Branch on Fire: Indiana Whiskey Just Whiskey Cask Strength

The Indiana Bourbon Club did the March Madness thing for whiskey recently. You know, pit a bunch of local places against each other and have fans vote on champions. It is as unscientific as it gets, but generally fun. I have only had a few of these: Hotel Tango, Starlight and Indiana Whiskey. I have heard good things about Hard Truth and have been looking for that one. Seeing this reminded me I still have a couple of bottles I picked up at Indiana Whiskey in South Bend, so it is time for a proper write-up. Indiana Whiskey was started … Continue reading Branch on Fire: Indiana Whiskey Just Whiskey Cask Strength

Book Nook: Pappyland, by Wright Thompson

I’m just old enough to remember finding Pappy Van Winkle on the liquor store shelfs. I can still remember the last bottle I found in the wild. I was in Effingham, right when the Van Winkle boom was kicking up, and there was a bottle of Pappy 12 for $80. I snagged it. I drank it, not realizing at the time what was about to happen to the whiskey industry. The last time I drank Pappy 23 was the day I started my new job nearly three years ago. We were in Chicago for my training and we found a … Continue reading Book Nook: Pappyland, by Wright Thompson

Mike Trout Watch: HOF WAR

One of the things I like to do every year near baseball’s opening day is take a look at where Angels outfielder Mike Trout is on the career WAR list (Baseball-Reference). He currently sits at 76.1. Trout is coming off an injury year, which combined with the shortened 2020 means he has “only” added 3.6 WAR over the last two seasons. Before that, his worst year was 6.9. So, last year, Trout passed Hall-of-Famers Paul Molitor, Old Hoss Radbourn and Sam Crawford. Up next in the pecking order, among hall-of-famers. These are all within reach with an Average Trout year. … Continue reading Mike Trout Watch: HOF WAR

Branch on Fire: Knob Creek Single Barrel Brown Butter (A1 Store Pick)

I haven’t written up any whiskey reviews lately, but wanted to throw this one up since, as you can see in the picture below, I’m about to polish this one off. A1 Liquors and the Rusty Water Society did this single barrel selection a while back and I was lucky enough to get a bottle of the Brown Butter, as they call it. Brown Butter is a 9 1/2 year old, 120-proof bomb from Knob Creek. Nirav Patel, the godfather of Rusty Water, tends to lean toward the higher proof whiskeys for their selections. Not a damn thing wrong with … Continue reading Branch on Fire: Knob Creek Single Barrel Brown Butter (A1 Store Pick)

Dunk City, Nine Years Ago Today

It was nine years ago today the world met Dunk City. 2013. Florida Gulf Coast University took the world by storm in the first two rounds of March Madness, knocking off Georgetown and San Diego St. as a 15-seed. And they did it in electrifying fashion. This year’s Sweet 16 has another 15-seed in the St. Peter’s Peacocks, but they did it in an entirely different fashion. Because very few could match Dunk City’s high-flying act. Seriously. Someone made a clip of all the dunks, because the internet is undefeated. Yes, I just watched it twice. You should too. I … Continue reading Dunk City, Nine Years Ago Today

Sales Tax Potential Is Matched By Concerns

*Column originally ran in the Wayne County Press. Anytime a new tax is afoot, a crowd will congregate. And Tuesday’s public hearing in Fairfield on the proposed business tax district was no exception. For most, tax is one of the few three-letter curse words. So that there were speakers against the proposal was no surprise. That the proponents matched them in number may have been. That Fairfield is one of the few towns to not have this tax or a similar one was quickly glossed over. We are the exception in this regard, not the rule. That sort of negates … Continue reading Sales Tax Potential Is Matched By Concerns