan Their Ultimate Tasting Trip

BrewTrail.com Maps and Details of Every Brewery in the Country

New Haven, CT – Beer lovers, your prayers have been answered – visiting breweries just got easier.  Brew Trail (www.BrewTrail.com), the ultimate compilation of brewery information, has gone online and promises to make beer tourism a one-stop planning experience.  According to the Brewer’s Association, there are 2,538 breweries and brewpubs operating in the country (the most since the 1880s) and only one website – Brew Trail – has tracked them all along with the meticulous key details like their brewery tour and tasting room schedules.  Never before has so much detailed brewery data been available on one site.  With Brew Trail’s Trip Planner, aficionados can plot out a multi-state tour or simply check out some new breweries in town, easily incorporating each brewery’s schedule to cover ground most efficiently.  It’s all free, and it’s optimized for mobile devices.  From Pilsners in Portland to Stouts in St. Louis, Brew Trail will help plan a fantastic expedition along America’s beer trail.

“It’s been a true labor of love.  A very, very detailed labor of love,” said Brew Trail co-founder Chris Margonis.  “Why did we start the site?  My buddy and I love beer, it’s as simple as that.  And when we realized there weren’t any sites like this – a one-stop spot for all the brewery details along with brewery tour and tasting room times, we devoted ourselves even more to our hobby.  We want Brew Trail to be seen as a promotional asset for all craft breweries – to help them level the playing field and gain recognition among the big boys.  And we think Brew Trail also has the potential to become an excellent tool for state and local tourism boards as more and more localities launch their own beer trails.”

The US craft beer movement has been exploding, with an astounding 10% annual growth – even while overall beer consumption has been declining slightly in favor of wine and spirits.  Although it makes sense given that craft beers have similar complexities and food pairings as wine.  Five out of ten fastest growing beer brands are craft (Dale’s Pale Ale, Lagunitas, Ranger, Torpedo, Shiner) and several of them  have been seeing a mind-boggling 45% growth in sales.  With this new, overwhelming beer awareness, Brew Trail arrives at the perfect time to make a potential mark on the scene and establish itself within the craft beer culture.

About Brew Trail (www.BrewTrail.com)

Visiting breweries just got easier.  Brew Trail compiles every brewery and brewpub in the country – over 2,500 – allowing beer lovers to quickly and seamlessly plan their ultimate tasting trip.  Tour schedules, tasting room hours, fees and other info is all available on one site for the first time ever.

The Malty Monday Monitor for July 22, 2013


Suntory Named 2013 Distiller of the YearSuntory Named “Distiller of the Year” for the Third Year in a Row at the 2013 International Spirits Challenge

The 2013 International Spirits Challenge (ISC) awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 16 in London. Suntory Liquors Limited was awarded “Distiller of the Year,” an annual honor bestowed upon the industry’s best distiller who consistently produces a variety of high-quality products. This distinction coincided with being presented the “Trophy,” the highest award in the World Whiskies category, for Suntory Liquors’ Hibiki 21 Years Old blended whisky.

Suntory Liquors Limited was honored with the “Distiller of the Year” award for the third time, having also received it in 2010 and 2012. As the company enters its 90th year, Suntory views this prize as a significant testament to the high quality and craftsmanship of their whiskies. The judges offered high praise for the whisky, stating “Suntory is a force to be reckoned with and is really pushing the Japanese whisky category to an international level.” This is a great achievement for the House of Suntory Whisky, a family-owned House of Whisky, where a tradition of uncompromising artisanship has been handed down from father to son since 1923.

This is the first time for Hibiki 21 Years Old to be honored the top spot in the World Whiskies category by receiving the “Trophy”. There were 400 whiskies entered in this year’s competition. The judges recognized that Hibiki 21 Years Old has a rich, full aroma with plenty of oak and soft fruit flavors, a good balance and texture, and a long rich finish — noting its unblended malt and grain whiskies, the varied and distinguished range of those unblended whiskies, and the strength of its blending techniques.

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Ardbeg Galileo Bottle

Ardbeg Galileo Is Out Of This World!

