Branch on Fire: Dogfish Head Compelling Gin

Wait, this isn’t whiskey? What? Dogfish Head was one of my first craft beer loves, so when one of Sarah’s trips took her to Baltimore a few years back, I turned it into my Delaware trip and a stop in Milton, DE to hit my favorite brewery finally. I brought back several beer varieties, and even a Dogfish Head-branded record player…and this gin. I don’t drink gin often. Typically as a changeup cocktail dining out. Which is why I still have this bottle at home. It is the only gin I sip neat. I used others for mixing. Gin is … Continue reading Branch on Fire: Dogfish Head Compelling Gin

Branch on Fire: High West Campfire

I recently had half a bottle of this gifted to me by someone who likes bourbon but not scotch. Bonus for me, I’m equal opportunity with my whiskey. See, this one from High West is a blend of bourbon, rye and scotch. They don’t release the ratios, but the rye comes from High West, the bourbon from MGP and the scotch is an undisclosed source, due to contractual reasons they say. The whiskey was born when the High West distiller was visiting a B&B at Bruichladdich distillery and he tried a dessert that inspired him to mix the peaty scotch … Continue reading Branch on Fire: High West Campfire

WHYB: 2,500 and Counting

I recently hit a milestone of sorts. That is not 2,500 total beers, but 2,500 different beers since joining Untappd (a beer tracking social app) in 2012. Yes, my mother is so proud. Presumably. I remember years ago watching an English documentary about beer tickers. One dude was going for I believe his 10,000th lifetime beer, while another was chasing 1,000. I remember at the time thinking there would be no way I could ever get to a 1,000 while living in Fairfield, the land of two hours from anything. Well, that was in the early days of the craft … Continue reading WHYB: 2,500 and Counting

Branch On Fire: Buchanan’s Deluxe 12

It’s time I start writing up some of the swill I’m pouring into my body, so consider this the first in a new series here at IAW. I have a shelf full of whiskey, about half scotch and half bourbon. This blended scotch was the newest addition to the shelf, a Christmas present this year. Most of my scotch is single malt, but I do drink blended on occasion, including one of the price point competitors for this one, Monkey Shoulder. Buchanan’s is an 80-proof blend that has been around for several years now. For bourbon drinkers who think scotch … Continue reading Branch On Fire: Buchanan’s Deluxe 12

A Craft Beer Oasis In A Small Town Desert, Or At Least Trying To Be

For a lot of years, I’ve called Fairfield the land that is an hour from anything. “Anything” has most certainly included craft beer. I’ve also more recently started referring to Jovalou as our little escape from Fairfield, right in the heart of downtown Fairfield. Some of the escapism comes from the staff, some from the higher quality of the food, and some from the people I usually congregate with there. But also, Nikki and crew try to offer something beyond the ordinary in regards to drink options. They do a ton of quality hand made cocktails, often using fresh produce. … Continue reading A Craft Beer Oasis In A Small Town Desert, Or At Least Trying To Be

Black Friday, My Way

Black Friday is just a few days away. And no, I’m not a guy who goes and stands in line for hours in the morning anymore. I did that in my youth, and often joke I made lifelong friends standing in line at Best Buy in the late 90s. But, I do have a routine for Black Friday. That is the opening day of the Capital Classic in Lawrenceville. The Mules always play in the morning and in the evening. In between, I head to Vincennes. I used to call it my Black Friday Trinity–Record Cellar, Geek Boom, Vincennes Brewing … Continue reading Black Friday, My Way