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Go ‘Full July’ With These Bartender-Approved Whiskey And S’more Combos


You want to do July right? 13 bartenders share the best whiskeys to pair with summer s'mores.
'Getty Image Either you “get” the magic of camping or you don’t. We can only take you so far — setting you up with dreamy swimming holes in every single state and hyping you on the best beers to drink around a campfire . If those things don’t turn you on, we probably can’t help you. Unless you’re right on the fence. In that case, perhaps we can turn the tide with one simple dessert: s’mores . This summer staple consisting of a fire toasted marshmallow resting on a piece of melty milk chocolate (or a peanut butter cup if you’re into that sort of thing) between a sandwich of graham crackers is outdoor culinary perfection. But since we’re dead set on making summer ’19 extra AF , we’ve decided you should go a step further — pairing this chocolate-centric treat with whiskey. To find the right matchups, we asked some of our favorite bartenders for help. Check their answers below! Blanton’s Kelly McGee, Beverage Manager at Park Avenue Tavern in New York City My favorite whiskey/bourbon to pair with a s’more is probably Blanton’s. Smooth and savory to go along with the sweetness of the chocolate and marshmallow. Corsair Triple Smoke Gabrielle Ricord, lead bartender at Outpost in Goleta, California I would pair Corsair Triple Smoke with a nice gooey s’more. I like the hint of campfire smoke that you get when you’re making s’mores, and the Corsair also incorporates that subtlety through charred barrel — with slight peat and rich cherry flavors that make it a perfect camping nightcap. (Plus, the label is really cool.) Maker’s Mark Nacohle Hansen, bartender at Hazel, Ravines and Downtown in Birmingham, Michigan Maker’s Mark has always been a favorite whiskey of mine. The high alcohol content will combat the sweetness of S’mores, for a perfect pairing. Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey Sam Padilla, bartender at The Holding Company in San Diego Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey. I’ve always added peanut butter to my S’mores so Skrewball would be my go-to. Plus, peanut butter, chocolate, and marshmallow is a no brainer. George Dickel No. 12 Josh Cameron, Head Bartender at Boulton & Watt in New York City Campfire and s’mores call for Dickel. It’s one of the best whiskeys and we all too often forget about it in NYC. My buddy, renowned bartender Ryan Herzog, brought a bottle on a camping trip in upstate New York. Let’s just say we built some fires, broke some axes, and tipped some canoes. Point being: Dickel is the campfire whiskey. Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Daniel King, beverage director at Liberty Common in Nashville I immediately think of Jameson Caskmates. The stout edition is finished in casks that held Irish stout beer, so there’s a lingering of some chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors that would just ease you right on into a bite of s’more. Springbank 10 Jack Galobich, bartender of The Gage in Chicago In general, a nice single malt would be great. Springbank 10 year with its richer fruit, caramel notes, and balanced peat would be wonderful with the bitter/sweetness of the s’more and the smell of a smoldering fire. Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Mark Hawkins, director of food & beverage at RT Lodge in Mayville, Tennessee Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish. Aged in two separate barrels for maximum char and toasted notes this is the perfect bourbon to match the char and smoke of your carefully constructed s’more. High West Campfire J oey Biñas, bartender at Bootlegger in San Diego S’mores, obviously, are made outdoors with friends in front of a roaring fire. I really prefer bourbons, which have a nice sweetness in comparison to ryes. High West Campfire is a very popular one — both with myself and with the locals. It’s simple and keeps you cozy, rain or shine. Old Grandad Torrence R. O’Haire, beverage director & sommelier of Gage Hospitality Group in Chicago S’mores by the campfire require Old Granddad, for nostalgia’s sake, or Balvenie Caribbean Cask for a personal favorite, full of caramelly flavors to give the grahams and mallows a boost. Jack Daniel’s Justin Monell, general manager at BLVD & MAIN in Las Vegas If you’re by a campfire, it has to be traditional like Jack Daniels. S’mores, camping, and Jack Daniels is just pure American history. Buffalo Trace Ilan Chartor, spiritual advisor at KYU in Miami My favorite whiskey to pair with chocolate s’mores would be Buffalo Trace Bourbon. There’s enough bite to cut through the sweetness but the barrel aging gives it woody, vanilla, and banana notes that go great with dessert. Widow Jane 10-Year Bourbon Rich Depascale, beverage manager at The Wilson in New York City Widow Jane 10-year Bourbon. My favorite bourbon on earth. Widow Jane 10 year pairs with any dessert because of its subtle flavor of vanilla, clean oak flavors from the barrels, and has the smoothest, cleanest finish. Like silk on your tongue.'

