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August 2007

Getting to know you, and by "you" I mean "your drinks"

Last week at the Rye cocktail competition, Dominic Venegas was one of the judges. Dominic set up the bar program at Range, bartends at Bourbon & Branch and Cantina, and has designed/revamped cocktail menus for several restaurants around town. Oh, and also he's the spirits buyer for John Walker & Sons liquor store. In other words, he gets around. The competition was to make a Campari-based cocktail. The judges are seated in a separate area so they are blind as to which bartender has prepared each drink. After the judging I asked Dominic how the cocktails were. "The problem with... Read more →

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Bears Eat Beer-Filled Boozer

BEARS EAT DRUNK AT BEER FESTIVAL Beer festival reveller dies after taking a short cut By Mark Ellis A DRUNK staggering home from a beer festival took a short cut through a zoo's bear cage - and was found half-eaten next day. Amazingly, Branko Jovanovic, 22, was still alive when zoo staff discovered him - despite having a leg torn off and half his face chewed away. But he died later on his way to hospital in Belgrade, Serbia, after keepers battled to prise him from the jaws of the Tibetan black bears. Zoo director Vuk Bojovic said: "I will... Read more →

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Pisco Flamethrower

Morty has a great application for a trick J-Beau invented: He fills a mister with flammable-proof rum and Angostura bitters and flames it on a Pisco Sour. Not only does it look really cool, he says, "The fire will really open up the aromatics in the Anogstura, and when served immediately, the foam will be a real treat for the senses." I can see this trick really catching on in bars- what better way to sell a drink than to finish it with a flamethrower? Check out the instructions on his website. Labels: bartending, pisco Read more →

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If it ain't broke...

...why rebrand it? Glenmorangie is rebranding much of its line of whiskies, changing the bottle style, and renaming the wood-finished lines. The company is also replacing its Wood Finish expressions with the Glenmorangie Extra Matured range of three single malts with Gaelic-inspired names -- Lasanta, Quinta Ruban and Nectar d'Or -- aged for 10 years in Bourbon casks and then additionally matured in either Sherry, Port or French Sauternes barrels. The Glenmorangie 18-year-old and 25-year-old whiskies will also be re-launched with their own bespoke identities, the company said.Apparently Quinta Ruban is easier to remember than "port" (or whichever one it... Read more →

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The problem with moonshine...

...is that you get the Dukes of Hazzard theme song stuck in your head when you write about it. You'll have to wait until next week for the story, but I invite you to join me in my personal hell: Good Ol' Boys by Waylon Jennings - Dukes of Hazzard Lyrics Just the good ol' boys, Never meanin' no harm, Beats all you've ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born. Straight'nin' the curve, Flat'nin' the hills. Someday the moutain might get 'em, but the law never will. Makin' their way, The only way... Read more →

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So, so many muddlers

If you have anything to do with the booze industry, you're probably drowning in muddlers right now. I brought home seven from Tales of the Cocktail, and over the past month I've been averaging one new muddler every week. Not on purpose. With so many muddlers (and so few friends to give them to) one needs to find other uses for them. Here are some suggestions: Muddler Dominoes Muddler Toe Separators for Pedicures Muddler Jenga! Muddler Faux-Native Jewelry Labels: funny, swag Read more →

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Now that's a spicy cachaca!

I went to the Beleza Pura cachaca tasting event at Cantina this week. We tasted aged and unaged cachacas, with an emphasis on the aged brands Excalibur Enterprises (the guy who created Beleza Pura) is importing. Of the aged cachacas my favorite was the GRM, a 2 year old cachaca aged in two kinds of oak barrels. I loved the coconut juice flavor and oaky spiciness on the finish, like green peppercorns. Then yesterday I picked up Esquire magazine only to read that David Wondrich rated it his favorite "sipping grade" cachaca as well. It's good to see that I'm... Read more →

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