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.

Remember Remember the 5th of November…

It’s the 5th of November…Guy Fawkes Day… Did you know that George Washington condemned the celebration of Guy Fawkes Day, otherwise known at the time as “Pope Day”? The colonies were in need of the support of Canadian, French Catholics and, needless to say, his soldiers burning the Pope in effigy was not ideal in winning the Canadians’ trust.  Before the American colonies found another enemy to distrust (namely the British), many colonists were staunchly anti-Catholic. The prejudices against Catholics in the new colonies were carried over from Europe. Guy Fawkes and his Catholic conspirators’ attempt to blow up the English King James and his new Parliament (and replace him with his Catholic daughter) did not go over well in London. In Boston, before...

Mark Twain’s “Life On the Mississippi” (book excerpt)

Mark Twain’s “Life On the Mississippi” (book excerpt)

Sometimes a little Samuel L. Clemens (aka, Mark Twain) is in order… How solemn and beautiful is the thought that the earliest pioneer of civilization, the van-leader of civilization, is never the steamboat, never the railroad, never the newspaper, never the Sabbath-school, never the missionary — but always whiskey! Such is the case. Look history over; you will see. The missionary comes after the whiskey — I mean he arrives after the whiskey has arrived; next comes the poor immigrant, with ax and hoe and rifle; next, the trader; next, the miscellaneous rush; next, the gambler, the desperado, the highwayman, and all their kindred in sin of both sexes; and next, the smart chap who has bought up an old grant that covers all the land; this brings the...

What Is It About Distillers and Artists?

What is it about distillers and chefs and artists? Why can they be so difficult to work with? I read an article recently about Chip Tate (creator of Balcones) and his wild temper. It made me think about the frustration of artists in a business world. There are always stories in the restaurant industry about pots being thrown in the kitchen and hot tempers that rival the oven temperatures. We’ve all heard the stories of the directors in Hollywood that aggravate others working on the film. Artists can be difficult to deal with because they want it done their way. After all, it is their vision and they see it done in a specific way. The artist is happy to work alone and hone their craft. The fact is that art is often great because it is the vision of one person, and...