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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hooligan Hangout

Grab a friend, blanket, beach chair, and a bottle of your FAVORITE CRAFT SPIRITS and ride on down to The Garage back porch for IRON & RESIN's Hooligan Hangout, going down monthly through October. They'll have their outdoor theater set up and will be screening a new old flick each month. Show off your vintage ride - motorcycles, cars and bicycles are all welcome - and hangout for a fun evening under the stars.
WHEN: 4.17.14 Food truck starts at 6:30pm, movie begins at 7:30pm
WHAT: Showing- "On Any Sunday"
WHERE: 324 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rogue's Woody Revolution

When the crew at Rogue says they are out to grow a revolution, they're not kidding. Earlier this year it was bees; now it's barrels. Here is their press release on this latest development:


Rogue Gets Woody

NEWPORT, OR, March 13th 2014 - The Rogue Ales & Spirits Do-It-Yourself Revolution is growing with the creation of Rolling Thunder Barrel Works, a tree to table outfit that will bring the old-world tradition of barrel cooperage to the Rogue World Headquarters in Newport, Oregon. 
"We are thrilled about Rolling Thunder Barrel Works," says Rogue President Brett Joyce. "Making our own Oregon Oak Barrels will provide us with endless possibilities for aging our ales, porters, stouts, lagers, braggots, meads, gins, vodka, rums, and whiskies. Coopering is a time-honored tradition and highly skilled craft that will have a great home in Newport. This adventure will be full of learning and discovery and while we're not exactly sure what the final products will look like, we are certain that it's going to be a lot of fun along the way."
White Oak Tree
A White Oak Tree from Oregon's Coast Range
The white oak used to construct each barrel will be hand-selected from the centuries-old oak groves of the Oregon Coast Range, less than 100 miles from Newport.
Using Oregon White Oak furthers Rogue's commitment to brewing and distilling with a proprietary palate of flavors; all of Rogue's world-class beers and spirits are crafted with Rogue Farms ingredients grown on its two farms in Independence and Tygh Valley, Oregon. 
Come visit us at for updates on Rolling Thunder Barrel Works and other news stories. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

5th Annual Derby Day at High West

One of the best excuses to host a cocktail party is nearly upon us: The Kentucky Derby. And while the race itself lasts hardly more than 2 minutes, with a tradition steeped in audacious hats and mint julips, the spectacle marks the perfect occasion for stepping out in your finest livery and savoring the better things in life, which in our case always includes craft spirits.

If you can't make the trip to Churchill Downs, but want to enjoy the festive nature of a Derby inspired crowd and happen to be in the neighborhood of Park City, UT, considering joining the crew at High West Distillery & Saloon for their 5th Annual Derby Day. With contests for best ladies' hat and gentleman's attire and fueled by High West's exceptional spirits, its sure to be good time.

Visit High West for details


5th Annual 
High West Derby Day!  
Saturday, May 3rd 
2:00pm to 6:00pm 

Tickets:  $35 per person
$45 at the door (limited tickets will be available day of event)

Ticket Price Includes:
~ Derby Inspired Buffet ~
~ Live Music ~  
~ Contests and Raffle ~   
~ Sorry, alcohol is NOT included ~

To purchase tickets, visit: 
Tickets are on sale now! 
Derby Day Contests:

~Best Derby Hat~

 ~Best Derby Attire~
Contests and Raffle Sponsored by:
Blue Sky Ranch
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Derby Day Menu:

Hors d'Oeuvres

Charcuterie, House Pickled Crudité & Local Cheese Station

Big Pan Derby Tailgate
Distiller's Room Desserts

Trader Joe's Stocking 2bar

In what to us seems an ideal pairing, Trader Joe's stores in Washington State are now stocking the gold medal winning 2bar Vodka. A traditional grain-forward vodka, 2bar Vodka is perfect for sipping straight and adds its own distinctive character to your favorite cocktail. It is made from all Washington grains and is mashed, fermented and distilled by 2bar Spirits in Seattle, WA.

