Wilderness Trail Craft Distillery Plans $3.5m Expansion

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Wilderness Trail Distillery, the Danville craft distillery that opened in December on Roy Arnold Boulevard, announced plans Thursday to expand.

The distillery will move to a 21-acre lot of the John Hill Bailey Industrial Park, along the historical Clarks Run waterway. The lot includes the historical Willis Grimes House, which was built in 1859 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Distillery owners Shane Baker and Pat Heist said in a news release that they will invest $3.5 million over the next few years to turn the Willis Grimes House into a visitor center, and that they plan to build a new barrel-aging warehouse and a new still house. More information here.


Four Recipes Combine for Four Roses’ Newest Bourbon Release

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This month, Four Roses Distillery will release the newest in its series of limited-quantity special bottlings with the 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon, featuring four of the distillery’s ten Bourbon recipes from barrels ranging in age from 9 to 13 years.

Four Roses is the only distillery that combines two mashbills with five proprietary yeast strains to produce ten distinct Bourbons, each with its own unique characteristics. These Bourbons can be mingled in nearly infinite combinations to create a wide range of flavor profiles.

Master Distiller Jim Rutledge selected four of the ten Bourbons to create the 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon: 13-year-old Bourbon from Four Roses’ OBSV recipe, 12-year-old OESV, 11-year-old OBSF and 9-year-old OBSK. Full article here.



Morning Report, Friday, September 5th, 2014

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Gear: Noble Denim is doing something incredible. They are collaborating with Bulleit Bourbon to age 50 pairs of jeans in freshly dumped bourbon barrels to see how they over dye and break down and no one has any idea how they will turn out. There is a link to a video below and the jeans are supposed to be out this winter. More information here.

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Gear: We featured some great gear from Pop Chart Lab and today we have some more, The Whiskey Glasses Set.They’ve taken their whiskey taxonomy and put it into a set of four whiskey glasses. Each glass is 14 oz. and features a different variety of whiskey. As you can see from the photo above you have Bourbon, Scotch, Single Malt Scotch, and Irish Whiskey. These are excellent whiskey glasses that are perfect for whiskey lover’s of all levels. Get them here.


Bushel & Barrel Review

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Name: Bushel & Barrel

Bottled By: If available

ABV: 30%

Proof: 60

Notes: On the nose Bushel & Barrel has a dominant and straightforward apple aroma. At first sip you can really taste the apple-flavored liqueur, which is the strongest flavor. There are some cinnamon and mulling spice flavors as well with some wood flavors on the back end. I didn’t notice the bourbon flavor as much as I would have liked, you could tell there was some whiskey present but I would have enjoyed more of a balance between the flavors. The finish was short, very sweet, and filled with the same apple liqueur and cinnamon flavors. There is a bit of a syrup aftertaste which I didn’t enjoy but it quickly fades. I tried Bushel & Barrel on the rocks at first when I wrote my review. I also decided to use Bushel & Barrel in some cocktails and made an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan. I enjoyed it much better in a cocktail as it mellowed out the apple flavor quite a bit but still added a unique taste to the cocktail. Overall, I would definitely like to experiment more with making different cocktails with this one. I am not a fan of flavored whiskey and rarely try it but I did enjoy this one in a cocktail. When used in a cocktail the apple flavor is just noticeable enough to give the drink a unique taste. I have to say I couldn’t stop thinking about fall and Christmas when I was trying this, which if you’ve tried this I’m sure you had similar thoughts.

History: Founded in Haselünne, Germany in 1758 by Johann Bernhard Berentzen as a small local grain distillery, the House of Berentzen has expanded into a supplier of global brands providing centuries of know-how and closely monitored production guaranteeing the unique quality in each and every bottle for over 250 years. Bushel & Barrel is the combination of two time-honored crafts. Berentzen sourced Straight Kentucky Bourbon, distilled and aged to specification, and mingled it with authentic Berentzen liqueur to provide an artfully crafted and carefully matured spirit of two great traditional flavors.


Morning Report, Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Drink: Quit messing with those teeny tiny six pack beer runs and step up and stock up with the 99 pack from Austin Beerworks. The Peacemaker Anytime beer is a light and refreshing brew that is appropriately named due to its drinkability. The 99 pack is available across Austin, contains 1,188 oz. of beer, and measures 7 feet long. This will definitely make your beer runs more interesting and strategic. More info here.


