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An Eclectic Bloody Mary, “Mama’s Ruby Shoes”

by Jason Lightner October 24th, 2014
It was on clearance and I simply had to get it.

That's a line that might be familiar with some of our readers. That feeling when you see a discounted price and, no matter what your better judgement is telling you, you simply need to make that purchase.

This is the situation I found myself in with Mama Walker's Maple Bacon Liqueur. On the clearance rack at my local Fine Wine and Good Spirits for a measly $8.00, I snatched it up quicker than you can say "science experiments." It's an interesting liqueur, very sweet and perhaps right at home
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Beer

Rickard’s Lederhosen Oktoberfest-Style Lager

by Charles Wangersky October 20th, 2014 | Beer
Beer One of the major events of the beer year is, of course, the Munich Oktoberfest, a week of getting drunk and more or less disorderly in public, complete with traditional German costumes and traditional German lager. Every beer drinker carries within him some image of Oktoberfest, usually of beer waitresses wearing traditional dirndls and carrying an impossible number of huge mugs of beer. Appearances would indicate that the standard mug is about a quart (legally, I suspect it has to be a liter), and that the mug is oversized because there is far more head on the beer than
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Cocktails

Root Beer Float Cocktail — Minus the Ice Cream

by Michele October 17th, 2014 | Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
Cocktail How can you have a root beer float without the ice cream, you might be asking yourself.  It is pretty simple.  In fact, there's a chewing gum that's root beer float flavored.  Having tried it, I can vouch that it tastes pretty similar to the soda and ice cream treat.  So, why not make a cocktail that tastes like a float?

Of course, you also may be wondering how I came to make a root beer float cocktail in October when the weather has turned chilly. This isn't exactly the time of year when one envisions ice cream-topped treats.  However,
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Bar Destination

Top Bars & Brewpubs in Memphis and Nashville

by R. Carnavale October 23rd, 2014 | Bar Destination
Memphis

Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. has been brewing award-winning, innovative craft beers since 1992. Their Famous Flaming Stone Beer won a silver medal at the 2005 Great American Beer Festival, and it's made using a traditional German technique that uses hot stones in the brewing process to add a caramel tone to the beer.

Boscos Bombay IPA has won several awards and it's an intensely hoppy amber beer. The award-winning Midtown Brown is your classic English-style nut brown
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Wine

Smoking Loon, Unoaked Chardonnay, 2013

by Jason Lightner October 22nd, 2014 | Wine
Wine Smoking Loon

California, Chardonnay, 2013

$10.99

Once again we are taking a look at an interesting Chardonnay; it's just been that sort of a summer, I suppose. Smoking Loon's "Steelbird" Unoaked Chardonnay comes to us by way of California's famed Napa valley wine country; an area of land so perfect for the production of wine that the California legislature had considered — on several occasions — making any other type of agriculture on the land illegal.

I made that last part up, just now.

As far as white wine varietals go, Chardonnay is perhaps my favorite. When I saw the chance to
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Spirits

Ice Surge, Tropical Freeze

by Jason Lightner October 21st, 2014 | Spirits
Spirits Out and about two nights ago, my wife and I stopped by a neighborhood bar to enjoy some comfort food and drinks while awaiting the results of the preliminary matches of the annual U.S. Open Squash Championship here in sunny Philadelphia. The bar was noisy, with many patrons there for Thursday Night Football and the Philadelphia Flyers game. The noise was bearable, however, and Cavanaugh's food was great as usual. As we finished dinner we noticed two ladies making the rounds in the bar, handing out shots of Tropical Freeze Ice Surge liqueur in promotion of a new,
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