• Blogs

    December 21, 2013

    Pop-Up Ramen and Japanese Whiskey at the Libertine on Monday

    This coming Monday is Festivus, the annual parody of holidays created by Frank Costanza on Seinfeld. The day/event includes, among other things, the airing of grievances and an unadorned aluminum pole. The man of the house is also suppose to take the floor in a wrestling match of some sorts to asser ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    The Battle of Texas' Whiskey Makers and Fakers

    Texas' craft-booze industry is booming, but can it stave off the "Made in Texas" fakers?

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    October 21, 2013

    Waco's Balcones Whiskey Won Seven Medals at New York Wine and Spirits Competition

    Chip Tate, the founder and distiller of Waco's Balcones Distillery, packed his suitcases full of booze and headed to New York City last week for the World Wine and Spirits Competition. The tiny distillery tucked under a bridge has been racking up the hardware of late, the first distillery to have be ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Texas-based Ranger Creek "Brewstillery" Has a Craft Beer-Whiskey Combo

    Ranger Creek in San Antonio is an interesting operation. The founders, who met through the UFO club at The Flying Saucer, couldn't decide between distilling whiskey or beer, so they did both. They call their shop a "brewstillery" because they make both whiskey and beer one batch at a time. And when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Balcones Whisky Wins More Awards -- Probably Needs a New Shelf

    You all need to make haste to acquire a bottle of Balcones whisky out of Waco. Then, toast to founder Chip Tate for and making us all so proud with his exquisite whisky-making skills. See Also: -- Tasting Balcones Texas Single Malt Whiskey -- Texans Make Scotch Whiskey Better Than the Scots Do S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    With Herman Marhall Bourbon, Dallas Finally Has a Great Local Whiskey

    I read about the new whiskeys from Herman Marshall back in July, and I've been on the hunt ever since. Maybe I should have been more diligent -- it is whiskey after all -- but every bar I checked didn't have it. When I called bars that were listed in articles about the whiskey, they said they hadn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    What Booze to Get Your Dad for Father's Day, From the Experts

    This Sunday is Father's Day, and it's hard to know what to buy that big old teddy bear to show your undying affection for teaching you what a man is. When lottery tickets and neckties have run their courses, a nice bottle of booze is always a good option. We asked a few experts around town, includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Make Haste to the Holy Grail for Bourbon Week

    The Holy Grail Pub in Plano is hosting a bourbon event this week that craft beer fans (or just straight bourbon fans) should note. Last year the Holy Grail had a day dedicated to all things bourbon, including both whiskey tasting flights and special tappings of limited release bourbon-aged beers. Th ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013
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    April 15, 2013

    TX Whiskey in Fort Worth Takes Best American Craft Whiskey at World Spirits Competition

    Fort Worth-based Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. won double gold medals and Best in Class in the category of American Craft Whiskey for their TX blended whiskey at the 13th Annual World Spirits Competition in San Francisco recently, where more than 1,407 spirits were poured from 63 countries ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Balcones Texas Single Malt Wins Another Award

    Balcones Distillery, the folks responsible for the Texas single malt whiskey we tasted back in January, just made news with the Ultimate Beverage Challenge. The Waco-based distillery's product just won the American whiskey category in a recent spirit evaluation held by the organization, which tastes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    R.I.P. Scotch Whisky: Dewar's Has Gone the Way of Flavored Vodka

    This isn't good. A post on the Whiskey Advocate Blog marks the release of Dewar's Highlander Honey, a Dewar's scotch whisky infused with honey and filtered through oak cask wood. See also: - What The Fuck Happened To Vodka? According to the blog, this is the first time scotch has been marketed in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Balcones Whiskey Tasting and Signing Coming to Sigel's This Saturday

    If your interest was piqued a couple of weeks ago when Scott Reitz told us about his bottle of Balcones single malt whiskey, or perhaps even before that you read about it in The New York Times, well, you're in luck. See also: - Tasting Balcones Single Malt Whiskey - Texans Make Scotch Whisky Bette ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Tasting Balcones Texas Single Malt Whiskey

    Yesterday we pointed out the mention of Balcones Texas Single Malt Whiskey in The New York Times as part of a larger discussion about malt whiskeys and their recent domestic rise. Today I got a bottle of the stuff. It tastes like this... When it comes to whiskey, I am a man seduced by dark and drea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Texans Make Scotch Whiskey Better Than the Scots Do

    Shame on us for not seeing this sooner. A Waco distillery whooped up on the Scots in the whiskey distillin' business a month ago. They won Best in Glass, a recent whiskey competition, beating names I'm sure you'll recognize like Macallan and Glenmorangie, just to name two. See also: - Texas Distill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Sigel's Hosts Impressive Craft Distillery Tasting, Including Texas Brands

    This Wednesday, December 5, the Sigel's at 5757 Greenville Avenue will raise a toast small craft-distilleries in a special tasting event with more than 60 different spirits to sample. All of the micro-distilleries participating make unique, small batches of spirits. Per Jasper Russo at Sigel's, wh ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012
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    June 14, 2012