Ardbeg, the Ultimate Islay malt whisky, today won two top awards at the International Spirits Challenge for Ardbeg Galileo, a celebration of its “world first” space maturation experiment.

The ultimate Islay malt whisky won Best Launch campaign and Best PR campaign for the release of Galileo, a limited edition whisky released in June 2012.

The whisky, named after Galileo Galilei, the father of modern astronomy, celebrates the first ever experiment undertaken by Ardbeg Distillery (or any other distillery for that matter!) in space. Ardbeg was invited in late 2011 by US-based space research company NanoRacks, based in Houston Texas, to take part in an experiment to test what impact zero gravity has on micro-organic compounds drawn from the distillery’s production on Islay. This experiment will compare the difference in maturation (the inter-action of these compounds with charred oak) between normal gravity on Earth and micro-gravity in space, and is currently taking place on the International Space Station.

Dr. Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, explained: “We thought we would celebrate the experiment by the introduction of Ardbeg Galileo – our own earthly tribute to the scientific experiment taking place far up in space! We are over the moon at winning these campaign awards, it has been a privilege to have the opportunity to send Ardbeg molecules in to space and create an expression in its honour.”

Philly Beer Week 2013 Starts In 6 Days!


2013 Philly Beer WeekFriday, May 31st is the official start of Philly Beer Week 2013, and I’m pleased to report that the organizers still can’t count! I don’t know about you, but in my world, a week equals 7 days. Not so in the Philly Beer Week Universe! One week equals 10 days in that alternate reality. FYI, this is not a complaint. Philly Beer Week is one of the best reasons why Philadelphia is one of the greatest Craft Beer loving cities in the world. Truth be told, in Philadelphia, EVERY week is Philly Beer Week!

Below are just a few of the events that will be happening in my hometown during Philly Beer Week 2013. Hope to see you at the taps!

Photo courtesy of http://beerbybart.com/

Photo courtesy of http://beerbybart.com/


Philly Beer Week 2013 Hammer Of Glory Relay Route

PHILADELPHIA, PA – It’s almost time for Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2013, the nation’s largest celebration of beer (held Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 9), and the route of the annual Hammer of Glory (H.O.G.) Relay has been announced. Every year, the official keg mallet of PBW, affectionately nicknamed the H.O.G., travels across the city from bar to bar, tapping kegs and eventually making its way to the Opening Tap, where Mayor Michael Nutter wields the H.O.G. for the first official tap of PBW. At each location, the H.O.G. gets a different means of conveyance – from kinetic sculpture to wheelbarrow to the Philly Roller Girls.

“Ferrying the H.O.G. from place to place is one of my favorite PBW traditions, and every year, we find increasingly zanier styles of transportation,” says PBW Executive Director Don Russell. “I encourage all PBW fans – especially first- timers – to join the H.O.G. as it makes its way around town to the Opening Tap.”

The Route

At each location, as the H.O.G. is handed off to its next guide, the previous caretaker will offer a solemn toast: “Noble carrier, we entrust you with The Hammer of Glory, the omnipotent symbol of our beloved Philadelphia Beer Week. May our journey be safe. Work ye up a thirst, for there shall be a beer waiting for you at your destination. Godspeed!”

For people who would like to follow the Hammer of Glory, the SugarHouse Double Decker bus will be following the H.O.G. on May 31 throughout the day and providing free transportation to each stop. Throughout PBW, people can also follow #HOG on social media and visit the Philly Beer Week website under the “Hammer Tour” event category.

Philly Beer Week 2013 will be held from Friday, May 31 until Sunday, June 9. PBW is a 10-day celebration of “America’s Best Beer-Drinking City.” Established in 2008, it’s the largest beer celebration of its kind in the United States, featuring hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights throughout greater Philadelphia. PBW highlights the region’s diverse beer scene – its world-class breweries, neighborhood taverns, trend-setting restaurants and rich beer culture and history.

For more information about Philly Beer Week, including the ever-expanding schedule of events both during PBW and throughout the year, a list of participants and other details, please visit www.phillybeerweek.org and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@PhillyBeerWeek) (#PBW2013) and like them on Facebook.

