A great gift or re-gift to the book-oriented boozer on your Christmas shopping list, The Curious Bartender offers more than just recipes for new and classic cocktails, it even explores the alchemy of barcraft, whatever that is.
The flood of Anchorman 2 offshoot products is officially underway even though the movie isn’t out for weeks. You may remember that in addition to jazz flute, Ron likes Scotch and now you can drink his signature 80-proof brand: Ron Burgundy Blended Scotch Whiskey. Should hit shelves this week.
These brewing kits from Portland, Oregon’s Stumptown Coffee take the guesswork out of selecting your home coffee-making system. They offer four kits: A single-cup travel/camp kit, a carafe brewer and grinder kit, a Dripper kit with a ceramic coffee mill, and the fourth is a Chemex kit. All come packaged with a select Stumptown roast.
Imagine taking fresh, green coffee beans and with the simple push of a button, turning them into drinkable black coffee. It was just a coffee addict’s dream until now: this new, all-in-one roaster-grinder-brewer does it all automatically.
To celebrate 40 years of booming business in the outdoor recreation sector, Patagonia has teamed up with New Belgium brewing to create a birthday beer. More specifically, California Route Organic Ale, which will come in a can. Aside from “maybe” being at a Patagonia retailer near you for a limited-time starting sometime soon, there’s scant few details on where or if you’ll be able to buy it. Cool can though.
Diddy is somehow keeping his goofy, candy-flavored Ciroc vodka brand afloat, so why wouldn’t a Hollywood superstar like George Clooney step into the booze biz? Especially with a high-quality, 100% Blue Weber agave tequila made by master distillers in Jalisco, Mexico. His new Casamigos Tequila comes in 2 flavors, Blanco and Reposado and both are smooth enough for sipping straight-up.
Winespeak. It’s for waiters and the ex-wives they wait on. All you need to appreciate wine is a mouth but this book can get you a few steps further along in understanding what you’re drinking. Written without winespeak, master sommelier Richard Betts adds insight and humor (gasp) to help you identify and appreciate your wine. Yes, it really is a scratch-n-sniff book.
This season you can play the starring role in your own rendition of Bad Santa with this advent calendar that features 24 sweet 3cl sample drams of fine whisky instead of stupid chocolates. And when the whisky is spelled without an E, you know it’s top shelf. Happy holidays indeed.
Booze billionaire Sidney Frank created Grey Goose vodka & 7 years later sold the brand to Bacardi for a cool $2 billion. Instead of disappearing on the permanent vacation most of us would take, Frank turned his attention to developing American Harvest. Made with all organic ingredients, AH vodka is handcrafted in small batches with wheat from a family-owned sustainable farm, then distilled & bottled in Idaho. Smooth, crisp, & yes, 100% American made.
Hall-of-fame Chicago Bulls power forward, 5-time NBA champ, crossdresser and wannabe diplomat Dennis Rodman is now adding Booze Purveyor to his résumé. His “tough and edgy, yet “smooth and classic” Bad Boy vodka will be available at the end of July for 20 bucks-a-bottle.