Dear Whiskey Advertisers,

Dear Whiskey Advertisers,

Women like whiskey too, advertisers. I have been unable to avoid web articles on “women and whiskey”, women in the whiskey industry, or the all too common “10 reasons why you should date women that drink whiskey”.  I get it.  It seems odd to most people that half the population of the world as we know it should like a drink once in a while. But let’s be clear. This is not a reflection of reality. This is advertising. As an American woman born into a modern era where women can vote (1920), are no longer condemned for wearing pants (that ended sometime in the 60’s, I think, though my mother was expelled from her church in 1985 for considering the option), and now hold 19.4% of seats in the U.S. Congress (Who’d’ve thunk it?), I find the lack of whiskey advertising...

Rare Bottle of OFC Bourbon Raffle in the Philadelphia,PA Area

Rare Bottle of OFC Bourbon Raffle in the Philadelphia,PA Area

BOURBON + BBQ + DVFF FUNDRAISER + WIN A VERY RARE BOURBON BOTTLE By Joe Canals West Deptford THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 2017    7:00 PM — 8:30 PM An Evening of Discovery: From Grain to Glass. Crafting Fine Bourbons Join us on Thursday, February 23 from 7pm-8:30pm at Joe Canal’s of West Deptford as we host a very special bourbon event and raffle to benefit the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation (DVFF). The DVFF is a non-profit foundation that works to help sustain and defend regional small agriculture including farmers who grow grains for use in spirits like whiskey. This year the DVFF will focus on the SeedSpark program which is helping fund a project at Penn State University to bring back an heirloom rye grain that hasn’t been in production since Prohibition. To...

Summer 2016 PA Distillery Tour #16- Stoll and Wolfe Distillery, Lititz, Pa

Summer 2016 PA Distillery Tour #16- Stoll and Wolfe Distillery, Lititz, Pa

Every once in a while, you get to see a circle being completed. The last distillery to close its doors in Pennsylvania was Michter’s Distillery in Schaefferstown in 1990. The closing of this distillery marked the end of an era. The Michter’s brand name was sold to a company in Kentucky (Chatham Imports) and the brick and mortar distillery was left to decompose. The last distiller to work on site in Shaefferstown was a man named Dick Stoll. Now, in his eighties, Mr. Stoll and his youthful, energetic partner, Erik Wolfe are determined to bring back that which was lost. Their new Stoll & Wolfe distillery will incorporate the old with the new by employing the talents and experience of Mr. Stoll with the a modern vision of Pennsylvania distilling. Lititz, Pa is...

“Tennessee Whiskey”

“Tennessee Whiskey”

I heard a song this morning called “Tennessee Whiskey”. The artist’s name is Chris Stapleton. He records out of Nashville, Tennessee. (Makes sense…) Nashville is home to two of Corsair’s locations. Corsair has a few locations -the Corsair Artisan Distillery is located in Bowling Green, KY. The Nashville locations are in the Marathon building (They happen to share this building with the American Pickers!) and their new Corsair Distillery WeHo location just outside of town. Their slogan is “Hand crafted small batch ultra premium booze for badasses.” Damn right! Nashville is also home to Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery and Windy Hill Distillery. Tennessee whiskey is growing and we’re all excited to see how it...

Here We Come A-Wassailing!

Here We Come A-Wassailing!

I was singing a Christmas carol to myself and realized- Hey, this has whiskey in it! Or, at least, it CAN have whiskey in it… Here we come a-wassailing Among the leaves so green; Here we come a-wand’ring So fair to be seen. REFRAIN: Love and joy come to you, And to you your wassail too; And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year And God send you a Happy New Year. Wassail (Old Norse “ves heil”, Old English was hál, literally ‘be you healthy’) was a hot mulled apple cider drink that has origins in medieval England. It was drunk ritually during the Yule season (midwinter) to ensure a good apple harvest. The Norse and Germanic people celebrated the midwinter festival of Yule, which predated Christianity. (The Yule-tide season lasted...

Christmas with the Drop Kick Murphys

Christmas with the Drop Kick Murphys

I love the Christmas season. I love the opportunity to share with the ones I love and pour a glass of good whiskey with my family. The carols and Christmas songs come in all forms, and most modern Christmas ballads leave much to be desired… Then there’s the Drop Kick Murphys. They always have a way with words. This may not be the most gentle or nurturing song for the spirit of Christmas but it always makes me smile to hear it. So without further ado…The Drop Kick Murphy’s “The Season’s Upon Us…” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxYZRAowdzc The season’s upon us, it’s that time of year Brandy and eggnog, there’s plenty of cheer There’s lights on the trees and there’s wreaths to be hung...

Christmas Egg Nog

Christmas Egg Nog

6 days until Christmas…Time to make the EGG NOG! Egg nog’s origins are a bit fuzzy. It may be that it originated in England, but many believe modern egg nog is derived from a medieval recipe for posset. Posset was a drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or other alcoholic liquor and typically flavored with spices, drunk as a delicacy or as a remedy for colds. The word “nog” comes from the word noggin, a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used toserve alcohol. Egg nog should be aged, not only because the flavor will enhance over time, but because any bacteria will not survive after the aging process. I always recommend making your own egg nog. It’s always tastes better and you know where it’s been and what’s in it! This recipe needs...

Why So Defensive About Sourced Whiskey?

Why So Defensive About Sourced Whiskey?

I was asked at the Dram Devotee’s Whistle Pig tasting on Thursday, “Why do you sound so defensive when you are speaking about sourced whiskey?” It must be true that I sound defensive or it wouldn’t have been noted by one of my guests.  I can tell you that a lot of my defensiveness stems from the commentary that I read on the internet.  I suppose I do feel the need to defend those companies that source their bourbons and ryes, but also manage to put out a consistently great product. I’ve seen all the lists of sourced whiskeys from LDI/MGP (Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana/Midwest Grain Products).  (For those that have not seen the list, you can find information here- (http://recenteats.blogspot.com/p/the-complete-list-of-american-whiskey.html.) There is a lot...