This cooler stores your beer underground — Future Blink

Whisky Mashable

HopfenHöhle LIFT Beer Cooler is a climate-neutral, weather-resistant, cooler that can be buried practically anywhere. The cooler can store up to 15 bottles and has a watertight bottom so you can crack open a cold one with the boys regardless of the
'HopfenHöhle LIFT Beer Cooler is a climate-neutral, weather-resistant, cooler that can be buried practically anywhere. The cooler can store up to 15 bottles and has a watertight bottom so you can crack open a cold one with the boys regardless of the season. Read more.. More about Mashable Video , Beer , Cooler , Food Tech , and Future Blink'

Picking Apart The Differences Between Scotch Whisky And Irish Whiskey


Whisk(e)y from Scotland and Ireland feels like similar beasts, but they're actually quite unique.
'Unsplash Figuring out the difference between a Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey takes some time and effort. The two spirits share major similarities, but also diverge in a few crucial ways. These differences amount to more than whether you spell one with an “e” or not, though it’s worth clarifying — Scotch whisky is always spelled without the “e”; Irish whiskey is always spelled with the “e.” This quirk seems to have started in the late 19th century, created by Irish distillers as a way to distinguish Irish whiskey from Scotch whisky on the consumer market. Names aside, there’s more that separates the two spirts than simply the regions these whiskeys are produced in. Yes, Ireland and Scotland are close neighbors on the Irish Sea but their spirits tend to have only minor similarities past both being brown booze made from fermented and then distilled grains. Hopefully, the explainer below can help you better understand the difference between these two powerhouse regional spirits. The first thing to remember with booze is that sometimes there aren’t any hard and fast rules. Or, more specifically, rules exist but so do exceptions, nuances, and thriving rule-breakers. In the end, what may be true “traditionally” may no longer be true for some distillers working today. Exceptions abound. Still with us? Cool, let’s dive in! Related: Here’s How To Tell The Difference Between Bourbon And Tennessee Whiskey What Is Scotch Whisky? Scotch whisky can come in three forms, generally — single malt, single grain, and blended scotch. Overall, those whiskies come from six regions around Scotland: The Highlands, The Islands (sometimes grouped with The Highlands), Islay, Campbeltown, Speyside, and The Lowlands. Single malt scotch is a distillate made in one distillery with a single malted barley mash bill (recipe) in pot stills. A single grain scotch is often used to denote a whisky made with a single grain that’s not malted barley. However, in Scotland, malted barley is added to start the fermentation process. A single grain whisky is mostly used for blended whisky. So, the use of “single” in this case, then, refers to the fact that booze was made at a single distillery. Blended scotch makes up for 90 percent of the Scottish whisky market. So it’s probably what most people will be familiar with or start with as an entry point to the style. This is simply a blend of malt whisky and grain whisky wherein a master blender marries two or more barrels of booze into one delicious elixir. From there, the concept of how the whisky is made is very similar to most other whisk(e)ys around the world. Malted cereals or grains (in this case almost always barley malted with peat smoke) is ground to a grist, before water and yeast are added to begin fermentation. That fermented water — not unlike a beer — is distilled twice. Finally, the distillate is transferred to barrels (sometimes ex-bourbon barrels from America, sometimes not) to rest for at least three years. That’s pretty much it. Each region of the six regions of Scotland that produce whisky has their particular nuances and uniqueness. Resting barrels along the briny, cold Scottish coastline can add touches that barrels up in the mountains or forests will not get. But, at the end of the day, we’re talking some very minor variables here. You can get umami smoke monsters from the coast or the forest, depending on what the head distiller is attempting to represent with the malt, water, and barrels. What Is Irish Whiskey? Irish whiskey is a different beast. First, there aren’t region specific Irish whiskeys per se. There’s a clear distinction between Northern Irish whiskey like Bushmills and Republic of Ireland whiskeys like, say, Jameson . But, really, there’s not Highland or Islay-like designations in play here. What is in play are the single monikers. Irish whiskey comes in single malt, single pot still, single grain, and blended forms. Three of those four we already know. Where Ireland swerves is with the “single pot still” category. A single pot still whiskey uses both malted barley and unmalted or raw barley in the mash bill. That’s a huge freakin’ difference. Think about it this way, there’s a massive difference between a baked apple and a raw apple, right? So, yes, this helps Irish whiskey differentiate itself through flavors right out of the gate. That’s not to say there aren’t Irish whiskeys with peated smoked malts. There are. Connemara famously uses peated malts and has a nice smoky presence. But that’s more the outlier than the standard when it comes to Irish expressions. Another big distinction is that Irish whiskey is triple distilled, mostly. Back in the 1800s, Irish distillers were ruling the whiskey world and wanted to assure that Irish whiskey was always better than their neighbor’s scotch. Triple distillation became a hallmark of the island. Today, not all Irish whiskeys are triple distilled but most single malts and single pot still expressions will be. Another ripple in Ireland is with the grain whiskeys. Often those expressions are distilled in a column still, or Coffey still and not a pot still. From there, we have a similar process of malts to grist to fermentation to distillation to barreling. In most cases, Irish whiskeys will be aged in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry casks and then blended into a single expression for bottling. That’s not a universal truth, of course, and new barreling processes are coming into play, most famously with big brands like Jameson barreling in stout or ale casks. The Difference Putting aside blends and grains, single malt scotch and single pot still Irish whiskey are two very different beasts. One is made exclusively with malted barley that’s almost always malted using local peat in the kilning process. The other literally uses a raw version of that ingredient. So, you’re going to get a very different experience between those two styles. We’re not — in any way — saying one is more superior, refined, or correct. Scotch and Irish whiskey are the results of literal centuries of tinkering, fine-tuning, and the slow refinement of practices, recipes, and ideas. A single malt scotch can be a lot of things within Scotland alone and, again, depending on what the head distiller is aiming for. The same goes for Irish whiskey. In the broadest of broad terms, scotch is going to have a smoky edge (not universally though) that’s often not found in mainstream Irish whiskey. But, again, there are always exceptions on either side of the Irish Sea . Our advice, try one of each, then try some more. Find what you dig and dive deeper. At the very least, you’ll get a nice buzz on along the way.'

