Few Spirits Launches in New Jersey and Three Other States


 Few Spirits Launches in New Jersey and Three Other States


Chicago-area craft distillery expands distribution into the Garden State as well as Georgia, Indiana and Connecticut


EVANSTON, Ill., March 23, 2015—At less than five years old, Few Spirits has gained an oversized reputation in the drinks world, making an award-winning line of gins, whiskies and other craft spirits. And as the craft distillery ramps up production, it’s expanding its distribution, launching in New Jersey as well as Georgia, Indiana and Connecticut this month.


The new market launches make Few available in a total of 20 states, as well as Washington, D.C. The brand is also distributed in the UK, throughout Europe and in select locations in Australia, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong. “It’s been incredible to see my dream become a reality and to watch this business grow—we’ve gone from making 100 gallons a month to 100 gallons a day,” says Paul Hletko, Few Spirits’ founder and master distiller. “And now I’m excited to get our products out there in front of a wider and wider audience.”


A true grain-to-glass producer, Few sources the grain for its spirits from within 100 miles of the distillery and does all fermentation, distillation, aging and bottling on-site. Other ingredients come from as close to Evanston as possible, right down to the Cascade hops used in Few American Gin, which are grown in Hletko’s own backyard. “If we can’t grow it ourselves, we buy it locally,” he says. “And if we can’t buy it locally, we buy it from friends.”


In New Jersey, Few will be distributed by Hunterdon Brewing Company, a wholesaler focused on craft beverages with a portfolio of some of the most sought-after beers, ciders, sakes and distilled spirits. “Quality craft whiskey is more in-demand than ever,” says Hunterdon’s spirits division manager Jeremiah Goldovitz, “and Few has boldly established themselves as a leader in the category. We’re excited to partner with them.”


Few has partnered with top distributors in the other new states as well: Georgia distribution is handled by United Distributors; Indiana distribution by Glazer’s; and Connecticut distribution by Craft Beer Guild.


These new state launches are the culmination of 18 months of work to expand production and capacity, a project that included installing three new 30-barrel fermenters and a new column still last year, as well as moving barrels and bottling to an 8,500-square-foot warehouse facility about a mile from the distillery.


About Few Spirits

Based in Evanston, Ill., a Chicago suburb that was once an international headquarters for the temperance movement, Few Spirits is a craft distillery making whiskies and gins from locally grown grains and other ingredients sourced as close to home as possible, including Cascade hops grown in master distiller Paul Hletko’s own backyard. Few Rye Whiskey was named Whisky Advocate’s Craft Whiskey of the Year in 2013, and its Bourbon Whiskey and Barrel Gin were both awarded gold medals by the Beverage Testing Institute. For more information about Few and its award­winning spirits, visit fewspirits.com.

Old Forester Releases Ready-to-Serve Mint Julep Cocktail


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 23, 2015) – Old Forester Mint Julep, a 60-proof ready-to-serve cocktail made with Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, will be available for sale in select stores as of late-March. In addition to stores, Churchill Downs® will serve Old Forester Mint Julep, recently named “The Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby®,” during the 141st Kentucky Derby®.

Old Forester Mint Julep is sold in a commemorative 1L Kentucky Derby bottle with a horse-themed neck wrap for a suggested retail price of $24.99 which will vary by location.  The ready-to-serve cocktail makes it easy to enjoy a 10-second mint julep (just unscrew and pour over crushed ice), and lends an authenticity to any Derby party as it’s the same product which will be served to race fans on Derby Day. Churchill Downs expects to sell 120,000 mint juleps over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

While Old Forester was introduced in 1870 and the Kentucky Derby in 1875, the 141st Kentucky Derby marks the first time the two long-standing Louisville traditions have come together officially. In addition to stores in Kentucky, Old Forester Mint Julep will be sold in 35 markets across the U.S.

Il Palio Recipe


Developed by Jeff Faile of Washington, DC, this drink morphs from a Manhattan into a Boulevardier as the Campari ice cubes slowly melt.

Ice Cubes:

¾ oz. Campari
2 oz. water

Mix together Campari and Water and freeze in ice trays several hours before making cocktail.


2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
Orange bitters
Orange twist, for garnish

Put the Campari ice cubes in a rocks glass. Pour all ingredients over the ice and garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy.

Bush Smarts Camp Coffee Kit


Drink: It’s unfortunate, but we can’t drink bourbon all the time. It’s ok because there is also delicious coffee and today we feature the great Camp Coffee Kit from Bush Smarts. The kit encourages traditional cowboy style brewing, where the grinds go in with the water. But instead of pouring through a bandana, the mesh filter is secured across the bottle mouth letting the good stuff flow out. The resulting cup of joe is delicious and quite impressive that you brewed it in the wilderness. The kit comes packaged in stamped gift box with a field on box lid, 2 Kuksa Cups, 1 Mesh Filter, and 1 BPA-free bottle.

Bourbon & Oak Officially Welcomes Tangela Royal


Saying we officially welcome Tangela feels a bit strange to us. She has been with us since the beginning and is actually credited with the idea of starting the site; however, she will now be working on the site full time. Tangela will be in charge of hand selecting the limited advertising opportunities we allow on Bourbon & Oak. In addition to her role with advertising she will be lending a hand with research, communications, and crafting unique cocktails. Without a doubt she will be a solid go to contact for our growing community of followers. Tangela brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her and most importantly a great sense of humor. It is with great pleasure, that we officially welcome Tangela to the team. Please join us in making her feel welcome. As always, Thank you for you continued support of Bourbon & Oak.

