Peerless has only been a distillery in its current iteration since 2015, located in downtown Louisville. But they quickly made a name for themselves when their Rye started winning awards in 2017. The rye has been the flagship since, by and large. Enter Peerless Double Oak. Double Oak means exactly what you would think it means, it gets taken from one fresh oak cask, after aging, and put into another fresh oak cask for more aging. The idea being that new wood provides more flavor. It is a concept that is getting more and more popular, although I will admit … Continue reading Branch on Fire: Peerless Double Oak Bourbon
June 25 has been circled on Sarah and I’s calendar for quite a while. Ever since we got the wedding invite from Sam, even if we had not met the bride-to-be yet. Sam and Sarah grew up together-ish. He was … Continue reading HYDR: McGlone Becomes The McGlones and The Weezes Go To Oxford
Let’s be honest here. Most of us do drugs. Well, one drug specifically–caffeine. Caffeine has been used regularly for centuries now, and Michael Pollan decided it was time to take a look at the history and try to explore some of the ramifications of our developed addiction to those little plants–coffee and tea. Pollan is most notably known for The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Cooked, the latter of which still sits on my coffee table in my stack of books to get to. Caffeine was a shorter Audible recording, focused solely on one aspect of our diets that has played a … Continue reading Book Nook: Caffeine, by Michael Pollan
i wrote part one of this travel log back on April 17. The plan was to write part 2 here when I got home a couple of days later. Two jobs and decent weather for spring sports had other ideas. … Continue reading I Saw Miles Of Texas, Pt. 2.
The Turnpike Troubadours getting back together was a big deal in my world. No seriously, a big, big deal. The tour was announced. I knew I could not make Red Rocks happen this year. Cain’s sold out immediately. Cain’s is … Continue reading I Saw Miles and Miles Of Texas, and Other States
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
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
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)
When I was a full-time sports writer, I never had fall Saturdays off. It was either volleyball, JFL or cross country just about every Saturday. It meant missing a lot of college football, and the occasional small town events here … Continue reading Presenting: Tupork Shakur. How Our First Rib Cookoff Went.
I’ve been watching Peaky Blinders of late, so it seemed like a good time to kill of my bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey Caskmates, Stout Edition. Yeah, I know, lengthy freaking name. This was a bottle given to me a while back, purchased by someone who liked the IPA version but did not love them. I agree. the IPA version was better with it’s hopped up profile. Still, there is nothing wrong with this bottle for it’s $30 price profile (or $50.90 if you live in Fairfield). The Stout portion comes from aging Jameson whiskey in barrels previously used by … Continue reading Branch on Fire: Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition