Category Archives: Craft

Valhalla Java Ground Coffee by Death Wish Review

Valhalla Java Ground Coffee by Death Wish Coffee Company Review

10/10 – Wow an amazing cup of coffee, if you don’t agree that is fine, from what I read the company will refund your order, no questions asked!

About the product
Harness the power of Odin with this masterful artisan roast
The coffee beans are specifically selected and expertly roasted to provide an ultra-strong cup of coffee that is bold and smooth
Drink your coffee with pride knowing that our beans are Fair Trade and USDA Certified Organic
Brew a pot at work or at home and taste the difference. You will never want “store-bought” coffee again

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OL’ MAJOR Bacon Bourbon Review

Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon, is a well made product, at first sight you see a screw top and a wooden looking label. Under the cap it smells like bourbon with a hint of bacon. I admit I do want to taste it, is it more bourbon or more liqueur. At 35% or 70 Proof I am hoping it is more bourbon, with that pleasant hint of bacon.

Taste is enjoyable, you will have the sweet taste of bourbon that is all the flavors you get from aging in charred barrels yet you also get the taste of bacon which makes it just that much better. I like to drink bourbon neat (straight without ice) and this would be great after dinner. I must say I did try it in a cocktail the Good Ol’ Bacon Bloody Mary and I liked it so much I had made 3 or 4 of them.

Yes if you like bourbon or bacon, you will find something in Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon that you will enjoy. Order a bottle online today by clicking here.

Here are some other peoples opinions;

“This product has no chance of failing.” – Eva Meszaros, Editor of Specialty Food Magazine

“Oh, it’s fantastic! It just has a subtle hint of it … And everything’s better with bacon” – Jimmy Fallon about a bacon bourbon old fashioned

“Bacon Bourbon USA Draws Mass Appeal” – National Associate of Specialty Foods Trade

“OK, so am I in heaven? Yes, bacon flavored bourbon! Imagine the possibilities” – A Local Table

“Mmm. We approve of anything with bacon in it.” – PRWeb

“Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon is the greatest thing since sliced bacon” – Us

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1-877-SPIRITS.COM Beer Wine or Liquor Delivered

1-877-SPIRITS.COM is your premier gift delivery service that can help you select the perfect gifts to impress your recipients. The all-inclusive prices include standard delivery (3-5 business days), gift wrap with personalized gift card, service fees and taxes. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, contact the concierge at 1-877-SPIRITS (774-7487) or email at info@1877SPIRITS.COM. They will locate even those hard to find special requests. (Note: HI & AK deliveries are subject to additional shipping fees. Additional fees may be charged for some State deliveries due to fees set by the State Liquor Commission.)

Here are some of my recommendations;

Champagne- Dom Pérignon

Wine- FAR NIENTE CABERNET SAUVIGNON ESTATE 2013

Liquor- Muchote Reposado Tequila

Gourmet Gift Baskets- Send Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne & Two Flutes and Gourmet Chocolate

Business Gifts- Engraved Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey

Anniversary Gifts- Etched Wine Bottles

Congratulations Gifts- Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky

Personalized Gifts- Custom Engraved Macallan 10 Yr Old Single Malt

Gift of the Month Clubs- Wine of the Month Club

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Anders’ Handcrafted Vodka 100% Colorado Review

Anders’ Handcrafted Vodka is distilled in small batches using a state of the art still. The source used for this vodka is sweet corn from the Olathe region of Colorado. Farmers here use snowmelt to irrigate. The corn kernels are smaller than the kernel of regular corn and have a concentrated flavor. It is analogous to the size of wine grapes to table grapes. The cost is much higher, but the quality of the corn is exceptional. Harvesting of the corn is done without pesticides and the corn is naturally Gluten Free. This corn is usually hand picked rather than machine harvested because of the soft nature of the corn.
The water used in irrigation, distilling and to cut the distillate begins as snowmelt and for the processing and cutting is then purified. While many distilleries use purified water, few begin with anything as pristine as ours.
The filtration process is another big difference between this vodka and others. They filter the vodka once and coarsely, they make it this way to leave more of the oils and to have a more flavorful vodka. This creates a weightier vodka.
The corn is brought in whole kernels from the farms and milled on site. This is important because pre-milled grains can become oxidized and lose much of the flavor. It is fermented right after milling sent straight to the fermenters to again guard against oxidation. The fermented liquid is then batch distilled. Unlike continuous distillation this leaves more of the original character. It is distilled correctly one time, and the heads and tails are cut. We cut 30% of the distillate to ensure only the heart of the distillate remains.
The label features mountains a depiction of the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak in the Colorado Rockies, which is a backdrop to the distillery.

