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...

American Whiskey Convention Discount!

American Whiskey Convention Discount!

We will be represented at the American Whiskey Convention this year.  The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation is offering all Dram Devotees members a $15 discount on tickets for our participation.  You can just use VIPDram as the promocode when you go to purchase tickets.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Tonight’s Cooley Distillery Irish Whiskey Tasting

Tonight’s Cooley Distillery Irish Whiskey Tasting

Today is our “Irish Whiskey Tasting and Gourmet Dinner” event at the Temperance House in Newtown, PA.  The gourmet pairing menu was carefully chosen by the chef and the Dram Devotees of Bucks County to highlight the qualities of each whiskey. – Connemara Peated Irish Single Malt Whiskey Sauteed Mussels in olive oil w/ Smoked Andouille Sausage *Intermezzo (palate cleanser) of Irish Aero Mint Chocolates*  – 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey Seared Scallops w/ Rutabaga Purree & Lavender Beurre Blanc – Greenore Single Grain Irish Whiskey Rack of Lamb Lollipops w/ Apricot Chutney, Fried Goat Cheese and Haricot Vert – The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey Venison Loin wrapped in Bacon w/ Whiskey and Wild Mushroom Demi Glace, Roasted Brussel Sprouts...

Mummers and the New Year

Mummers and the New Year

Happy New Year!  This morning, Philadelphians are watching the Mummers make their way through the streets.  “Mumming” is as old as Philadelphia (and much older) but the first city sponsored parade was in 1901.  Most visitors to Philadelphia on New Year’s seem confused by the spectacle, but to a Philadelphian, it wouldn’t be New Years without them.  It is the oldest folk parade in the country. The tradition of mumming comes to America from Europe where it began as a pagan tradition celebrating Yule and the winter solstice.  Men and women would exchange clothes, dance and put on performances or plays to gather a crowd.  Symbolic characters would assist in the plays, such as Father Christmas, with good and bad characters (always overacted) to make a spectacle.  The...

Gift Ideas for the Whiskey Lover

Gift Ideas for the Whiskey Lover

Christmas is only a week away and the clock is ticking for those last minute gifts. Buying whiskey for your loved ones is never easy because everyone’s tastes are so different.  People often make the mistake of buying what they think is good for someone, only to find that it sits untouched.  Unless you’re buying whiskey for your friend or loved one because you want something to drink when you visit them, just avoid the drama and go for the whiskey drinker’s accessory instead. Many distilleries sell mini-barrels or t-shirts with their logos on them.  If you’re looking to share an experience, you could buy tickets to tour a local distillery or pick up tickets for a whiskey tasting/pairing. Glassware is always a good choice because it is part of the drinking...

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day!

No post today.  Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Mmmmm…turkey… I’m pairing my meal with some Wild Turkey Master’s Keep. It’s only appropriate, after all.