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Jim Beam Kentucky Fire

by TK August 26th, 2014
Our dear friends at Wikipedia describe fire as:

Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products.[1] Slower oxidative processes like rusting or digestion are not included by this definition.

But I think if we step away from the scientific description of "fire", we all have visions that come up in our minds.  We see the flames of a bonfire or the white hot excitement of a fiery interaction with someone in our brain.    "Fire" brings out the mental heat in almost everyone.  My opportunity to taste test
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An Understated Ale: Unibrouwe Blanche de Chambly

by Charles Wangersky August 25th, 2014 | Beer
Beer Our beer adventures continue this week, as they did last week, in Quebec, with a selection from the Summer Variety Pack available from Unibrouwe. This time, we're looking at the Blanche de Chambly, a white ale, according to the label. In fact, it is not white, but a very pale yellow; if your beer is white, something is probably wrong with it, perhaps you went to the wrong tap when you were filling your glass. It is possible that the term "white ale" is used to distinguish it from the many Pale Ales out there; as we'll
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Swamp Water- Try This Murky Beverage If You Dare!

by Michele August 22nd, 2014 | Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
Cocktail Over four years ago I referenced Swamp Water in an article for a different cocktail recipe.  Yet at no time since then have I shared this recipe.  While I've been served Swamp Water a few times over the past few years, I never have made a batch.  See, this recipe is always made by my good friends, OT and Vicki.  Taught to them back in the day at U Wisconsin, La Crosse, it has stood the test of time as a great cocktail to serve to a crowd.

There are several interesting things about this beverage.

  • First, it is
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Bar Destination

Bars You’ll Love in North Carolina

by R. Carnavale August 21st, 2014 | Bar Destination
North Carolina's a popular destination that's known for its beautiful beaches, scenic mountains and fine universities. The home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut and Pepsi is also home to some great bars and brewpubs. Whether you're in Charlotte, Durham or Raleigh, you'll love the creative concoctions available in the following brewpubs and cocktail bars:


Rock Bottom Charlotte
is conveniently located in the heart of uptown and, in addition to serving cocktails and wine,
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Colores del Sol, Reserva Malbec, 2012

by Jason Lightner August 20th, 2014 | Wine
Wine Colores del Sol

Argentina, Malbec, 2012


When you think of the phrase "Colors of the Sun," what springs to mind? A blinding flash of brilliance, void of pigment and yet godlike in its vibrance? Do you imagine rainbows shimmering pleasantly as they float, without a care, through the summer sky? Personally, I imagine a hot, orange ball of plasma, which has the incredible power to both give and take life as it sees fit.

What can I say? I'm an optimist that way.

Argentinian wine has become a staple in the Lightner household. It keeps the machine well-oiled and the gears turning.
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Paul Masson Peach Grande Amber Brandy

by TK August 19th, 2014 | Liquor
Spirits I am a product of the 1970s and 1980s.  These were my formative years, so all things cultural that have any lasting power in my limited brain capacity come from those two decades.  Thus when I hear the name "Paul Masson", my mental archives pull up images of Orson Welles saying "We will serve no wine until it's time."  As I walked through my local liquor convenience store, a bottle of Paul Masson Peach Grande Amber Brandy jumped out at me, and I decided to pick it up and give it a shot.

Before writing this article I decided to
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