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Featured Bar: Char No. 4, Brooklyn, New York


Featured Bar: Char No. 4 is a Brooklyn based whiskey bar that was founded on a passion for bourbon. They offer of 150 whiskies, good food options, and have an absolute passion for smoked meats. They have great food items on their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus and some unique items. In addition to the great food they offer, they have an excellent drink offering including bourbon cocktails, barrel aged cocktails (Sazerac, Manhattan, Mint Julep), and they whiskey and beer combos. This is a great bar and we are pleased to have selected them as a featured bar. If you’re in the area, stop in and check them out.



— A Brown will once again be hands-on selling Old Forester, for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Brown-Forman announced Tuesday that Campbell Brown, a fifth generation descendent of company founder George Garvin Brown, will take over the helm of the iconic brand, which still bears George Garvin Brown’s signature.

Calling it a jewel of the portfolio, Campbell Brown said in an interview that Old Forester “is certainly a special brand. This is the brand that has our name on the bottle etched in glass, been in our family for five, six generations, and is the one responsible for getting us into the position where we are today.”

Effective May 1, Brown will become the president of Old Forester and will be responsible for firing growth of the label, which was the company’s first brand.

Originally “Old Forrester” with two Rs and named for a renowned local doctor, it was the first bourbon sold exclusively in a bottle in the 1870s when many people bought whiskey straight out of the barrel, often by prescription.

Always popular in Kentucky and in Alabama, thanks to legendary football coach Bear Bryant who drank Old Forester, the brand has recently experienced a surge in popularity for the first time in decades and the company is putting millions into the brand with the immediate goal of reaching 500,000 cases a year, roughly five times current volume, and eventually climbing back to the brand’s peak of more than 1 million cases in the 1970s.

Brown said he will focus first on the U.S., especially key urban markets like Brooklyn, Chicago and San Francisco, but there is also opportunity for growth in the United Kingdom and in international duty-free sales. Old Forester will benefit in particularly from the appeal to younger consumers who want to “step back in time” with an authentic original brand, Brown said.

Master distiller Chris Morris said that many bourbon enthusiasts, used to the sweeter taste of contemporary bourbons like Woodford Reserve, want to explore the bourbon that the classic cocktails were built for, one that is crisp, dry, woody and spicy.

“Of all the historic brands that are on the market today that have their origins in 19th century, not a single one made today by company that founded them,” Morris said.

Except Old Forester. Brown also will guide the development of the Old Forester Distillery, a $30 million project including a visitors center, going in on Whiskey Row in downtown Louisville.

“This will be a state-of-the-art facility as well as a working distillery, Brown said. “We do have a knack for putting the location on display, the process on display, the people on display,” he said.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Brown-Forman will put an additional $20 million into pushing the brand with capital, promotions, people, and sales tools in local markets. Brown confirmed that the total investment could be in the neighborhood of $50 million.

Already there is Old Forester Signature, a 100 proof version, another permanent line extension – the Whiskey Row series based on previous versions of Old Forester – and the brand will be the official bourbon of the mint julep, replacing Early Times.

Full article here.

St. Patrick’s Day 2015 with Teeling Irish Whiskey


It’s St. Patrick’s Day and most of you are going to be reaching for a good Irish Whiskey to keep your friends and you happy. This year we suggest Teeling Irish Whiskey for our go to St. Patrick’s Day whiskey. Teeling is a mellow, easy sipping whiskey, that contains rum cask finished Irish Whiskey providing more taste and character than any other blended Irish Whiskey. With notes of vanilla, oranges, and spice on the nose and deep smoky wood flavors on the palate, Teeling is an excellent choice for a unique tasting whiskey. Teeling is best suited for sipping neat but here are a few cocktails to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as well as our full review of Teeling Irish Whiskey below.


2 ounces Teeling Irish whiskey

1 ounce sweet vermouth

2 dashes orange bitters or bitters of choice

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir gently for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a piece of orange or lemon peel. Enjoy!


1 1/2 ounces Teeling Irish whiskey

1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

1/2 ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao (or Cointreau)

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

2 dashes bitters of choice

4-inch lime twist for garnish

Add whiskey, sweet vermouth, curaçao, lime juice, and bitters to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist. Enjoy!

3 oz. Teeling Irish whiskey

1 oz. Grenadine

5-6 oz. Sprite

A squeeze of lemon & lime juice

Mix all of the ingredients and simply serve over ice. Garnish with lemon or lime wedge. Enjoy!


Name: Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Nose: Vanilla, Molasses, Nutmeg, and Oranges.

Palate: Rich molasses, caramel, vanilla, allspice, and deep smoky wood flavors.

Finish: Moderate and floral with light spice and wood tones.

Overall: This is a creamy whiskey that is perfect for those wanting an easy mellow sipper. The flavors are distinct and play well together. This is a whiskey that could definitely be enjoyed during a heavier dinner rather than after as the flavors compliment a variety of meal options. I really enjoyed the finish with this one; it was nearly perfect in my book. My final thoughts on Teeling Small Batch was that it is a great whiskey for those wanting something very smooth, simple, and light. Neat is the way to go with this whiskey.