White Claw Conundrum

White Claw Conundrum

The topic of White Claw and “hard seltzer” has had me spinning. What is the public doing drinking all this stuff? How is this so popular? My whiskey sipping self could not grasp the phenomenon. Every time I had what I thought was the answer, a new question popped up for me. I believed that this was just a phase in American culture, much like hard lemonade, hard root beer or Zima (my generation’s clear, bubbly beer substitute). However, now that I know more about it, I realize it is going nowhere anytime soon. This product is made from SUGAR. For the health conscious. That is Truly (pardon the name brand pun) the magic behind the “hard seltzer” boom. Here are a few of the major reasons behind this consumer frenzy. The American public historically has been a binge...

Last Minute Whiskey Gifts

Last Minute Whiskey Gifts

Yet another week of whiskey gifts.  These have been thought out for that hard-to-buy-for whiskey enthusiast in your life.  Be sure to check out the last two blog entries and see the first 14 suggestions after looking at the 7 new ones here… #1-  Whiskey Emergency Kit. (And don’t get hung up on the “gentleman” bit in the link. Ladies will like this too!) This is a bit odd because it is actually a DIY kit and requires some work on your part. However, I believe that the kits you can buy are a bit lacking in the personalization dept. You know your whiskey enthusiast best and many of the items that can be included vary wildly in price. It’s best to create your own kit! Here’s one option for ideas-...

Another Week of Whiskey Gifts!

Another Week of Whiskey Gifts!

There are lots of options for gifts out there and the whiskey boom is really improving the buying choices! Take a look at this week’s suggestions.  I’m sure you’ll find something for that whiskey enthusiast that can be tough to shop for… #1- Fancy glassware. This seems like an easy gift, but there are some really cool options that a lot of people don’t have, even if they are seasoned whiskey drinkers. My personal favorite is the Peugeot whiskey tasting glass. It’s also available through Amazon. https://www.williams-sonoma.com/…/peugeot-whiskey-glass-set/ Another good choice is the Norlan whiskey glass. I have the Norlan and I like it, but they also sell the Rauk Heavy Tumbler, which is high on my “must buy list”....

A Week of Christmas Gift Ideas…

A Week of Christmas Gift Ideas…

Let’s be honest, there are really only a few weeks left until Christmas (Amazon only ships until Christmas eve), Hanukkah is underway, and we’re all scrambling for gifts! I wanted to put together some ideas that would be helpful to a person that has no idea what to get for their favorite whiskey drinker. There are tons of lists out there, but I tried to put mine together with a personal touch. #1- When it comes to Etsy gifts, you want to order those early. Personalized gifts, especially. Many may have already seen the whiskey advent calendars out there. There are some pre-made options that are already full of scotch or bourbon/rye samples, but I wanted to show you something I’d found on Etsy that might have a more personal touch. There are more expensive wooden...

SeedSpark: Connecting Farmers to Distillers

SeedSpark: Connecting Farmers to Distillers

There is a non-profit in Pennsylvania that is trying to help farmers make a profit.  The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation, founded by Bucks County resident Laura Fields, is working to create new opportunities for local grain farmers. About 5 years ago, Ms. Fields recognized there was a change happening in Pennsylvania politics that would benefit local farmers.  An “old-made-new-again” industry is returning to Pennsylvania that has an immediate need for grain sources. That industry? Craft distilling. Ms. Fields and her non-profit want to see Pennsylvania grain farmers benefit directly from this new demand. Craft distilleries in Pennsylvania have grown from about 4 in 2010 to over 80 in 2018. This exponential growth provides a great deal of opportunity for local...

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 #15- Red Brick Craft Distillery, Philadelphia, Pa

Summer 2016 PA Distillery Tour #15- Red Brick Craft Distillery, Philadelphia, Pa

  I had the good fortune to meet Zachary Cohen and Brian Forrest in March of last year at the American Whiskey Convention at Citizens Bank Park. They had not bottled any spirits as of yet, but they had been hard at work for more than 6 months getting Red Brick Craft Distillery up and running in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Zach worked with Deer Creek Malt House to prepare an educational display for the event that showed the amount of grain that went into a shot and a bottle of whiskey. Even without spirits to pour at the event, he certainly made an impression. He feels strongly about supporting local farmers and grain producers, so we had plenty to talk about. Zach leased the property on Martha Street in Kensington in October of 2014. What once...

Women and Whiskey

Women and Whiskey

I read an article on Facebook today on the 8 reasons to date a whiskey drinking woman.  These types of articles always make me smile, at first, because I’m a whiskey drinking woman and all of these descriptions seem complimentary. (Reasons to date girls that drink whiskey) Then it makes me wonder…why are these stereotypes around? Who are these mysterious women that society has conjured up? Whiskey has a reputation in America as a bad boy or bad girl drink.  When it’s not seen as the drink of choice served to cowboys and criminals, it’s seen as the neat rocks glass drink served in dark smoky rooms filled with leather chairs and wealthy men.  Now it’s sultry women with secrets that don’t like commitment.  Whiskey has a long history in this country and...