Father's Day Drinking: Don Lockwood Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon and scotch make for a brown Father's Day
Jun 12, 2014 4:00 pm

“Dignity, always dignity” was the motto of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) in the 1952 classic Singing In The Rain and while most dads might not be the swashbuckling sort, they certainly deserve a day of recognition before getting back to the grindstone. This drink, crafted by Abraham Hawkins of Dutch Kills, certainly befits the occasion. The simple recipe, after the jump.

Bourbon Story Magazine Is Exactly What It Sounds Like. You'd So Read That.

Help fund a publication all about bourbon's boom
May 9, 2014 10:00 am

Eight generations ago, veteran journalist Michael Lindenberger's grandfather was a settler in Louisville, where Kentucky bourbon was born. His new project, Bourbon Story Magazine, celebrates bourbon's influence on American history, as well as how and why it ended up in rocks glasses all over the world. Show your favorite brown spirit how much you really love it.

Is Lightning Aging The Future Of The Bourbon Industry? God Save The Industry!

A spirited debate of time vs. science
May 7, 2014 9:00 am

Two signs hanging in the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky best sum up the attitudes of the traditional players in the bourbon business. One is the company motto. “We make fine bourbon — at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always fine bourbon.” The other is a direct shot across the bow to a growing number of modern distillers who use sophisticated technology to, essentially, cheat time. “No scientists allowed in this distillery,” the sign reads. But there is a new wave of accelerated aging out there. A look at the history — and future — of bourbon aging, after the jump.

These 8 Bourbon Cocktails Will Make Your Kentucky Derby Party

Don't watch the races on an empty Julep tank
Apr 30, 2014 3:00 pm

It's Kentucky Derby time! That means we're breaking out the steel cups and brush up on your mint-muddling skills (yes, there is a science to it) or go the extra mile and infuse your ice. Remember: all bourbon is great, but not all great bourbon comes from Kentucky, so branch out with a new bottle and these 8 great bourbon cocktail recipes, otherwise known as racing fuel.


Graphic Tales: A Brief Illustrated History Of Barrel-Aging Spirits And Beer

From the Romans to modern mixologists
Mar 27, 2014 9:00 am

The food world is the midst of barrel-aging hysteria. Creative chefs and artisans are placing things like tea, mustard, maple syrup, bitters and hot sauce in casks — allowing nature to do its thing (for a day to a year), with the final result a little bit of culinary bliss. Of course, barrel aging is nothing new, especially in the world of beer and spirits. With that, we wanted to offer a brief history, with a few twists and turns at the end.

32 Independent Craft Distillers You Need To Know Right Now

Small batch isn't just a buzz word. It's the now.
Mar 24, 2014 2:20 pm

It’s Craft Beer & Spirits Week at Food Republic, which has us taking a close look at the small producers of fine potables around the United States. We can’t write long about all of these producers. But we wanted to call out some of our favorites craft spirits makers — as decided on by our editors and regular spirits writers — for the next time you are sitting at the bar or standing in your neighborhood bottle shop in need of inspiration.

Bourbon Sure Don't Have To Come From Kentucky. Here Are 7 Out Of State Bottles.

Brown stuff from Utah, Colorado and New York? Yes.
Mar 6, 2014 2:01 pm

It’s the brownest of the brown liquors. Sweet, stiff bourbon. Ask any proud Kentuckian and they’ll tell you the real stuff must come from the heart of the Bluegrass State. And, indeed, Kentucky makes more than 95% of the country’s bourbon. But legally, bourbon doesn’t have to hail from Kentucky. To be called bourbon, a spirit must be made in America, from at least 51% corn and be aged in new, charred oak barrels. A growing number of small distilleries around the country are taking a stab at crafting the spirit.

Crown Maple Bourbon Glazed Short Ribs Recipe

You can have your bourbon and cook with it too
Feb 27, 2014 3:30 pm
maple-braised short rib recipe

One of the joys of cold weather cooking is using a heavy hand with dark, sweet and deeply flavorful ingredients like bourbon and maple syrup. We borrowed this maple-braised short rib recipe from chef and maple syrup expert Jacob Griffin of Dutchess County, NY's Madava Farms, where Crown Maple syrup is made. 


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