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September 2009

New Books from Mixellany

The folks at Mixellany (Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller) have released two books: A French book of American and British Cocktails Mixellany's Annotated BARIANA: A Practical Compendium of All American and British Drinks by Louis Fouquet, Translated from the Original 1896 French Edition and Annotated by Charles Vexenat Originally published... Read more →


Cognac Tesseron Visit

While in France recently I visited the cognac house of Tesseron. This brand is notable for having probably the second largest collection of old cognacs in demijohns in all of Cognac. Cognac can only age for so long in barrel before the spirit becomes flabby and loses its aromatic qualities.... Read more →


Sponsored Post: WhiskyFest Discounts

September 30th is the last day for the earlybird discount on WhiskyFest San Francisco, which takes place on October 16th. Still too early to commit? I found a couple other ways to get a discount. I received emails from both Friends of Laphroaig and Classic Malts (Diageo's single malt portfolio)... Read more →


DVD Review: Beer Wars

I received a copy of the new documentary Beer Wars, released this week. I found it to be both interesting and annoying. The story is about the big brewers versus small ones and how hard it is in the current system to launch a small brand. It was interesting to... Read more →


Cognac Visit: Bache Gabrielsen

While in the Cognac region of France, I stopped in to cognac house Bache Gabrielsen for a visit. I was greeted by fourth-generation family member Herve Bache-Gabrielsen and taken to their tasting room around a wooden table in the upstairs office. Bache Gabrielsen is located on a small, nondescript street... Read more →


A Trove of Tasty Cachaca Recipes

Cuca Fresca cachaca (Brazilian rum from raw fermented sugarcane instead of molasses) is having a cocktail contest for which they want you to vote for your favorite drink. There are too many tasty looking ones from which to choose. Check them out here. Chicago's Todd Appel has a carrot juice... Read more →