New World and Old World are terms often thrown around with wine, but not so much in the realm of other libations. Of course, they exist with beer, whiskey, and more. For beer, you have classic Old World beers like Rodenbach Grand Cru which could be compared to the New World variants of American Wild Ales from Russian River Brewing Co. With whiskey (or whisky), you have Scotch from Scotland (Old World) and you have Bourbon from the United States (New World). But have you ever been curious how the two differ at their most basic levels? It’s hard to compare the two as the ingredients and processes are so different between them, but Woodford Reserve was curious and decided to play around with it.
A key difference between the two is the barrel in which the spirit is matured. Scotch utilizes used barrels to mature their spirit whereas Bourbon uses new, charred casks to mature theirs. One lets the grain shine through and the other lets the impact of the new wood have more of a presence.
Woodford Reserve is taking the best of both worlds (no pun intended) with their Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Double Malt Selections. Taking the same liquid, one will undergo new barrel maturation and the other a used barrel maturation to give whiskey enthusiasts a side by side comparison of the role in which the barrel plays.
Look for Woodford Reserve Straight Malt Whiskey and Woodford Reserve Classic Malt to debut in individual 750mL bottles starting November 1.
Beyond the many main and pop up events at the 2013 Midtown Cocktail Week, they have assembled an incredible array of educational events. Exciting topics and world class spirits and bar professionals will collide for seminars that will whet your appetite for the main events each evening. At just $5 per seminar (pre-registration required), how can you say no … especially when you keep in mind that legends like David Wondrich will be leading some of these seminars. See the full post »
Midtown Business Association, in partnership with Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sacramento365.com, Mutineer Magazine, Bols and The Citizen Hotel, is proud to present the 6th Annual Midtown Cocktail Week from August 21st through August 25th, 2013. Midtown Cocktail Week (MCW) is a week-long celebration uniting local bartenders, fine spirits, fresh products and artisan cocktails. MCW was founded in 2008 by local cocktail enthusiasts Erick Castro and Joe Anthony Savala in order to celebrate Sacramento’s artisan cocktail movement.
MCW will feature nightly events at various restaurants throughout Sacramento including Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co, Blackbird, Grange and Red Rabbit with a cocktail competition at LowBrau Wednesday night to kick things off. For an official schedule of events, click here. All events are 21 years of age and older.
Education courses will occur all day Thursday and Friday. Highlights include a presentation from David Wondrich and the Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart. For a complete list of courses, click here. A special home bartending class is scheduled for Saturday at noon. To register, visit here.
MCW encourages responsible drinking. During Midtown Cocktail Week, guests can use the code MIDTOWNCOCKTAIL on the Uber app for a free ride home (up to $30.00).
During all MCW events and classes, guests are encouraged to use the hashtag #MCWSac through photos and messages on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. See the full post »
I’m thrilled to report that we are in the midst of some spectacular changes at Mutineer Magazine. We are on the cusp of some ambitious expansion, which will be announced in the coming months, and I can’t convey in words how truly pumped up all of us are to see our vision grow.
Over the past six years, we’ve assembled an incredibly talented team of people who have worked tirelessly to bring the Mutineer vision to life. Between this incredible core of current Mutineers, and the new minds and voices we’ll be announcing in the coming months, our fine company is heading into a new and exciting era. As such, I’m taking the opportunity to step away and create a space for these new minds and voices to flourish.
In the meantime, I’m honored to be taking on the Director of Education role at Anchor Distilling Company. Anchor is one of the most influential beverage companies of the last 50 years, leading the way for the modern craft beer revolution and reintroducing pot-distilled whiskey into the United States in 1994. Today, with over 300 craft spirits products in their portfolio, they continue to pioneer the amazing craft spirits category and I’m excited to be a part of their journey.
I’ll remain on the Board of Directors and Founder of Mutineer, as well as continue my work on Drink Careers 101, but I’ll be leaving the day to day operations of Mutineer in the very outstanding hands of the Mutineer team as they take the company and vision to dizzying new heights.
It has been a humbling privilege to serve beverage culture, something that I am so passionate about, in our efforts to add something positive and inspired to the beverage culture conversation. I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished thus far and I know we’ve only scratched the surface. Stay tuned for more awesomeness.
As you may know Mutineer Magazine is running a Kickstarter project right now, and we have been fortunate enough to learn about some cool beverage related projects at the same time. We discovered RX Bitters Co. when co-owner Brett Winfield backed Drink Careers 101. I checked out their project and found that he and his partners Ryan and Eric had some tasty ideas about cocktails. Their bitters come in Sarsaparilla, Cherry Apple and Aromatic #7. I know I am looking forward to receiving my bottle of Sarsaparilla bitters.
The RX Bitters Co. has already reached their goal, but they still need to hit their stretch goals. If they hit $12,000 they will put Smoked Peach, Smoked Pineapple and Smoked Apple into production. If they reach $15,000 they will put Whiskey and Wine Barrel Aged Bitters into production. I think that sounds like a tasty incentive.
Brett shared the following recipe with us so you’ll know how to use your rewards from backing the RX Bitters Co. project. Here is what he had to say:
“I like an Old Fashioned made with Auchentoshan classic, which is a really beautiful triple distilled single malt Scotch that really makes our bitters shine. It is elegance in simplicity.”
Add The Rx Bitters Co. Sarsaparilla Bitters to the sugar cube in an old fashioned glass and muddle to a fine paste. Add the Auchentoshan Classic and ice, preferably large cubes, stir for five seconds, Garnish with an orange and lemon peel and you are good to go.
Want to secure your Drink Careers 101 Guide? Pre-order it on Kickstarter!