Highly recommended order a bottle of Anders’ Handcrafted Vodka here

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Reed’s Ginger Brew Review & Moscow Mule Recipe

Moscow Mule Cocktail has and remains very popular so I wanted to add my review on Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew, a staple ingredient in the Moscow Mule.

Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe
1-1/2 ounces vodka
Cold Ginger Beer
Garnish Lime Wedge
Copper Mug
Pour the vodka into a copper mug filled with ice, squeeze lime into mug. Fill with Ginger Beer.
Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew is the same recipe as Original Ginger Brew, but has 26 grams (instead of 17 grams) of fresh ginger root for a stronger taste. The other ingredients are the same lemon, lime, honey, cane sugar, pineapple, herbs and spices.

Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew Here is a list of ingredients from the bottle, Sparkling Filtered Water (Sweetened by a blend of raw cane sugar, pineapple juice from concentrate and honey), Fresh Ginger Root, Lemon and Lime Juices from concentrate and spices. Non Alcoholic. Free of Preservatives, Caffeine, Gluten & GMO’s.

Here is the story of Chris Reed who founded Reed’s Ginger Brew. He first decided to create a ginger ale made with fresh ginger in 1987, he went to UCLA library, pre internet, to research into the early formulas for soft drinks. He figured if he went back far enough in time he would find recipes that worked with real ingredients. Then he found a book from the 1780’s, before the first bottling plants even existed, that talked about brewing sodas from whole roots, spices and fruit juices in the kitchen. Chris knew he had found what he was looking for. These early soft drinks, besides being delicious, were also used as herbal tonics. After two years of much trial and error, Reed’s Original Ginger Brew was ready to launch.
Reed’s brews are a delicious revival of the lost brewing art of brewing sodas. Each small batch is hand crafted with pride, carefully brewed and aged by expert brew masters. They choose only the finest fresh herbs, roots, spices and fruits. They don’t use any preservatives or artificial anything in our beverages. And in my opinion Reed’s Brews make the best cocktails.

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Nightclub & Bar Show

Start Date: March 7th, 2016
End Date: March 9th, 2016
Attendees: 40,000+
Location:
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 892-0711
Tweet: .@NightclubBar brings together the best of bar & nightlife for another year in @Vegas! Register: #NCBShow16 Nightclub & Bar Show

The Nightclub & Bar Show is the biggest and best bar and nightlife event that happens each year in Las Vegas, NV. A great networking event for suppliers, distributors, bar owners, bartenders… Listen to speakers, go to educational workshops, parties and see what is happening in the industry.

Nightclub & Bar Show is in it’s 31st year, you will meet new brands, distributors and bar staff and network with industry greats that have been returning year after year for 20+ years. You will see people from all over the world, joining together to learn, taste, buy, sell, teach, party…

The 2016 Nightclub & Bar Conference program offers 92 seminars and workshops. Industry experts Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Bob Brown and Charlotte Voisey and organizations like MillerCoors, Constant Contact and Johnson & Wales University. Sessions on food, training tips, social media, design strategies… The 2016 conference will focus on eight tracks Bartending & Mixology, Promotions & Marketing, Social Media, Operations & Management, Beer, Food & Wine, Customer Experience & Liability, Industry Trends & Research and Nightlife.

EXPO (March 8-9) will Showcase 700+ exhibitors, new product, innovative technology, celebrity red carpet appearances. Cocktail competitions, entertainment as you connect with suppliers showing off their brands. Emerging Brands Pavilion features the hottest entrepreneurs featuring emerging products, sponsored by Hotmixology the national TV show. Host Dave Elger will be onsite filming a new episode of Hotmixology.

This is a must attend event the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show can visit www.ncbshow.com for more information or Register Nightclub & Bar Show 2016 today.

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Ben & Jerry’s Bernie Sanders Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s cofounder Ben Cohen made a small batch of ice cream in honor of presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders. Bernie’s Yearning is a mint flavored ice cream with giant chocolate chips somehow is representing the top 1% that has got all the wealth in the last 10 years. The brand is actually Ben’s Best so it will not have the Ben & Jerry’s logo. Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. has nothing to do with this totally volunteered venture from Ben. Ben & Jerry’s is based in Vermont and in the past has been outspoken yet this is a small but clear way of saying they hope Bernie Sanders a Vermont Senator since 2007 is elected as our next president. If this does not prove it maybe past donations from both Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield to Bernie Sanders campaign, will. Bernie Sanders definitely has the younger voter on it’s side and this is one more way of getting the younger voter interested in Bernie Sanders.

