Ah, so it appears I haven't disappeared after all. Sorry for the hiatus. Once again, real life reared its beautiful head and offered up some far more important things to do than write about whisky. This time around, the important thing just happened to be a small, old building that my wife and I purchased … Continue reading The Casks v.2.0
Despite knowing that a number of humorless curmudgeons find this kind of thing annoying, I've always enjoyed concocting some cockamamie story about some preposterous whisky-related something or other for April Fool's Day. I've enjoyed it despite occasionally not going far enough, or perhaps more accurately, underestimating how ridiculously far the whisky/booze/bar industry goes and ending … Continue reading Obligatory April Fool’s Day Whisky Blog Post.
I'd like to think this would become a regular feature around here, but seeing as I, myself, am powerfully irregular... there's really not much hope in that. The fact is, pretty much every piece of booze related marketing/advertising/PR contains something at least a little silly and worth calling out...it would be impossible to track them … Continue reading Reckless Moments in Booze Marketing, Vol. 1
Now that I'm a resident of the great state of Minnesota, I thought I'd show a little local pride by profiling a new Minnesota distillery. Tucked way the hell up there in the hinterland-ish, northwest corner of the state, not far from the small town of Hallock, Far North Spirits broke ground in the Spring … Continue reading Far North Spirits – Profile and Interview
The Casks is not necessarily in the business of posting every press release that floats across my expansive oaken desk, but on the rare occasion when something tickles my fancy and I actually have a spare moment, I like to throw out exciting tidbits such as the news about this new release from Buffalo Trace. … Continue reading New Release: Stagg Jr. from Buffalo Trace
It stands to reason that in this day and age of boutique/artisanal/craft spirits someone would eventually take the leap into boutique/artisanal/craft cooperage as well. What might surprise you is that Le Cœur du Chêne, a new French forestry and cooperage, has actually been around for quite some time, indeed, its mission predates the whole "craft spirits" thing … Continue reading Le Cœur du Chêne – French Boutique Oak Cooperage
Yes, I realize this blog's been a little quiet lately...sorry about that. I don't like to make excuses but I've got plenty of them, and since I make excuses all the time, I'm certainly not going to stop now. So what gives, where the hell have I been? Well, for the better part of the last … Continue reading Where the hell have I been, you ask?
Come Summer, San Franciscans, especially those in the Dogpatch neighborhood, will have a new high concept whisky bar to call their own. Housed in an old brick building that in past incarnations has been a Pony Express stable, a brothel, a customs house, a brothel, and most recently, an old brick building in need of … Continue reading Sneak Peak! New San Francisco Whisky Bar
Holy crap, has it been a year already? The finalists for this year's James Beard Awards have been announced so once again I thought I'd take time out from my busy evening of puree-ing chicken stew for the little guy and replacing the brake pads on my commuter and toss a few kudos around. High … Continue reading 2012 James Beard Finalists
I'm not really one for tooting my own horn, but I do like to toot my friends' horns. That sounds a little dirty...perhaps I should re-phrase it before I'm slapped with yet another restraining order. No, on second thought, I'm not going to re-phrase that...I know these people and I know that they like having … Continue reading The Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society