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June 2012

This spring I visited eight American whiskey distilleries, including Woodford Reserve. Woodford Reserve's distillery is in a charming setting, nestled down next to a stream in a little valley. The distillery is in a grey stone building dating to 1838, though everything inside it is new. Like most American whiskey distilleries, it changed names and owners many times over the years, changing to the Woodford Reserve distillery in 2004. Woodford Reserve is made from a mashbill of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley. They use limestone-filtered well water to ferment the grains in Cyprus wood fermentation vats. They... Read more →

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I'm helping judge the third annual Wine Country Cocktail Competition, sponsored by Charbay and Perfect Puree. (That would be California's wine country, in case you were wondering.) Please see the info in the flier below for contact information to sign up. Hope to see you there! Read more →

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I contributed a few write-ups to Entrepreneur Magazine's annual Best Business Bars story. It is the July issue, hitting newsstands now. I wrote about Azucar Lounge in San Francisco, Drago Centro in Los Angeles, and ROOF at TheWit in Chicago. Pick it up at the newsstand or read it online here. Read more →

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Brasserie S&P is the new bar in the Mandarin Oriental in San Francisco. Bar manager Priscilla Young created this menu with a focus on gin and Gin & Tonic cocktails. Project Gin and Tonic Hendricks Gin and Q Tonic Water | Cucumber 13. Beefeater 24 and Sensei #1 Tonic Water | Lime Twist 13. St. George Botanivore and Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water | 13. Lime Twist Blade Gin and Sensei #1 Tonic Water | Orange Peel and Thai Chili 13. Tell us your favorite combination. It might make it to the list. Be a part of Project Gin and... Read more →

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Join me on Twitter June 28 at 5PM EST for a Twitter chat about cocktails with TGI Friday's. The hashtag for the event is #ItsAlwaysFriday. I'm hosting a Twitter Chat Party as a mixology expert in conjunction with TGI Friday's to talk about their new summer drinks and cocktails/mixology in general. The details: Date: June 28th, 5-6PM PM EST (2-3 PM PDT) Hosts: @alcademics, @TGIFridays Follow along with hastag: #ItsAlwaysFriday Prizes: TGI Friday's will be giving out $25 gift certificates every 10 minutes during the chat, and one chatter will win a 16G iPad! The chat follows this week's announcement... Read more →

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This spring I visited eight American whiskey distilleries, including Wild Turkey. The Wild Turkey brand has been around a while, but the current distillery is just three years old, having moved across the street from the old one. It's clean, modern, and spacious. Wild Turkey uses all non-GMO grains in their bourbon and rye, but they don't tell us their specific mashbill. Despite having several products (Russell's Reserve, Rare Breed, etc.) there is just one mashbill for their bourbon, and another one for their ryes. They ferment the grains for three days before distillation. The bourbon is distilled up to... Read more →

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Alcohol and California's Proposed GMO Labelling Law

On the November ballot in California is a proposed law to require labelling of genetically modified foods. This article in USA Today brought up an important exception to the law: If passed, the law would take effect July 1, 2014, requiring that all foods containing genetically engineered ingredients be labeled "Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering" or "May be Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering." Exceptions: alcohol and food sold in restaurants. Animals that are fed genetically altered food, and are then eaten by humans, are also exempt. This wasn't clear to me- is it "alcohol and food sold in restaurants" or... Read more →

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