Darkside Revisted – Guinness Draught

So… my malty beer resolution has kind of fallen by the wayside. My beer drinking in general has slowed down this summer due to lack of time. Yes, you read that correctly; I didn’t have enough time to drink the beers I wanted to drink. This is a sad state …

Featured Classic Cocktail – The Sidecar

The Sidecar The Sidecar is a classic cocktail traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice. Today, most Sidecars are crafted with added syrup or a sugared rim garnish. However, a proper Sidecar has no added sugar and is boozy with a sharp citrus finish. The exact origin of …

Featured Craft Cocktail – From the Roots

From the Roots Inspired by the classic B & B liqueur, this spirit-forward cocktail is perfect for the cognac connoisseur. When crafting the From the Roots cocktail, I find that Benedictine and Aperol complement the delicate favor profit of Pierre Ferrand Cognac. The herbal sweet flavor of Benedictine softens the …

Brandy

If 50 is the new 30, is Brandy really over the hill? Bourbon is hot.  Really hot.  There is a new Gin landing on the market each and every month.  Vodka is flavored with everything from cilantro to wedding cake to bubble gum.  The names of large French houses dominate …

Piedmont

One of the nicest things about the world’s nicest wines is that—almost invariably—they are grown in some of the most BEAUTIFUL parts of the world. Think of Tuscany, Burgundy, New Zealand, Napa, South Africa, Greece… even Traverse City, Michigan (not exactly Queenstown, N.Z., but not too far off). Since Wine …

Featured Classic Cocktail – The Last Word

The Last Word cocktail was created in the early 1920s at the Detroit Athletic Club. This prohibition era cocktail was rediscovered in 2004 by Murray Stenson who was tending bar at the Zig Zag Cafe in Seattle. After its popularity exploded in the Pacific Northwest it slowly moved its way …

Featured Craft Cocktail – Eastside Sour

Like many successful cocktails today, the Eastside Sour is a contemporary take on a classic. Inspired by the Pisco Sour, this cocktail has a rich silky mouth feel with the perfect balance of sweet and citrus. First, Bombay Sapphire East is used showcasing its lemon grass and peppercorn-driven botanicals. Then, …

Bitter Brew

Beer… I get to write about beer. You get to read what I write about beer, lucky you. I hope you will find this blog interesting and informative. I know I’m excited to explore the goings-on of the world of hops and barley. Speaking of hops (did you see what …