While not currently found on the shelf at Trader Joe's, the 2bar Moonshine is also highly recommended. For those not in the know, moonshine is a clear spirit with a bright, clean taste similar to whiskey. The offering from 2bar is outstanding, and a great place to start developing your moonshine palette.
About 2bar Spirits2bar Spirits is descended from five generations who have ranched their land under the 2bar brand. For more than a century we have stood for quality, independence and hard work. Now these characteristics transcend do 2bar Spirits, handcrafted in Seattle, Washington.
Tasting Room & Shop HoursPlease feel free to stop by the distillery. We are open Mon-Sun 2-6pm (and are kid friendly).2960 4th Ave S #106Seattle, WA 98134map

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Bottle Shop Opens in Oakland

Alchemy Bottle Shop, a new project from Tova Herman and Peter Mustacich, has now opened softly at 3256 Grand Ave. at Valdez in Oakland. Currently they're stocking spirits from St. George and other craft and micro distillers, alongside a variety of small batch bitters and mixers, with future plans for offering cocktail classes and tastings. The space and build out emulate the fine wares gracing the shelves, and an art gallery occupies the second floor, providing the East Bay with easy and enjoyable access to the best the craft marketplace has to offer.

Hours are Wed-Thu 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 12pm-5pm.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trailhead Among Honorees

It was no surprise to find Trailhead Spirits judged among the winners at the craft industry's two most prestigious events. When we sat down with Casey McGowan of Trailhead last fall to sample several of their Montana made spirits, we were quite taken with their gin, in particular the cask rested Healy's Reserve. Apparently the judges at the inaugural American Craft Distillers Association competition and the American Distillers Institute annual convention agreed, awarding a bronze medal to Healy's Gin at the former and a silver medal to Healy's Reserve at the latter.

And while Trailhead's mention at the ADI awards gala last Tuesday night definitely captured our attention, they certainly weren't the only craft label to be honored. Before a packed house, Andrew Faulkner of ADI presented awards across a broad spectrum of spirits, both micro-distilled and craft. To be sure, any one of them is worth asking for at your local package store or bar, and we would highly recommend you do.

You can find the entire list of ADI honorees here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Corsair Named Distillery of the Year

We were thrilled to be a present at the ADI awards gala in Seattle to see Corsair and many other micro-distillers and craft spirit makers honored for their hard work and committed effort. Corsair is certainly an innovator and leader in the craft movement, and we are quite pleased to see them named Distillery of the Year by the American Distilling Institute.


Seattle, WA, April 2, 2014

Corsair Distillery has won the highest honor in the world of craft distilling: the "Bubble Cap" award from ADI, the American Distilling Institute. ADI President Bill Owens said, “No one has given more back to the distilling community than Corsair. No one has been more innovative, yet open. They are the future of craft distilling.”

The Bubble Cap award is given to the one distillery of the year that represents the very best in the world of artisan distilling: excellence in quality of spirits, innovation, transparency, authenticity of approach, sustained company growth, community involvement, and embodying the ethos of craft. With over 500 distilleries now open in this exploding category, this makes Corsair’s win even more impressive.

Drew Faulkner, Vice President of ADI, said "Corsair truly deserves this. They are someone the whole industry can look up to and admire." The bubble cap is a device used by distillers in the column of a still to increase the proof of the spirit. The award is made in Louisville, Kentucky at the Vendome Copper Company that also built Corsair’s stills.

By ADI's definition, a craft distillery must produce less than 100,000 proof gallons per year, be independently owned and operated, and must actually distill their own products.

This makes Nashville, TN based Corsair’s third “Craft Distillery of the Year” award, having won Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky award and the Wizard of Whiskey award. The distillery has won a number of other notable awards, including two “Innovator of the Year” awards from Whisky Magazine. The Bubble Cap award is particularly special in the craft distilling community because it is awarded by an organization made up of distilling industry peers.

Since its inception 6 years ago, Corsair has won 92 medals and awards at international spirits competitions. Publications and media outlets such as  The New York Times, CNN MoneyFood and Wine, Fortune MagazineThe Atlantic, Saveur, Tastings Magazine, Chilled Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Beverage Industry, Beverage World, In The Mix, Whisky Magazine, Time Out New York, Garden and Gun, Whisky Advocate, Southern Living, Details, Men’s Health, Men's JournalEsquireWine Enthusiast, CBS News, Food Republic,  A rtisan Spiritand Maxim have featured and praised Corsair’s unique artisan spirits.

Twitter: @corsairartisan
Awards night
Corsair distiller and Bowling Green facility manager Clay Smith, Owner Darek Bell, and Distiller/Brewer Matt Strickland posing with the bubble cap.
Bubble Cap
Corsair won a total of 8 medals at the American Distilling Institute awards. Corsair has won 92 medals thus far in International spirits competitions.
Everyone at Corsair is honored and grateful for this award and the recognition of the distillery's vision and work.
Darek Bell,
Corsair Distillery Owner
Booze for Badasses.