Dashfire Bitters Review

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I recently had the pleasure of trying a few products from Dashfire Bitters and I have to say they are quite impressive. I tried their Brandy Old Fashioned Bitters, Ancient Chinese Secret Bitters, and Vintage Orange Bitters.

The Brandy Old Fashioned Bitters (38% ABV) have a rich, sweet molasses flavor with some spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. I crafted an old fashioned with these using Bulleit Bourbon and it was delicious, the spicy flavors from the bitters really added to the spicy flavors of Bulleit Bourbon and the cocktail had a slight coffee cake flavor which I really enjoyed.

The Ancient Chinese Secret Bitters (43% ABV) had a noticeable licorice aroma but a mix of spicy and sweet flavors like anise, clove, cinnamon, ginger, apricot, and oranges. They added a great deal of spice flavor to the old fashioned I made and the flavors seemed authentic and not artificial.

Their signature product, Dashfire Vintage Orange No. 1 Bitters (45% ABV), are aged in a Minnesota-made white oak barrel and are Minnesota’s first and only barrel aged bitters. There is a burst of fresh orange flavor with some similar spice flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and anise. You definitely get a barrel aged taste with these and a great balance between sweet and spicy.

I really enjoyed all three of the bitters I tried from Dashfire’s line. There must have been a fair amount of trial and error that went into these to get them right but they indeed did just that. They are great products and surely deserve a spot on any home bar. The flavors are genuine and you can tell they are high quality. Dashfire’s mission was to create hand-crafted blends that can be used by everyone who appreciates a quality cocktail. Especially for folks like me who are still trying to perfect their cocktail skills. I highly recommend Dashfire Bitters not only for the great flavors they provide but for the quality of the products.

History: The force behind Dashfire, Lee Egbert, is driven by an unending curiosity coupled with an appetite for travel and a desire to learn all he can about the flavors and spices of different cultures.  Lee lived in China for a year and a half, and has also travelled extensively in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, where he had the opportunity to learn first-hand about local herbs and spices as well as spirits and food.  The inspiration for all Dashfire products is drawn from these experiences and flavors, as can be clearly seen in Mr. Lee’s Ancient Chinese Secret Bitters and Dashfire’s unique line of Tinctures.  So imbibe with the peace of mind and knowledge that every effort was put into making our creations with the highest regard for the ingredients.

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Featured Bar: Raven & Rose, Portland, Oregon

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Raven & Rose is very historic, in fact, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in Portland, Oregon Raven & Rose is a must visit if you’re in the area. This beautiful restaurant and bar serves up some of the best food and drinks in the area. The food is amazing as are the cocktails and there is literally something for everyone at Raven & Rose. Take a look at their menu’s below and if you’re in the area stop in for a bite and a sip, we suggest the braised rabbit and L’ Enfant cocktail, but it all sounds delicious.

Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch, Bar Food, Cocktails, Wine, and Beer

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National Bourbon Heritage Month

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September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. What does this mean? On August 2nd, 2007, the US Senate declared September 2007 as “National Bourbon Heritage Month.”  The bill, which was originally sponsored by Jim Bunning, reinforces the 1964 Act of Congress that declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit” by celebrating the family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States. This is our holiday to celebrate America’s Native Spirit and we get to enjoy it for an entire month. Bourbon fans everywhere can take the month to enjoy their favorite spirit and at Bourbon and Oak we hope you do just that. Propose a toast with some close friends, host a bourbon tasting party, or just take the time to really appreciate what’s in your glass. We hope you enjoy this fine spirit and true symbol of American craftsmanship as much as we do. Cheers everyone!


Morning Report, Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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Food: Inspired by MixedMade’s philosophy that “the most interesting things come from mixing the unexpected,” Bees Knees Spicy Honey is a chili-infused honey product handmade in Brooklyn, New York. Use this honey to spice up a number of different things including cocktails. The perfect blend of sweet honey with spicy chili peppers is a great addition to any meal and although we can’t guarantee it may just replace your standard bear shaped bottle honey. Get some here.