May 14, 2012

Get Yourself to Woodinville on Saturday, May 19th

Hey whiskey lovers, this little announcement is for you (and for anyone around the W-A who liked to support local distillers. And really, who in the whole state doesn’t? Only the bad people, that’s who). On the 19th of May, those fine folks at the Woodinville Whiskey Company are releasing their “Mash Bill No.9” bourbon at noon on the old fashioned dot. They’re gonna have sandwiches, good cheer, and hopefully some whiskey songs sung in the round. But most of the all, it’s bourbon on a “get it while you can” availability, so, well, get it while you can. If you need more to grab you, you’re probably a bit daffy. But I’m here to help all, so as one final enticement, a quote from owner Brett Carlile (who owns along with Orlin Sorensen): “As we narrowed down our final selection, one had just the right combination of corn, rye and malted barley — and that’s how ‘Mash Bill No. 9’ was born; it was our ninth recipe.” Yeah, boy.

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April 27, 2012

Have a Locatails Summer with Me and The Pantry at Delancey

Gather round Seattlities (and anyone who might want to have a Seattle summer vacation–which isn’t a bad idea, as summer in Seattle is mighty fine, with stretches of blue sky and temperate weather that’s almost unbeatable in my mind, and which leads to those living here being even more friendly than normal, as well as leading to an overall oh yeah atmosphere). I’m teaching up another cocktail class (on the 20th and 21st of July, same class twice) at the effervescent and ebullient Pantry at Delancey, where the drinks are delicious, the snacks are snacktastic, and the staff is stellar. The class this summer is, perhaps, even more special than previous, because I’m coining a new term for it: Locatails. No, wait, that’s not why the class is going to be so un-missable. Though it is the next term that will go from person to person like a spirited plague, and it means having drinks made with local spirits and liqueurs and mixers. Which is a wonderful thing. A wonderful thing. And that’s why the class is going to be unmissable.

Specifically, in this cocktail soirée we’ll make four cocktails that both match up with a dinner menu (appetizer, first course, second course, dessert) and that utilize a host of Seattle area spirits and liqueurs, including ones created with love by Sound Spirits, Side Track Distillery, Woodinville Whiskey Company, Bainbridge Organic Distillery, and Pacific Distillery, and also include other local products such as Deluxe Foods Cocktail Syrup.  The four drinks include two classics, the Oriental and the Alexander, and two newer models, the Rebecca and the Earl of 15th Avenue, mixes assured to transform a stale everyday occasion into a celebratory drink-a-rific wingding. But beyond just making this four-course imbibable banquet, we’ll talk about the individual distilleries involved and what makes each stand out from the crowd, some spirited histories that translate into smashing cocktail talk, and a variety of home-bartending skills, including shaking, stirring, straining, and garnishing. So, sign up today! Cause it’ll probably sell out by tomorrow.

November 29, 2011

Getting High Spirited with Local Distilleries and Seattle Magazine


Even if you don’t live in Seattle, the general Seattle area, in the western part of Washington State, Washington State, the Pacific Northwest, or even the United States, if you like good liquors and liqueurs and cocktails then you’ll probably want to read my Seattle Magazine article on the host of new local-ish distilleries. I don’t want to say too much (cause when you go read it, you’re going to get a lot of me anyway), but A: though it’s good online, pick up a real, in-your-hands, copy of the issue if you can because the layout and photos and such are fantastic in mag form (even more than the online version, which is also awesome), and B: reading through the article again makes me even happier to live out here. Thanks to all the distillers for talking to me and taking me around, it was one tasty article to write. Oh, also, I have an accompanying article about 12 specific new Seattle bottles-of-booze I thought were worth sipping—ones tasted while writing (sometimes tasted for the 2nd or 32nd time) the main distillery article. You should check those out, and the new liquors and liqueurs coming out all the time, by golly. If you don’t live here, come on by to visit and then check ‘em out. We’ll be glad to see you.

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