‘s Tom Fischer and Stephen Dennison recently attended the The American Distilling Institute’s 7th Distilling Conference which focused on Whiskey & Moonshine. We enjoyed having a large crowd of our American craft distilling friends in Louisville. Thankfully, they brought some whiskey with them! One afternoon during the ADI Conference consisted of us tasting not only… Read more »

The Tasting Bill, an podcast interview update from Eric Gregory, KDA President

CLICK BELOW TO PLAY interviews Kentucky Distillers’ Association (K.D.A) President Eric Gregory live from Frankfort, Kentucky during as he learns that the Kentucky House of Representatives kills The Tasting Bill. The Kentucky Senate passed its own version of the Tasting Bill today. Gregory says that the K.D.A. and Bourbon industry will continue to work toward a… Read more »

Climing Mount Everest with Bourbon, sort of

If I ever climb Mount Everest, be damn assured I’ll bring some Bourbon. A few months ago, climber Bob Peterson of Rockford, Illinois trekked to base camp of the world’s highest mountain and enjoyed some Bourbon too in the form of a snack. He took some Salted Caramel’s sweet & savory snack to sustain him… Read more »

Early Times Searches for Next Artist For Mint Julep Commerative Bottle

For the past 23 years, the Early Times Mint Julep has proudly served as the “Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby®” with a commemorative artwork bottle released for the past 12 years. Early Times tells that they are now looking for the next artist whose work will grace the 2011 Early Times Mint Julep… Read more »

The Julep Ball and interview with Julie Smith of Southern Belles: Louisville and Louisville LIVE This Morning. at The Julep Ball. In the video below,’s Tom Fischer interviews Julie Smith of Southern Belles: Louisville and Louisville LIVE This Morning.The Julep Ball benefits James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Special thanks to Kathy Keadle, Keadle Communications, Jake Bilinski and Mike Willet.

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 year Review

Bourbon:  Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old Distillery: Heaven Hill Distilleries Age: 18 years Proof: 90;  approximately 45% ABV Notes: An absolute joy of a find! This particular bottle was barreled on December 17, 1981 (Barrel No. 1165), so it had been around since about 1999. I credit my father for leaving this bottle… Read more »

Blackbeard Revisited

As a mixologist, I find myself constantly cross-applying various techniques and applications, attempting to find the absolute right fit for a particular concept. The idea is to use the extracting power of alcohol to pull out the volatile oils found in the skins of whole spices. A form of quick, or tin-infusions. The flavor of… Read more »

Brandy Library, Tribeca, New York

Brandy Library in New York has over 1,600 spirits (see whiskey menu below*) including Bourbon whiskey, Scotch, Irish, and whiskey from all over the world Watch as we tour Brandy Library’s selection of rare whiskeys and we interview Beverage Director Ethan Kelley in the video episode on this link and below. Brandy Library’s cuisine… Read more »

The Kung-Fu Punch Recipe

Canton Meets Caribbean One of the best places to find new and interesting ingredients is in ethnic markets. What people enjoy daily on one part of the planet is unheard of on the other. In America, we are blessed with a growing number of these groceries. I encourage any bartender to explore these places, as… Read more »

85 Lashes Rum by Amalgamated Distilling of St. Louis

A Exclusive by Stephen Dennison was privy to the very special bottling, tentatively to be released in Missouri and Illinois. Gentleman, you did this thing right, nay, you performed a high-wire act. We’d like to show the world what they are missing. The difficulty with being a young distillery is establishing a profit-flow…. Read more »