I’m going to camp…

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guys, guys, guys, I’m going to camp! Like, legit summer camp! For 6 days, I’ll be in the Kentucky wilderness with 125 of my fellow whiskey nerds. We’re gonna see umpteen distilleries, learn all things whiskey and definitely have some fun in between. I am beyond lucky to be chosen for this incredible experience, I can’t wait to share with you guys what I learned. Until then, check out the video in the link below!!!

 

Camp Runamok

 

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Don’t Miss the Bourbon Bus!!

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Guys, The Wild Turkey bus is making it’s way through North Carolina next week and it’s making a couple of stops in Asheville and Charlotte.

If you haven’t seen the bus, check out the photo below, it is an opportunity for whiskey fans to hop aboard for a quick educational seminar about whiskey!

Details on when and where are below!

Asheville:

5/4- Ole Shakeys: 5pm
790 Riverside Dr. Asheville, NC 28801
Charlotte:
5/5- Heist Brewery: 5pm
2909 N. Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205
See y’all on the bus!
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Rural Hill Scottish Festival

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Guys, did you know that the Rural Hill Scottish Festival was happening this weekend 4/16-4/17) in Huntersville? No, well now you do! I’ve never been and I am super excited to witness the Loch Norman Highland Games too, seriously, who wouldn’t want to see an axe throwing competition or a rowdy match of tug-of-war?! What’s more? There’s a Whiskies of the World tasting happening twice each day (1:30p/3:30p)! We’re super excited because folks will get to taste all of the goodies like Monkey Shoulder, Macallan and Grant’s!

You can find all the details about the festival HERE!

Link to buy tickets for the World of Whiskey tasting is HERE!

Whisk(E)y Dinner at The Hooker

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Thursday . 1/21 .  7pm

Take a journey around the world and join us for a Whisk(e)y pairing featuring 1792 Small Batch Bourbon, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky. These tasty beverages will be paired with remarkable food from Chef Steve including a traditional Irish roast paired with Tullamore Dew and Crispy Pork Belly with a bourbon glaze!!

See the menu and details below. Hope to see you there!!

 

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Mixology Lab with Bob Peters

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At 2:30pm on Saturday, about 25 people descended upon Earl’s Grocery to get their whiskey learn on with Bob Peters. Once the lunch crowd realized just what was happening, our class size grew by 10, giving us a total of 35.

Bob gave us all a sample of Wild Turkey 81, Wild Turkey Rye and Russell’s Reserve. Then for a special treat, Bob showed the interested bunch how to make a Mint Julep using the Russell’s Reserve (the crowd favorite, obviously).

We had a very interactive group, with Bob at the helm, questions were being asked, flavor profiles were discussed and lots of whiskey was tasted.

Earl’s Mixology Lab happens once a month, I’ll try to keep y’all posted on the happenings so you can come sit at the cool kids table with me.

Whiskey 101 with RAIN

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Last Thursday night I got the opportunity to drop some whisk(e)y knowledge on some folks at the RAIN Young Affiliates event at Dandelion Market.

We discussed the differences in American, Irish and Scotch whisk(e)y and featured some great products like Wild Turkey, Tullamore Dew and Monkey Shoulder while we sipped on an incredible cocktail made by the lovely ladies at Dandelion.

The RAIN Young Affiliates program is a great way to get involved in local RAIN activities such as the AIDS Walk in Charlotte.  Click HERE for more information on how to join…word has it, we’ll be doing some fun events like this one in the near future!!

Here’s a couple of photos from the event, hope to see you at the next one.

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Craft Cocktail Series- Soul Gastrolounge

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On Saturday September 27th, 15 people gathered around a bar, curious, thirsty and ready to learn.

Each attendee learned how to make three different classic cocktails and I don’t use the word classic lightly, each of these cocktails were made popular before 1950.   Check out the recipes and the photos below.  Huge thanks to Good Eats & Meets, Soul Gastrolounge and Andy Maurer for one hell of a Saturday afternoon.

 

Clover Club (1909)

Broker’s Gin

Simple Syrup

Raspberry Preserves

Egg White

 

De La Louisana (1937)

Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey

Dolin Sweet Vermouth

B&B

Absinthe (rinse)

Peychaud’s bitters

 

Queens Park Swizzle (1947)

Flor De Cana Gran Reserve 7Y

Lime Juice

Demerara Syrup

Mint Leaves

Peychaud’s Bitters

Angostura Bitters