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Our First Whiskey Club Bottle Is...
April 25, 2019 Mish Sukharev

Our First Whiskey Club Bottle Is...

And the very first B&B Whiskey Club item is… Wright & Brown Cask Strength Single Barrel 3 Year Rye Whiskey! It’s no secret we’ve been huge fans of this Oakland distillery from their very first rye whiskey release. The Cask Strength bottling ups the ante by delivering rich and intense undiluted flavor and character. 


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  • Your Frontier Field Guide to American Whiskey
    October 15, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Your Frontier Field Guide to American Whiskey

    We talk to people all the time who know they like American whiskey, but maybe don’t know exactly where to start. Sometimes they’ll know a few bottles they’ve tried and liked, sometimes they aren’t sure it’s Bourbon or Rye or a Single Malt they go for, and sometimes they just aren’t quite sure what whiskey is at all. That’s what we’re here for!

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  • "Go West, Young Dram!" - Our Favorite Whiskies West of the Mississippi
    September 28, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    "Go West, Young Dram!" - Our Favorite Whiskies West of the Mississippi

    There is a persistent myth that has grown rampant in the world - that great bourbon and rye, the great treasures of the imbiber's New World, can only be made and barreled in a small fraction of the land of "amber waves of grain." But just like The Star Sprangled Banner, bourbon and rye, and all the wonderful in-betweens of American Whiskey, belong to no man, state or county. Learn more about our favorite Whiskies of the West.

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  • 6 Handy Brandy Cocktails for a Dandy Good Time
    September 23, 2018 Patrick Smith

    6 Handy Brandy Cocktails for a Dandy Good Time

    Brandy may be scarce on many of today’s cocktail menus, but it’s really the OG spirit of classic cocktails, and we think it deserves a bit of a Renaissance. Brandies of various kinds were distilled throughout the American northeast before Whiskey was ever even dreamed up farther inland, fueling the livers of the revolution and eventually making some of the first cocktails. Old school drinks that we generally associate with whiskey, like an old fashioned or Sazerac, were originally made with brandy, before changing national tastes made American whiskey the barrel aged spirit du jour.

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  • Lemorton Calvados and the Quest for an Honest Spirit
    September 17, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Lemorton Calvados and the Quest for an Honest Spirit

    The Lemorton family is one of the most notable and unique producers of Calvados, having been growing apples and pears and producing brandies from them in Normandy for generations. On a recent trip to the area, I got to visit with them, take in the sights, smells, and tastes, and discover just what makes this traditional, family made spirit so special.
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  • 50-50 Cocktails For A 100% Good Time
    September 14, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    50-50 Cocktails For A 100% Good Time

    Recently we've been fans of simple cocktails - just look at Melissa's incredibly fun and practical post on "no math" cocktails. Complex and elaborate cocktails will always have a special place in our hearts, but sometimes something that's quick and easy is just the ticket. But that doesn't mean that we can't expect a lot out of our simple cocktails! Quite the opposite - simple but uncompromising cocktails is one of out favorite challenges. 
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  • Notes From The Pisco Trail: A Primer On The Oldest Grape Spirit Of The New World
    September 11, 2018 Addition Collaborator

    Notes From The Pisco Trail: A Primer On The Oldest Grape Spirit Of The New World

    This three part primer is a spirited introduction to the oldest grape distillate in the Americas, pisco. Part 1 defines pisco, then explores its origins and historical connection to San Francisco, before covering its presence around the world. Part 2 takes a look at pisco’s grape varietals and producing regions, then describes the distillation process, all of which give pisco its unique taste and terroir. Part 3 provides guidelines for selecting the right pisco for your (home) bar, reviews four classic pisco cocktails, and gives recommendations for making your own pisco cocktails.
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  • The One Rum Our Buyer is Sipping Right now: Worthy Park
    September 8, 2018 Joe Barwin

    The One Rum Our Buyer is Sipping Right now: Worthy Park

    Getting back into rum production after a 45 year hiatus, the Worthy Park distillery first began releasing rum again under the Rum-Bar label in Jamaica in 2007. Although the US has gotten hints of what they've been up to through independent bottlers (if you've had Hamilton Jamaican, The Funk, or Doctor Bird, you've had Worthy Park), the company was waiting for their first premium bottling to mature before they made their official debut.
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  • Lowering The Bar: Uncorking The Facts About Brandy
    August 31, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Lowering The Bar: Uncorking The Facts About Brandy

    What the hell is brandy anyway?

    The most common kind of brandy, and what most people are talking about when they say brandy, is produced from grapes, and is often aged in barrels, though not always. The grapes are picked younger than is usual for table wine production, making a more acidic and less sugary white wine, which is then distilled into an eau de vie, or unaged brandy, before generally going into oak barrels.

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  • Easy As One, Two, Three: Your Guide to No Math Cocktails
    August 23, 2018 Melissa Watson

    Easy As One, Two, Three: Your Guide to No Math Cocktails

    I recently had an epiphany. A customer asked how he could easily increase the number of cocktails in his home bar repertoire but still genuinely wow his friends. I started to write out a list of my favorite recipes and quickly noticed a pattern emerging. It hit me: all the drinks I make on a regular basis, at least the way I make them, use absolutely no fractions. Not necessarily equal parts but whole parts. Keeping things simple allows me to whip up stylish drinks without a lot of fuss.
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