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Opening Tap 2013

On Friday, May 31, Opening Tap ceremonies will commence at 7 p.m. with the traditional ‘first tap’ by Mayor Michael Nutter, held outside, on Independence Mall, adjacent to the Independence Visitor Center (1 North Independence Mall West.) page2image6168The ceremony is free and those waiting to enter the main affair will be in prime position to watch the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Brew-vitational awards as well as see Mayor Nutter slinging the PBW keg mallet (affectionately known as the Hammer of Glory, or HOG) to release PBW’s first drops of Brotherly Suds 4, the local collaborative beer of PBW 2013.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for a strolling beer tasting of more than 30 regional breweries on two levels. General admission costs $45 per person and will include a souvenir tasting glass. VIP tickets costs $90 per person and will include some of the region’s most unique beers from its very best breweries, a tasty food buffet and other surprises. Both tickets can be purchased online (click to buy). The event sold out last year, and tickets will not be available at the door.

Beer drinkers will get a first taste of Brotherly Suds 4, an English summer ale with a zesty citrus hop. The collaboration beer will be brewed this year at Yards by Tom Kehoe, Bill Covaleski of Victory, Gordon Grubb of Nodding Head, Mark Edelson of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant and Gene Muller of Flying Fish.

Beer friendly food will be available for purchase on site from Max & Me Catering. There will also be live music by The Flathead Gang. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age, and no children will be admitted. Those who will be acting as designated drivers can attend the Opening Tap for $15 per person, including complimentary soft drinks and a PBW DD t-shirt.

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Photo courtesy of http://southstreet.com/

Photo courtesy of http://southstreet.com/


Philly Beer Week Garden – Local Brews and Brewers, Live Music, Tasty Food and More!

PHILADELPHIA, PA – With a move this year to beautiful and historic The Shambles at Headhouse Square, the beer garden is sure to be one of the top places to enjoy beer during PBW. Beer drinkers will enjoy special one-offs and rare beer treats, some of them available exclusively at the beer garden, as well as food from South Street District restaurants and live bands. The Philly Beer Week Garden will be open nightly, from Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free, beer and food will be pay-as-you-go.

“There’s very little that we love more than a cold beer on a warm day – especially enjoyed outside,” says PBW Executive Director Don Russell. “The Philly Beer Week Garden is a perfect place to get into the spirit of PBW and enjoy some truly one-of-a-kind beers from the area’s most talented and creative brewers.”

Visitors to the the Philly Beer Week Garden will be able to drink great beers while playing “lawn games” run by Major League Bocce. Games will include: two bocce courts, corn hole and Bear Pong (not to be confused with beer pong). The Philly Beer Week Garden will be held rain or shine. The Philly Beer Week Garden is being held with Rolling Barrel Events in conjunction with the South Street Headhouse District and the area’s fine restaurants.

  • Monday, June 3: Weyerbacher will feature their just-for-PBW Manneken-Penn, brewed in Belgium over the winter by ‘Win a Trip to Belgium’ raffle winner Matt Hohorst, head brewer Chris Wilson and Brasserie de la Senne’s Yvan De Baets. Manneken-Penn is a Belgo-American Dubbel made with oats, molasses and – appropriately – a combination of American and European hops. Philly-based rockers Cold Fronts will perform.
  • Tuesday, June 4: Local favorites Troegs and Sly Fox will bring some of their top summer times brews including Sunshine Pils (Troegs) and Helles and Phoenix Pale Ale (Sly Fox). Seven-piece funk ensemble Swift Technique will play.
  • Wednesday, June 5: Philadelphia Brewing Company and Dock Street will man the taps, with a performance from soulful singer Ali Wadsworth.
  • Thursday, June 6: Yards and Flying Fish will bring their award-winning beers and live music from indie folk rockers New Sweden.
  • Friday, June 7: A foursome of breweries will close out the garden, with Free Will, Lancaster, Rock Bottom and Triumph bringing their favorite beers and a performance by infectious American rockers The Lawsuits.