Carpenter + Mason fuses Japanese and industrial elements for Brooklyn Kura sake bar

Whisky Architecture

A colourful geometric wall provides a strong contrast to this otherwise stark sake bar and brewery in Brooklyn’s Industry City, designed by local studio Carpenter + Mason. Read more
'A colourful geometric wall provides a strong contrast to this otherwise stark sake bar and brewery in Brooklyn’s Industry City, designed by local studio Carpenter + Mason. Read more'

These ‘Beer Influencers’ Are Actually Worth Following On Instagram


Beer and travel intersect in the world Instagram beer influencers. Here are our twelve favorite beer influencers to follow right now.
'Getty Image It’s 2019 and we’re deep into the age of the influencer. The travel influencer , the health influencer, the food influencer, the whiskey influencer, the mommy influencer … the list goes on. Even beer has influencers these days and we’re sorta here for it — because we love beer and want to know as much as we can about the stuff. Boiled down, an influencer is a model or an expert (or a combination of the two) who’s job is selling you a certain product or lifestyle. 20 short years ago, we were being sold lifestyles — whiskey , beer, surfboards, travel — via the very gated, glossy magazine world of Cosmo , GQ , CondeNast , Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition , and even Playboy . Those gatekeepers of all that is cool and sleek and sexy are still around, but their power to persuade has dwindled. The world is more egalitarian now and hustlers willing to go out and chase experiences on their own have new (ish) platforms for spreading their message. In fact, there are so many influencers these days that you need help finding the best of the bunch. So we’re going to throw down some of the coolest beer influencers on the scene. These are the Instagram accounts that focus on bringing unique beer adventures (beerventures?) to your feed. Some of them are models, some experts in their field, and some of them just love beer like us. Related: Listen to the One More Road For The Beer travel and beer podcast here! Black Brew Culture — 11.8k followers Mike Potter wants to upend the “white dude with a beard” stereotype that has gripped American craft beer for the better part of three decades. Potter founded Black Beer Culture out of his Pittsburgh digs. The movement and its corresponding Instagram account have been instrumental is bringing wider awareness to Black American brewers and beer lovers while also serving as a spot for all novices to learn about the wonderful nuances that make a great beer. Cory Smith — 12.5k followers Cory Smith, who primarily writes for Good Beer Hunting , is the person to follow if you want to up your beer knowledge dramatically. Smith is an ambassador for the intersection of beer, travel, and food around the world. His Instagram is an easy follow for anyone looking for great shots of beer, beautifully plated food, and the brewers and chefs who make all that magic happen. One Hoppy Lady — 14k followers Bella, the force behind One Hoppy Lady , is a Certified Cicerone Beer Server and a professional photographer. That gives her a deep knowledge of beer to pair with her acumen behind the camera. Both add up to a fantastic beer feed on Instagram. Bella’s tastes tend to be impeccable and the beers she highlights in her feed are the ones worth hunting down (no matter how much effort that takes). Big World Small Girl — 15k followers Caitlin Johnson, the Austin-based beer and travel blogger behind Big World Small Girl , brings life and color to her Instagram as she travels, eats, and drinks. Her feed touches