Top Whisky-type stuff List of 2012…

Well, 2012 is pretty much in the books. According to some idiots the world was supposed to end on December 21st...if it did, no one told me about it, so here I am, trying to put together another year-end list at the last minute. It's been another fairly crazy year for me, and while whisky … Continue reading Top Whisky-type stuff List of 2012…

St. George Spirits Breaking & Entering Bourbon – Review

The Casks has left San Francisco and moved to Minneapolis and wouldn't you know it, early October, there's snow in the forecast. So with no small amount of wistfulness, I thought it appropriate for the first review from the new locale to be from one of my favorites from the old locale, St. George Spirits … Continue reading St. George Spirits Breaking & Entering Bourbon – Review

Whiskies of the World Expo 2012 – Recap

Thank you very much to Whiskies of the World for the opportunity to attend the 2012 Expo as press. I think I said it in last year's re-cap of this event, but it bears repeating; having a large-scale whisky event on an elegant, docked riverboat is a much nicer setting than a sterile hotel conference … Continue reading Whiskies of the World Expo 2012 – Recap

2012 James Beard Finalists

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

Top Whisky-type stuff list of 2011

Yeah, another year has come and gone. 2011 was a fairly tumultuous one for me, and due to circumstances totally within my control, I didn't spend as much time with whisky as I have in the past, which was fine with me and most likely fine with my liver. However, this isn't to say that … Continue reading Top Whisky-type stuff list of 2011

2011 Whiskies of the World Expo – Recap

Thank you very much to Whiskies of the World for the opportunity to attend the 2011 Expo as press. What a difference a year makes! Last year's Whiskies of the World Expo (let's call it "WoW", shall we?) was saddled with problems thanks to the previous owners and a sub-par venue, not to mention the … Continue reading 2011 Whiskies of the World Expo – Recap

2011 James Beard Finalists

It's that time of year again, no...not President's Day time of year, when we celebrate a group of old white guys, most of whom screwed things up, with big sales on linens and department store clothing made in other countries. No, it's the awards time of year. Some of these awards are vapid and downright … Continue reading 2011 James Beard Finalists

St. George Single Malt Whiskey

Metaphorically speaking, there comes a day for all of us when our need for water forces us to confront the dragon guarding the spring and offer it a goat or a sheep or something in order to get a few precious drops. Then there are those really bad days when you can't find a goat … Continue reading St. George Single Malt Whiskey

St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA

We might be fast approaching the golden age of "micro distilling".  With the many law changes over the last several years in many states, it's become a lot easier to set up a still and make some excellent small batch hooch.   Add to that a growing market that's interested in locally made, quality booze … Continue reading St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA

James Beard Semifinalists

Well, since the Olympics are happening, might as well throw some food & drink awards into the mix as well.  The James Beard Award semifinalists were announced today.  Among the nominess, there were a few of  whisky-related note in the Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional category: Clear Creek Distillery, Portland, OR Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, … Continue reading James Beard Semifinalists