An Opinion on Metallica’s Blackened American Whiskey

An Opinion on Metallica’s Blackened American Whiskey

So…Metallica has its own whiskey now. Ugh.   Everyone has their own whiskey, it seems. Nothing new, of course. Celebrity sells. There have been celebrities moving distilled products since advertising’s infancy. Beautiful people, famous people, successful people…from doctors recommending a brand to silver screen actresses insisting that a brand will make you irresistible…it’s all been done. Here are just a few modern celebrities selling booze- Matthew McConaughy- Wild Turkey and Longbranch Whiskey Mila Kunis- Jim Beam Christina Hendricks- Johnny Walker David Beckham- Haig Club Dan Aykroyd- Crystal Head Vodka Ryan Reynolds- Aviation Gin George Clooney- Casamigos Tequila (though I think he sold that) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt- Miraval Rosé Drew Barrymore-...

American Whiskey Convention

American Whiskey Convention

I’m so excited to be a part of the American Whiskey Convention in Philadelphia.  The Dram Devotees of Bucks County will have a booth at the event and we will enjoy every minute of it! The event is designed to celebrate American whiskeys in all stages of production and beyond.  It starts with the farmers and the maltsters.  There will be grain farmers present to explain the importance of sustainable grain agriculture and farming practices within the state.  Pennsylvania actually boasts a malting house with a honest to goodness malting floor!  Deer Creek Malthouse is in Glen Mills, Pa and they are sticklers for grain quality, buying only the healthiest local grains.  They will be there at their own booth amongst local distillers that use their products....

Where Whistle Pig Got Its Name

Where Whistle Pig Got Its Name

I’m prepping for the Dram Devotees of Bucks County’s Whistle Pig tasting Thursday night, and I came across the funniest story about how Whistle Pig got its name. Dave Pickerell was being interviewed by Mark Gillespie of Whiskycast, and Mark asked him the origin of the name “Whistle Pig.” (You can find the actual interview in episode 267 at whiskycast.com) Dave went on to tell a story of how Raj Bhakta, the founder of the brand, was hiking in Vail when a Frenchman on a bicycle careened down the mountain toward him. The man stopped and asked (rather oddly and in a comically high-pitched voice), “Could it beeeee…could it beeee a whistle pig?” Raj answered, “A what? I don’t know what you’re talking about.” “You know…a whistle pig.” The man made some strange...