on poolside cocktails and spirits brands alongside more classic travel wish fulfillment, but it’s really the beer that’s the main event. While Johnson posts beer from all over, her feed is a must for anyone visiting Austin who wants to drink (and eat) the best of the best. Beer Bitty — 18k followers Heather Lewis’ Beer Bitty is where great beer and cooking great food collide. Lewis started her blog in reaction to the lack of coherent beer recipes available online and aimed to rectify that with a blog and Instagram feed that gave people a place to explore the world of cooking with beer. While Lewis’ Instagram feed focuses on beer bottles, cans, and glasses, each entry makes sure to mention the food she’s pairing with said beer. It’s become a great (and easy) beer pairing guide for any beginner. Is Beer A Carb — 22.6k followers Megan Stone’s “Is Beer A Carb” finds the rainbow-haired tattoo model traveling and drinking some of the best beer in the country. The San Diego-based influencer is also a brewer with cred from both Mikkeller San Diego and Modern Times Beer. Stone has a deep knowledge and love for beer, making her feed a must-follow for anyone looking for tips on what’s great to drink right now. La Petite Biere — 22.8k followers Émilie Leclerc blends a vintage aesthetic, travel, food and beer into her feed on Instagram. The actress-model-journalist has a great love for beer, especially from her native Quebec. Leclerc travels the world drinking some of the best beer being brewed out there, making her feed a great place to find out what’s going on in the scene up in Canada but also further afield. Fizzy Lizzy — 26.5k followers Lizzy Lasota spent years working at the Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in New York before taking a job in the cellars at the Bedell Cellars winery. Though she works in wine now, she never left her love of beer behind. Lasota’s Instagram feed is a journey through the world of American craft beer with in-depth descriptions of every beer she tries. If you’re looking for a new beer to try, hit up Fizzy Lizzy for a recommendation. Southern Beer Girl — 29.4k followers Alyssa Thorpe is the head brewer at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery out in Denver, Colorado. She’s a master brewer with a great eye for great beer around the country. Following Thorpe’s Instagram feed is a great way to find out what a master brewer drinks while traveling the country drinking all the beer. Craftbeeray — 30.3k followers San Diego’s CraftBeerRay is all about giving you great beer recommendations with a laser focus on the beer. Craftbeerray’s posts are concise moments he experiences in the beer world with even more concise descriptions of what he’s drinking. This is the perfect account if you’re looking for straight-up beer with little-to-no #FOMO. Craft Beer Deer — 36.1k followers If we were ranking these influencers (we’re not), Julie Roesser’s Craft Beer Deer might be at the top. Roesser is a professional photographer who also adores all things beer. That combination makes her Instagram feed one of the most beautiful beer influencer feeds there is, full stop. The crystal clear aesthetic seen through a photographer’s eye leaves the beer looking gorgeous. An easy follow for any beer lover. The Girl With The Beer — 65.6k followers Melis Limes is the mind behind the travel and beer feed, The Girl With Beer . Limes feed combines quality beer recommendations with full-on #FOMO travel experiences around the world. The Girl With Beer is the best of both worlds of travel and beer with a real sense of accessibility around the world and, of course, great beer along the way.'