FEW Spirits Distillery tour with tacos on the side.

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I celebrated yet another birthday this weekend. So, of course, tacos and whiskey were in the mix.

My wife surprised me with a tour of FEW Distillery. I’ve been a fan of their spirits for quite a while. We recently moved to Evanston, so this distillery is just down the street. Continue reading “FEW Spirits Distillery tour with tacos on the side.”

The GLD Guide To Middle Shelf Whiskey

GLDMiddleSome whiskey enthusiasts are all about finding the hidden gem. That fourteen dollar bottle really isn’t as bad as you’re worried it is. Other enthusiasts may try to impress you with their complex reviews of the finest whiskies you can buy. This review is neither.

I’m a strong believer in the middle shelf. Whiskies you can drink neat without wincing, yet are not too complex or expensive that you’d feel guilty mixing them with a bit of vermouth and some bitters. Continue reading “The GLD Guide To Middle Shelf Whiskey”

100 places to drink whiskey

100wBuddha never said, “It’s better to travel well than to arrive,” but it’s still a great maxim. To me it’s another way of saying we need to enjoy our journey in life. Often, that manifests itself in the consumption of cocktails with friends. The following is a list of 100 great places to do that. A while back, I created a Wunderlist of places I want to visit someday. I’ve been to some of these and heard about the others. The list finally hit 100, so I thought I would write a post about them. I’ve left Foursquare tips at many of these as well.

A list like this is often controversial. Surely a few of you have your own opinions on which establishments should be included. Feel free to chime in. 200 places to drink whiskey sounds like a great title for a follow up blog post. Continue reading “100 places to drink whiskey”

The Koval Distillery

lions-prideI’m highly skeptical of any bourbon producer that’s not located in Kentucky, and I generally feel like you can replace the word “organic” with “overpriced.” So the local buzz around Koval was initially lost on me.  Then, my wife set us up on a tour of the Ravenswood-Chicago distillery. This place is legit.

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 9.03.15 AMIn addition to a full tour of the facility, we were able to sample several different products, including a really good Four Grain and my favorite, the Oat.

If you’re ever looking for a unique date night, or just want to see a world class alternative grain distillery, be sure to check it out.