Archive for the ‘Alcohol’ Category
I kickstarted the Mead Magic kit for no good reason – I like mead well enough, but I’ve not had much interest in making it. So far I’m a few days into the first stage, and the airlock is bubbling along. Pretty cool.
Oregon is now arguing about how to sell distilled alcohol. I don’t know if Washington’s push to get the state out of liquor retailing is a success or not – or how you’d even measure that – but at the end of the day, anything that takes power directly out of the hands of the state is something I support.
In other news, untaxed alcohol tests much better than taxed alcohol, so if you are able to get some, I suggest a dram in one hand and a fist, middle finger extended, in the direction of Washington DC for the other.
The Punisher hits cars that cut him off.
Went to two distilleries today, Woodinville Whiskey Company and Sound Spirits; what a contrast! WWC looks to be the type of outfit I would aspire to own: technical, controlled, everything locked down. It helps that the associate distiller is a High Power competitor (this is what bill boarding for high-end firearms products gets you; I’m sure a Lorcin hat would attract attention, but a LaRue or Gemtech hat attracts better attention), as well as highly knowledgeable about distilling. They’re vertically integrated and produce high-quality spirits.
Sound Spirits is a much lower volume place; they produce gin and aquavit, as well as some liqueurs and vodka. It’s also way more laid-back, and is probably the type of place I’d enjoy working for. It’s nice to have a distillery cat to keep the rodentia down (being near the water does have downsides), but I don’t know if telling people on a tour that’s the cat’s job is wise. That said, it’s also the type of operation I could probably fund. Small, batch process.
I will point out that I picked up a couple bottles from Sound Spirits, and I skipped WWC. None of the spirits from WWC appealed to me, even if the miles of polished copper tubing did.
Barron visited the Dry Fly Distillery in Spokane; last weekend, by chance, I visited Eastside Distilling in Portland. Nial invited us to dinner & drinks with Lenny Gotter (owner, Eastside Distilling) so we got to talk shop for a few hours of Tiki lifestyle (did you know it’s a lifestyle? I didn’t.) Sampling spirit-to-be right from the still (in about 1 milliliter samples), watching the Coffee Rum being made (I picked up two bottles, and it’s quite good), sampling the soon-to-be-released yet-unknown-to-the-world spirits (I promised not to tell, sorry, but it’s quite nice) put some strange ideas in my mind. Fortunately, nobody I know has tried to talk me out of such silliness, so it’s full boil ahead. Full steam ahead. Whatever. Busy planning distillery tours.
Coffee Rum from Eastside Distilling
Went to a federal government website to apply for a permit. Webpage was totally useless in Chrome and Firefox. Sort-of works in IE9. Loaded a VM and it works fine in IE7. Yarrr