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October 2013

After a brief hiatus, I've been posting information about new spirits products (and sometimes new distribution of existing products) to ShakeStir.com. You can read all of the posts by following the New Booze tag. You no longer need to login to ShakeStir to read them either, which makes things a little easier. Over the past month, New Booze annoucements have included: The Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 9 Korbel 12 Brandy Privateer Rum Blue Hanger Scotch Whisky Yamazaki 25-Year, Glen Grant Five Decades, Hakushu Heavily Peated Whiskies Alibi American Whiskey Jagermeister Spice Eastside Distilling Holiday Liqueurs Powers Signature Release Crave Chocolate... Read more →

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This is the booze that's showed up on my doorstep this week- some of it is new; some of it has been around for a 150 years or so. What looks good? Braulio, Amaro Dell'Erborista, Caliche Rum, Charbay S Hop Whiskey, Wild Turkey Spiced, Mezcal Marca Negra Tobala and Espadin, Charbay Hop Whiskey Release III, Averna, Charbay R5 Whiskey, Charbay Distillers' Port, Chabary Still House Port. It was a good week! Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Alcademics Has A New Look!

Well hey howdy, I finally went and changed the design of this website. I hope it's easier to read - but please let me know if anything is amiss or harsh on the eyes. I hope you love me for my text but it's nice to be appreciated for my looks as well. As I have no aesthetic skills of my own, I relied on the the talents of Sarah of Sarah Nessa Design. If you like what you see, maybe you should consider her for your next site refresh. Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

The press preview for TBD, the forthcoming restaurant from the neighboring AQ in San Francisco (in order to find the website it was fun to Google "tbd aq sf") is Thursday, but I got a chance to get a sneak peak at the cocktails from bar manager Timothy Zohn. As you can see, the place is not quiiiite finished yet, so we actually met over at AQ. Zohn is reliquishing his job at AQ and taking over at TBD, with a short cocktail menu created with just a beer and wine license. Zohn says that he is trying not to... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

image from wikipedia If you're using barrels or wood chips to make barrel-aged cocktails, be aware that they can develop 246-TCA, better known as "cork taint." Cork taint doesn't only come from corks, it turns out; it can come from barrels. One way that it forms (in part) is when chlorine bleach is used to clean corks (or barrels). Wikipedia says, "Chlorinated phenols can form chemically when hypochlorous acid (HOCl-, one of the active forms of chlorine) or chlorine radicals come in contact with wood (untreated, such as barrels or pallets.) The use of chlorine or other halogen-based sanitizing agents... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

I love beer makers' sense of humor. Here are some names of real homebrew clubs I found online. Carboy Junkies Barley Literate Foam Rangers Barley Bandits Just Brew It Malt Munching Mash Monsters Cleveland Carboys Knights of the Brown Bottle S_C_A_B_B_S (Sussex County Amalgamated Beer Brewing Society) Hops2It Manly Mashers Fermental Order of Rennaissance Draughtsmen Motor City Mashers BEAVR (Brewing Enthusiasts of the Antelope Valley Region) Grain2Grin Brew Free or Die (New Hampshire, of course) CRABS - Chesapeake Real Ale Brewers Society Maltose Falcons The San Andreas Malts Brewers United for Real Potables (BURP) The Dead Yeast Society The Boston... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

This post is sponsored by Pavan. Pavan Liqueur has extended the submission deadline for The Pavan Sangria Challenge to October 25th. The Pavan Sangria Challenge invites bartenders from around the country to showcase their talents by creating original Pavan sangria recipes inspired by the dream escape destination of their choice. The winner will be rewarded with the ultimate prize of a dream trip for two anywhere in the world! The Pavan sangria creations will be judged on quality and taste, visual presentation, creativity and representation of dream destination. To enter, bartenders submit their original sangria recipes to pavan-sangria.com by October... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.