Craft Beer News Flash: The Launch of Beerporium!


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Click the pic to visit Beerporium.com!

Yesterday morning, we received an email from our Craft Beer blogging buddy Will Carlson of the Brew Trek blog. In his email, Will asked if we could share some information about his latest Craft Beer-centric business opportunity: the launch of his Beerporium website.

Will is incredibly passionate about his beer, and his Brew Trek blog is all about his Craft Beer journey, i.e. “ever since his first visit to Wynkoop Brewing back in 1988, he has been hooked on craft beer and it’s culture, seeking out breweries and brew pubs wherever he travels”. Beerporium is Will’s way of helping others maximize THEIR Craft Beer journey.

Without further ado, below is Will’s press release which does a fantastic job of explaining what Beerporium is all about. Many thanks to Will for taking the time to share this information with us. Cheers!

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Beer Blogger Creates Products for Craft Beer Lovers

Denver, CO – May 10, 2013William (Will) Carlson II, writer/creator of the craft brewery travel blog Brew Trek, is proud to announce the launch of Beerporium, a company specializing in products for craft beer lovers and travelers.

Beerporium’s  flagship product, the Brewery Passport and Journal, provides the perfect way for craft beer drinkers to document their visits to breweries. The Passport was developed through insights gained in nearly 25 years of visiting craft breweries. Will noticed that, just like him, many craft beer fans were documenting their visits and beers using blank, off-the-shelf pocket notebooks, filling in the details as the mood struck them. With preprinted spaces for all of the relevant information about a brewery, including thoughts on beers savored there, the Passport gives craft beer lovers a way to take home a memento from their visit, and at some locations, to enjoy free beer!

A number of participating Colorado breweries will stamp the Passports, and at select breweries, offer the Passport bearer a free flight of three beer tasters. 12 Colorado craft breweries have already signed on to offer free flights or just stamp the Passports; they include Asher Brewing, Black Bottle Brewery, Bootstrap Brewing, Brewery Rickoli, Equinox Brewing, Grand Lake Brewing, Lone Tree Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing, Pateros Creek Brewing, Very Nice Brewing, and Wit’s End Brewing. Brewers from across the nation are welcome to participate, details can be found at Beerporium.com.

The Brewery Passport and Journal retails for $15.00 and can be purchased online at the Beerporium website, through breweries that carry them, or retail outlets like Hugo’s Beer in Denver. Special events where the Passport can be purchased are being planned also. With most breweries charging $1.00 to $3.00 per beer taster, the value of the Passport can be appreciated in just two or three brewery visits.

A second product, the Colorado Craft Breweries poster, has just been released, showcasing all of the current craft breweries in the ‘Napa Valley of Beer.’ Artfully integrated into perhaps the coolest state flag in the nation, the names of the state’s breweries comprise the graphical elements of the Colorado state flag. Since the brewing landscape in the state is changing on a monthly, and almost weekly basis, different editions will be issued with the newest breweries worked into the design. The posters retail for $13.00, with $1.00 of each poster sold donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild as a way to show our support for craft brewing in Colorado.

Additional products are currently in the planning stages, including craft brewery posters for all of the major brewing states in the nation. T-shirts derived from the poster designs are also being considered.

For more information contact
William Carlson II: 720.323.1556admin@beerporium.com, @beerporiumfacebook.com/beerporium, Beerporium on Google+

About William Carlson II

William Carlson II is an avid craft beer fan, homebrewer, blogger, and traveler. Since 2010 he has written the craft brewery travel blog, Brew Trek (brew-trek.com), documenting the sights, sounds, and experiences of a life obsessed with craft beer. He has visited close to 100 breweries in the past 25 years since his first visit to Wynkoop Brewing in 1988. With nearly 30 years of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and creative direction experience, he applies that knowledge to the development of new products for Beerporium.

