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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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  • Lowering The Bar: Your Pocket Agave Guide
    August 8, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    Lowering The Bar: Your Pocket Agave Guide

    Welcome back to Lowering The Bar - our series on answering some of the most common questions we get from our curious visitors. Today we put together some Agave cliff notes to help you dive deeper into the wild, diverse world of tequilas, mezcals and all things agave!
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  • Lowering The Bar: The Sweet and Simple Truth About Syrup
    August 3, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    Lowering The Bar: The Sweet and Simple Truth About Syrup

    Recently I was helping a friend come up with a cocktail of his wedding - he wanted something gin based, with lots of flavors of pine and other California rooted flavors.  I set off experimenting with different vermouths, teas, fresh infusion, etc. And while I was getting close to the flavors he wanted, the end result always tasted somehow not complete. Like something was too thin and hollow. Many of us who experiment with cocktail recipes know all too well the frustration of feeling like the cocktail is almost there - but somehow held back from being fully realized.
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  • Will the real Margarita please stand up?
    July 30, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Will the real Margarita please stand up?

    The Margarita is perhaps the most oft quaffed cocktail in America, where people who don’t even consider themselves cocktail drinkers will still regularly order one. It’s almost a category all it’s own, millions of them served daily by the veritable “Tex-Mex Industrial Complex”, that inescapable Americanized Mexican restaurant with the same 7 ingredients served in various guises along with any variety of fruit flavored ‘rita your little heart desires. But what is a Margarita, really?
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  • La Fortaleza Distillery Takes The Scenic Route To Create Perfect Tequila
    July 24, 2018 Joe Barwin

    La Fortaleza Distillery Takes The Scenic Route To Create Perfect Tequila

    Have you ever had that moment, when you look back at your family’s history and think about how far we’ve gotten from their hands-on work, and how much of the knowledge held by our grandparents and great grandparents has been lost? Guillermo Sauza saw his great-great-grandfather Cenobio’s tequila empire whittled down to the family’s agave farm and the mothballed La Fortaleza distillery, turned into a literal tequila production museum. Meanwhile the Sauza brand and distillery continued to grow in the hands of an international conglomerate. So Guillermo decided to do something about it.
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  • Crazy for Clairin, Haiti's Wild Ancestral Rum
    July 16, 2018 CJ Best

    Crazy for Clairin, Haiti's Wild Ancestral Rum

    Attention all amateur and professional rum fans! With the much anticipated launch of La Maison & Velier in the United States comes their coveted Clairin releases. For the uninitiated, Clairin (meaning “clear” in the native Haitian Creole) may seem like a standard unaged rum but is really much more. There is so much culture and terroir in this juice that it deserves recognition and understanding of what this spirit is and how it came to be.
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  • Causing A Stir With Agave: Six Spirit-Forward Tequila and Mezcal Cocktails
    July 10, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Causing A Stir With Agave: Six Spirit-Forward Tequila and Mezcal Cocktails

    Agave spirits, much like Mexico itself, have a complicated relationship with American drinkers. Our common association with Agave spirits is that of parties, fruity drinks, and bad decisions. Margaritas are the first, and often only drink that comes to mind when folks are confronted with the question of Agave cocktails, maybe a Paloma if they are especially well traveled and sensitive to local proclivities. But again, like Mexico, Agave is so much more than this.
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  • Keeping It Couth With Vermouth
    June 27, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Keeping It Couth With Vermouth

    Poor vermouth. It’s the Rodney Dangerfield of many a home bar: everyone has some, but dammit, it gets no respect. It’s the key ingredient in your beloved Manhattan, Martini, or Negroni, but at shopping time it rarely receives the same attention that your Whiskey or Gin selection does. Generally, this isn’t out of a true disdain for the stuff, but rather habit and lack of awareness of what it really is. 
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    June 20, 2018 Mish Sukharev


    With its classic, striking label and near omnipresence in pop culture and commercial art for over a century, a bottle of Lillet looks familiar to almost everyone. James Bond even called for it by name! But outside of this familiarity, the liquid inside is a mystery to many people..
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  • A Very Sherry Situation
    June 20, 2018 Patrick Smith

    A Very Sherry Situation

    My first association with sherry was as a boy reading the Harry Potter books, in which the crazed, clairvoyant, and apparently alcoholic teacher, Professor Trelawney, is constantly described as smelling strongly of cooking sherry. Although I had no clue what sherry was, this association with the “crazy, spinster aunt” type stuck. I proceeded to live my life quite happily for some years before being untimely sucked into the world of cocktails, where I found myself avoiding recipes that called for all varieties of this mysterious sherry, never quite being sure of what it was or where I would start with it, not to mention the probably deep seated fear that I may eventually become a spinster myself if I tried it. 
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