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Friday, October 31, 2014

Collective Wisdom Takes Hold in Wisconsin

We here at MicroShiner talk a lot about a craft culture, so we were stoked to see this piece in the ADI newsletter about the recent launch of the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective.

To us, craft isn't about one particular segment or another, it's a way of life. Its about engaging with people and products, not as a consumer, but as a person. It doesn't matter if we're talking about beer, wine, or in the case of MicroShiner, micro-distilleries and craft spirits, what we're really talking about is the notion that these are unique people making unique things in unique places, things that are as different from one another as the people who made them or the places they're from. Products as distinct as you and I.

If America has a beer, it is probably Budweiser. And while Budweiser may serve well to exemplify America as a whole, it is rather difficult to know much about any one place in America from a can of Bud. With craft this is not case, which is why we dig the idea behind the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective so much.

The collective brings together several of central Wisconsin's finest craft breweries, distilleries and wineries in an organization that encourages visitors to experience the unique character of the Stevens Point area through their palette.

Included in the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective are the Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst; Plover's newly opened Great Northern DistillingKozy Yak Brewery/Fresar Winery in Rosholt; O'so Brewing Company in Plover; and the historic Stevens Point Brewery.

To help spread the word, the group has launched the Craft Collective Sweepstakes, a promotion that will award one lucky winner with a trip for four to the Stevens Point area for tours and tastings at the Craft Collective locations, as well as other prizes.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daily Pour

Ranger Creek - .44 Texas Rye

Ranger Creek .44 Texas Rye is a 100% rye whiskey that is aged in used bourbon barrels to produce a more spirit-forward whiskey that allows the flavor of the grain to shine. Enjoy this premium sipping whiskey neat or on the rocks.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Christmas in October

As it turns out, Friday, October 31st, is actually Halloween, but it may feel like Christmas to craft spirit lovers in the small port town of Haines, Alaska.

That's because Port Chilkoot Distillery will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their new tasting room with special Halloween cocktails ($6 each), free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Following the launch, regular winter hours at the tasting room will be Thursday through Sat, 1-7 pm. 
The drink menu will change weekly to highlight seasonal themes and incorporate fresh, quality ingredients into special cocktails and infusions from their Port Chilkoot Distillery Vodka, Gin, and Moonshine Whiskey. 

Those who haven't tried Port Chilkoot's micro-distilled spirits can also order a sample, straight, to experience the full flavor of their small batch product. Alaska law allows micro-distillers to serve on-site a maximum of two drinks per person per day and sell up to 5 bottles per day for off-site consumption. It also says they can't have seats at the bar.

Look for announcements about special events: tasting parties, cocktail recipe classes,and other special events at Port Chilkoot Distillery, and factor a visit to their tasting room into your next heli-ski or fishing trip to Southeastern Alaska.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Daily Pour

KOVAL Distillery - Single Barrel Bourbon

KOVAL Distillery’s organic, single barrel bourbon has the requisite mash bill of at least 51% corn, but instead of the usual rye or wheat supplement, they have included millet.

Small Batch. Single Barrel. Unfiltered. Heart cut. Organic and Kosher. 94 Proof.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Daily Pour

Roundhouse Spirits - Corretto Coffee Liquer

In Italy, a “caffe corretto” is a coffee “corrected” with a shot of liquor. Roundhouse Corretto is a coffee liqueur that needs no correction though. To handcraft Corretto in small batches we use organic free-trade beans that are hand selected by blind roaster, Gerry Leary, of the Unseen Bean in Boulder. We add a touch of whole vanilla bean, and sweeten it with just the right amount. The end result is a wonderful burst of coffee flavors spiked in the Italian-style. The other big-brand stuff is made with corn syrup and has a whopping 91 calories per ounce while Corretto comes in at a svelte 53 calories.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall American Rum Recipes from Privateer

Whether you’re looking for a drink filled with pumpkin-y goodness, a warming mulled cider or a cinnamon-infused aperitif, Privateer Rum serves up Halloween-themed drinks that are sure to please any house guest.

Founded by Andrew Cabot, the direct descendant of 18th century American patriot/privateer/rum-maker of the same name, Privateer is crafted in small batches modeled after the techniques used to create fine Cognac and whiskies. As the American rum resurgence kicks into high gear, Privateer is leading the charge to reinvigorate the New England rum tradition (where it all started) and doing so without the additives or sweeteners found in traditional rums.

Pumpkin Eater
2oz Privateer Silver Rum
1oz Orange Juice
1oz Honey
1 Spoonful Pumpkin Puree
1 Dash Angostura Bitters

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and give a shake.  Serve on the rocks, garnish with grated cinnamon (optional).

Privateer & Mulled Cider
1oz Privateer Silver Rum
1oz Privateer Amber Rum
6oz Mulled Cider

Combine rum in a hot mug and top with mulled hot cider.
Cinnamon stick garnish is optional.
To mull your cider: place one quart of cider on the stove with 6 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 6 allspice and half an orange.  Bring to a low simmer for 30 minutes and strain.

Ghoulish Punch
2 Parts Privateer Silver Rum
2 Parts Mulled Local Apple Cider
1 Part Fresh Citrus
1 Part Maple Syrup
½ Part Cynar

Combine in a punch bowl with ice.
Garnish seasonally with sliced citrus or apples.
To mull your cider, place one quart of cider on the stove with 6 cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 6 allspice and half an orange.
Bring to a low simmer for 30 minutes and strain.

2 Parts Cinnamon Infused Privateer Silver Rum
1 Part Fresh Lemon
1 Part Maple Syrup
1 Dash of Bitters

Combine in cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

Place 4 sticks of cinnamon in bottle of rum for approximately 24 hours.

Privateer Amber Palmetto
2oz Privateer Amber Rum
1oz Sweet Vermouth
1/4oz Santa Maria Al Monte
1 Dash Angostura Orange Biters

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir until chilled and diluted. 
Serve up in a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wyoming Whiskey Captures Silver

The New York World Wine & Spirits Competition is one of the more prestigious spirits events in the country, so it is with understandable pride that Wyoming Whiskey shared this recent press release:

In September we entered our soon-to-be-released Single Barrel Bourbon into the 2014 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. This is a product we are extremely proud of, and it turns out we aren’t the only ones who think it is pretty incredible. This last week, it was announced that our Single Barrel Bourbon was awarded a Silver medal. We are humbled to win this award in the popular bourbon category and will make it available to the State of Wyoming, in limited quantities, beginning November 3.

And remember, every drop of bourbon in these award-winning bottles is made from Wyoming ingredients. Every drop.