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Roxanne’s In Long Beach, California

Roxanne’s In Long Beach, CA Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary, Saturday January 9th at 7:00 PM the celebration starts. Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge & Latin Grill is located on 1115 East Wardlow Road Long Beach, CA 90807.

From the people who brought you an extensive selection of premium spirits to Long Beach’s first and now World Famous Speakeasy, comes the celebration of a local neighborhood business looking to elevate the community even more in the next five years.

Roxanne’s has become a staple and a brand, not only to the immediate community, but to Long Beach, California and news is spreading world wide. Roxanne’s is a go-to neighborhood joint for the Wardlow Strip and a home to Long Beach’s cocktail scene. Roxanne’s takes cocktail’s to a new level with an organic hydroponic garden for the freshest ingredients.

Roxanne’s celebrates this 5 year anniversary remembering all the hard work everyone has put into making this place so special. A bar with a reputation for quality, small-batch, craft spirits, beer and wine.

Roxanne’s is turning five years old and they want to invite everyone to the celebration, come by and enjoy an amazing craft cocktail while experiencing first hand The Exhibition Room, their Organic Garden that will be open to the public and see the plans for the future expansion to the building.

See you there,

When: Saturday January 9th at 7:00 PM
Where: Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge & Latin Grill
Address: 1115 East Wardlow Road Long Beach, CA 90807

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The Mixing Glass

The Mixing Glass Liquor Store Costa Mesa, CA

Have you ever dreamed of a liquor store that only has products you love. I found that store, The Mixing Glass is a craft cocktail lifestyle store, that sells the hardest to find spirits, best vintages and the most relevant books and bartending tools. If that is not enough to get you into the store they also carry hard to find mixes, bitters and more bitters. It’s not a big store, they don’t carry every brand, the carry the brands that bartenders and industry experts are drawn to, not high priced but highly regarded brands. And best of all they have a knowlegeble approachable staff to help make sure you get what you came in for.

Today as I stopped by to stock up for the weekend they had a celebrity guest, Forrest Cokely one of the most knowledgeable people in the spirits industry worldwide. He’s producer of the blog a drink with forrest… he has been a judge in top spirits competitions Miami Rum Renaissance, San Diego Spirits Festival, Craft Competition… He has been invited to distilleries worldwide and has helped produce respectable successful brands. He’s the guy you can ask about a product on the shelf and learn everything there is to know about that spirit. Forrest has a following and for all the right reasons, people are content drinking highly marketed spirits. Yet after “a drink with forrest…” or after a recommendation from Forrest, you become knowledgeable about what your drinking. Craft, artisan, small batch… there not just words put on a bottle for marketing, they are descriptive words that are used in describing unique spirits brands. Unique spirits brands are not in every liquor store and almost never at your local pharmacy. They are rare, handcrafted and mostly bottled by hand, they make great gifts as hard to find brands add value and yes they are worth the extra stop even on a Friday in rush hour.

So what did I purchase today you ask, my usual for the wife and for me ArteNOM Añejo 1146 Tequila, yes I could tell you more about this tequila than my go to tequila I have been drinking for over a decade, thank you Forrest.

The Mixing Glass is located at The OC Mix, Orange County’s Acclaimed shopping destination, located within Costa Mesa’s SoCo and home to many locally owned boutiques, specialty food spots and a weekly farmers market.
3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  

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Top 3 Tequila Gifts This Christmas

Casamigos Blanco Tequila Co-Owned by actor George Clooney and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber, this blanco is smooth and light. The aromas are restrained, but on the palate look for mild agave sweetness backed by lemon zest, ginger and white pepper sparks, plus a candied lemon-peel note on the gentle exit. 92 points $39.99 from Hi Time Wine.

Muchote Reposado Premium Tequila, is made by Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, in Los Altos, Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. The Vivanco family have been agaveros, growing agave for five generations. The Vivanco 800 acre Los Altos farms are known for rich red clay soil that produce a softer/sweeter tequila. Muchote Reposado Tequila is a single estate tequila, made from 100% Weber Blue tequilana agave. A great gift as scarcity adds value, known as the most awarded reposado tequila and a great tequila for a great price. 94 Points $29.99 from Hi Time Wine.

Casa Noble 2 Year Anejo Tequila is our most refined Tequila, this exquisite Tequila is matured in French White Oak barrels for two years and extra aged to perfection. This limited production spirit exhibits a deep golden tone, has an exceptional bouquet and body, and ranks among the finest distilled spirits in the world. It is beautifully contained in an artisan purple glass decanter. 94 Points $48.99 from Hi Time Wine

   
   

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