They sure are a curious bunch over at Buffalo Trace Distillery. At just about any time, master distiller Harlen Wheatley and his crew have about 1,000 barrels filled with experimental concoctions, all designed to broaden their knowledge of bourbon production - and to create some tasty new…
Whisky Round Table: White Dog, New Make & Moonshine
Here at Whisky Party, we are fortunate enough to participate in The Whisky Round Table, a monthly discussion about all things whisky hosted by a great collection of our fellow whisky bloggers.
The good folk at Edinburgh Whisky Blog are hosting this month’s conversation, and they asked a great question:
In recent years we’ve seen a good few releases of not-quite-whisky-yet or spirit-that-dares-to-command-a-price. Whether kissed by Quercus Robur tannins for 4 months or just plain clearac, do you think this is something new distilleries or ones with severely depleted stocks should be doing?
Go check out our answer, along with those of our fellow Round Table bloggers, over at Edinburgh Whisky Blog. And if you are on the Twitters and think this deserves a mention, please use the hashtag #WhiskyRoundTable.
Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale: “The beer of retro gamers everywhere.” Pretty cool that they outsourced this to their fans.
While Tallgrass was putting the finishing touches on Velvet Rooster, the world’s first Belgian-style Tripel in a can, they sent out a survey to ask their fans what kind of beer they should brew next. 500 fans responded and the overwhelming request: a super-hoppy pale ale. 8-Bit Pale Ale is the answer to that plea.
Tallgrass balances 8-Bit’s large dose of hops flavor by brewing the beer with a strong malt backbone, which helps balance the hops’ edge without hiding it.
8-Bit’s name and can design were inspired by the classic video games of the early 90′s, when gray game cartridges ruled the world and the 8-bit graphics of these early systems left much to the gamer’s imagination.
Time to shatter some long-cherished myths and legends about Bourbon, and Michael Veach will serve as our myth-buster this week. He’s the Bourbon historian at Louisville’s Filson Historical Society, and is also a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame. In the news, Knob Creek and Wild Turkey release new rye whiskies, Ian Logan of Chivas Brothers updates last week’s story on Glen Keith’s revival, and we’ll catch up with Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark.
Currently, 1,900 craft breweries are in operation across the nation, with an additional 900 in the planning stages, making great beer a more accessible treat for the 95 million beer lovers in the U.S.
Craft brewers, defined by the Brewers Association as breweries that produce 6 million barrels of beer or less annually, often use traditional methods to create malts and incorporate unique adjuncts to enhance flavors. “A light American lager no longer satisfies every taste,” said Julia Herz, the craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “Americans have developed a discerning palate, so if it’s not world class quality, it won’t survive.” In an age where the majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a brewery, Herz points out that a great shift in the industry has been the localization of beer, creating a greater following for businesses heavily involved in their communities.
WHISKYCAST HD: Scotland and Tuscany Combine in Glenmorangie Artein
Artein means “stone” in Gaelic, and Sassicaia means “the place of many stones” in Italian. Glenmorangie has brought the two together in Artein, a Single Malt Scotch finished in Sassicaia wine casks from Tuscany’s Tenuta San Guido. I had the chance to visit both Glenmorangie’s distillery in Tain on Scotland’s Dornoch Firth and the Tenuta San Guido in Tuscany as part of a press trip organized by Glenmorangie.