    Firestone And Robertson on Distilling Bourbon and Whiskey in Fort Worth

    Surely it's difficult to convince your spouse that it's a good idea to quit your day job to distill whiskey. Considering that's exactly what Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson did, they must be really good talkers. In a salvaged Prohibition-era warehouse south of downtown Fort Worth, they're filli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Feargal McKinney, Owner of the Old Monk and Blackfriar, on the Magic of an Old Irish Whiskey

    Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Feargal McKinney came to the U.S. after college to see the sights and do a bit of traveling. After some time in New York City, he took the scenic route to California and stopped in Dallas to visit a friend and essentially never left -- partially because he got stuck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Sample Seven Different Irish Whiskeys (But Not All at Once) at The Idle Rich Pub's Tasting

    Well this should be sober. The Idle Rich Pub on McKinney is hosting its annual Irish Whiskey Tasting on Monday, January 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a casual, free-flowing event with no formal presentations or lectures. They'll provide an information packet and a tasting guide. Smell, swirl, sip, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Private, Social, Drunk: Rocco Milano, Mansion Expat, Has His New Bar Humming

    FacebookHum: Now being served at Private Social.​Private Social bar manager Rocco Milano is like a young redheaded Santa, ready to grant all your alcoholic Christmas wishes, or maybe the fourth Wise Man, bearing obscure aperitifs and rare scotches in place of frankincense and myrrh. Perched ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    How to Properly Execute a Nightcap

    Flickr​A story in the New York Times Magazine over the weekend examined the practice of cramming in one more drink before the evening ends. "Rules for an Honorable Nightcap," it was called, there are, it turns out, many rules. A nightcap should be a one-off, not "one more" of whatever you're ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    The Second Floor Gives Dads a Less Expensive Taste of the Good Stuff

    Barrels of Scotch at The Macallan distillery.​If you're at a loss for what to get Dad this Father's Day, The Second Floor Restaurant has a suggestion: scotch. But not just any scotch. The good stuff. And for dads on their big day, all of it's 50 percent off. That means a $140 Macallan 25 ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011
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    February 17, 2011

    Scotch-Happy Sigel's Pours on the Hootch​Sigel's is giving customers 68 opportunities to challenge their assumptions that they don't like Scotch. There's almost always a tasting happening at Sigel's, but a release touting next Wednesday evening's event at the 5757 Greenville Ave. store caught my attention ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Texas Distillers Look to Make Their Mark in Whiskey World

    Until the whiskey's ready, Ranger Creek says try a beer.​While a vast majority of Texans still haven't sampled whiskey legally distilled in-state, an owner of Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling in San Antonio believes Texas bourbon could become a nationally recognized category. "We really beli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Taking It Nice and (Big) Easy at Whiskey Cake

    ​New Orleans is a food-lovers paradise, and such an all-around cool town that it has its own official cocktail---Sazerac, a power-packed concoction of rye whiskey (or cognac), absinthe, and Peychaud's bitters. At Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, the trendy new Tollway tavern in Plano, your waitress ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Get Ready for the Next Hard Liquor Made Organically--Texas-made Bourbon

    ​A Texas distillery has a shot at releasing the world's first organic bourbon, but the makers of a pioneering organic vodka say the spirit may not be an easy sell. Garrison Brothers Distillery, Texas' first legal whiskey distillery, is already producing bourbon that's organic in all but name. ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Garrison Bros. Set to Get Texas-Made Bourbon Flowing

    ​Garrison Brothers is advising drinkers to saddle up their horses, but -- in the spirit of small batch whiskey -- folks might want to fire up their engines to get first crack at the Hye (that's west of Austin) distillery's flagship bourbon. Owner Dan Garrison yesterday announced 1,800 bottles ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Blended Scotch Whisky

    ​Generally when people sit down to discuss whisky, the conversation settles around the single malts of Islay, Speyside or the rare and unique brands from Campbeltown. But the overwhelming majority of scotch whisky sold around the world consists of blends--up to 50 different malts making up a singl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Made Plans Yet For National Tartan Day?

    National Tartan Day, which has yet to show up on most of our day planner calendars, is fast approaching. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 6, Trinity Hall and The Macallan Scotch offer a whisky tasting with appetizers. The Macallan "brand ambassador" Jay Lidell (who revealed that he used to be on On ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Burning Question: Why Don't Women Drink Whiskey?

    A bartender told us years ago that the sexiest thing a woman can do in a bar is to order good scotch and sip it neat.Hmm...guess we're not the only ones a little past our prime.We seem to recall hearing this from a staff member at the old Whisky Bar--a rather appropriate setting, but also something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    10 Questions: Mark Cronin

    He wears a dress to work...although The Glenlivet's brand ambassador prefers to call the cute tartan a "kilt."Before happening onto one of the world's best jobs--introducing single malt Scotch and taking part in tasting after tasting--Cronin owned a pub in Edinburgh. It was the only one not affiliat ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    Burning Question: What Is Burns Night?

    The people from Glenliv...Glenlivesh came thish morning wit' foor bottles of Scotsh--foor bottle!!!! An it wash at work, sho our editor jus hadto shut his fat mouf and watch us drink Scotsh. Foor bottle... four. An tol' him to fugg off...Wilonsky too.[Editor's note: What they are trying to say is th ... More >>

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