Boozing And Schmoozing Sentinel For Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Moonshine and Valentines

A Vintage Valentine’s Day Soiree That’s The Cat’s Meow At The National Constitution Center

Moonshine and Valentines party to feature live musical performances, cocktails, and afterhours access to American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition 

Philadelphia, PA (January 24, 2013) – Sweethearts and singles alike will enjoy a sinfully decadent menu, exquisite whiskey cocktails, cabaret performances, and more during the National Constitution Center’s sassy and swanky Moonshine and Valentines soiree on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Much like a moody ’20s cabaret club, the Center’s Grand Hall Lobby will feature dim lighting and plenty of fringe and red satin.  Admission to the Moonshine and Valentines party is $30 for museum members and $35 for non-members (ages 21+) and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and after-hours access to the exhibition everyone is “jazzed” about –American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  Reservations can be made by calling 215.409.6700 or at www.constitutioncenter.org.

Guests are welcome but not required to attend in their best Roaring ’20s attire!  Men – don your best suit and fedora.  Ladies – get all dolled up and accessorize with headbands with feathers, cloche hats, long pearl necklaces, feather boas, cigarette holders, and seamed stockings.

Partygoers will shimmy the night away to the sounds of the Boilermaker Jazz Band, who will set the mood withpopular jazz numbers of the ’20s and ’30s.  The evening’s musical offerings also include special cabaret theatre performances featuring sultry selections from the smash hit musical Chicago.  Led by music director John Daniels, the cast includes award-winning Philadelphia actors, Ben Dibble, Mike Dees, Jamison Foreman, Rachel Camp, Alex Keiper, and Melissa Joy Hart.  The talented ensemble will perform toe-tapping standards from the musical including “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and more.  For a memorable keepsake, guests can grab some props and strike a pose in front of a ’20s era backdrop and have their photo taken by Peter van Beever Photography.

It wouldn’t be a Prohibition party without the hooch – guests will enjoy specialty whiskey cocktails served discreetly in coffee mugs and made with Jim Beam Devil’s Cut and Canadian Club Dock No. 57, as well as brew from Philly’s own Yards Brewing Company, including the sought-after Love Stout.  Beverages will be paired with a decadent menu prepared by Brûlée Catering including Chicago-style mini hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches.  The Chicago themed items will be paired with more traditional Valentine’s Day fare such as chicken and roasted red potatoes followed by mouthwatering desserts like red velvet cupcakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, and chocolate tart.

Throughout the evening, guests can watch as the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation come vividly to life in the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this first comprehensive exhibition about Prohibition explores America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup.  

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is created by the National Constitution Center and curated by Daniel Okrent, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  Following its debut at the Center, the exhibition will embark on a nationwide tour.

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The Big, The Bold & The Barrel Aged at Old Eagle Tavern Featuring Boulder Beer Company

Philadelphia, PAOld Eagle Tavern features January’s Brewery of the Month, Boulder Beer Co., on Thursday, January 31st at 7pm with The Big, The Bold & The Barrel Aged, a beer-centric event in which the Old Eagle crew will tap a selection of high alcohol and barrel-aged beers from Boulder Beer Company.

All Boulder Beers are $1 off after 7pm and beer enthusiasts will have the selection of Honey of a Saison—a new limited-edition 11.5%ABV offering brewed with wildflower honey; Killer Penguin—an extremely limited winter barleywine ale; Hazed & Infused—an unfiltered ale infused with hops; as well as Mojo Risin’ Imperial IPA and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cold Hop.

Chef Morgan Malachi will prepare dishes to complement these high alcohol and barrel-aged beers from Colorado’s first microbrewery, Boulder Beer Company. Specials from the kitchen include a half pound Bison Burger grilled to order with a blueberry sauce, onions caramelized in Boulder IPA and goat cheese, served with specially seasoned fries; and Mexican Corn on the Cob topped with Habanero Aioli and Queso Fresco. Stay tuned for more dishes to come.

Old Eagle Tavern features a Brewery of the Month with $1 off select drafts every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. February’s Brewery of the Month is Lancaster Brewing Company, so expect an exceptional event next month as well.

