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    8 Black Owned Distilleries Producing Some of America’s Finest Whiskeys

    8 black owned distilleries

    Black owned distilleries are few and far in between. Similar to the craft beer industry, there is a big gap between the whiskey industry and Black whiskey consumers. Distillery owners aren’t nearly as diverse as their clientele. There have been recent efforts to change that, though, with groups like Black Bourbon Society who are bridging the gap through outreach and education, and Black entrepreneurs who are founding distilleries of their own. Brothers who brought economic opportunities to their hometown. A head chef who experiments with smoke infusion. A brewer that expanded his operations to breathe

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    Uncle Nearest 1856: How a Slave Helped Launch America’s Most Famous Distillery

    For 160 years, whiskey had a secret history. The story behind America’s Jack Daniel’s Distillery wasn’t entirely factual. Today, in celebration of Juneteenth, I’m sipping Uncle Nearest 1856 and will tell the secret history of how a slave helped launch America’s most famous whiskey distillery. It’s true that Jack Daniel went to work for Dan Call in the 1850s. And it’s true that Jack Daniel went on to distill whiskey for Call. But the story that Call hired Jack Daniel because he was a naturally gifted distiller…? Not so. Actually, Jack Daniel was

  • beer, spirits

    Pipeworks Brewing Company // Brown and Stirred

    Beejay Oslon and Garritt Lewis, founders of Pipework’s Brewing Co, met while working at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago. There were both homebrewers who received their education at De Struise Brewery in Belgium. When they began discussing starting their own larger scale brewery, they decided they wanted to do something exciting. They vowed to only create unique, small batch brews that were “one-and-done.” This is where the idea of Pipework’s Brewing began. Since then—with the addition of Kate Brankin (brewer extraordinaire)—Pipeworks has established itself as one of Chicago’s premiere breweries. In early 2017, the folks at Pipeworks approached their

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    cocktail recipes, spirits

    The Boulevardier Cocktail

    From 1927-1932, Erskine Gwynne was living in Paris, running a monthly magazine he founded called Boulevardier—a sort of Parisian version of New Yorker. Gwynne was an expatriate writer, socialite, and nephew of railroad tycoon Alfred Vanderbilt. During that time period, American was in the midst of Prohibition (which, of course, was the national repeal of alcohol). Ironically, the Volstead Act helped revive the American cocktail—it provided creative liquor salesmen a handy way to disguise hooch with preferable flavors and a pretty name. But Prohibition also sent thousands of bartenders into a tailspin. Most had to find other work, since their profession had

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    Glendalough Distillery // Double Barrel Irish Whiskey

    Lá fhĂ©ile Pádraig sona dhuit, Dear Reader! Being a displaced Irish-American, today is one of my very favorite days of the year—it’s Saint Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, we’re going to do something a little differently and post a whiskey review (an Irish whiskey, of course). To tie the review to the theme of the Table better, look for the great Irish coffee recipe at the end of the post. The Glendalough Distillery was founded in 2011 by five friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a deep passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland—Donal O’Gallachoir, Brian Fagan, Barry Gallagher,