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February 2014

A big batch of new booze and books arrived over the past week here at Alcademics HQ. Which is good because I'm thirsty for both knowledge and liquor. Ginger People ginger beer, syrup, and juice Tin Cup Whiskey Orphan Barrel Whiskeys: Barterhouse 20 year old and Old Blowhard 26 year old. Mandarine Napoleon Soyombo Vodka Crown Royal XO Potions of the Caribbean by Jeff Berry Harvest by Max Watman I could probably mix up an office cocktail right now with ginger juice, orange liqueur, and vodka or whiskey. I guess I'm working late tonight... Related articles Alcademics Has a New... Read more →

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

In the current issue of industry publication FSR Magazine for full-service restaurants, I have a story about the working relationships between cocktail consultants and restaurants, specifically the pitfalls people have experienced and ways to work together better to ensure long-term success. The story includes interviews from consultants and clients around the country. Check it out here. Related articles Bulk Beverages By the Batch Benefit Busy Bartenders Different Directions in Dessert Drinks Good Bars Need Lead Bartenders Read more →

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

Irish Whiskey was once one of the most popular spirits in the world and declined from thousands of distilleries down to just two by the late 1900s. Sales are once again skyrocketing on the back of Jameson's success, but things were pretty grim for a while. I knew many of the causes of the decline in Irish whiskey, but learned a few more in conversation with Kilbeggan brand ambassador John Cashman. Here are reasons that he laid out. 1. The Irish Temperence Movement in the late 1830s that flared up again later in the century. 2. The invention of the... Read more →

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

A while back I visited the Kilbeggan Distillery in the middle of Ireland. Kilbeggan is in partnership with the Cooley distillery, a much larger one (without a visitors' center) that was once independent but is now owned by Jim Beam. They make not only Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, but also Tyrconnell, Greenore, and Connemara. The distillery dates back to 1757 and they claim it is the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. You'll note that Bushmills claims they were founded in 1604 but Kilbeggan disputes that. While today Kilbeggan is a working distillery, the stuff that is working is a tiny part... Read more →

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

Here are the new boozy and literary arrivals at Alcademics Global Headquarters over the past few weeks. Gran Patron Piedra Evan Williams Single Barrel 2004 Vintage Mezcalero Release #8 Alipus Mezcal Santa Ana Del Rio The Craft Beer Revolution by Steve Hindy Cocktails For the Four Seasons by Jenny Park & Teri Lyn Fisher Various books published by Saveur Magazine Related articles How to Pack Liquor in your Luggage Alcademics Has a New (Physical) Address New Booze: Tapatio Excelencia and Battle Cry American Single Malt Snap Shots: Helicopter Above Queenstown, New Zealand Read more →

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