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Bulleit Bourbon 10 yr Stright

FAMED AMERICAN WHISKEY BRAND RELEASES SOON-TO-BE COVETED BULLEIT® 10

Tom Bulleit’s First-Ever Selected Reserve Aged 10 Years to Deliver Elevated Bourbon

LAWRENCEBURG, KY (January 23, 2013) – As the renaissance of American whiskey endures, the category continues to expand and diversify. Perhaps no other bourbon has captured the palates of whiskey enthusiasts and the imagination of mixologists quite like Bulleit® Bourbon. With an undeterred passion for excellent whiskey, Tom Bulleit, founder of one of America’s fastest growing small batch whiskies, officially announced today the availability of his selected reserve – Bulleit® 10 Years Old.

Aged in charred American white oak, a select number of Bulleit® Bourbon barrels were set aside to age for ten years to see how the already award-winning bourbon would develop. Bulleit® distillers were thrilled to find that the additional years resulted in a special expression of Bulleit® Bourbon that provides a rich, deep, incredibly smooth sipping experience that maintains the inherent character and high rye content for which the Bulleit® brand is best known.

“I may be biased, but I think Bulleit® Bourbon is incredible at its traditional age of five to eight years,” said Tom Bulleit, “but it’s exciting to see what happened to a select number of barrels aged a little longer. The result was a special expression of our family’s bourbon that exceeded our expectations and we knew we had to bottle it and share it with our loyal fans.”

Balanced, rich and complex with delicate floral notes which have been rounded through the extra years within the barrels, Bulleit® 10 is russet in color with rich oaky aromas and hints of vanilla and dried fruit. At 91.2 proof (45.6% ABV), the newest addition to the brand’s portfolio of products possesses an exceptionally smoky and smooth finish.

Much like Bulleit® Bourbon and Rye, Bulleit 10 is showcased in the iconic frontier-inspired bottle with a beige label that prominently showcases the liquid’s age. In addition, Bulleit® 10 is housed within a premium box display that creatively outlines the Bulleit family story and Tom’s inspiration for fine bourbon.

“Bulleit® 10 is a very limited and special opportunity to responsibly enjoy the bourbon in a refined expression,” Bulleit continued. “We are eager to see its receptivity and are making it available for as long as the supply lasts.”

Bulleit® 10 is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $44.99 for a 750 ml bottle. Please visit www.BulleitBourbon.com or www.Facebook.com/Bulleit to learn more and remember to always drink responsibly.

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Balvenie Single Barrel 12

Introducing: The Balvenie 12-Year-Old Single Barrel

An email from The Balvenie

Dear G-LO,

As someone who likes to explore new, exciting and rare single malts, we know you’ll share our excitement about the launch of David Stewart’s latest creation – The Balvenie 12-Year-Old Single Barrel.

Non chill-filtered and bottled at a higher strength of 47.8% ABV, this unique spirit spends 12 years in first-fill Bourbon barrels before being filled into no more than 300 hand-numbered bottles per cask. Each as precious as the last. And while no two casks are quite the same, David personally selects only those with the distinct honey, oak and vanilla notes characteristic of The Balvenie Single Barrel.

Like each of our expressions, the exceptional quality of the 12-Year-Old Single Barrel begins with the unparalleled craftsmanship retained by our distillery. We proudly still grow and malt our own barley, employ a coppersmith and our own team of coopers to tend to our casks and have in our service the longest serving Malt Master in the industry.

We’re proud to share a rare piece of our collection with you. And we hope that you’ll make it a part of yours.

Slainte Mhath!

- The Balvenie

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Super Bowl Cocktails Courtesy Of Wild Turkey

Give em the Bird Blitz

Give em the Bird Blitz

  • 1 tablespoon fig jam
  • 1½ oz. Wild Turkey 81
  • ¼ oz. Orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • Ice

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an old fashioned glass over fresh ice.

Fourth and Long

Fourth and Long

  • 1 oz. Wild Turkey 101
  • 3/4 oz. Wild Turkey 81
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. Aperol
  • 1/2 oz. Maple Syrup

Combine all ingredients, shake vigorously and serve in a high ball glass. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.