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Old Potrero Rye in Older SanFrancisco

I travel frequently to San Francisco and many times I grab a drink and a meal at Pompei’s Grotto. I have been coming to this restaurant since 1995 and it has always be a friendly and comfortable spot in Fisherman’s Wharf.

What made this journey made even better is that I got to try a Rye Whiskey that I have never had before. This drink, Old Potrero, which surprises me in its pleasantly soapy front end and nose followed by an well balanced and not too spicy tail. Made by Anchor Steam Breweries, it actually had some characteristics of a fine Scotch ( I confirmed this by trying the “Kentucky Hug” method of taste tasting.)

Give yourself a treat and try it.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2018 in Happy Hour

 

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London Old Fashions – Woodford Reserve


For some peculiar reason Old Fashions made with Canadien Maple Syrup and Woodford Reserve are in vogue in London. This is the second time in a week that a restaurant had them featured on the menu.  I wonder if Woodford representatives are on patrol here?  I am not complaining as both times I have had the drink it has been perfect.  Even though it is obviously a sweet drink, and definitely out of my normal barel-comfort-zone, I enjoyed them.  A boozy desert. 

Tonight I had my drink in the Copa restaurant across the street from the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral. I nice eerie sky over the magnificent dome. 

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2017 in London

 

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McCormick to Resume Producing Bourbon for First Time in 30 years

McCormick Distilling Co. is going back to its roots, as the company plans to begin producing bourbon for the first time in 30 years at its Weston distillery. In addition, it will start offering public tours of its facilities for the first time in 20 years.

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Posted by on September 27, 2015 in In The News

 

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What Makes A Good Bartender?

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In New York City there are more than a few bars and each of them have the bartenders that work them. However not every bartender is a good one and the bad ones can truly throw off the relaxing vibes of being in a bar with friends.

So what makes a good bartender? There isn’t one answer to that question but with some of my own research and asking around, I have managed to make a list of 3 qualities of a great bartender. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2015 in Happy Hour

 

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A ‘Neat’ Bourbon Documentary is on the Way

I am always on the lookout for the next entertaining show or documentary (my current favorite is Mr. Robot), so you can image how excited I was when I heard from my daughter that a new documentary about bourbon was in the works. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Cocktail History

 

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Blenheim and Bourbon at Hudlow’s Tiki Lounge

Every now and then I relax at my own place, sit at my tiki bar and have a drink.  Rather than my normal Manhattan I decided to mix up a spicy Blenheim Ginger Ale and bourbon.  I was first introduced to this drink at a great bar in Manhattan called Great Jones Cafe.   It is made with Blenheim Ginger Ale from South Carolina. This soda will knock you back on your feet and takes no prisoners. It is freakin’ fantastic. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Happy Hour

 

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Avalon Yacht Club – Sunset Cocktail


Growing up, I split my life up between the suburbs of Philadelphia and Avalon, New Jersey, where I spent my summers.  For those of you who don’t know, Avalon is a sleepy town by South Jersey standards, with a nice beaches, good food, and a few select bars and lounges. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2015 in Happy Hour

 

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Escala 2012 Pinot Noir at The Heron

  
After a long week I decided to chill out at the lounge at The Heron and ordered a 2012 French Escala Pinot Noir. I enjoyed it very much, despite being seemingly impossible to find a worthwhile link on the web about it.  I found the description on the lounges wine list to be fair –  it said that I should expect “elegant, fruity, with silky tannin structure “. Ummm.  Yep. ?  I think.  I was actually so tired that all of this could have been true, but I would have missed it.  I do remember that it was pleasant and thinking that I will order this again.  And since I am a pain in the butt with wine …  I have to believe in hindsight that their words were a bullseye.  …  Maybe I need to go back and try again.  Cheers

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in London, Wine

 

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Wild Turkey 101 at SYC

  Another masterpiece by Pete at Sarasota Yacht Club with good old Wild Turkey 101. Ah….  Drinking at the hours you shouldn’t.  Fantastic.   

The SYC does a great deal to make its members happy.  Making note of what everyone’s likes and dislikes, and then more importantly putting that knowledge into service is what makes it so nice to make it a sophisticated hang out.  

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Happy Hour, Uncategorized

 

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St Julien at Le Bateau Ivre ( with cool Jazz)

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On a somewhat lazy Sunday in late August I decided to walk around Manhattan looking for a place to continue writing my novel. I luckily stumbled across my favorite Mid Town East French haunt Le Bateau Ivre. Of course, I had to have a drink to better relax and enjoy the fine music being played. I chose a St Julien – Chateau Lalande 2009 – which proved to be the perfect selection for the day. It was amazingly well balanced and showed all of the characteristics of the little town that make it my favorite of Bordeaux. The jazz band that played today was perfectly on queue with both spirit of play with a perfect pick-up attitude and spicey blend for the day.  They were as follows : Andy Friedberg on guitar, Steve Doyle on the sublime Bass, and Yuichi Hirkawa on the ever present and truckin drum kit. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2014 in Bordeaux, Jazz, Wine

 

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